The Next Methodism



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About the Book

The Next Methodism: Theological, Social, and Missional Foundations for Global Methodism

The Next Methodism invites readers on a journey to discover the vitality, richness, and sheer goodness of the broader Wesleyan tradition. Methodism began in England as a movement to spread scriptural holiness across the land, to reform the church, and, ultimately, to reform the nation. It was a gracious movement of the Holy Spirit guided by Scripture, the tradition of Christian witness, and the light of reason.

Methodism is now itself on the cusp of renewal and the authors of the present volume—scholars and church leaders committed to the Wesleyan message—are convinced that this renewed Wesleyan movement will emerge as unapologetically orthodox, authentically sacramental, vigorously engaged with the poor, and loving toward all people in nothing less than the holy love of Jesus Christ. The next Methodism will proclaim the good news of Christ that sets captives free in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father.

Table of Contents

IntroductionKenneth J. Collins

Part One: The Next Methodism and the Faith We Proclaim

Doctrine or DeathWilliam J. Abraham
Holy Love as a Key to What Sanctification Is All AboutKenneth J. Collins
How Our Past Can Shape Our FutureRyan N. Danker
Theological AccountabilityMaxie Dunnam
Methodism and the Great TraditionJustus H. Hunter

Part Two: The Next Methodism and the Bible

Embracing a Worldview Shaped by the WordBill T. Arnold
Five Principles for Church Planting in the New Methodist RevivalEric Huffman
Evangelism Is Crucial in the New MethodismJack Jackson
A New Testament Vision for the Future of Global MethodismMatt O’Reilly
A Vision of Scripture for the Next MethodismDavid F. Watson

Part Three: Education in the Next Methodism

How Shall We Read Scripture?Joel B. Green
Stewardship of SeminariesSteven G. W. Moore
Educating Undergraduates for the Next MethodismSuzanne Nicholson
What to Teach and How to Teach Laity in the Local ChurchStephen W. Rankin

Part Four: The Next Methodism and Our Public Witness

Ordination of WomenWendy J. Deichmann
Confronting RacismL. Fitzgerald Lovett
Rediscovering a Theology of the BodyTimothy C. Tennent
Political Theology for Global MethodismMark Tooley

Part Five: The Next Methodism as a Movement of the Holy Spirit

The Gifts of the SpiritMadeline C. Henners
Methodism as a Revivalistic MovementScott Kisker
Grace, Healing, and Unity in the Breaking of Bread Jessica LaGrone and Tesia Mallory
A Wesleyan Theology of PreachingMike Pasquarello III
Liturgy and Worship in the Emerging Methodism Jonathan A. Powers
Opportunity for AwakeningDavid R. Thomas
The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Andrew C. Thompson

Part Six: The Next Methodism and the Life of the Church

The Birth Pangs of the Next MethodismMike Lowry
The Significance of MarriageWarren Smith
The Sexual Ethics of the Body of Christ and the Way Forward James R. Thobaben
Changes in the ChurchJason E. Vickers
The Significance of Class and Band MeetingsKevin M. Watson
Episcopacy for the Future of Global Methodism Timothy W. Whitaker

Part Seven: The Next Methodism as a Global Body

A Global MovementPeter J. Bellini
Contributions of Korean-American MethodistsYoung Jin Cho
Eurasia: Lessons from the Past, Hopes for the Future Eduard Khegay
The Future of Methodism in AfricaJerry P. Kulah
Conclusion: The Calling of MethodismScott Jameson Jones

About the Editors

Kenneth J. Collins is professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. The author and editor of over sixteen books, Collins has also produced scores of articles and numerous reviews. His books have been translated into Russian, Portuguese and Korean—and soon Chinese.

Ryan N. Danker is the Director of the John Wesley Institute in Washington, DC. He formerly served as Associate Professor of Church History and Methodist Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. Originally from Portland, OR, Danker attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, Duke University in Durham, NC and Boston University in Massachusetts. He is the author of Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division in Early Evangelicalism.

About the Author

Including essays from: William J. Abraham, Kenneth J. Collins, Ryan N. Danker, Maxie Dunnam, Justus H. Hunter, Bill T. Arnold, Eric Huffman, Jack Jackson, Matt O’Reilly, David F. Watson, Joel B. Green, Steven G. W. Moore, Suzanne Nicholson, Stephen W. Rankin, Wendy J. Deichmann, L. Fitzgerald Lovett, Timothy C. Tennent, Mark Tooley, Madeline C. Henners, Scott Kisker, Jessica LaGrone, Tesia Mallory, Mike Pasquarello III, Jonathan A. Powers, David R. Thomas, Andrew C. Thompson, Mike Lowry, Warren Smith, James R. Thobaben, Jason E. Vickers, Kevin M. Watson, Timothy W. Whitaker, Peter J. Bellini, Young Jin Cho, Eduard Khegay, Jerry P. Kulah, Scott Jameson Jones


  • Page count: 400
  • Trim size: 6×9
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