Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


Looking for graduate student named Rodney (Didn't get last name) who attended Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship worship service, on Sunday, November 10, 2019. He stated he was doing research on Oak Cliff. If you are, or know this person, please in box me. Thank you
[The Key of David; The Key of Knowledge; The True Doctrine of Christ; (Revelation 3:7); (Luke 8:10; 11:52); (Isaiah 22:22)]: ^click on photos; albums: to access the scripture teachings.^ Also: 2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. {[(HE=IS=A=RE+WARDER of them that diligently seek him); (Hebrews 11)]}: PLEASE, FINISH THIS BIBLE STUDY. Some are deceived. It is not that their pastor, who was mislead by false teaching, meant to deceive them, but that their teachers were mislead, and do not study God's Word chapter by chapter, verse by verse, line upon line, and precept upon precept, to discover the deeper truth in God's Word, the true doctrine of Christ. The seminaries require students to agree with false doctrine to graduate. Anyone that has and uses the Key of David has the true doctrine of Christ; 1 body; 1 doctrine. That is what He said. GOD EXPECTS IT: Jeremiah 23 (God is going to purge the earth of false teaching). Every under shepherd is responsible for their own flock, and will answer to God (1 Peter 4:17). Judgment starts at the pulpit. Those that hear the truth, yet run from it can be turned over to a reprobate mind. God is going to do something much more definite to those that hear, and believe not this message (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). Nobody can ignore scripture, and be wise. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 reads beautifully in the English (it was written in the Greek, and you need to go research the words). Use the Key of David. Ask Him for the latter rain, and stay in His Word. You will wither without it, and most have not yet received it. They are still passing along the leavened bread of the Pharisees, who did not accept Christ as the Messiah, and Satan has others programmed to receive the first super natural entity that shows up claiming to be Christ. They are looking to be "raptured" out of here before the false Christ comes. They don't understand God's Plan. Christ cannot return until after Satan comes (2 Thessalonians 2). The false Christ (Satan), will come and claim that he is God, before the true Christ Jesus returns. The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is false teaching. Christ is returning for a virgin bride, and those that worship the false Christ (Satan), thinking that he is the true Christ will no longer be spiritual virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). The oil in the lamp symbolizes the truth of God's Word / His Holy Spirit. There is a counterfeit spirit that mimics, but cannot duplicate the Holy Spirit. A person can often mistake a counterfeit (evil) when it stands in the role of the genuine (Holy Spirit) on matters that an individual does not know the truth about, yet believes something else they thought sounded right instead. Satan will use the errors in the person's understanding to spread the falsity throughout the congregation (Matthew 16:6). Furthermore, Satan planted false doctrines into the seminaries where and when he could, as subtly as possible, so as not to be detected by the casual Christian. Many students, scholars, and teachers take the doctrine that was taught to them. There is a point in the growth of a Christian where the person understands enough about God's Word to know how to have a Gospel conversation. We are commanded to find answers to the questions that arise from others. Satan uses religion, and loves the pulpit as one of the invisible hands of his beast system. There are 4 hidden dynasties Satan uses to bring about his one world beast system: education, economics, political, & religious (maybe his favorite because it is so blasphemous). Satan masquerades inside the churches, and concentrates efforts on keeping the teachers, seminaries, pastors, elders, and church members in the darkness about the depths of God's Word, all the while singing hymns with them about the truths that are considered to be some of the milk of God's Word (2 Corinthians 11:14 - in the Greek, the word is, "disguised; masquerades)." Guarding a lie with truth, Satan intends to keep them in the dark about discovering the true plan of God (Hosea 4:6). Each person is responsible for researching, asking, and praying to the Father to reveal the meats, the deeper truths of His Word / His Plan, to them (pray for the former and latter rains); (Joel 2:23; James 5:7). God wrote His letter to us so that we would know what to do. He expects those that have the opportunity to study it to do so (seek the answers). Be on that has ears to hear, and therefore, eyes to see, spiritually speaking. Pay attention, and be serious minded (watchmen), ever learning from the Living Word (2 Timothy 2:15). {Mark 13; Luke 21; [Matthew 24 - the ones taken first are taken