Audrey Wagner

Becoming Champions for the Lost

We all love champions. As a tennis fan, I have followed Novak Djokovic for years, and it was so exciting when he landed his 24th grand slam. He is a real champion. The last few years another exciting athlete has entered the big stage of NCAA women’s basketball. She is Caitlin Clark, the point guard […]

The Roman Catholic Blessing of Same-Sex Couples

Headlines around the world this week have declared that Pope Francis Approves Blessings for Same-Sex Couples, hailing it as a major shift in Vatican doctrine.  This refers to a 5,000 word document entitled Fiducia Supplicans, which was issued as a “declaration.”  In the Roman Catholic world, statements from the Vatican fall in four different categories, […]

Entering into the Mystery

As a preacher, teacher and seminary president, I have spent most of my life proclaiming, teaching and explaining various aspects of the Christian faith. But, at this time of the year especially, it is important to recall that the Christian faith is explainable – even to a child – yet also beyond explanation, because God’s […]

Fifteen Years, One million Miles and a New Centennial

It has been the singular honor and joy of my life to serve as President of Asbury Theological Seminary. I cannot even begin to express how meaningful it has been to steward this sacred mission of “spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world.” We have experienced an amazing abundance of God’s grace during this pivotal time […]

What Does it Mean to Evangelize?

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” Matthew 4:23 This year, our Centennial year, I have been exploring the key themes that have characterized the ministry and witness of Asbury Theological Seminary during the last 100 years. In […]

Gird Your Minds for Action: Our Theological Heritage

1 Peter 1:13-25 There are many themes that highlight the identity and mission of Asbury Theological Seminary’s 100-year history. One of these themes is our commitment to theological education. Malcolm Gladwell, in his best-selling book, “Outliers: The Story of Success,” highlights what he calls the “10,000 hour rule.” What his research found is that truly […]

The Church as Jesus in the World

Luke 10:1-2; Isaiah 49:6 “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into […]

Why I Joined the Global Methodist Church

I have now officially disaffiliated from the United Methodist Church and have become a full Elder in the Global Methodist Church. This has not been an easy path to follow since I was born and raised in the United Methodist Church, as were many of you reading this blog. It was the church of my […]

The Word, Our Compass in the Storm

Acts 27:21-26; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Christian faith is founded on the doctrine of revelation; we believe that God has chosen to reveal Himself. To use the words of the late Francis Schaeffer, “He is there and He is not silent.” Indeed, He is a speaking God; He has entered into a relationship with the […]

Old Testament Fulfillment Series: Christ as Suffering Servant

Isa. 42:1-9; 49:1-5; 50:2-9; 52:13-53:12 Jesus Christ fulfills the great themes of the Old Testament. Christ not only comes to earth as perfect man (second Adam), but He also comes as a Prophet-Redeemer (second Moses), Priest (second Abraham) and King (second David). These prophetic, redemptive, priestly, and kingly streams all flow into the mighty rushing […]