Holy Messengers, Holy Guardians

I found out a few days ago that Good News Magazine was going to pick up my recent article on John Wesley’s view of angels and the ways in which angels intersect with our lives. You can click here to read the whole article. On this page, you can find links to all my other.. read more →

A New Chapter: Springdale FUMC

My family and I have some exciting news to share. Several days ago, my bishop called me to say that he was appointing me as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Arkansas. First Church in Springdale is a vibrant congregation whose witness is shown in worship, discipleship formation, and community outreach... read more →

Methodist House of Studies: Visiting with Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett

Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett visited the campus of Memphis Theological Seminary last month to share the story of her leadership in the North Alabama Conference of the UMC with our students. While she was here, Bishop Wallace-Padgett and other officials from her annual conference were also able to learn more about the ongoing work of the.. read more →

Thinking about Seminary?

Have you been thinking about seminary? Are you wrestling with a call to ministry but you’re not sure what that looks like? We are going to have a preview day at Memphis Theological Seminary that is specifically for students from Methodist backgrounds. It will be a great way to learn about our degree programs and.. read more →

Wesleyan Practices of Evangelism

Here’s what we’ve got coming up with the Methodist House of Studies. I’m excited about the possibilities that these conversations could hold for how we are engaging in Wesleyan ministry in the Memphis Conference of the UMC:   read more →

Lunch with Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett

This week the Methodist House of Studies welcomes Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett, who serves as the episcopal leader of the North Alabama Conference (UMC). Bishop Wallace-Padgett will speak with students over lunch along with other representatives from her annual conference. Bishop Wallace-Padgett has led the North Alabama Conference since her election 2012. Her previous pastoral appointments have.. read more →

Wesleyan Accent: The Virtue of Pastoral Leadership

I returned recently from a trip to the beautiful hill country of north Alabama. While there I spent a day in conversation with Methodist clergy from there about leadership in the church. The questions we were grappling with are important for the future of any church in the Methodist family: What does Wesleyan Pastoral Leadership.. read more →

Evangelism and Discipleship: A Wesleyan Connection

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in Seedbed’s Seven Minute Seminary video series awhile back. My topic in the video is the connection between evangelism and discipleship in Wesleyan practice. Here’s how it turned out:       read more →

Angels: God’s messengers, Our guardians

We’re in a season of angels. It all began with Advent. One of Advent’s most beloved Scripture passages is the angel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary. Joseph had his own angelic encounter, of course. An angel visited him to assure him that Mary’s child was from the Holy Spirit. So it was through angels.. read more →

Pastoral leadership in a Wesleyan framework

How should we think about leadership in a Christian context? Given the popularity of leadership as a topic in print and online media, it is something work thinking about. Is Christian leadership any different than leadership in general? For those of us in the Wesleyan tradition, is there a particularly Wesleyan form of leadership? Here.. read more →