I had the privilege today of being able to present a paper on “Experience as a Christian Apologetic” at Tyndale University College and Seminary. This was a part of their Wesleyan-Pentecostal symposium.
I have been to the Wesleyan Symposium at Tyndale before, but this was their first year having the Pentecostal component. The keynote speaker was Donald Dayton, author of the Theological Roots of Pentecostalism. I really appreciated this event and the work of Dr. James Pedlar (Chair of Wesley Studies) and Dr. Van Johnson (Academic Dean of Master’s Pentecostal Seminary) in putting this together.
In some ways it was ironic that I would present a paper, as I am neither a Wesleyan nor a Pentecostal. Having said that, I was raised as an Anglican (John Wesley was a lifelong Anglican) and I was baptized in and started ministry in the Pentecostal church.
For some time I have been reflecting on apologetic possibilities for the more experiential side of Christianity. When I saw the call for papers and the theme of “Experience” for this symposium, I had all the motivation I needed to organize my thoughts.
The paper seemed to go well and I am thankful for the opportunity.