Gospel Clarity vs. “The Fog”

By God’s grace I have enjoyed decades of involvement with the church on four different continents.  It has been a means of grace for me, because I gradually gained a deeper understanding of why some church movements are in decline and are dying, and others are vibrant and full of life.   I have had first-hand [...]

Advent: Remembering our Nakedness

The last verse before the biblical account of the Fall is the rather candid statement, “both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame” (Gen. 2:25). I always thought that was simply stating the obvious; namely, that they did not have on any clothing. It was from John Paul II’s Theology of [...]

The “Moon Shot” Calling of the Wesleyan Movement in the 21st Century

I am indebted to J. D. Walt, Jr., our Sower-in-Chief at Asbury who both envisioned and heads up our Seedbed operation who reminded me recently of the need for a “moon shot” initiative. What he was alluding to was that electrifying moment on October 25, 1961 when J. F. Kennedy stood before Congress and said, [...]

Alice Was Right. Thoughts On Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy and Homodoxy

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory’ Alice, of Alice in Wonderland, once asked Humpty Dumpty. He smiled contemptuously and said, “Of course you don’t – till I tell you. I mean “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!” “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’ Alice objected. “When I use a word,” [...]

Moving from Tepid Devotional Reading to a People of One Book.

Brothers and sisters, we have a big problem. A rather large portion of the western so-called “mainline” churches do not seem to be offering any substantial defense against the relativistic forces of post modernity. How quickly the “mainline” churches have become “sideline churches” while other, more robust Christian movements have emerged. I rejoice in the [...]

Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives (Part III)

This is the last of a 3 part series. Read Part I, “Remembering our Heritage: The Grand Wesleyan Vision” and Part II Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives.” Together, they formed Timothy Tennent’s 6th Convocation Address Asbury Theological Seminary Estes Chapel, September 02, 2014 Florida-Dunnam Campus, September 04, 2014 – Third, the Wesleyan view of the holy [...]

Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives (Part II)

This is the 2nd of a 3 part series. Read Part I, “Remembering our Heritage: The Grand Wesleyan Vision” and Part III, Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives (continued) – It is in this context alone that we can now speak properly of Wesleyan distinctives.  Without understanding the four interlocking foundations we improperly think of our distinctives [...]

Holiness: Personal, Social and Global

There are few more established routines in life than the famous bedtime story. When our children were small it was the only way a day could be brought properly to an end. The number of stories which we read, remembered from our own childhood or, quite frankly, made up on the spot during that sacred [...]

Remembering our Heritage: The Grand Wesleyan Vision (Part I)

This is the 1st of a 3 part series. Read Parts II and III entitled “Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives.” Asbury Theological Seminary 6th Convocation Address Estes Chapel, September 02, 2014 Florida-Dunnam Campus, September 04, 2014 The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The Taj is located in Agra, the [...]

I Feel Like I Have Just Met the Apostle Paul

One of the advantages of sustained interaction with the global church is that our brothers and sisters can help re-introduce us to Christianity. As every year passes it becomes increasingly clear that what is “bought and sold” as the Christian faith in North America is often only a pale reflection, almost a dim memory, of [...]