March 2014

The Alumni Link is a monthly e-publication provided to the alumni of Asbury Theological Seminary

Flunking Lent

by J. Ellsworth KalasFleming Rutledge, who gave our Beeson Lectures on Preaching several years ago, is true to her Anglican heritage in her faithfulness to the Lenten season.  But in a Lenten service several years ago she announced to the congregation, “I don’t know about you, but I have flunked Lent.  I flunk it every […]

New President of the Alumni Council

by Sandra Blumanhourst, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore Campus, Alumni Office     At the beginning of 2014, the torch of leadership of the Asbury Alumni Association Council was passed from President Tom Harrison to the new President Steve Wood.  The Council is made up of thirty strong leaders serving in six different Affinity Groups who […]

The Way We Do Church

by Rev. Carter Ferguson, (2009, MDiv), Senior Pastor at Canvas Community   I remember the first day that I drove to my current church appointment in the heart of downtown Little Rock. I had no idea what I was getting into. As I reflect on that day and that drive to Canvas Community UMC, I […]

Jacob’s Well

by Jamey Lee, (2004, MDiv)In the Fall of 2003, J.D. Walt prayed over Michelle and I as we graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary and these words were prophesied over us, “You have an apostolic anointing.  Wherever you go, you shall sow but not reap.”  From that point until 2010 we have lived in the Seedbed, […]

Archbishop appoints Revd Dr Tory Baucum as one of Canterbury Cathedral’s Six Preachers

by Communications, Asbury Theological Seminary The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, as one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral. Dr Baucum will be installed as one of the Six Preachers during Evensong […]

Jeremiah’s Prophecy for a Better Community

by Heidi L. Lyda, Director LYN House,(2008, MA) “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: …For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future […]

Beeson Update: A Modern Day Jonah: Life Lost-Life Reclaimed

By Heidi E. Heater, Editorial Assistant, Beeson International Center, Asbury Theological Seminary Although called to preach at age 12, Scott Frisbie, like Jonah, ran in the opposite direction. He didn’t end up in the belly of a big fish with seaweed wrapped around his head, but he sailed toward the proverbial Tarshish. As a teenager, […]

Seedbed – March 2014

We are pleased to announce the first annual New Room Conference presented by Seedbed!  Join us in Franklin, Tenn. on September 18-19, 2014 for the joining of new voices and the start of new conversations as we collectively sow the whole gospel into the whole world. Visit for more information. Now to this month’s most […]

Alumni Events – March 2014

Tennent Tour Please join President Timothy C. Tennent as he shares the Asbury Seminary vision in your area.  Tennent Tours are well under way, so mark your calendar now!  At each of his stops, Dr. Tennent is honored to be speaking at various Saturday evening and Sunday morning services. March 7-9 New Covenant UMC The […]

Alumni Updates – March 2014

Dr. Alfred Kalembo (2002, MDiv; 2009, DMin) has been contributing to the development of his homeland.  A recent article, The Post interviewed the Dr. Kalembo who serves as the President of the Council of Churches in Zambia. Chaplain Captain Robert W. Fry of the U.S. Army (1991, MDiv) was a recipient of the Witherspoon Award.  […]