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Published Date: May 1, 2023


Early on, we recognized that the #ComeAlive volumes from Invite Resources pioneer a new genre (thanks to Carmen Imes for that!): deeper than a daily devotional but not as heavy as an academic commentary, they are “commendotials.”

Now, Come Alive has pioneered something entirely unique in the world of Christian publishing: a digital, national assessment to determine if the product actually accomplishes what it promises.

Specifically, we commissioned a study to determine if the Come Alive books help people to love the Scripture so they can adore the Savior.

I thought the project up. Christopher Thayer was the data genius behind it and Annabelle Suddreth project-managed it to fruition.

Now, the results are IN and they are better than we could have hoped. Click HERE to read all about the study results in “Invite Weekly.”

As good as what we’re releasing now is, there’s more good news where it comes from. Stay tuned.

(The study’s release coincides with the debut of Come Alive: Philippians & Colossians, the fourth in the series & my 10th overall.  In June, Invite releases Come Alive: Ecclesiastes and in September Come Alive: Ruth, Esther, Jonah.)


The Most Reverend Michael Davidson, Bishop Ordinary of the Central Diocese of the Charismatic Episcopal Church of North America, welcomed The Reverend Father James McNeely, II as a priest in good standing on March 24, 2023. Bishop Davidson appointed Fr. McNeely as the priest-in-residence for the Order of Franciscan Penitents in Columbia, Missouri.

Fr. McNeely is a retired military chaplain with 23 years of experience working in hospitals and infantry, air defense, military police, military intelligence, and ordnance units. He was the Deputy Command Chaplain for NETCOM from 2009 until 2012. Fr. McNeely is a graduate of the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, the Chaplain Captain Course, the Army Command and General
Staff College, and the Chaplain Major Functional Course. He earned many awards and commendations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Bethel University (IN), Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Master of Education from Drury University, Master of Business Administration from Webster University, Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary, and is currently a Doctor of Theology student at Trinity College and Seminary.


The Spring 2023 issue of The Asbury Journal has now gone live. The Asbury Journal publishes scholarly essays and book reviews written from a Wesleyan perspective. The Journal’s authors and audience reflect the global reality of the Christian church, the holistic nature of Wesleyan thought, and the importance of both theory and practice in addressing the current issues of the day. Authors include Wesleyan scholars, scholars of Wesleyanism/Methodism, and scholars writing on issues of theological and theological education importance.

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Dr. Steven O’Malley, a professor at ATS, has recently undertaken the task of writing in-depth on Asbury’s history. His new book is called For the Whole World: A Century of Mission at Asbury Theological Seminary, published by Seedbed. The blurb is as follows:

From its small beginnings with just three students in 1923 to its status today as the largest theological school in the Wesleyan tradition (and one of the largest theological schools in the world), Asbury Seminary serves under its motto of “The Whole Bible for the Whole World.” Now, as part of Asbury’s centennial celebration, J. Steven O’Malley explores its history in depth, showing how the seminary remains faithful to the mission for which it was founded. This important milestone is the perfect time for such a tribute.

O’Malley introduces each of the eight presidents in terms of the era from which he came and his own faith journey and call to ministry. The history begins with founder H. C. Morrison’s vision of a theological school that would be loyal to the Bible while preparing Spirit-filled and sanctified preachers to go into all the world. The author traces the challenges and successes of each administration. Here you will find stories of all sorts of people – members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, friends, donors, and, especially, alumni – who have been and are a part of the Asbury Seminary family worldwide. Their prayerful support and influence have been blessed by God to guide the seminary in faithfulness to its mission. The story of Asbury Seminary’s first one hundred years is indeed framed by the motto of the centennial celebrations: “Thanking God for  the Past, Trusting God for the Future.”

This book will be available on Seedbed soon!

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