Updates and Events

EVENTS:

Convergence Conference

Join us in Wilmore for our second annual Convergence Conference on Novemeber 7-8! The Convergence is an annual two-day gathering at Asbury designed to help church leaders recover ancient pathways for formation and mission in contemporary ministry by bringing together Scripture, Spirit and Sacrament. This year, our keynote speakers are Glenn Packiam of New Life Downtown (Colorado Springs) and Jessica LaGrone, our very own Dean of Chapel. During our time, we will worship corporately in liturgical chapel services and also explore topics such as “The Power of Liturgy,” “Sacramental Preaching,” “Sacramental Mission,” “21st Century Catechesis” and more. We believe that by exploring the historic practices of the church, we can bring new life and substance to the leaders of our day and we would be delighted if you joined with us for this incredible opportunity! To register or to find out more information on the conference and also a special pre-conference event hosted by the Ancient-Future Faith Network, click here.

Equipping Lydia

Spiritual Direction:

In June, Equipping Lydia shared the exciting news that they will be offering individual and group spiritual direction appointments in Orlando, Florida.  Through our connection with Asbury Theological Seminary, we will be using the Shalom Shabbat Room at the Asbury Theological Seminary-Florida Dunnam Campus.  Laura Baber has individual appointments on November 14 and group Spiritual Direction will be offered from 3:00-5:00pm as well.  Those seeking spiritual direction or whom have any questions to email Sandra at scheduling@equippinglydia.org.  We look forward to joining with more ATS alumni as they explore the sacred rhythms along their spiritual formation journey with Christ. 

 

Retreats:

Equipping Lydia is offering several retreats on Asbury’s campus in Wilmore, Kentucky in the coming months.  Three centering prayer retreats are being offered on Saturday, November 4, December 9, and January 13 from 9am-1pm. They are offering an online retreat called Profound Simplicity: A Life Welcoming Approach To The Holiday Season on December 2 from 6:00-8:30pm. They are offering an Oils of the Bible Retreat Experience on Friday, November 17, from 6:00-8:00pm. To find out more information or to sign up for a retreat, click here.
 

MULTIPLY Church Planting Conference

Join us March 6-8, 2018 for MULTIPLY, a week dedicated to church multiplication and discipleship! We will be welcoming Alan Hirsch and Dr. Timothy C. Tennent as our special chapel speakers, as well as offering training in the areas of church planting, ReMissioning, and discipleship. This week is an opportunity for building vital network relationships, camaraderie, and knowledge about the ever-changing world of church multiplication. We are excited to offer this opportunity for planters, alumni, and students to connect with fellow missional leaders from around the nation! Be sure to mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more details coming out in the next couple of months!
 

PUBLICATIONS:

Preaching Wesleyan Theology and Biblical Truth

Dr. Ben Witherington, III, edited Preaching Wesleyan Theology and Biblical Truth: Classic Sermons of C.K. Barrett, which recently was published last month.  In the wake of discovering Barrett’s sermon notebooks, it became immediately apparent to Dr. Ben Witherington that these sermons were of immense value for, not only students of modern Methodism, but also for theologians and pastors who want to see how a master interweaves insightful biblical exposition and Wesleyan theology.  Check out this book here.

 
 

The Final Journey, Part Two

1974 alumnus Larry D. Horton would like to announce the publication by WestBow Press of the 2nd book in my fictional Christian Survival trilogy (The Final Journey, Part Two: A Diary of Building a New Life) on Sept. 30th.  It follows the April publication of the 1st book in the trilogy (The Final Journey: A Diary of Survival). The 3rd book of the trilogy (The Final Journey, Part Three: A Diary of a Journey Finished) is targeted for early 2018.
 
 
 

Living and Witnessing (in a Pluralistic Society)

This book was written by 1982 alumna, Dr. Suraja Ruman, in Singapore.  The Foreward was written by Ajith Fernando, 1974 and 1997 alumnus. Living & Witnessing (in a Pluralistic Society) is a research cum guidebook that seeks to challenge the reader to explore with passion creative ways of meeting those of other faiths, to consider inter-faith dialogue while communicating the Gospel with those from different religious beliefs. The practical-to-do-list challenges the reader towards critical thinking & to discuss life penetrating issues with individuals, groups, and with leaders within the church, and in society. The book is available at $15 per copy from Suraja, and you can email her at surajaraman@gmail.com to order your copy.
  
 

 Crash Test Dummies: Surprising Lessons from the Book of Judges

Author, pastor, and 1990 alumnus, Talbot Davis, published his fifth book with Abingdon Press called Crash Test Dummies: Surprising Lessons from the Book of Judges. This book brings readers to think through why God’s people so often keep crashing into the wall. You can read more about Talbot and his book here, and you can purchase the book here

 

 

Drinklings Coffee and Mugs

Looking for fun (and tasteful) Christmas gifts this year? Drinklings Coffee and Mugs is a Wilmore based Coffee Mug, Coffee, and Tea outfit started by two Asbury Seminary alumni who have seen a desire to use creativity and caffeine in a missional way. Randall Hardman (M.A.B.S. and M.A.T.S) and Andrew Eberhart (MDiv) started Drinklings in October of 2016 with a vision to create quirky theological mugs. After teaming up with a few local artists, Drinklings began creating mugs with caricatures of people like John Wesley, C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, Saint Augustine, Thomas Merton, Saint Aidan, and more! The project is not simply designed to make fun and quirky mugs like the Pastor’s Husband mug. It is designed to be a catalyst for raising awareness and support of various social issues and the ministries that are addressing those issues. Within its first year, Drinklings was able to give over $1,000 to places like Care-Net and Revive Recovery House. Currently, a dollar for every mug sold will go to support Refuge for Women, an organization that brings post-exploitation and post-trafficking healing to women. Drinklings’ mission has also allowed them to talk about these issues in a non-traditional forum. Drinklings also specializes in high quality fresh roasted coffee and has teamed up with Family Tea to bring a line of loose leaf teas to the table! Several of the roasts that Drinklings offers also go to support various agents of social justice. Drinklings has connected with several ministries, churches, and organizations to do custom mugs and has developed a church coffee program called Ekklesia that aims to help churches serve good quality coffee that is sourced in economically sustainable ways as part of their Sunday mornings while, at the same time, supporting various mission agencies. You can check out Drinklings here and follow them on Facebook here for news, deals, and new offerings! And make sure to pick up a mug this Christmas!


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