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May 10th, 2016 by Joel Watts

.@Logos now has a Wesleyan/Methodist package

I wanted to call your attention to this rather quickly (context: the General Conference is happening). I’ll review it later. I was able to help (I think) with designing some of this. Granted, Ben A. had done 99.5% of the heavy lifting, but he asked for advice and I gave him some.

While our denomination shifts and groans, it is time for us to turn to Scripture and to our theological canons to build up our Wesleyan mission. It is filled with resources from the early patristic period, Arminianism, and even some charismatic/pentecostal resources.

The following is from Gold. Go get it now!

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February 16th, 2016 by Joel Watts

Check out, @Steve_Runge’s “High Definition Commentary: James”

images+%281%29One of the worst things about text messages is that you never really get the sense of the person talking. Think about it. Someone texts you something and how do you read it? With the voice that is inside your head. If the same person says the exact same thing to you, how will you receive it? You’re going to pay attention to their body language and you will hear their voice. There is a lot of nuance loss in written communication.

The written word is great for delivering messages — and equally problematic in keeping them concealed.

We often have the same issues with reading Scripture. The text simply dries up and we are left with a wasteland barren of nuance, cues, and inflection…giving us only black and white letters on a page.

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Enter discourse analysis, a field of study and translation that if Runge hasn’t invented, has at least mastered. In a recent post, he writes,

Understanding these discourse devices serves as a foundation for moving on to higher-level analysis of a book’s message and structure. Identifying the markers used for signaling boundaries will better equip you to organize your expository preaching and teaching. And far from offering you just theory, this bundle of courses moves from foundational overview to detailed application of the principles to an exposition of Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

But, this post is not really about discourse analysis — rather, it is more about the latest released in the line. In reading through this commentary on James, his focus is truly on his adage, “Choice implies meaning.” This is something I believe as well. He doesn’t need to convince me, but if you need convincing, then simply read through these commentaries. For example, in James 5.1-6, Runge is able to note that the author of the Epistle is not simply talking to “the rich people,” but calls a wide audience to hear him…and then singles out the rich. He goes on to note that the Greek provides a nuance that allows the author to make a statement and then support it — something lacking in English. Finally, discourse analysis smooths the break between 5.6 and 5.7, something Runge notes through this study (99–102).

As always, Runge provides the reader with a well-thought out and well-written commentary on a book often ignored – either because of the supposed lack of theology or simply because it looks to be a simple read. Runge shows otherwise and does so by getting to the meat on the bones of the Greek words used by the Jewish writer.

now…if I can just get him to do a book on Galatians… 

November 21st, 2015 by Joel Watts

@LexhamPress is having a flashsale on #AmazonKindle… RIGHT NOW #aarsbl15

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Lexham Press Flash Sale: 6 books for 99 cents each

The following books will be on sale, Monday Nov. 23 – Friday Nov. 27 for 99 cents each.

I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible
Bible Word Studies: A How To Guide
The Bible in Its Ancient Context
The Bible in the Real World
The Gospel Works Everywhere
When the Bible is Complicated

Here’s the sales page: http://www.lexhampress.com/amazon-flash-sale

November 16th, 2015 by Joel Watts

The @Logos Methodist & Wesleyan Library – Theology

 From Logos,

Unlock the heritage of the Wesleyan tradition with a personal library of both classic and modern Methodist, Holiness, Wesleyan, and Nazarene writers and theologians. With resources focusing on four main areas of study: biblical studies, theology, preaching and ministry, and classic works, the Methodist & Wesleyan Library Builder personalizes your library at an enormous discount. From John Wesley to Thomas C. Oden and Joel B. Green to Adam Clarke, this library is sure to meet the needs of any pastor, student, or layperson ready to learn, pray, worship, and teach the Word.

This library is divided into four sections:

  • Commentaries
  • Classics
  • Ministry
  • Theology

In the section on theology, Logos has included these resources:

All of these are important, but there is this notion that early Methodists (any date seemingly preceding Thomas C. Oden) were bereft of theological thinking. Somehow this notion has crept into our thinking so that we often demand no theology from our leaders, at least no theology resembling normative Christian theology. Look at Richard Watson’s Theological Institutes. Watson was,

a British Methodist theologian and missionary advocate. Considered one of nineteenth-century Methodism’s most important figures, Watson was a prolific writer and preacher. He served as the secretary to the Wesleyan Missionary Society from 1821 to 1825. His Theological Institutes were considered institutional standards for years, and was the first attempt to systematize John Wesley’s theology and Methodist doctrine.

That’s right. Not only did early Methodists have theology, but they had a systematic theology. I’ve included some screenshots.

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So what does this profit you? A lot. Those of us concerned about the theological direction of the United Methodist Church (and other Wesleyan derivatives) must turn back to our theological roots. Logos has brought together a masterful collection of Wesleyan/Methodist theological resources. And yes, there are current Methodist theologians involved in the mix as well. Not only is Oden in this library, but so is Kenneth Wilson, with his Methodist Theology (T&T Clark, 2011).

Wesleyan theology is deep, reaching to the East and West, and finding shape with Ariminus. It is not simply about 19th century notions of social justice, but about the holiness that comes from a life transformed by God. Further, it is not merely a theology devoted to preaching the Gospel, but so too to worship (he led a sacramental revival), and to liturgy. If we want to rediscover what made us the largest denomination in the United States, leading the way in transforming our society, and what makes us part of the Great Tradition (so that we don’t confuse social justice with holiness), we need to rediscover our theological DNA.

I’ll explore other sections as the week progresses.

 

November 13th, 2015 by Joel Watts

In the Email from @Logos “Methodist & Wesleyan Library Builder (160 vols.)”

Guess what Logos is doing…. and if you know anything about historic patterns… this may mean that a Wesleyan/Methodist package will soon be released…

Unlock the heritage of the Wesleyan tradition with a personal library of both classic and modern Methodist, Holiness, Wesleyan, and Nazarene writers and theologians. With resources focusing on four main areas of study: biblical studies, theology, preaching and ministry, and classic works, the Methodist & Wesleyan Library Builder personalizes your library at an enormous discount. From John Wesley to Thomas C. Oden and Joel B. Green to Adam Clarke, this library is sure to meet the needs of any pastor, student, or layperson ready to learn, pray, worship, and teach the Word.

Source: Methodist & Wesleyan Library Builder (160 vols.) – Logos Bible Software

I’m reviewing this all next week. The posts, once they are live, will be found here.

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