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Building a New Testament Library: Gospels and Acts

Posted on : October 27, 2021

In this short article, I offer recommendations for excellent commentaries and a few monographs that will help pastors and other Christian leaders read the Gospels and Acts with exegetical precision, theological acumen, and pastoral sensitivity.… Continue Reading

Reading while White

Posted on : October 25, 2021

I have a fair amount in common with Dr. Esau McCaulley, assistant professor at Wheaton College and author of Reading while Black (IVP Academic, 2020). For instance, we both played high school football in the… Continue Reading

Reading while White

Posted on : October 25, 2021

I have a fair amount in common with Dr. Esau McCaulley, assistant professor at Wheaton College and author of Reading while Black (IVP Academic, 2020). For instance, we both played high school football in the… Continue Reading

The Promise of Holiness

Posted on : October 20, 2021

From time to time those of us in the Wesleyan tradition pause to remember from whence we have come. From its modest beginnings in the Holy Club at Oxford, a prayer meeting on Aldersgate Street,… Continue Reading

Divine Call and the Historic Struggle over Women’s Roles

Posted on : October 18, 2021

In a previous Catalyst blog entitled “The Biblical Basis for the Ordination of Women in the Wesleyan Tradition,” I described various patterns of women’s leadership evident in the NT and historic early church. In this… Continue Reading

Narcissistic Leadership in the Church

Posted on : October 13, 2021

Narcissist. It’s a descriptor we’ve heard a lot in the last few years. Whether spoken about politicians or pastors, celebrities or social media savvy teens, it’s alive in our common discourse. But it’s important to… Continue Reading

I Stand at the Door … of Your Church

Posted on : October 11, 2021

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Jesus, Rev 3:20)… Continue Reading

The Church and the Depressing Speed of Change

Posted on : October 6, 2021

In a restaurant in North Dakota, I found myself sitting across from a pastor I had met just hours earlier when I presented at his church. By every outward mark, his congregation was vibrant. And… Continue Reading

Theology and Parish

Posted on : October 4, 2021

Last month I came across a complaint on the internet. It was pretty standard as internet complaints go, but it stayed with me because it was a complaint I have heard often from pastors and… Continue Reading
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January 23, 2023

“An abba said, ‘The prophets wrote books, then came our fathers, who put them into practice. Those who came after them learnt them by heart. Then came the present generation, who …

January 23, 2023

“An abba said, ‘The prophets wrote books, then came our fathers, who put them into practice. Those who came after them learnt them by heart. Then came the present generation, who …

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December 16, 2022

AFTE is now accepting scholarship applications for 2023. Applications and required supporting materials are due in the AFTE office no …

July 1, 2022

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to six doctoral students. The John Wesley Fellows …