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Wesley Studies News

September 2015

Joint Wesleyan-Pentecostal Symposium, featuring Donald W. Dayton

I'm pleased to announce that next year's Wesley Symposium, scheduled for March 22, 2016, will be a joint Wesleyan-Pentecostal event. While Wesleyans and Pentecostals have significant differences, we also share a common spiritual and theological heritage in the Holiness Movement. Many early Pentecostal leaders had Holiness roots, and Pentecostals and Wesleyans still share a common perspective on many matters. 

Donald W. Dayton has been one of the key voices in identifying the connections between our two traditions. He is widely regarded as a leading voice in both Wesleyan and Pentecostal scholarship, and has served as President of both the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. It will be an honour to host Dr. Dayton at next year's Symposium.

I will be coordinating this event along with Dr. Van Johnson, Dean of Master's Pentecostal Seminary and Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Tyndale. Our theme is "the role of experience in theology," and we are looking for papers from both Wesleyans and Pentecostals. If you would like to present a paper, or would like to suggest a potential presenter, please let me know.

Resources of Note

I am pleased to announce that the next book in our series, Tyndale Studies in Wesleyan History and Theology, is now available. Chris Payk, a Free Methodist missionary in Taiwan, has written an excellent book on prevenient grace in John Wesley's theology, with a special focus on missiological implications. Howard Snyder has called it "the most thorough and missiologically sensitive study of John Wesley's doctrine of prevenient grace to appear thus far." The Tyndale bookstore has some copies, but it is also available through all major booksellers.

Those of you who attended our symposium this past March will recall that Sandra King made an interesting presentation on the Hamilton Revival, led by Phoebe Palmer. Sandra's book on the subject, entitled The 1857 Hamilton, Ontario Revival, has just been released. Sandra is holding a book launch at Hamilton Christian Fellowship on Thursday October 8th, 2015 from 7- 8 p.m. She has done us a great service in highlighting this important event in the history of the Holiness Movement.

My first book, Division, Diversity, and Unity: A Theology of Ecclesial Charisms is now available from Peter Lang Publishing. It is a specialized academic monograph, marketed mostly at libraries, so unfortunately it comes with hefty price tag. You can always contact your local library and suggest that they pick up a copy. More information about the book is available here.


Upcoming Events

Tyndale is celebrating the official opening of our Bayview Campus on September 25 and 26. As many of you know, this campus move has been in the works for nearly a decade, and we have faced many obstacles, particularly in the past couple of years. Now it is time to celebrate and offer thanks to God for bringing us to this point in Tyndale's history. You can join us for the official ribbon-cutting on Friday morning at 10, a dedication service on Friday evening at 6:30, and Homecoming / Open House on Saturday.

Tyndale is joining with the Anglican Communion Alliance and Wycliffe College to sponsor an conference on Christian formation called Desiring the Kingdom, October 22-24. The conference, to be held here at Tyndale, features well-known scholar and speaker James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College and Senior Fellow / Editor of Comment Magazine for Cardus, a Christian think-tank based out of Hamilton. See the conference page for more information.

The Canadian Evangelical Theological Association is holding a conference on Global Evangelical Theology at Tyndale on Saturday October 3. The keynote speaker is Dr. Las Newman, President of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Jamaica, and a Tyndale alumnus. Several Tyndale professors will be presenting. I will be co-presenting on creation stewardship with Dr. Doug Hayhoe, who teaches in our Bachelor of Education program. You can register for the conference here.  
James E. Pedlar
Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology
Tyndale Seminary
3377 Bayview Avenue
Toronto ON, M2M 3S4

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