Latest The Methodist Review Newsletter

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 29 October 2012 9:40 am

Readers:\r\n\r\nThe latest issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter (October 2012) has just been published.  This newsletter is ready for reading at The table of contents for the current issue of the journal is below. Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMethodist Review\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nVol 4 (2012)\r\n\r\nTable of Contents\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n——–\r\n\r\n‘That They All Might Be One’: John R. Mott’s Contributions to Methodism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Racial Reconciliation (1-30)                 Benjamin L. Hartley\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nJohn Wesley’s Rebuke to the Rebels of British America: Revisiting the ‘Calm Address’ (31-55)     Glen O’Brien\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n“Rethinking Missionaries” from 1910 to Today (57-75)                Dana L. Robert\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n“Honoring Conference”: Wesleyan Reflections on the Dynamics of Theological Reflection (77-116)  Randy L. Maddox\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNewsletters\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n——–\r\n\r\nThe Methodist Review Newsletter (October 2012)  Rex D. Matthews\r\n\r\n 

Articles Wanted for Aldersgate Papers

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 12 October 2012 11:07 am

Dear Research Fellows and Members of the ACWR,\r\n\r\nBy now you should all have received your copies of vol. 9 of Aldersgate Papers with the redesigned cover and better quality paper, carrying articles from our Third Annual Conference, “Being Open to God’s Freedom.” I would like to get another issue out in this calendar year so that the September 2012 issue actually does appear in 2012!\r\n\r\nIt is our editorial policy to give priority to Research Fellows and Members of the ACWR, so please if you have anything that you would like to submit I would very gladly welcome it. I’d prefer not to publish articles by any one author in two consecutive volumes, however, if you did appear in the last issue and you would like to submit another article please do so with the recognition that it may be held over until 2013. Perhaps you have a friend or colleague whose work you could recommend and who could be encouraged to think of us. Keep in mind that while we do want to specialise in Wesleyan and Methodists studies we are also keen to publish the work that Wesleyans produce in any and all cognate disciplines, including biblical studies, ethics, philosophy, history etc.\r\n\r\nFinally if your institution does not presently subscribe to the journal could I ask that you recommend it to your librarian. We rely on a growing library subscription base to keep the journal operating.\r\n\r\nYours,\r\n\r\nGlen O’Brien\r\n\r\nEditor, Aldersgate Papers

Glen O’Brien and ABC Radio Spot

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 12 October 2012 10:28 am

Glen O’Brien recently appeared on the ABC radio Sunday night program to talk about  “The Meaning of Pentecost in the Wesleyan and Pentecostal traditions.” The link to the broadcast can be found at:

April 2012 The Methodist Review Newsletter Now Available

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 30 April 2012 8:28 am

Readers:\r\n\r\nThe April 2012 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter has just been published and is now ready for reading at   Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.\r\n\r\nMethodist Review, Vol 4 (2012)    Table of Contents\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n‘That They All Might Be One’: John R. Mott’s Contributions to Methodism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Racial Reconciliation (1-30)   Benjamin L. Hartley\r\n\r\nJohn Wesley’s Rebuke to the Rebels of British America: Revisiting the ‘Calm Address’ (31-55)    Glen O’Brien\r\n\r\nNewsletters\r\n\r\nThe Methodist Review Newsletter (January 2012)\r\n\r\nThe Methodist Review Newsletter (April 2012)\r\n\r\nRex D. Matthews\r\n\r\nManaging Editor, Methodist Review

