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 →

Methodist House: Words of Wisdom

This past week Methodist students at Memphis Theological Seminary met with the Rev. Mark Norman. Over pizza and soft drinks, Rev. Norman shared some words of wisdom on the topic, “Things I wish someone had told me when I was in seminary.” Rev. Norman serves as the district superintendent of the Southeast District in the.. read more →

Care for Children: A Wesleyan Calling

  The ministry of early Methodists impacted the lives of men and women in remarkable ways. Under John Wesley’s leadership, the Methodist revival in the British Isles emphasized a gospel that included concerns for both body and soul. The Methodist preaching of the time called for a renewal of the heart through faith in Jesus.. read more →

Certificate in Wesleyan Studies

We’re offering a Certificate in Wesleyan Studies to students in our master’s-level degree programs here at Memphis Theological Seminary. The certificate program was approved by the MTS faculty last spring, and it is now available to students as of this academic year. I’m really excited about this new development. I see the Certificate in Wesleyan Studies as the.. read more →

Methodist House of Studies Online

One of the ways we’re going to make the Methodist House of Studies visible here at MTS is through a new website that we launched a few days ago. Go ahead and take a look! My hope is that this website can serve a number of purposes. The primary purpose will be informational. I want.. read more →

Methodist House of Studies @ MTS

Good things are happening at Memphis Theological Seminary! I am excited to be able to announce publicly our new initiative known as the Methodist House of Studies. There will be much more to come. In the meantime, see the introductory video below:       read more →

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 →