by the false Christ. The disciples remain in the field working (Matthew 24:13); Hebrews 9:26-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:17 = 1 Corinthians 15:52 (at the last trump). Deuteronomy 30:4; 32:5 (the Song of Moses; chapter 32 is the song that the overcomers sing - Revelation); Psalm 37:9-20; Proverbs 10:30; Nehemiah 1:9; Isaiah 64:4; Zephaniah 3:8-9]}. ^ Paul could never give a word that would contradict, override, be outside of, or supersede the word of God / Christ. Moreover, Paul did not contradict himself. He knows the Plan of God. Out of the 7 churches in the book of Revelation, Christ is only pleased with 2 of the 7 (they are not deceived). Marvel not that the church is under great deception for it is written that there will be a falling away, the "great apostasy." Many will worship the false Messiah. "The Mystery of Iniquity" has long been at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Plant the seeds: the truth of God's Word. Pray, and be patient. [Matthew 13:30 - this is at the end of the Day of the Lord, yet it is parallel with the events that will transpire before that day / 2nd Advent / 7th trump]. The disciples / saints / election / overcomers remain in the field working for a short season, until the true Christ returns (Mark 13:20; Matthew 24:22). [Christ will return at the 2nd Advent, and not until; the 7th trump; the last trump; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 15:52 (last trump); Hebrews 9:26; Zechariah 9:10; Titus 2:13]. Ezekiel 13:20 King James Version (KJV) 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. MARK 13 - Jesus speaking, gives the order of events that consummate the end of this age. Luke 21 - Christ Jesus on the order of events that will bring about the end of this age. Study these 2 chapters along side of Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 for understanding. 1 Thessalonians 4 ~ This was originally written in Greek, a fixed language. English is not a fixed language, and that puts a spin on things. It is important to take your concordance, and study to the roots of the words meanings, or you will run into confusion (Babylon; babyl; darkness; Satan's kingdom). Greek, being a fixed language, does not allow the subject to change. The subject here is: "where are the dead?" The subject cannot change to a false teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture. The second reference to this scripture is (1 Corinthians 15:50-55 - "at the final trump)." 1 Thessalonians 4:4). Stick with Christ and do not be a part of worshipping false idols, religions, other gods. 5). Love is honest, genuine, and true. 7). Holiness is bringing His Word forth, and not deceiving people. 10). Keep doing missionary work and spreading the Word. 11). "Quiet" = "sincere" (understood it). 13). "I don't want you to be ignorant about the dead, and where they are." The heathen don't know where the dead are. [Reference: Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (the spirit returns to the Father); (2 Corinthians 5:7-8)]. 14). They are already with Him, all of the dead, every one. 15). [Reference: Ecclesiastes 12:7-8; "prevent" = "precede" (Greek). They are already gone. There is no way to beat them there. Some are on the wrong side of the gulf]. 16). The Trump of God is the last trump. The dead in Christ rise first because they are with Him. A person's spirit does not remain in the ground. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust for our earthly bodies have served their purposes. [Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 (50). Flesh gets crippled, cannot be eternal. (52). LAST TRUMP]. 17). Paul spoke colloquial Greek. "Air" = (Greek: (aer) (ah-ayr'); from aemi: "To breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy to blow): "air" (as naturally circumambient). We are caught up in that spiritual body with the Lord; the breath of life; face. "Clouds" [Reference: Hebrews 12:1 (group, swarm, or gathering of witnesses; army that is coming with Christ]: [Reference: Ezekiel 13:2-3, 17-21 (here, "women" mean children of Israel, the seed of the nation (God's people). God is clearly AGAINST those that teach His people to fly to save their souls)]. In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul makes it PERFECTLY CLEAR that there is no Pre-Tribulation "Rapture." We are to remain in the field, working until Christ's return, at the LAST TRUMP. We will be here with Christ. He reigns for 1,000 years (the Day of The Lord); (Revelation 20:4); (Hebrews 9:26); (Zechariah 9:10). {[Acts 1:1-11 / Zechariah 14:4] - HIS FEET WILL TOUCH THE GROUND}; Zechariah 9:9-10 (verse 9 = 1st advent; verse 10 = 2nd advent). God did not tell us to put on the Gospel armor so that we could fly away. [2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Thessalonians 5 ~ the "any-time doctrine" is false teaching, the anti-Christ (false Christ, false Messiah, the final king of Babylon, the dragon, the serpent, the little horn, the accuser, the desolator, Satan, comes first, at the 6th trump. He will be posing as Christ). The true Christ will not return until the 7th (last trump), as it is written (1 Corinthians 15:52; Hebrews 9:26). It cannot happen otherwise]. Proverbs 1:7 King James Version (KJV) 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 18:13 King James Version (KJV) 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. 