April 2019

Latest News from Bridwell Library

Bridwell Quill – Latest Note, November – December 2021 Read the update from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia. Bridwell Quarterly – Fall 2021 The thirteenth issue of The Bridwell Quarterly includes a note from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia, reflecting on the past few months; a story about the newly renamed Center for Methodist Studies at Bridwell Library; a tribute to Ian Tyson; a staff profile; and many more topics we hope you'll enjoy. Click to read the Fall 2021 [...]

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A Message from Dean Hill

Naturally, all of us closely associated with Perkins regard our school as a dynamic and vital partner with the church. Nevertheless, it is important from time to time to have the value of one’s work assessed by an impartial source. For that reason, last year all 13 United Methodist schools of theology commissioned a detailed study by Dr. Daniel O. Aleshire, who until recently served as the Executive Director of The Association of Theological Schools. (Dr. Aleshire worked for ATS for 27 years and [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:28+00:00 April 1, 2019|

Office of Development

April is always a bittersweet month because we will soon say goodbye to students who will be graduating in May. Our faculty and staff have formed bonds with these students, and are excited that many will be taking positions of leadership in the Church and in other settings.  We are confident that, with their natural gifts and abilities, and with the education they have received at Perkins, they will be successful in their lives of ministry. Most of these [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:28+00:00 April 1, 2019|

MAST Program Launched at Perkins

Since its founding, Perkins School of Theology has prepared students for the pulpit.  Now, a new program is helping Perkins students to prepare to speak through alternative “pulpits” – books, blogs, film, music and other media. The Minister-Author-Scholar-Teacher (MAST) Program, launched as a pilot venture in the fall of 2018, is a two-year program that offers resources and training to a select cohort of master’s level students at Perkins interested in writing or creating other media for the church [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:29+00:00 April 1, 2019|

2019 Perkins Theological School for the Laity

More than 200 laity and others gathered at the SMU campus this week (March 28-30) to pause and learn from some of the nation’s foremost teachers of the Bible, religion, theology, and ministry from the faculty of Perkins School of Theology. The Perkins Theological School for the Laity 2019 began on Thursday, March 28, with two afternoon half-day courses, including “The Future of a Divided Church,” presented by the Rev. Adam Hamilton (M.Div. '88), a bestselling author and pastor [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:29+00:00 April 1, 2019|

Perkins’ Black Seminarians Host Seven Last Words

For many years, black churches have hosted a special Good Friday service called “Seven Last Words,” an African-American tradition woven around the last utterances of Christ before his death on the cross.  Three years ago, the Black Seminarians Association (BSA) of Perkins School of Theology hosted its inaugural Seven Last Words service at St. Luke “Community” UMC, and now it’s quickly becoming a Perkins tradition, too. This year’s third annual Seven Last Words service will take place on Friday, [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:29+00:00 April 1, 2019|

Staff Update: Tracy Anne Allred

Tracy Anne Allred with her family at the Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Tracy Anne Allred, Assistant Dean of Student Life, was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2019, at her alma mater, Palm Beach Gardens Community High School (PBGCHS) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in an induction ceremony on March 10 in the school’s auditorium. Allred, a 1989 graduate of PBGCHS, was [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:29+00:00 April 1, 2019|

Student Spotlight: David Kim

If you want a sense of David Kim’s outlook on life, turn to Ecclesiastes 3:11: “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Kim calls that verse his “spiritual mac and cheese” – comfort food that nourished him in times of struggle as he embraced the Christian faith, coming from a non-believing family, and eventually decided to [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:30+00:00 April 1, 2019|

Faculty Profile: Abraham Smith

If you doubt whether the Bible is relevant today, talk to Abraham Smith. His wide-ranging work centers on connecting Biblical texts to modern issues – as well as contributing to a major, worldwide effort to update a translation of the Bible itself. Currently, Smith is on sabbatical. He recently completed a book manuscript that examines mass incarceration in tandem with Luke’s critique of injustice in the Roman empire. “There are imprisonment scenes all over the Book of Acts,” he [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:30+00:00 April 1, 2019|

Faculty Update

Alyce McKenzie translates advice for good preaching into tips for politicians As Director of the Center for Preaching Excellence, Alyce McKenzie teaches preachers how to have something important to say and to say it well from the pulpit. (Rule one: Don’t bore the hell out of people.) She translates advice for preachers into tips for politicians, in this column in Inside Sources, an online aggregator of opinion pieces. Read it here.     Anthony J. Elia: Libraries aren’t dead [...]

2020-04-01T20:11:30+00:00 April 1, 2019|
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