NNU welcomed pastors, students, scholars and laypersons from around the world to campus last week for its annual Wesley Center Conference. The sold-out event had visitors from as far away as the Netherlands in addition to strong participation in its live webcast. The annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society (WTS) was also held on our campus immediately following the conference.
This year’s Wesley Center Conference was themed “Wesley Talks: Ministry & Culture” and used four popular TED Talks as a springboard for discussion in the context of Christian faith and a Wesleyan theological heritage. TED Talks are brief presentations of no more than 18 minutes centered on an “idea worth spreading,” which is a concept Christians have embraced for two millennia.
NNU Professor of Theology and Philosophy Thomas Oord shared his thoughts about the event: “Thinking deeply and creatively about current insights in science, culture and entertainment can actually help us discern how best to live the Christian life. I was impressed with the way so many at the conference synthesized the ideas from the TED talks into how they view God at work in the world today.”
The theme of the WTS annual meeting was “Atonement in the Wesleyan Tradition.” Wesleyan-Holiness scholars from around the globe explored key themes of atonement, including keynote presentations by New Testament scholar Dr. Ben Witherington III of Asbury Theological Seminary and theologian and NNU alumnus Dr. Randy Maddox of Duke Divinity School.
DVDs of conference are available for purchase through the NNU Wesley Center at nnu.edu/wesleyconf.
NNU’s 2015 Wesley Center Conference is titled “Holy Wit: On Mirth As It Is In Heaven.” It will look at the interface of faith and humor. The 2015 conference will take place at College Church of the Nazarene and is slated for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26-27, 2015.