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Hearing, Welcoming, Celebrating Quiet Voices

Posted on : July 12, 2021

This summer I have been practicing the recorder daily for the first time since elementary school. The recorder is different in almost every respect from the instrument on which I was professionally trained, the pipe… Continue Reading

Allowing Scripture to Get into Us

Posted on : July 5, 2021

It’s become a regular practice of mine to open class with my students each week by exploring Scripture through guided meditations based on ancient practices of the church. Feedback from my students indicates the opportunity… Continue Reading

The Biblical Basis for the Ordination of Women in the Wesleyan Tradition

Posted on : June 28, 2021

In the past month or so, those of us in the Wesleyan theological tradition have been privileged to witness the ordination of numerous women and men for the ministry of Jesus Christ. While many denominations… Continue Reading

The New Creation and Judgment

Posted on : June 21, 2021

The New Creation begins with a climactic event (not cosmic evolution or human progress), the eschatological judgment of all creation. God is directing his actions toward an all-encompassing goal, which is the transformation of the… Continue Reading

Living in the In-Between

Posted on : June 14, 2021

Our twenty-year-old son, Joshua recently secured his first apartment. He had been living in the university dormitories, but he was now excited to have a place of his own. My wife and I packed up… Continue Reading

Rising for Your Life

Posted on : June 7, 2021

There are some rote answers students like to give when I ask questions in my various theology classes. Even when their answer has nothing to do with the question I’ve asked. It’s as though they… Continue Reading

Discipleship after COVID: Testimony

Posted on : May 17, 2021

Over the past fourteen months, as we’ve all tried to do the best we can during this pandemic season, I’ve missed many things about the way my Christian community used to be. I miss going… Continue Reading

On Learning and Teaching the Faith

Posted on : May 10, 2021

“Now, do it again. This time, choose a cheerful color.” Her voice was gentle but firm. Mrs. Reeves had particular standards to be met. I clearly had not met hers. Still, even as my five-year-old… Continue Reading

On Learning and Teaching the Faith

Posted on : May 10, 2021

“Now, do it again. This time, choose a cheerful color.” Her voice was gentle but firm. Mrs. Reeves had particular standards to be met. I clearly had not met hers. Still, even as my five-year-old… Continue Reading

Gospel of Peace: Why John Wesley Should Have Been a Pacifist, and We Should, Too

Posted on : May 3, 2021

Toward the end of a long-winded vice list, John Wesley, writing on The Doctrine of Original Sin, says the following: But there is a still greater and more undeniable proof that the very foundations of… Continue Reading

Extended Christian Life and the Church

Posted on : April 21, 2021

  Question: “What does a prosthetic limb, a continuous glucose monitor, and a cell phone all have in common?” Answer: “They all extend human capacities beyond their normal limitations.” An artificial limb enhances an amputee’s… Continue Reading
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July 12, 2021

This summer I have been practicing the recorder daily for the first time since elementary school. The recorder is different in almost every respect from the instrument on which I was …

July 5, 2021

It’s become a regular practice of mine to open class with my students each week by exploring Scripture through guided meditations based on ancient practices of the church. Feedback from my …

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April 14, 2021

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to three doctoral students.

The John Wesley Fellows …

April 13, 2021

“To everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

The World …