Ministry Matters Electronic Resources Website

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 26 April 2012 8:16 am

Abingdon Press has announced the formal launch of its electronic resources website, Ministry Matters, The website offers a wealth of resources for pastors, church leaders, and students, making available over 50,000 pages of quality Bible reference, theology, preaching, teaching, andworship tools to enhance scholarship and ministry including: The New Interpreter’s Bible, The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, The Handbook of Denominations in the United States (12th Edition), The Abingdon Old Testament and New Testament Commentaries series, the Interpreting Biblical Texts series, the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and much more, including more than 50 bonus ebooks in the new “My Library” section.\r\n\r\nOf particular importance to Wesleyan and Methodist scholars is the fact that the content of the following volumes of The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley is now available in digital form to Ministry Matters subscribers:\r\n\r\n• The Sermons (Vols. 1–4)\r\n\r\n• A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists (Vol. 7)\r\n\r\n• The Journals & Diaries (Vols. 18–24)\r\n\r\nIn addition, the full content of the 14-volume Jacksonedition of Wesley’s Works appears to be accessible though the search function of the site, though this is not at present indicated in the table of contents, which mentions only the volumes from the Bicentennial Edition noted above.\r\n\r\nPremium access subscriptions to Ministry Matters are available to individuals for the regular price of $14.99 per month or $149.00 annually.  An introductory price of $99.00 per year is available for a limited time. A special rate of $69.00 per year is available to college, university, and seminary students, and to participants in the United Methodist Course of Study. Just click the “Student Subscription” tab on the sign-up page and use your *.edu email address to verify your student status.\r\n\r\nThose who are training for ministry but do not have an *.edu email address, including Course of Study School students, may request the special student subscription rate by sending an email message to The special student subscription includes all the resources of the regular premium access subscription at a rate that recognizes the sacrifices made by those who are preparing for a career in ministry.\r\n\r\nSpecial pricing is also available for libraries, churches, and other groups wishing to subscribe for ten or more individuals, enablingthem to make the resources of Ministry Matters available to their members at a discount of up to 65%. For educational institutions this would include currently enrolled students andactive faculty and staff members. Rates are based on the number of log-in IDs that an organization needs:\r\n\r\nInstitutional Subscription Rates\r\n\r\nUp to . . .                      Annual rate\r\n\r\n10 users                     $1,000\r\n\r\n25 users                     $2,100\r\n\r\n50 users                     $3,400\r\n\r\n100 users                   $5,200\r\n\r\n100 plus                     $5,900\r\n\r\nContact with any questions about student or institutional subscription pricing. Forfurther information visit the Ministry Matters website:

New Charles Wesley Resources

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 20 April 2012 8:35 am

Friends,\r\n\r\nThe Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, at the Divinity School, Duke University, would like to announce some important additions to our website to support study of Charles Wesley.\r\n\r\nFirst, we have just added a register that compiles all known records of Charles Wesley’s preaching, noting the text on which he preached whenever this is indicated. The sites for his preaching are also identified.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSecond, we have now posted the last transcription of all known verse that Charles Wesley left in manuscript at his death. The full set is now available here:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe have also updated our transcriptions of all verse that Charles Wesley published during his lifetime, indicating in footnotes all manuscript predecessors for his published poetry. See:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe combined resources on these two web pages make available for the first time in one location a complete set of all known Charles Wesley verse. We have placed on each page a button for downloading the complete set of texts in a zipped file. By downloading both sets in a single folder, you will be able to do word searches on the full corpus (using a proper search tool as described in the set).\r\n\r\nFinally, Wesley scholars will want to browse the other indices and bibliographical guides posted on our page of “Wesley Studies Resources.”\r\n\r\nGrace and peace,\r\n\r\nRandy L. Maddox, Ph.D., William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708.

Wesley and Methodist Studies, volume 4

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 10 April 2012 12:21 pm

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:\r\n\r\nThe fourth volume of our annual series has now been published. I have listed the main contents of the volume below. Subscriptions or copies can be obtained via the WMS or Clement publishing websites ( or ).\r\n\r\nGeordan Hammond, Ph.D.\r\nDirector, Manchester Wesley Research Centre\r\nCo-editor, Wesley and Methodist Studies\r\\r\n


\r\n1. William White, John Wesley, and the ‘Sheep without a Shepherd’: Towards a New Understanding of Wesley’s Ecclesiology.  JOSEPH WOOD (3)\r\n\r\n2. From Smouldering Fires to Revitalizing Showers: A Historiographical Overview of Revivalism in Nineteenth-Century New York.  RACHEL COPE (25)\r\n\r\n3. ‘Not Radically a Dissenter’: Samuel Leigh in the Colony of New South Wales.   GLEN O’BRIEN (51)\r\n\r\n4.The Bible and the Sword: John Thomas and the Tongan Civil War of 1837.  MARTIN DALY (71)\r\n\r\n5. The World Council of Churches’ Programme to Combat Racism and Irish Methodist Mission.  NORMAN TAGGART (91)\r\n\r\nPapers from the 2010 American Academy of Religion Session on ‘New Horizons and Frontiers: Evangelical Preachers and Preaching’\r\n\r\nIntroduction to AAR Papers.  D. R. WILSON (113)\r\n\r\nThe Reverend Thomas Pennock, Wesleyan Methodist Missionary in Nineteenth-Century Jamaica: A Case Study of Acculturation, Enculturation, or Something Else?  SHARON GRANT (117)\r\n\r\nReclaiming Montanans: The Evangelistic Endeavours of Brother Van.  MARK R. TEASDALE (129)\r\n\r\nW. E. Sangster and Doctrinal Preaching.  ANDREW J. CHEATLE (141)\r\n\r\n 

