Side B Christians and the Restoration of Celibacy, part 2

This is the second part in this series exploring Christians who experience same sex attractions, but are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the authority of Scripture, and have embraced celibacy.  This group of Christians are known as “Side B” Christians.  My earlier blog pointed out how this group of Christians are helping the […]

Side B Christians and the Restoration of Celibacy, part 1

This is the first of a short series of blogs seeking to explore the rise of same-sex attracted men and women who have embraced celibacy.  All of us are aware of the current conversations both with and about LGBT peoples and practices.  Asbury Seminary was blessed a few weeks ago to host Dr. Preston Sprinkle […]

Are you tattooed for Jesus?

We love to see lists, don’t we?  We are inundated with all kinds of lists such as the top wealthiest people in the country, the top candidates for G.O.A.T. status in every sport, or the top ten popular songs on iTunes.  The Church likes lists, too.  We often see lists such as the “largest churches […]

The Next Methodism

There is an understandable excitement about the launch of the “next Methodism” out of the ashes of the current tragedy known as the United Methodist Church.   One of the more helpful publications which sets forth the vision for “what’s next” can be found in the publication, The Next Methodism edited by two fine Methodist theologians, […]

Epiphany: The World is Turning!

We have just recently walked through the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Christmastide. This is the time of the church year where we acknowledge that God, in Jesus Christ, has stepped into our time, our space and our history.  The Greek word for this is “chronos.”  This is where we get our word chronology from.  […]

The Four Wounds of the Fall – and the Four Healings of the Gospel

There is a long tradition in the church which seeks to explain the depth of our sin nature and the effects of the Fall which were unleashed by the entrance of sin in the world.  As Wesleyans, we are NOT “Pelagian” in our view of sin. In other words, we do not believe that every […]

The Four Candles of Advent

Advent is a time of hope and expectation as we both remember and anticipate.  My favorite Advent hymn is Charles Wesley’s “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” because it captures the longing so well.  I would like to highlight four ways or lens through which we should think about Advent.   We often designate the four candles […]

The Rise of the “Re” in Christian Books

A funny thing happened on the way to Christian book publishing in our time.  We are experiencing an explosion of the prefix “re” in book titles and sub-titles.   I was first drawn to this in a recent book I published.  Normally authors have very little say on the actual published title and sub-title of a […]

The Restoration of Personhood

Many of our faculty and staff will have had the honor of knowing the late Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, former professor here at the Seminary, two-time President of Asbury University, and the founder of the Francis Asbury Society.  He was gifted with a keen theological mind and there are certainly hundreds of men and women throughout […]

Tribute to Andrew F. Walls

Professor Andrew Walls (1928-2021) was my “doctor father” which means he was one of my mentors in my doctoral program at the University of Edinburgh.  I had the privilege of studying under him from 1995-1998 in Scotland.  He passed away this week and I am mourning his loss.  Those who have been in my office […]