2016 Aldersgate Forum
Topic: The Fate of the Unevangelized and Eternal Judgment: Implications for Teaching, Preaching and End-of-Life Counseling
2015 Aldersgate Forum
Topic: No Other Gospel, Freedom in Christ: Paul's Letter to the Galatians
Chapters 5 and 6 - Dr. Michael Avery
2014 Aldersgate Forum
Topic: Assessing Cultural Change: Mapping its Meaning, Direction, and Morality
2012 Aldersgate Forum
Topic: Christ in the Old Testament: Seeing and Savoring the Messiah’s Glory
Christ in the Old Testament - Dr. Michael P. V. Barrett
Plenary Address 1 -- audio coming
Plenary Address 2 -- audio coming
Plenary Address 3 -- audio coming
2011 Aldersgate Forum
Topic: The Early Church's Understanding of Sanctification and its Contemporary Implications
Chris Bounds was invited by the Aldersgate Forum to share his research on the early church's understanding of sanctification and its contemporary implications. This paper seeks to (1) illuminate the various doctrines
of Christian perfection as they are addressed by individual Fathers; (2) identify common features found in each
doctrine, pointing to a consensual, operative understanding of Christian
perfection among them; and (3) argue that the Apostolic Fathers establish a
foundation upon which an orthodox tradition of perfection will develop in
In this essay, Philip Brown examines two aspects of the history of how
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 has been interpreted: (1) What did Paul mean when he said men should not be
covered and women should be covered when praying or prophesying, and (2) What
do Paul’s requirements regarding men’s and women’s hair mean.
develops a biblical theology of the role of each member of the Trinity in prayer and argues for the legitimacy of addressing all three persons of the Trinity in prayer.
In this paper, Philip
Brown addresses two questions: (1) What does the phrase in v. 4 “having his head covered” (NASB; κατὰ κεφαλῆς ἔχων) mean? Does
it, as Ben Witherington III and Preston Massey argue, necessarily to refer to a
material head-covering?; and (2) Does Paul’s language support the conclusion
that women are not to cut their hair at all, or does Paul only require women’s
hair to be long and leave to our discretion whether to trim it or not?
Chris Bounds examines Irenaeus’ teaching on Christian perfection in its historical theological context and illuminates its primacy for him, as well as the second century Church.
From the introduction: In his initial forays into Pauline study in 394/395, Propositions
from the Epistle to the Romans, Augustine interpreted Romans 7:14-25 as a
human being “under the law, prior to grace.”
In contrast, the Christian “under grace,”
infused with the love of God, is victorious over sin and “ceases to sin.” …
Topic: Enriching Christ's Body with the Holiness Witness: Obstacles, Opportunities, Methods
David Gordeuk was invited to share his perspective on the Forum's topic as a person who has lived and ministered both insider and outside of the CHM. His paper traces the history of the Pilgrim Holiness Church as a model for what gave birth to holiness witness in the world and what can again give it birth.
Keith Drury's paper addresses why entire sanctification is a hard sell in today's word and what to do about it.
Topic: Holiness Critical Issues: Divine Holiness, Entire Sanctification, Sin, and Assurance
David Fry's paper discusses the metaphysics of original sin (What is it?), entire sanctification and original sinfulness, and entire sanctification and actual sin. David is currently pursuing a PhD in theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Philip Brown's paper surveys a wide range of definitions of God's holiness and then proposes an alternative understanding. The second section of the paper explores what it means that God sanctifies Himself and how that relates to our sanctification of God.
Allan Brown's paper addresses the biblical basis for assurance of
entire sanctification. He argues that the believe can know that he is entirely sanctified through two means: biblical faith and measurable
attitudes and actions that may be expected as the fruit of entire
Philip Brown's paper addresses theological objections to entire sanctification by reformed theologians and then engages B. B. Warfield's exegesis of 1 Thessalonians 5:23. He demonstrates that a Wesleyan understanding of "entire sanctification" as attainable in this life is exegetically tenable and more likely than Warfield's exegesis.
Topic: Divorce, Remarriage, and the Church: Understanding the Issues; Ministering to the People
This journal article published by David L. Snuth in Trinity Journal 11.2 (1990): 131-141, was read by Dr. Allan Brown at the Forum.The article was originally titled, "Divorce and Remarriage From the Early Church to John Wesley." Appended to the end of this article are the relevant quotations from John Wesley on the subject of divorce and remarriage.
Wally Thornton's paper surveys the positions on divorce and remarriage from after John Wesley to the present, including many of the permutations of the conservative holiness movement.
Response to Paper 2 - Larry Smith (electronic copy not currently available)
Dr. Philip Brown's paper identifies twenty mistakes to avoid when discussing the issue of divorce and remarriage. It also seeks to address two key questions regarding those who are divorced and remarried: 1) are such persons living in adultery, and 2) is it God's will that such persons separate from their second partner and return to their first partner where possible.
This paper, read by Dr. Philip Brown, was part of a panel discussion on the topic. It specifically addresses the issues of church membership and church leadership with regard to divorced and remarried persons.
Topics: Church Membership and Church Planting
Papers and Presentations
A call to the Conservative Holiness Movement by the President of GBS and the Ministerial Faculty for the full and vigorous recovery of our heritage as
Christians of Wesleyan conviction. The call appeals to our entire movement to unite with us
joyfully in this commitment, pledging uncompromising faithfulness to God’s word
and to creative relevance in our ministry.
Dr. Philip Brown first argues that
understanding how levels of importance in truth, categories of interpretive
consensus, and soul liberty interrelate is indispensable for relating
properly to those outside our theological tradition. Second, the paper applies
these concepts to church membership, arguing that the criteria for
church membership and church leadership must be distinct and that the
focus of church membership is discipleship not governance.
Response 1 - Theological-Academic Perspective -- Rev. William Snider
(electronic copy not currently available)Formal Response 2 - Pastoral-Ministry Perspective -- Rev. Chris Cravens
Dr. Allan Brown defines the biblical terms "elder" and "deacon," and then identifies the biblical qualifications for these leadership positions within the church. The paper's thesis is He concludes with two appendices that address the requirements that elders' children be "believing" and that an elder be a "one woman man."
2005 Aldersgate Forum
Topic: Rediscovering our Message: Holiness of Heart and Life
in the 21st Century
Papers and Presentations
Dr. John N. Oswalt, from Wesley Biblical Seminary, was the primary speaker for this Forum. His expertise in Old Testament studies and his passion for biblical holiness were admirably evident in his presentations. The above file contains all the slides from Dr. Oswalt's presentations.