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God's Inclusive Love Excludes Sin

The Rev. Kevin Watson finds a new book gives insight into the divided understandings among United Methodists about the nature of God's love and opposition to sin and evil. Read more

Feb 14, 2014 1:19 PM Kevin Watson

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Part 4 – Can Asbury Help with More Effective Communication?

In the conclusion of his four-series, Professor Kevin Watson examines how Francis Asbury put his gifts for organization and administration at the service of mission in the early Methodist Church. Read more

Sep 26, 2013 8:37 PM Kevin Watson

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Part 3 – Can Asbury Help with More Effective Communication?

In the third installment of his four-part series, Professor Kevin Watson looks at how Francis Asbury engaged with the popular culture of his day from a Christian perspective. Read more

Sep 26, 2013 8:32 PM Kevin Watson

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Can Francis Asbury Help You Be a More Effective Communicator?

Continuing with his review of John Wigger's new biography of Francis Asbury, Kevin Watson explores Asbury's example of being able to connect with "ordinary" people. Read more

Sep 18, 2013 7:48 AM Kevin Watson

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Can Francis Asbury Help You Be a More Effective Communicator?

America's first Methodist bishop, Francis Asbury, offers plenty of beneficial traits for today's preachers to emulate, writes Professor Kevin Watson. Read more

Sep 13, 2013 12:04 PM Kevin Watson

Sin and the Christian Life: A Response to Rachel Held Evans

While he applauds much of what she says, Professor Kevin Watson disputes the view of popular evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans that sin is inevitable for Christians despite salvation. Read more

Aug 16, 2013 5:11 PM Kevin Watson 2 Comments

Book Review: The Sermons of John Wesley

Professor Kevin Watson reviews a new book, "The Sermons of John Wesley," co-edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Jason E. Vickers and organized according to Wesley's concept of the way of salvation. Read more

Aug 9, 2013 10:31 AM Kevin Watson

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Holy Conferencing: What Is It?

Contemporary use of the term "holy conferencing" reflects a practice that apparently means being nice to each other when we disagree, writes Professor Kevin Watson. Read more

Jul 17, 2013 2:20 PM Kevin Watson

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Christian Perfection: The Reason for Methodism

Kevin Watson examines what the idea of sanctifcation -- the idea of striving to become more "holy" -- meant to Methodism's founder John Wesley. Read more

May 29, 2013 5:03 PM Kevin Watson

Experience in the So-Called 'Wesleyan Quadrilateral"

The Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson, a church historian, recounts how noted theologian Albert C. Outler described the nature and role of "experience" in John Wesley's theological method known today as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Read more

May 15, 2013 11:26 AM Kevin Watson 2 Comments

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Wesley Didn't Say It: "Do All the Good You Can ..."

John Wesley said, preached and published lots, but some of the famous sayings attributed to him aren't his, writes Kevin Watson. Read more

May 1, 2013 1:04 PM Kevin Watson 4 Comments

John Wesley Profile

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(Mis)Understanding Wesley's 'Catholic Spirit'

The Rev. Kevin Watson takes a deeper historical and biblical look at John Wesley's famous sermon, "Catholic Spirit," which Watson contends is often mis-used to dismiss serious theological differences in the UMC. Read more

Jul 27, 2012 11:19 AM Kevin Watson

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A Lament for the 2012 General Conference

The Rev. Kevin Watson describes his reactions at watching the 2012 General Conference proceedings from afar. Read more

May 9, 2012 4:48 PM Kevin Watson 1 Comments

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