The John Wesley Collection

Here’s a development that holds great promise for readers interested in Wesleyan spirituality and ministry: The John Wesley Collection. The John Wesley Collection (or “JWC”) is a new venture by Seedbed Publishing. Its purpose is to gather together and publish the writings of John Wesley and other early Methodist figures. These writings are collected into volumes aimed.. read more →

Many miles from there to here

It’s been about 3 1/2 months since I last posted here. I think that means it’s time to get back in the saddle. The main reason for my blog lying fallow for so long is related to a major change that has happened recently in my family’s life: I was appointed by my bishop to.. read more →

The Throne of Love

In my course, “The Means of Grace in Wesleyan Theology” this semester, we read John Wesley’s sermon, “On Zeal.” The dominant image in the sermon is an illustration by Wesley that is sometimes called the Throne of Love. My student Mimi White reviewed the sermon for our class, and she drew an illustration to help.. read more →

Bass Pro @ Memphis Pyramid

My wife Emily and I went to the new Bass Pro at the Memphis Pyramid this evening. And yes, it is as incredible as you hoped it would be. I’m going off-topic here given my usual subject matter. But in this case, it’s worth it. The Bass Pro in Memphis just opened up a couple.. read more →

New Room Conference 2015

What if such a meeting place could be arranged today, where our collective paths could cross for a few days of hearing some new voices, engaging in some new conversations and seeing some new horizons of possibility for a movement whose time has come to move again? That’s the question posed by the organizers of.. read more →

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 →