MWRC Annual Lectures

The 2018 lecture will be given by Ulrike Schuler, Professor of Church History, Methodism, and Ecumenism at Theologische Hochschule Reutlingen (Reutlingen School of Theology) in Germany. The lecture will be on Monday 18 June 2018 at 5pm at the J.B. Maclagan Chapel on the campus of Nazarene Theological College. It will be live-streamed here. A poster for the lecture can be found here. The title of her lecture is ‘Re-formation: Liberty in a Wesleyan Spirit and Praxis’. Here is short abstract of the lecture:

'From a Wesleyan-Methodist perspective, the lecture will focus on the question what it means to be justified and liberated by God through faith. How can Methodists define liberty in a scriptural way? How far is this understanding rooted in the covenant between God and his creation that demands human responsibility in life – in a relation to God, oneself, and others? Where do we experience liberty in daily life and in church life? Around these questions, a case study about the Tolpuddle martyrs, plain agricultural labours who founded one of the first trade unions in Britain and consistently lived what they understood as Christian liberty in a deep and demanding sense, shall exemplify what liberty means in praxis.'

2017: '"Works of Grace and Providence": The Structure of John Wesley’s Theology’. Professor Howard A. Snyder, International Representative of the MWRC. The video of the lecture will be posted on our YouTube page.

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 is being revised for publication in Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England, 17201800 (forthcoming).

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 2019 lecture will be given by Dr Chris Green, Associate Professor of Theology, Pentecostal Theological Seminary. 

The 2020 lecture will be given by Dr Peter Nockles, Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Manchester.