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)