MTS to offer two Wesleyan Studies courses this fall

Here’s a news release sent out by my seminary that I thought I’d publicize here as well: As part of its growing emphasis in Wesleyan Studies and the Methodist tradition, Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS) will offer two courses this fall focusing on John Wesley and the early Methodist revival. The courses are designed for seminary graduates who want.. read more →

We need a ‘culture of call’ in the church

Our recent annual conference in Rogers, AR, featured a persistent theme that needs to be transmitted to every congregation in Arkansas. The call. Specifically, God’s call upon the lives of women and men into ministry. We’re all called, of course. Every one of us. Every baptized Christian is meant to be a minister of the.. read more →

Wesleyan Accent: Discipleship in the Wesleyan Way

The church today puts a lot of focus on the need to make disciples of Jesus Christ. But do we take seriously what that work requires of us? I’m not so sure. I am very sure, on the other hand, that we’re living in a culture that does us no favors when we even begin.. read more →

Holy Conferencing: A Means of Grace

John Wesley considered some of the means of grace to be formally established by Jesus Christ in the gospels. One of those is the means of grace he called “Christian conference” at some points and “Christian fellowship” at others. These terms take some explaining, because Wesley used them in technical ways that would not be apparent to us at.. read more →

From Wesley’s pen — December 4, 1746

One of the extraordinary commitments of John Wesley’s leadership of the early Methodist movement was a deep concern for bodily health. It’s a topic that Randy L. Maddox has written about recently in Divinity Magazine, a publication of Duke Divinity School. Wesley’s popular Primitive Physick, a manual of medical advice and remedies, is probably the.. read more →

Discipleship Formation: A Wesleyan Approach

My annual conference road show continued this week at the Tennessee Annual Conference at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, TN. I taught a session on ‘Equipping’ for Discipleship as a part of Bishop Bill McAlilly’s four-part teaching series covering the themes of: Discover | Equip | Connect | Send The spirit both in Brentwood.. read more →

A Wesleyan View on Equipping for Ministry

Earlier this week I was privileged to speak at the Memphis Annual Conference meeting in Paducah, KY. The teaching theme for the conference was fourfold and focused on engaged discipleship: Discover—Equip—Connect—Send. My session was on ‘Equipping’ and used Ephesians 4:10-16 as a springboard. The video of my teaching session is below for anyone who would like.. read more →

Equipping the Saints for the Work of Ministry

I’ve been asked by Bishop Bill McAlilly of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences to teach a session on “Equipping” at the upcoming sessions of those annual conferences in Paducah, KY, and Brentwood, TN. My contribution will fit into a larger theme of “Discover—Equip—Connect—Send” that will guide the workshop portions on engaged discipleship. I wanted.. read more →

Prayer before reading the Bible

How can Holy Scripture be a means of grace in our lives? That is a question I’ve been thinking a lot about the past few months as I’ve led a Bible study at my church. We read the Gospel of Luke, meeting weekly on Sunday evenings for about 3 months to discuss the biblical text together... read more →

Symposium honoring Richard P. Heitzenrater

My doctoral advisor Richard P. Heitzenrater will be honored this weekend with a symposium at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University entitled, “Grace Works: Reflections on Divine Grace, Human Works, and John Wesley—Celebrating the Scholarly Contributions of Richard P. Heitzenrater.” I’ve been invited to serve as a panelist in the symposium, along with.. read more →