Theology

Whatever Happened to Theology?

Whatever Happened to Theology?

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Tim. 1:17) “Why do I have to study theology?” a seminary student complained. “It’s not like I’m going to use it in my ministry.” He wasn’t kidding. Theology is...
IWU Alumni Spotlight

IWU Alumni Spotlight

“Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has been my spiritual and intellectual home,” said Cassie Olson, a new IWU philosophy and theology graduate. Olson was introduced to IWU by a spiritual mentor who saw potential in her and began helping her prepare for college. Olson...
What’s a church?

What’s a church?

Wesleyan leaders are pursuing creative missional work with the purpose of reaching those who are missing from Christ and his church. More and more are taking discipleship and multiplication seriously. New leaders, lay and clergy, have felt called to initiate and guide...
Microwaved salmon with peanut butter

Microwaved salmon with peanut butter

I typically do not like seafood. However, there was one instance when I thoroughly enjoyed eating something that was once a slimy, scaly, rubbery fish. While training at a hockey camp a couple years ago, a player’s father cooked salmon on his barbeque for everyone. I...
Lilly grants for summer theology institutes

Lilly grants for summer theology institutes

Indiana Wesleyan University has received a grant of $599,111 to establish Examen, a free summer high school youth theology institute. The program is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young...
Dr. Lyon describes Wesleyan distinctives to “Christianity Today”

Dr. Lyon describes Wesleyan distinctives to “Christianity Today”

The General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church explains Wesleyanism. This is the second in a series of posts I hope to do over the next few months in which I interview leaders of a variety of evangelical movements. Within the umbrella of evangelicalism, people...
Three Waves from Wesley: 4th of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 4th of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this fourth and final installment, he gives his final reflections and application of Wesley’s radical and often overlooked emphasis on the primacy...
Three Waves from Wesley: 3rd of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 3rd of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this third installment, he lays out five clarifications about Christian love that demonstrate the depth and the freshness of Wesley’s teaching on...
Three Waves from Wesley: 2nd of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 2nd of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this second installment, he supports his conclusion that, according to Wesley’s writings, we are aiming too low by making power and purity the...
Three waves from Wesley: 1st of 4 installments

Three waves from Wesley: 1st of 4 installments

I want to talk about three very different kinds of waves I see radiating from John Wesley. Here I am not trying to map Wesley’s outflow comprehensively, or with historical precision. I want to talk about three waves emanating from Wesley. . . as I myself have...
“Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas!’”

“Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas!’”

On December 23, a passenger was tossed off a plane at New York’s La Guardia Airport because of his reaction to an airline worker who wished him a Merry Christmas. The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 when the gate agent began welcoming...
The Radical Wesley: a pastor’s thoughts

The Radical Wesley: a pastor’s thoughts

A couple of years ago, my dad loaned me his tattered, well-worn copy of The Radical Wesley. He will never get it back. Working through dog-eared pages, syncing with underlined passages, holding together broken binding, it felt a little like unearthing a family...
A Wesleyan View of Gender Identity and Expression

A Wesleyan View of Gender Identity and Expression

What does it mean for Christ-followers to offer grace and love to persons struggling with intersex physiology or with psychological uncertainty about their gender role in relation to others? For Wesleyan Christ-followers, it means entering into our neighbors’ personal...