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 […]

Perfecting Holiness

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Cor. 7:1). I cannot fully express to you the joy that was ours when in the spring of 1985 – over 25 years ago – our first child was […]

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 […]

Old Testament Fulfillment Series: Great David’s Greater Son

2 Sam. 7:11b-16; Luke 1:26-33; Matt. 22:41-46; Rev. 11:15 Christ does not abolish the Law but fulfills it and then deepens the Law for us in many profound ways and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, calls us to life in the kingdom under the rule and reign of God. Christ is the fulfillment […]

Old Testament Fulfillment Series: Moses the Great Deliverer

Deut. 5:6-21; Acts 3:17-26; Matt. 5:17-20 The theological structure of the Old Testament serves to prefigure Christ, Who is the subject of redemptive history. We have begun to see a great redemptive trajectory with Christ as the second Adam. The Fall was the fellowship of the rebellion; “Not Your will, but mine be done.” The […]

Old Testament Fulfillment Series: Abraham Meets the King-Priest Melchizedek 

Gen. 12:1-3; 14:17-20; Hebrews 7:1-17   I found as a pastor that many people were intimidated by the Old Testament. To introduce folks to the Old Testament is to introduce them to the four key figures of the Old Testament, who are by far the four most quoted figures in the Old Testament: Adam, Abraham, […]