Confronting racism and violence

“To our shame, overt racism is becoming more acceptable in American culture today,” writes Bishop Scott Jones, the United Methodist episcopal leader of the Texas Annual Conference, in his recent pastoral letter. “It is a deep affront to the Greatest Generation that their sacrifice in defeating racist, anti-Semitic Nazism is no longer respected. When Nazi […]

Orthodoxy and Ethics

By Walter Fenton- James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, has recently sparked a healthy conversation about how the word “orthodox” (literally, “right belief”) is used these days, particularly when it is interjected into the volatile conversation regarding the church’s sexual ethics. Among several thoughtful responses, Derek Rishmawy, a doctoral student in […]

John Wesley’s Letter to a Roman Catholic

DUBLIN July 18, 1749.   1. You have heard ten thousand stories of us who are commonly called Protestants, of which, if you believe only one in a thousand, you must think very hardly of us. But this is quite contrary to our Lords rule, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”; and has many […]

John Wesley, Open Hearts, and Roman Catholicism

Editor’s note: Since we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation sparked by Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, we would like to take this opportunity to post this sermon from Roman Catholic Cardinal Walter Kasper marking the 300th anniversary of John Wesley’s birth. Kasper is President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian […]

Litigious Progressives

By Walter Fenton- In yet another bid to overturn The United Methodist Church’s sexual ethics, the Denmark and California-Pacific annual conferences are asking the Judicial Council to rule out of order a key provision in the Book of Discipline. According to motions approved by the two regional bodies, the 1972 General Conference delegates violated the church’s […]

Closer to a Way Forward

By Rev. Thomas Lambrecht-           Last week the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward for the Church held its fourth face-to-face meeting. With nine total meetings scheduled, we are still not even halfway to the end of our process. We are aware that this process is taking more time and thought […]

Remembering Dr. Kenneth C. Kinghorn

By James V. Heidinger II Dr. Kenneth Cain Kinghorn, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on July 23, 2017. Where does one begin in describing such a fruitful and productive life as his? Ken was a highly-respected author and teacher among Wesleyans literally around the world. He was a friend to evangelical and orthodox […]

The Wesleyan Family Tree

Dr. Kenneth Kinghorn, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology and Academic Vice President at Asbury Theological Seminary, died on the morning of Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was a treasured friend to members of the staff while our offices were located in Wilmore, Kentucky. We extend our condolences to the Kinghorn family. We repost one […]

The Rise of Theological Liberalism and the Decline of American Methodism

Guest Perspective from Dr. William J. Abraham As The United Methodist Church prepares for an unprecedented called General Conference in 2019, Seedbed Publishing recently released an important book to help us understand the deeper theological debates that have led to our present impasse. The Rev. Dr. James Heidinger’s The Rise of Theological Liberalism and the Decline […]

Commission to Meet Amidst Growing Divide

By Walter Fenton- The Commission for a Way Forward will gather for its fourth meeting in Chicago, July 19-21, as it searches for a way to break the impasse in an increasingly divided church. According to a press release, the 32-member commission indicated after its early April meeting in Washington D.C. that, “it was leaning […]