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The Wesleyan Tradition’s Long Road to Reclaiming the Ancient Church’s Practice of Ordaining Women

Posted on : February 28, 2022

Although John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, respected and employed women in ministry, neither he nor his early successors in the eighteenth century advocated for the ordination of women. During his lifetime, it was rare… Continue Reading

The Wesleyan Tradition’s Long Road to Reclaiming the Ancient Church’s Practice of Ordaining Women

Posted on : February 28, 2022

Although John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, respected and employed women in ministry, neither he nor his early successors in the eighteenth century advocated for the ordination of women. During his lifetime, it was rare… Continue Reading

As Scribes Trained for the Kingdom: Discerning the Question of Same-sex Union in the Church

Posted on : February 23, 2022

As I write this, my denomination (Mennonite Church USA) continues in an uneasy tension over vexing issues of sexual ethics and ecclesial polity, especially concerning same-sex union, while the primary readers of this essay belong… Continue Reading

Reading while White (3)

Posted on : February 21, 2022

“Methodology is the residue of innovation.” My PhD advisor rattled that off one day as we were discussing one of my dissertation chapters, and I was immediately annoyed that he could so effortlessly spout such… Continue Reading

Cultivating Communities of Resilient Joy

Posted on : February 16, 2022

The last two years have nurtured anxiety, fear, depression, heartbreak, righteous anger. The pain and suffering in people’s lives are palpable and, often times, paralyzing. Amid such suffering, we need to cultivate communities of resilient… Continue Reading

Share Your Faith…Again

Posted on : February 14, 2022

Have you ever watched a caterpillar transform into a butterfly? It is a miraculous sight. The plain, ordinary caterpillar becomes something spectacular. A transformation, a metamorphosis, has occurred when it emerges from the cocoon. The… Continue Reading

What Is Ecotheology?

Posted on : February 9, 2022

Our living planet is in peril, pressed on all sides by unprecedented dangers. Human action and inaction, to no small degree, are at the root of it. So, to start with this most urgent matter… Continue Reading

What Is Ecotheology?

Posted on : February 9, 2022

Our living planet is in peril, pressed on all sides by unprecedented dangers. Human action and inaction, to no small degree, are at the root of it. So, to start with this most urgent matter… Continue Reading

On Perfectionism and Pride: A Letter to My Students

Posted on : February 7, 2022

  Dearest students: We need to talk. I am concerned about you. Many of you are attempting to be perfect in ways that John Wesley—let alone Jesus!—never intended when he spoke of going on to… Continue Reading

Building a New Testament Library: Philippians–Philemon

Posted on : February 2, 2022

Philippians Although older, two of the most valuable commentaries on Philippians are Gordon Fee (New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]; Eerdmans, 1995) and Markus Bockmuehl (Black’s New Testament Commentary [BNTC]; Hendrickson, 1998). Both… 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 …