Wesley Studies News

December 2014


Dr. Kevin W. Mannoia to address 2015 Wesley Symposium

I am pleased to announce that Kevin Mannoia of Asuza Pacific University will be presenting the keynote address at Tyndale's seventh annual Wesley Studies Symposium, to be held on March 24 at Tyndale's Bayview Campus.  Dr. Mannoia is a leading voice in the Holiness tradition, and the founding chair of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium.  He  has served in various leadership roles, including Dean of the School of Theology at APU, President of the National Association of Evangelicals in the US, and as a Bishop of the Free Methodist Church.  He is currently Graduate and Faculty Chaplain at APU. 

Dr. Mannoia is going to challenge us to think about how to articulate the message of holiness using new language in our contemporary context.  He also wants to encourage local church leaders to consider forming a regional Holiness network, in order to challenge and resource one another in teaching and modelling holy living. We will be extending invitations to church leaders in other holiness denominations. Come prepared to engage with Dr. Mannoia and one another as we consider this topic. 

In addition to our keynote address, we have four excellent papers scheduled on historical and theological topics. The registration page is now open, so please follow this link to receive more information and sign up for the Symposium.

Upcoming Events

Wesleyan Theological Society 50th Annual Meeting

The Wesleyan Theological Society meets March 6-7 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio.   This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the WTS, and the conference theme is "The Past and Future of Wesleyan-Holiness Identity."  The Friday banquet will feature a celebration of the Society's 50 year history, and keynote addresses will be given by Doug Strong of Seattle Pacific University and Beth Felker Jones of Wheaton College  I will be presenting a paper entitled, "Is there a Wesleyan Charism? Another Approach to the Question of Ecclesial Identity."

Tyndale Courses of Interest

Two of my upcoming course offerings may be of interest, and are open to auditors. In the summer term, I will be teaching a one-week intensive (June 1-5) called "Creation and New Creation: Salvation and the Renewal of the Earth."  This course will examine the doctrines of creation and eschatology, with a focus on the issue of creation stewardship. We will be using Howard Snyder's Salvation Means Creation Healed, as well as the recent book, A New Heaven and a New Earth, by J. Richard Middleton (Northeastern Seminary / Roberts Wesleyan).  John Wesley will be featured in the course as one of the few figures from Christian history who demonstrated significant concern for these issues.

In the fall I will be offering "John Wesley and the Mission of God," an introduction to Wesley's life, ministry, and theology. This course will be available to students at the University College as well as the Seminary.

Recommended Resources

Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice

Don Thorsen's recent book, Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice, is an accessible defense of Wesley's theology as a dynamic and faithful reflection of biblical Christianity. The title might seem adversarial, but Thorsen's approach is fair-minded and irenic. He outlines the key differences between Wesley and Calvin, arguing that Wesley's practical approach to theology is superior to Calvin's more systematic approach. Thorsen also proposes ACURA as a new acronym to contrast with the famous TULIP of Calvinism (see Joel Green's summary here). 

The Radical Wesley, Revised Edition

Howard Snyder, former Bastian Chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale, has published a revised and updated version of his book, The Radical Wesley. If you haven't read it, The Radical Wesley is a great introduction to Wesley and to Methodism as a movement, and it addresses important questions related to the renewal of the church and its mission. The book is available from Seedbed Publishing.

Seedbed: Sowing for a Great Awakening

Seedbed does more than publish books. They offer a wide variety of online resources aimed at bringing new life to the Wesleyan family of churches.  I particularly enjoy their video series, "Seven Minute Seminary," which features leading scholars offering a brief video on an important topic in their area.  Take a few minutes and visit to see what this initiative has to offer.
James E. Pedlar
Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology
Tyndale Seminary
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