Waiting “in the means of grace”: Wesleyan catechesis, part 2
The last blog explored how we cannot begin the road to catechesis until we first recognize God’s prior action in our lives. For Wesleyans this is normally captured in the doctrine of prevenient grace. This is that grace which “goes before” or “leads the way” whereby God acts to free our human will from the […]
Prevenient Grace as the Foundation for Wesleyan Catechesis: Wesleyan Catechesis, part 1 by Timothy C. Tennent
During these days I am reflecting on how Christians are to “make culture” by reconstructing the grand narrative of the gospel. The grand story stretches from creation to fall to covenant to incarnation to resurrection to ascension to Pentecost to church to return of Christ to New Creation. This big narrative of God’s mighty redemptive […]
The first step in “making culture” is Catechesis!
Andy Crouch, a senior editor at Christianity Today, was at Asbury last week. What a great blessing he was to our community. I first encountered Andy Crouch back a few years ago when he published his book, Culture Making. One of the insights in that book is that it is not enough to simply critique […]
Asbury Theological Seminary and the Wesleyan Message
Dr. Tim Tennent’s response to Dr. Kinghorn’s article:
Reading Dr. Kinghorn’s article is a wonderful and refreshing experience. In this lucid and insightful article, Kinghorn reminds us all why the Wesleyan tradition is such a rich and beautiful tradition. There are two things which I deeply appreciated in the article: First, his emphasis on Wesley’s commitment to historic Christian faith. We live in a day when many in the church take delight in the novelty of their new doctrinal positions. It is all too common to sit in a church today and hear novel doctrines expounded from the pulpit. Kinghorn reminds us that Wesley advocated no “new” gospel, but the historic Christian faith which was “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). Wesley was unshakeable in his commitment to the authority of Scripture, the supremacy of Christ and the sole sufficiency of the Christian gospel. This is a message for all time and every culture.