Hello friends, I just wanted to share with my readers that I have been selected by A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) to be a John Wesley Fellow. This is such an honor, and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to stand in a circle of scholars such as Ben Witherington III, Richard Hays, Lawson Stone, Joel Green, Duane Watson, and so many others. Ben has written a nice piece about AFTE and its legacy HERE. Several of my Asbury peers such as Brad Johson, and Brian Yeich are also Fellows. I received the news on Friday, via phone, about 4 minutes before I went up to deliver a paper at a conference. Needless to say, I was pretty amped up, and probably spoke a bit fast. The goal of AFTE is the spiritual revitalization and renewal of the church, particularly within the United Methodist denomination, through theological education. This, of course, is something I am quite passionate about! Anyway, I just thought I'd share the good news with everyone. Again, this is an incredibly great honor and I'm grateful to AFTE (read more HERE) for this wonderful opportunity.