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Texts and Readings Assignments 1. Kenneth Cain Kinghorn, John Wesley ond Christian Beliefs, The Standard Sermons in Modern English, Volume 1, Sermons 1-20 (Abingdon Press, 2002. Dr. Kinghorn has updated the 18th century idioms and phrases in the sermons of John Wesley. This is not a paraphrased version of Wesley’s sermons, but a transcription of eighteenth-century English for contemporary readers. This transcription helps one to understand Wesley’s precise meanings. This work comes in three volumes, including all of the standard sermons of John Wesley, and students are encouraged to buy all thee volumes for their personal use and reference. As pastors, you will find that this contemporary transcription of Wesley’s sermons will help lay people to have easier access to Wesley’s ideas. For scholarly use, students should employ the original sermons as contained in Albert C. Outler and Richard P. Heitzenrater, John Wesley's Sermons: An Anthology (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991). This work is now available on CD from Abingdon Press. 2. Read these additional sermons: “The Scripture Way of Salvation,” “Catholic Spirit,” "On Patience," "Of the Church," "On Zeal," "The More Excellent Way," "The Danger of Riches," “The Mystery of Iniquity,” “On Perfection,” “On Faith,” and "The General Spread of the Gospel.” Each of these sermons is based on the Thomas Jackson edition and can be downloaded from the Internet. For scholarly citations, you should refer to Outler’s critical edition of these sermons, which are not available online but are now available on CD from Abingdon. Here are the websites for the Jackson edition: (first choice website) (usually dates the sermons) (numeric index) (title index) 3. L. Wood,The Meaning of Pentecost in Early Methodism, Rediscovering John Fletcher As Wesley’s Vindicator and Designated Successor (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002). [Winner of the Smith-Wynkoop 2003 Book of the Year Award presented by the Wesleyan Theological Society]. 4. Required Collateral Reading a. Leon Hynson, Through Faith to Understanding (Emeth Press, 2005). When the Board of Ordained Ministry in Nashville, TN, first set up the denominational requirements for this course in consultation with us, they were concerned that we would not just teach Wesley’s theology in a historical perspective. Rather, they wanted it to be related to today. This book by Hynson (a seasoned Wesley scholar and who also taught here at Asbury Theological Seminary) provides contemporary reflection on Wesley’s theology. b. Ken Collins, John Wesley: A Theological Journey (Abingdon Press, 2003) as required collateral reading for those who will receive 3 credit hours.

Publication Date

January 2005


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, Fall, DO690



DO 690 John Wesley's Theology Today