2 Thessalonians 2 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Romans 11:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. Revelation 3:1). Spiritually dead. In a place of a lot of commerce. This brings distractions, religions, and false trails. Christianity is the reality. 2). Plant seeds, and do not support false teaching. 3). "[Hour" (of temptation): anti-Christ (instead of Christ) will try to persuade you spiritually to follow him, by means of any way that is false, but is guarded and disguised with some truth (2 Thessalonians 2)]; [New subject - "like a thief," because many people will think Christ is already here when the false Christ (Satan; the anti-Christ), comes pretending to be Christ, at the 6th trump). The deceived will be unpleasantly surprised when Christ Jesus returns at the 7th trump (Matthew 24:32-51 - the ones taken first are taken by Satan, as the false Christ. The disciples remain in the field working; Mark 13; Luke 21; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Hebrews 9:26-28)]. 4). God's elect will stand. The white robes worn in heaven are woven together by our righteous acts (Revelation 19:8). 5). "Blotting out" (erasing). 7). "Philadelphia" (Brotherly Love). It is critical to understand: the key of David unlocks the meats of the true doctrine of God's Word, and includes knowing the genealogy of David, through which Christ came, and the genealogy of Cain, through which the Kenites came. It is much more than genealogy. This is imperative for understanding the mystery of the Kingdom. Study the mystery of the Kingdom, and the mystery of iniquity. [Note: the church members of Smyrna's teachings are this, as will be all of the church members]. The key of David unlocks the deeper understandings of God's Word, and locks God's Word whereby men cannot change it, as they have with many translations (the Kenites; Genesis 3:15-16; 1 Chronicles 2:55; Luke 11:52; John 8:44-45; Revelation 2:9; 3:9). 8). "Open door, and no man can shut it" (once you know the truth, you cannot be deceived. Always stick to the truth, it is a guarantee). "Yehovah" (YHVH; THE=SACRED=NAME of GOD). There is no letter "J" in the Hebrew alphabet. 9). All are gathered at Christ's feet, and bow to Him. It is not us they will bow to. We will be worshipping at the feet of Christ. 10). We know that Satan (the desolator) is the abomination of desolation, spoken of by the prophet (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14), and will come as the anti-Christ. Therefore, we are not unsuspecting, deceived, or tempted to worship Satan, pretending to be Christ (2 Thessalonians 2). 12). "Overcometh" (Mark 13; Luke 21; Matthew 24; Deuteronomy 32). "Pillar in the temple," (spiritually). He is the Temple, the Word, and the Body. [Reference: Revelation 21:22-27]. 13). Tuned to the Holy Spirit (discernment). 15). Be morally and spiritually correct. Stand for the truth, and be depended on for doing it. We need works (James 2:14-26). 18). Pray for spiritual "(eyes to see and ears to hear)," and for the former and latter rain, to be awake, watching, working in the field, and having understanding (Revelation 7:1-3; Revelation 9). "Buy gold tried by the fire," = works. The more you burn gold, the purer it gets. It is not that gold will hold a high future value, it is that it works well as a teaching aid for us to understand. 19). God will forgive. He loves, and corrects His children. We must do it His way. 20). Open your mind (heart) to Him, and know and understand His will and plan. He opens the door to understanding, removes confusion, and problems, bringing in peace in its proper resting place (abide). Seek, ask, and knock to receive revelation from His Word. Christ is the Prince of Peace, but there will not be world peace until after God's wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:3-7). 21). True Victory. 22). Christ is only pleased with 2 of the 7 churches in the many membered ONE body of Christ's Church (Revelation 1:11). It is our command to bring that many membered body into one accord, as is the body of Christ, and His Church (Bride). Understand that which is outside of Christ's doctrine is not in the body, but the Kingdom is like a net cast, and those things that don't belong are cast out. God gives us the opportunity to make corrections before receiving judgment. Do not be one that worships the false Christ. They will be attending a false wedding, having been beguiled by Satan, the false Christ. This is a test, and it will happen as God's Word says it will. It is impossible for it not to happen as God said, and impossible that it will not happen. Once again, for emphasis: IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN EXACTLY AS GOD SAID IT WILL (absolute guarantee).

