Holy Conversations: The WCA Podcast

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“Love Has a Name” with Adam Weber

How do we learn to love people like Jesus, and especially those whom we might find hard to love? Adam Weber, Pastor of Embrace Church (UMC), a multi-site church based in Sioux Falls, SD, talks with Bob and Stephanie about his new book Love Has a Name: Learning to Love the Different, the Difficult, and Everyone Else which is full of stories of loving real people with the love of Christ. Adam tells some powerful stories, offers some advice on loving people with both grace and truth, and gives us some tools for navigating the future for the Church and Methodism with a love that makes a difference. 

 

To order your copy of Love Has a Name, check out your favorite bookseller (releases on August 25, 2020). 

 

To download a complete (and free) sermon series package based on the book, go to Adam's website

 

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The Power of Banded Discipleship with Dr. Kevin Watson

Class and band meetings were the "engine" of growth in both numbers and holiness in early Methodism, and they're seeing a resurgence today thanks to the work of our guest, Dr. Kevin Watson, who has written on both the class and band meetings and how they can be transformational for people today. In this episode, Kevin talks with Bob and Stephanie about the history of class and band meetings, how they are structured, what they produce in those who participate, and how they might once again drive the new Methodism. 

Check out Kevin's blog and order his books on the class and band meetings at Seedbed.com

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The Authority of Scripture with Dr. David Watson

What do Wesleyans mean when they talk about the "authority" of Scripture? What is the "quadrilateral" and is it an accurate understanding of Wesley's understanding of biblical interpretation? Why don't Methodists use words like "inerrancy" and "infallibility" in our doctrinal statements about Scripture? In this episode, Dr. David Watson, Dean of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, talks with Bob and Stephanie about the doctrine of Scripture and how we can read the Bible most effectively and faithfully. 

Check out "Plain Truth: A Holy Spirited Podcast" after you listen to this episode!

Go to the new Firebrand online magazine for some great content by traditional Wesleyan scholars and thinkers.

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To learn more about the Wesleyan Covenant Association and to join our movement, go to our website.

Understanding the Image of God with Dr. Bill Arnold

In a world where there is continuing conflict around issues of race, sexuality, identity, and the value of human life, it's clear that there is a lot of confusion about what it actually means to be human. The creation narrative in Genesis 1 offers us way of cutting through that confusion and gives us a paradigm for being the human beings God created us to be. Wesleyans hold in tension both the goodness of God's creation in humanity as well as humanity's brokenness while emphasizing grace as the means by which the image of God can be restored in us. In this episode Bob and Stephanie interview Dr. Bill Arnold, Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, who offers us some insight from the Scriptures and the Wesleyan tradition on how we might reengage the truth and the vocation of being truly human.  

Check out Bill's article on a Wesleyan understanding of original sin in the new Firebrand online magazine. 

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Perspectives of a Young Adult Leader in the WCA

In this energized episode, Bob and Stephanie chat with Krystl Johnson, a young adult lay member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and Vice President of the Eastern PA Chapter of the WCA. Krystl offers her unique millenial perspective on the present and future of the Church, the recent protests concerning racial injustice, her work as Director of a Christian pregnancy center, her studies in restorative theology, and her preparations as a delegate to the 2021 United Methodist General Conference. 

Read Krystl's article on "Revisioning the Global Church." 

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Preparing for What’s Next

Pastors and local churches have been dealing with a host of issues during the first part of 2020, while denominational decisions about separation in the United Methodist Church still loom on the horizon. With the postponement of General Conference until late summer 2021, how might local churches use this time wisely to prepare for the future? What are some ways that pastors and church leaders can help people make good decisions? In this episode, Bob and Stephanie interview Rev. Jan Davis, Senior Pastor of Central UMC in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Rev. Carolyn Moore, Pastor of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia. These outstanding pastors offer their perspectives and wisdom from both large and small church settings and provide some insight into best practices for preparing for what's next. 

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Distinctives of a New Traditional Methodist Church

Bob and Stephanie chat with Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, Chair of the WCA Council, about the process of developing a foundation for a new traditional Methodist denomination and how things might look different from the present United Methodist Church. Jeff also gives us an update on the progress of the WCA Ministry Task Forces, offers some advice to pastors in preparing their churches for General Conference 2021, and gives us his vision for the future of the Methodist movement.

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Where Things Stand with the UMC and the WCA

Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, talks with Bob and Stephanie about what's happening with the postponed United Methodist General Conference, the status of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation, and how the Wesleyan Covenant Association is continuing to prepare for a new traditional Methodist church in the interim.

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How We Got Here: A Brief History of the WCA

In this first episode, we begin looking forward by first looking back! Bob and Stephanie chat with Walter Fenton, Vice President for Strategic Engagement, about the events leading up to the creation of the Wesleyan Covenant Association.

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