By Lyndon Orinion on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:16 AM
R. Kendall Soulen, who teaches theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., has focused much of his work on Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. His book The God of Israel and Christian Theology attempts to restate basic Christian convictions in a way that is not supersessionist or triumphalist in relation to Jews. His other books include Abraham’s Promise (coedited with Michael Wyschogrod) and, most recently, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity.

Over the past few decades, many theologians and church leaders in mainline Protestant churches have sought to overturn Christian supersessionism—overturn, that is, the tradition of believing that God’s covenant with the Jews has been superseded by the work of Christ, thereby rendering the faith of Jews either irrelevant or pernicious. How do you judge the importance of that movement for Christian theology?

It’s important because it’s about what we think redemption in Christ looks like. Does redemption mean that Christ gives us the favored place at God’s table while kicking some other poor wretch out into the street? Or does Christ’s table have room for old-timers and newcomers alike? The truth is Christians have mostly operated out of the first picture in our relationship with Jews. That’s done damage to Jews, of course, but it’s also distorted who we are as the church. Supersessionism is like a submerged resentment toward our nearest kin that infects all our social relationships. That’s why I think the work of overcoming supersessionism is so important. And by the way, it’s not only mainstream Protestants who have been doing it. It’s Catholics and evangelicals, too.

By Lyndon Orinion on Monday, June 24, 2013 12:37 PM
WASHINGTON, DC — In 2009, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary launched the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory™ (LPLI), a 360-degree leadership assessment instrument created especially for pastoral leaders in congregational ministry. Over the past four years, the LPLI has become a premier instrument for helping pastors receive the feedback they need to grow and improve as leaders. Approximately 2,000 pastors serving many different denominations have participated in the program. In naming 75 specific criteria of effectiveness in ministry, the LPLI has provided a language and framework for understanding and communicating about fruitfulness in ministry in objective and meaningful ways.

When leaders in the Central Territory of The Salvation Army sought a feedback tool to help their officers grow in ministry, they turned to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. They brought a particular challenge because, in addition to performing...
By Lyndon Orinion on Friday, June 14, 2013 8:31 AM

Wesley Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of two new faculty members who will begin their tenure at Wesley during the 2013-14 academic year. Paul Kang-Kul Cho will serve as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Reverend Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. will serve as the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Urban Ministry at Wesley, funded in part by the Foundation for Evangelism as an E. Stanley Jones professorship in evangelism.

By Lyndon Orinion on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9:18 PM
Rev. Tom Berlin, chair of Wesley Seminary’s Board of Governors and pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, VA is currently in Bo, Sierra Leone, Africa leading a Volunteer in Mission trip composed of college students from four United Methodist Churches.  Since 2000, Floris UMC has supported a children's home, the Child Rescue Centre, that cares for children rescued from child labor.  Mercy Hospital and an adjacent research lab are on the same compound.  His team is enjoying time with the children, working on repair and maintenance projects each day and participating in maternal health clinics held by Mercy in the outlying villages near Bo.  Follow Rev. Berlin’s adventures through his blog at

Today Rev. Berlin and Floris UMC are part of a 14 church partnership that works in cooperation with Bishop John Yambasu and the Sierra Leone Annual Conference.  You can find more information about this work at

By Lyndon Orinion on Monday, June 3, 2013 2:49 PM
The Course of Study School will soon begin drawing Local Licensed Pastors from the North East Jurisdiction and beyond to the Wesley campus.

The Course of Study School is a program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Seven United Methodist seminaries host residential regional schools each summer to help licensed local pastors fulfill their disciplinary requirement for education.  Part-time local pastors are also given the opportunity to attend geographically placed extension schools.  Wesley’s program is entering its sixty-third year and includes a mix of spiritual practice, classroom learning and fellowship.

The summer schedule for the July Intensive program:

Term One: July 8 – July 18, 2013 Term Two: July 22 – August 1, 2013 On Wednesday July 31, 2013 at 7pm we will hold a graduation service at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow at the church.

Weekend Course of Study


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