The official/institutional page for Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Perkins School of Theology is one of the 13 seminaries of The United Methodist Church and one of only five university-related United Methodist theological schools, located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with an extension program in Houston/Galveston.

Mission: "Higher learning. Real experience. Vital Ministry." The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology, as a community devoted to theological study and teaching in the service of the church of Jesus Christ, is to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry. Perkins School of Theology affirms its relationships to the community of learning that is Southern Methodist University, to the universal church (inclusive, ecumenical, and global), The United Methodist Church specifically, and to its particular geographical and cultural setting in the southwestern United States. These relationships are sources of strength and avenues of service for the school as it pursues its twin tasks of theological reflection and theological education to the glory of God. [Adopted by the faculty, April 2, 2001]

Pastor Blair with Dr. Ruben Habito

Perkins alumna, Rev. Blair Thompson-White (M. Div. '12, D. Min. '18), interviewed Dr. Ruben Habito via Zoom recently and asked him to share how we can stay centered and connected in this anxious and uncertain time. His reflections in this short video are an offering of wisdom and grace.

Pastor Blair interviewed Dr. Ruben Habito via Zoom this week and asked him to share how we can stay centered and connected in this anxious and uncertain time...

So much of life is routine and therefore forgettable, but we will all remember how we responded in this hour, writes Dean Craig Hill in this month's Perspective Online.

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, he believes that Mordecai’s advice to Esther speaks to pastors as well as healthcare workers and first responders: “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to this position for just such a time as this.”

Read his full letter here:

SMU | World Changers Shaped Here

Providers of pastoral care during this time of crisis are in need of care themselves. Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Perkins School of Theology, offers a modern-day look at the parable of the Good Samaritan and provides concrete ways for pastors, chaplains, counselors and others to practice self-care now.

Read her blog here: A nationally ranked comprehensive research university with seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas. SMU's nearly 12,000 students benefit from small classes, research opportunities, leadership development, international s...

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, we reflect with a devotion on Psalm 130.

"Lord, hear my voice! The psalmist cries out to the Lord to be heard, to beg forgiveness, and to hope for the end of the waiting. It is a prayer that gives words to the darkness of repentance and waiting for relief. However, what begins as an individual prayer ends as a call for hope for the whole community.

Lent this year is not as we likely imagined, but the waiting and watching described in this psalm feels familiar. Though we are in the process of separating ourselves from one another, we do so in the spirit of love for the good of our families, our neighbors, and our broader communities. But for now, we wait 'more than those who watch for the morning' (130:6).

The practice of walking a labyrinth symbolizes a pilgrimage or a spiritual journey. Try reading or listening to Psalm 130 as you trace the image of the Habito Labyrinth with your finger. You might find it helpful to print out the image and put some glue on the lines; then, you can feel the path. The meditative movement encourages your mind and body to focus on the words in a different way. How do we wait with hope during this season? O Israel, hope in the Lord!"

As online worship becomes the "new normal" for Christians around the world, church leaders are faced with the question of the Lord's Supper.

Dr. Mark Stamm, Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins, discusses this sacramental dilemma in his article "Online Communion and the COVID-19 Crisis: Problems and Alternatives." We invite you to read his thoughts here:

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Join us in April for three free webinars hosted by Perkins professor Jack Levision! Register today with other spiritual seekers for discussions focused on "Finding Inspiration in Isolation."

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"We are living a unique moment, and the learning curve involved in this transition might be uncomfortable for some of us. People need Jesus’s message of hope and love as we move through this season of confinement and uncertainty."

Dr. Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Assistant Professor of Church Music and Director of M.S.M. Program at Perkins, offers some insights on how “do church” online in a variety of ways in his new blog. Read it here:

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Embracing online ministry?
Discovering new ways to create community?
Have an exciting idea you want to share?

As we all shift to new modes of ministry, we want to help share innovative resources with our community. We invite you to let us know what's working for you!

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We invite you to join United Methodists and other Christians around the world to pray The Lord’s Prayer at noon Wednesday in your local time zones.

Please read the following statement issued by The Council of Bishops.

“We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their own time zones. In the words of Pope Francis, ‘We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.’ As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection at Easter, we have sure trust and confidence that God will hear the united prayers of the church across the world.”

