Learn how Bible reading saved Western Civilization at Methodist University


FAYETTEVILLE – Dr. Timothy Larsen, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will be featured during the annual Womack Lectures at Methodist University March 17. Both lectures are free and open to the public. The Womack Lectures will be held in the Physician Assistant Auditorium in the Medical Lecture Hal. There will be two presentations by Larsen. One, titled “Secularization and Religious Decline,” will begin at 11 a.m., and another, titled “The Bible and Western Civilization,” will begin at 2 p.m. “The main reason we picked Dr. Larsen is because he is sensitive to the following issue: What sense are we to make of the fact that many American citizens, citizens of the world, and students at Methodist University consider themselves religious or Christian and yet are biblically illiterate,” said Dr. Kevin Hoffman, chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department. “Some do not even know, for example, that Moses started his career leading the children of Israel out of Egypt by committing manslaughter, or that Jesus has a disciple whom he especially loved. Does this strange state of self-report make us more secular, actually religious, or simply confused? More generally, the issue is about cultural literacy.” Larsen received his doctorate in history from the University of Stirling, Scotland. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute, and has been a Visiting Fellow in History at Trinity College, Cambridge; a Visiting Fellow in History at All Souls College, Oxford; and a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University. Larsen is the author of six monographs including “Crisis of Doubt,” “A People of One Book,” and “The Slain God,” all printed by Oxford University Press. He is the general editor of Oxford University Press’ “Spiritual Lives” series and is a contributing editor for “Books & Culture.” Larsen has written for numerous other popular publications including the Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN.com, Christian Century, and the Times Literary Supplement. For more information, contact Dr. Hoffman at khoffman@methodist.edu or by calling 910.480.8530.

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

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Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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