MWRC Annual Lectures

The 2019 lecture will be given by Dr Chris E. W. Green, Professor of Theology at Southeastern University. The lecture will be on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 5pm at the J.B. Maclagan Chapel on the campus of Nazarene Theological College. It will be live-streamed on our YouTube page. The lecture title is: ‘The Fall of Wisdom: Reflections on Evil and the Purposes of God’. ‘This lecture explores the doctrine of evil from four perspectives: wickedness, corruption, calamity, and sin. Contending that original wickedness is deeper than original sin, the lecture suggests that the "pre-Edenic" power of wickedness brought about the corruption that still confronts us in the "natural" world. In short, creation is not what it should be, not what it will be. Right from the beginning, evil has been present with us. Once this is understood, we must radically reconfigure familiar Wesleyan and Pentecostal theologies of sin and providence, as well as pastoral and missional practices.‘ You can see the poster for the lecture here.

2018: ‘Re-formation: Liberty in a Wesleyan Spirit and Praxis’. Professor Ulrike Schuler, Reutlingen School of Theology. The lecture focused on the Tolpuddle martyrs and reflections on a Wesleyan theology of liberty. Video of the lecture

2017: '"Works of Grace and Providence": The Structure of John Wesley’s Theology’. Professor Howard A. Snyder, International Representative of the MWRC. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies,10:2 (June 2018). Video of the lecture

2016: 'The Method of John Wesley's Practical Theology Reconsidered'. Professor Kenneth J. Collins, Asbury Theological Seminary. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies, 9:2 (June 2017). Video of the lecture

2015: 'Beauty in Creation: John Wesley's Natural Philosophy'. Dr David Rainey, Nazarene Theological College. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies, 9:1 (Jan. 2017). Video of the lecture

2014: 'Scriptural Holiness: The Wesleys' Use of Scripture'. Professor Morna Hooker, Lady Margaret’s Professor Emerita and Life Fellow, Robinson College, Cambridge. Published in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, 50:2 (2015). Video of the lecture

2013: 'Secession and Revival: The Louth Free Methodist Church in the 1850s'. Professor David Bebbington, University of Stirling. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 7 (2015). 

2012: '"So much idolized by some, and railed at by others": towards understanding George Whitefield'. Dr David Ceri Jones, Lecturer in History, Aberystwyth University. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 5 (2013). 

2011: '"An Exact Image": Portraits of John Wesley'. Professor Richard Heitzenrater, William Kellon Quick Emeritus Professor of Church History and Wesley Studies, Duke Divinity School. Extended and published as An Exact Likeness: The Portraits of John Wesley (Abingdon, 2016). 

2010: 'A Journey into God: A Wesleyan Theology of Evangelism'. Dr Philip Meadows, Lecturer in Missiology and Wesleyan Studies, Cliff College. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 3 (2011).

2009: 'Wesley Agonistes and the Calvinist Sublime: The Spiritual Ideals of the Early English Evangelical School.' Dr Bruce Hindmarsh, James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver. A revised version was published as ‘The Inner Life of Doctrine: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Among Methodists’, Church History, 83:2 (June 2014), 367-97. 

2008: 'John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards, with a focus on Wesley's edition of Edwards' The Life of David Brainerd. Isabel Rivers, Research Professor, Queen Mary, University of London and Co-Director of the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies. The paper was revised for publication in Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England, 1720–1800.

2007: 'Recovering Charles Wesley's Voice: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Achievements.' Dr Kenneth Newport, Professor in Christian Thought, Liverpool Hope University. Published in the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 88:2 (2006), 19-38. 

2006: ‘John Wesley: Celebrity and Holy Man.’ Dr John D Walsh, Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.

2005: ‘The Current State of Wesley Scholarship.’ Dr Henry D Rack, Bishop Fraser Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History Emeritus in the University of Manchester. Published in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, 41:2 (Fall, 2006).

The 2020 lecture will be given by Professor Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Professor of Worship, Boston University School of Theology.