I was recently asked to write a piece for Seedbed on key texts for understanding Wesleyan theology. Here are the books I recommended:
1. John Wesley’s Sermons: An Anthology, edited by Albert C. Outler and Richard P. Heitzenrater (Abingdon, 1991) or The Sermons of John Wesley: A Collection for the Christian Journey, edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Jason E. Vickers (Abingdon, 2013) when it is released by Abingdon.
2. Key United Methodist Beliefs, William J. Abraham and David F. Watson (Abingdon, 2013).
3. Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology, Randy L. Maddox (Kingswood, 1994).
4. The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace, Kenneth J. Collins (Abingdon, 2007).
5. Mainline or Methodist: Rediscovering our Evangelistic Mission, Scott Kisker (Discipleship Resources, 2008).
6. Wesley and Sanctification, Harald Lindström (Francis Asbury Press, 1996).
7. Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life, Stephen W. Rankin (Cascade Books, 2011).
In the original post, I provided a brief introduction to each book. You can read the entire post here.
What resources do you see as essential to understanding Wesleyan theology?
Hey Kevin, have you come across “The Essential Works of John Wesley” by Alice Russie? I picked it up a few months back and have been generally impressed with the amount of content that is packed in for the reasonably low price. What are your thoughts on it if you’ve had a chance to look through it?
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Here is another piece that I think many will find interesting, especially if you are a lay servant interested in becoming a new lay speaker.
gary l lake dillensnyder said:
why are there no resource listed (as they are available) regarding Wesley, Wesleyan Theology, Wesleyan Hymnology regarding the sacraments!
Steve Perisho said:
Thanks, Kevin. I have ordered the two we didn’t have.
Something written by a woman? Like Alice whom another commenter suggested.