New Edition of Didache Faithful Teaching Available On-line

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 16 March 2012 3:14 pm

Pardon the intrusion but I wanted to drop a note that the next edition of Didache Faithful Teaching (a Wesleyan journal) is now available online.   The table of contents follow:\r\n\r\nINTRODUCTION Dean G. Blevins\r\n

Table of Contents

\r\nCan Faith Be Divorced From The Public Square? Gift Mtukwa, Africa Nazarene University\r\n\r\nEl Fenómeno De La Migración En Guatemala. Ela Gonzalez, Iglesia del Nazareno de Chimaltenango, Guatemala\r\n\r\nAssessing Dissertations In A Doctorate Of Education Program. Esther Swink, and Richard Parrot Trevecca Nazarene University\r\n\r\nA Call For Civility. Porter King, Trevecca Nazarene University\r\n\r\nThe Bible As A Community Encounter: An Essay On Challenges For Faculty And Students Of Scripture. David A. Ackerman, Ph.D., Pastor, Buhl Church of the Nazarene, Buhl, ID\r\n\r\nDesigning Seminary Expectations. Laura Felleman, Ph.D., Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Plattsmouth, NE\r\n\r\nGrace & Peace\r\n\r\nDean G. Blevins, Ph.D., Director, Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, USA

Manchester Wesley Research Centre Visiting Research Fellow Programme

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Sunday 11 March 2012 2:03 pm

The Manchester Wesley Research Centre (MWRC) is launching a new summer Visiting Research Fellowship beginning in summer 2012. This builds on the successful Visiting Research Fellow programme with scholars from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, California) since 2005. The MWRC is now opening up this opportunity to any scholar who wishes to apply, though some preference will be given to scholars from MWRC Partner Institutions. The aim of this programme is to promote research in the Methodist and Wesleyan traditions by allowing scholars to access the internationally renowned Methodist Archives and Research Centre (MARC) at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre and Nazarene Theological College (NTC) libraries.\r\n\r\nThe MWRC promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology.\r\n\r\nThe primary aim of the programme is to allow Visiting Fellows time and space to independently carry out their research; however, a Visiting Scholar will be able to take advantage of all or some of the following opportunities:\r\n


  •  Access to the MARC, University of Manchester, MWRC, and NTC libraries
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  • Allocation of a dedicated study space in the MWRC Study Centre
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  • Where desirable, meetings can be arranged with MWRC Fellows in Manchester (see the list of Fellows at:
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  • Present a paper to the MWRC/NTC Research Seminar, which includes faculty, research students, and invited guests.
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  • Submit an article for publication in the Wesley and Methodist Studies, a peer-reviewed journal co-sponsored by the MWRC and Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (see:
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\r\nSubstantially discounted accommodation will be available for Visiting Fellows on the campus of Nazarene Theological College. However, a limited number of accommodation spaces are available; therefore, residency for the Fellowship will normally need to be between mid July and early September. The residency period of the Fellowship will normally be between two to six weeks. Other expenses will be the responsibility of the Visiting Fellow.\r\n\r\nThe closing date for applications for 2012 fellowships is 1 April 2012.  For enquires about or an application for the Visiting Research Fellow programme contact the MWRC Director, Geordan Hammond (

New Article in the Methodist Review

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 5 March 2012 8:42 am

Methodist Review has just published a new article in its latest volume:\r\n\r\nGlen O’Brien, “John Wesley’s Rebuke to the Rebels of British America: Revisiting the ‘Calm Address'”\r\n\r\nAbstract:\r\n\r\nThis essay revisits John Wesley’s ‘A Calm Address to Our American Colonies’ in an attempt to contribute to the renewed interest in the global and transatlantic dimensions of the American Revolution, particularly its religious aspects. Mapping Methodist responses to the Revolution on both sides of the Atlantic may provide a helpful microcosm of responses in the broader religious world. It cautions against seeing Wesley’s political views as extreme Toryism and draws on recent scholarship to demonstrate that Wesley supported a constitutional monarchy since its finely tuned balance of power between king, parliament and people needed only to be preserved in order for genuine liberty to prevail. The myth that Methodists destroyed copies of the ‘Calm Address’ when they reached America in order to avoid being seen as Loyalists is disproved. Methodist responses to the Revolution were varied, ranging from strong opposition to active support, but Wesley’s political views were not unusual in the hotly contested world of eighteenth-century rhetoric on liberty even if Methodists would distance themselves from them in the more politically reformist atmosphere of the nineteenth century.\r\n\r\nThis article is now ready for reading in the current volume of the journal at\r\n\r\nThanks for your continuing interest in our work.\r\n\r\nRDM\r\n\r\n Methodist Review Vol 4 (2012)

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