Three Rules of Thumb

“[With] forty years of religious study under my belt, […] I don’t have any “hard, incontrovertible facts” that can beat [a pithy quote by a priest in the movie ‘Rudy’]. But I do at least have three rules of thumb that have proven useful to me in my work as a pastor, professor and seminary administrator.”

Adam and Eva

“[F]resh out of seminary, I was appointed pastor of the United Methodist Church in Orfordville, Wisconsin…. About thirty people attended [that church, including] Mrs. Eva Penkert. Eva was 77 years old when I met her, and she had been a lifelong member of that church … [and] she was in church every Sunday, without fail….”

Lectio: Socioeconomic Reconciliation

Assistant Professor of Missiology David Leong recently wrote a Lectio on the overall topic of reconciliation — in particular, the concept of new creation. The text he focused on was Luke 4, where the gospel is preached with a particular emphasis on the social and economic order of the day being flipped on its head.

Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude as Scripture

With their new book, “Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection,” Professors Dave Nienhuis and Rob Wall hope to impart a greater knowledge of a certain collection of New Testament books — ones that are largely neglected by both the church and the academy. Here they discuss more on the writings of Paul.

Christian Formation in Mission: Acts of Mercy and Justice

As the second intensive course for first-year seminarians, this course gets students outside the four walls of the classroom setting and into the community. This course helps give students a context for real-world settings in which to ask theological questions, questions that may not get asked in a small group or retreat setting.

Christian Formation in Discipleship: Acts of Piety

This is the first course first-year seminarians take — a one-week intensive study at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, Wash. It introduces students to the spiritual practices associated with what John Wesley calls “works of piety,” such as organized corporate prayer, shared testimonies, and communion, to name a few.