Alumni Publications, November 2012


CAPTURED, An Atheist’s Journey with God

By Anna D. Gulick (MDiv, 1983)

Dear Friends across the years,

A Couple of years ago my friends Rev. Robert and Monica Magoola brought an African couple to visit me.  As Robert plied me with questions about God’s leading in my life, Moses listened intently, sitting on the very edge of his chair.  The next day Robert said to me, “Anna, you really should write a book.  If Moses had been sitting on one of the chairs in the chancel of our church, he would have fallen on his face! You should write what you told him, so others could read it.”

Others have said, “You should write a book,” but this time it struck me that God was at the back of what Robert was saying, and I listened.  Archbishop Orombi of Uganda has said, “A Christian is a person who has a testimony to what God has done in his life.”  The book I have written is my testimony to grace, to deliverance, to the awesome power of God.

Today I am writing to those who have journeyed with me down through the years, to let them know that my book, CAPTURED, An Atheist’s Journey with God, has been released.  You can see a good sampling of pages, from my childhood and conversion, and a few pages from post-Japan life in Massachusetts, including some of my visit with Duncan Campbell to the sites of the 1949 Hebrides Revival, at the Amazon website.  The sample pages do not include any of the chapters on the Japan years, the Asbury Revival, or my significant spiritual journey as a deacon of the Anglican Church of Uganda, and since coming under the Anglican Church in North America.

Emeth Press has done a beautiful job, and it is printed in a reader-friendly font.

It will be available at bookstores or very soon on Kindle.  You can order it in the US or internationally from Amazon, and postage free in the U.S.  You can get it at varying discounts from others listed at the Amazon website.  But if you want a copy and don’t live in Kentucky, I can send it to you for my author’s discount price of $18.00 plus $3.60 postage and shipping costs.  But please, if you write or e-mail me, use VERY LARGE BLACK LETTERS.

If any of you should feel led to post a review at the Amazon website, it would be immensely helpful.

I hope this finds you well, and rejoicing in the grace of God.

Blessings,

Anna

Christ-Centered Higher Education
Memory, Meaning, and Momentum for the Twenty-First Century
by David L. McKenna (MDiv, 1953)

If the Christ-centered college or university did not exist, would it have to be invented? Back in the 1950s, the answer was in doubt. With few exceptions, Christian colleges wallowed in defensive self-doubt and divisive competition while under attack from the rising public sector. Students of American higher education predicted that they would soon become as extinct as the whooping crane.
Rather then succumbing to doomsayers, leaders in Christian higher education bonded together around the commanding truth that “all things come together” in Jesus Christ. They drove their stake for the future in the integration of faith and learning as the reason for the existence of Christ-centered higher education. Out of this commitment came a renaissance movement of common cause and unprecedented cooperation through the Consortium of Christian Colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
Will integration continue to be the energizing and all-pervasive influence that gives the Christ-centered institution its reason for existence? Trustees, presidents, deans and faculties in each generation must think and rethink the concept in the light of theological, academic, technological, and cultural change. David McKenna opens the conversation by remembering where we were, confirming who we are, and envisioning what we can be.

This book can be found at Amazon here.
This book can be found at Cokesbury here.

 

The Great CoMission, Making Sense of Making Disciples
by Brooks St. Clair Morton (MDiv, 2003; THM, 2004)
Dear friends and colleagues,
Joy and peace to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am excited to share with you the release of my first book, titled The Great CoMission: Making Sense of Making Disciples. The genesis of this book slowly evolved from a group project in Matthias Zahniser’s J-term class (Discipling Across Cultures). So, even though your names have escaped me, I hope my two old friends are reading this email because I owe you both a huge thank you, and just so you two know, the idea we came up with really does work!
I appreciate Dr. Stephen L. Martyn for contributing a wonderful and generous Foreward. This book presupposes that pastors and seminarians deeply desire to answer the question of all questions: how do I make disciples of Jesus Christ? The Great CoMission: Making Sense of Making Disciples is a helpful guide for pastors in the field, yet “meaty” enough for seminarians in the classroom. In The Great CoMission, readers will encounter useful principles for discipleship and solid biblical theology for ministry. This unique book approaches the Great Commission from a rite-of-passage framework, therefore allowing for serious consideration of the internal mechanisms of Matthew 28:16-20 by focusing on the relationship between initiation, instruction, and Jesus’ promise to be with the church to the end of the age. I write from an unapologetically apologetic, Wesleyan, cross-cultural, and missiological perspective, avoiding the popular method of using the Great Commission merely as a holy launching pad for retelling the story of a mega church.
Like most of you, my experience is in small church ministry, but the principles and theology will compliment congregations and youth ministries of all sizes. The main body of the text is my practical theology of discipleship. The Appendix is a creative example (based on the principles of the book) of a confirmation/baptismal preparation process known as The Pilgrimage to God’s Holy Mountain. I hope that you discover that I have written with courage and conviction, always faithful to the text with a nod to the practical.
Here is a quick link to The Great CoMission on Amazon.com:http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-CoMission-Making-Disciples/dp/0761860185/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351023121&sr=8-1&keywords=brooks+st.+clair+morton
God bless you all with much appreciation to so many of you who have shaped and formed me, to my professors, and to our beloved Asbury Theological Seminary. I would love to hear from you, so be encouraged to email me or “friend request” me on Facebook.
At your service in His service,
Brooks St. Clair Morton
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