Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives (Part III)

This is the last entry of a three part series. Read Part I and Part II. — Third, the Wesleyan view of the holy Christian life. A doctrine of justification separated from a robust doctrine of sanctification has left the church in a weakened state which compromises our witness to the world, dishonors Christ and […]

Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives (Part II)

This is the 2nd of a 3 part series. Read Part I and Part III. — 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 as weapons which we wield against other Christians.  Distinctives should never be […]

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 […]

Four Great Wesleyan Distinctives (Part I)

This is the 1st of a 3 part series. Read Parts II and III titled “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, […]

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 […]

Live Dead

One of the greatest joys which my wife and I share is the knowledge that our daughter Bethany serves as cross-cultural minister of the gospel, bringing hope and God’s grace to an unreached people-group in Tanzania known as the Alagwa. She is now in her fourth year there. She speaks a language called Alagawesi and […]

11 Ways Popular Culture Steals Biblical Ideas

Over the last fifty years, the Western church across Europe and North America has been losing between 7,500 and 11,000 members per day. It is a collective loss of over 100 million Christians. These staggering losses have been offset some by the dramatic growth of the immigrant churches in the West. But, we are clearly […]

The Global Church is on the Move

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet with several dozen seminary Presidents from around the world who are part of a ministry known as Overseas Council. For over forty years, Overseas Council has been mentoring and training leaders from around the world who are now leading emerging seminaries, churches and mission agencies to serve […]

A Way Forward? My Response Part 7: The Way Forward. Let’s Not Divide, Let’s Multiply!

This is the seventh and final part in a blog series reflecting on the document, A Way Forward for a United Methodist Church Is There a Way Forward? We now come to the time for proposing positive, alternative solutions. First, we must begin with the realization that we cannot legislate our way to unity and […]

A Way Forward? My Response Part 6: Biblical and Theological Reflections on the Proposal.

This is the sixth part in a seven part blog series reflecting on the document, A Way Forward for a United Methodist Church The United Methodist Church has been discussing homosexuality in earnest for decades. This month marks thirty years since my ordination as a United Methodist pastor, so I have listened to this debate […]