Creeds, John Wesley, and the Christian Faith: Follow-up to a Recent Post

Of all the topics least likely to go viral online, I’d think that analyzing the degree to which the Christian creeds were significant to John Wesley’s theology would rank pretty high. But surprisingly, that seems to have happened over the past few days. Well, maybe ‘go viral’ is a bit of an overstatement. Still, it’s been.. read more →

John Wesley, the Trinity, and the Creeds

How Trinitarian was John Wesley? What was his view of the Creeds? Sometimes you set your pen down and forget to take it up again. I did that a couple of years ago when I was digging into John Wesley and the Christian creeds. Fortunately, this excellent post by David Watson served as a reminder... read more →

Palm Sunday: A Prayer

  Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and.. read more →

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 →