A Shepherd’s Message

There are many bishops, with many different gifts. I’ve always thought that the greatest gift a bishop can have is to be a true pastor to the pastors under his charge. Here is a remarkable example of that virtue in the person of my bishop in the Arkansas Conference, Bishop Gary Mueller: The Apostle Peter.. read more →

Inaugural Marmaduke Bowl

This afternoon the Arkansas Razorbacks take on the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, MO. This will be the first meeting of the two teams since Mizzou joined the Southeastern Conference. The official name for the game is the “Battle Line Rivalry.” Here’s a better name for it: The Marmaduke Bowl. I’ll explain why below. There haven’t been.. read more →

Methodist House: Courses in Wesleyan Studies

One of the ways that the Methodist House of Studies is expanding its work at MTS is through expanded course offerings in the area of Wesleyan Studies. I’m excited to be able to announce the following four courses on our Spring 2015 course schedule. (If you would like to inquire about enrolling or auditing courses at the.. read more →

Job Announcement: Church History position

Memphis Theological Seminary is seeking to fill an opening in church history. The position description can be found on our seminary website at this link. The text of the announcement is below…   Faculty Position in Church History      Memphis Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in Church History. Rank is open... read more →

Methodist House: The Path to Ordained Ministry

Dr. Johnny Jeffords joined us at Memphis Theological Seminary this week to discuss the journey towards ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. The luncheon was part of the Methodist House of Studies‘ ongoing series of fellowship gatherings designed to build community and provide opportunities for Methodist students at MTS to draw on the wisdom.. read more →

My brother, Robert Thompson

Tomorrow is election day. Maybe you’ve already voted. Perhaps you haven’t yet. If you have yet to head to the polls, I have something I want to share with you. My brother Robert Thompson is running for the Arkansas State Senate in District 20 (which includes Greene, Clay, and Lawrence counties along with parts of Craighead.. read more →

Fellowships for Doctoral Study

Are you a United Methodist planning on pursuing a doctorate in some area of theological studies? A Foundation for Theological Education (or AFTE) is an organization that annually awards fellowships for doctoral studies to United Methodists. These are called the John Wesley Fellowships, and they can go a long way in making a Ph.D. or Th.D. program.. read more →

From Wesley’s pen — May 12, 1759

John Wesley had a lifelong interest in medicine. He made medical advice and pharmaceuticals available to the poor in a number of ways during his ministry. He also believed that a human being was fundamentally a union of body & soul, so he thought that salvation should have to do with both the material and spiritual aspects of.. read more →

Up Close: The Frank Schaefer Appeal

The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church met in Memphis, Tennessee, this week. On Wednesday morning, the public hearing was centered on the appeal in the Frank Schaefer trial. So it had some interest for me on a number of levels. I was able to attend the hearing, which offered insight into the working of.. read more →

Job Announcement: Looking for a Librarian

The seminary where I teach—Memphis Theological Seminary—has just opened up a search for Library Director. If you are interested in this position or know someone who is, please feel free to pass this information along. You can find a description of the position at the job board of the American Theological Library Association. Here’s the.. read more →