During this unprecedented time in the life of the church —and world— Perkins is committed to providing the best resources for worship, preaching and staying connected. Today, we’re highlighting Perkins professor Alyce McKenzie and several of the ways she has embraced the world’s 'new normal'. Take a look at two of her blogs linked below and listen to her guest podcast!

Preaching to an Empty Room:
Preaching to an Empty Room Part Two: Preaching What You Practice:
Louisiana NOW Podcast:

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Today we share a Lenten devotion from Rev. Connie Nelson, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations at Perkins.

"One of my favorite places in Dallas is White Rock Lake. For more than seven years now, I’ve regularly risen before dawn and driven the short distance from my home to the boat dock, just to watch the breathtaking way the light illuminates the water and sky. As I record these moments through photography, I am always powerfully moved by the uniqueness of each day’s triumph of light over darkness: sometimes in hues of pink or purple, sometimes in shades of blue and green, and other times simply by the sparkle of diamond-like light shimmering on the soft waves.

As a photographer, I am dependent on—and grateful for—the light.

This week’s Lenten lectionary readings remind us of the importance of light: of Jesus, who manifests himself as the light of life (John 9:1-41); of God, who shepherds us even in the darkness (Psalm 23); and Paul’s exhortation to us to 'live as children of the light' (Ephesians 5:8-14). It is no coincidence that both the Hebrew and New Testament texts employ the metaphor of illumination, of light. It is especially powerful as we reflect on Jesus—whose very being illumines our dark places.

As a Christian, I am dependent on—and grateful for—the light.

In this fourth week of Lent, I invite you to think on these things: Light cleanses. Where are those places in your life that need healing? Light casts out darkness. What hidden fears might you give to God? Light makes the invisible visible. What beauty lies within you that you have yet to let the world see? Light is essential for growth. What personal seeds lie dormant that are longing to bud?

May Jesus, our light, be your guide during this Lenten season."

In light of the rapidly changing events surrounding the spread of Covid-19, our upcoming Inside Perkins event on March 26 will now convene as a Zoom meeting. Prospective students will speak with members of our Admission team and two current students to learn about about degree programs, the internship program, application process, scholarship opportunities, and much more!

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Do you have online resources or creative ideas that are keeping your church communities connected? Submit them via our new resource form and we'll share with the wider Perkins community!

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March is Women’s History Month and today we’d like to share an article by the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church that shines a light on four clergywomen serving in the East and Northwest districts. Three of these incredible women are Perkins alumna —Rev. Cassie Wade (M.Div. ’13), Rev. Dana Coker (M.Div. ’03) and Rev. Denise Peckham (M.Div. ’08)— and we could not be more proud!

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As our students and alumni/ae navigate continuation of their church communities online during these uncertain times, Perkins would like to offer resources for live streaming worship, preaching and ongoing spiritual care. Please visit our website below to hear from Perkins faculty, The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries and others on how we can all continue fulfilling our calls to serve in this new landscape.


To all members of our Perkins community: First and foremost, we wish you safety and strong health during this unprecedented time in our world.

As the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve, we want to highlight our webpage This is where we will continuously post updates to SMU and Perkins-related policies as well as news of event postponements or cancellations. In addition, any major updates will be shared via social media.

As we navigate our new normal in the coming weeks, we also plan to continue to share stories of our Perkins students, alumni/ae, faculty and staff across our social media channels. We hope these stories will serve as a reminder of how Perkins has impacted and will continue to impact the beautiful world in which we serve.

Finally, if you have a story you’d like to share with us, we invite you to please email [email protected].

[03/12/20]   Note: Updated Postponements/Cancellations listed below.

Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of Coronavirus, students of Perkins School of Theology—with all students of Southern Methodist University—will move from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break: March 23 through April 5, with classes resuming April 6.

Perkins Event Cancellations

Because of the University’s restriction of all on-campus gatherings with 50 persons or more through the end of April, Perkins has postponed or cancelled these events:

March 25 – From Shelf to Spotlight: The Hidden History of Women’s Speeches
March 25 – 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
March 26 – Inside Perkins
March 26-28 – Summit for Faith and Learning
April 2 – Theology and Craft
April 2 – Interfaith Seder
April 4 – Colloquium on “Spiritual and Religious Abuse: Recognizing, Preventing and Healing”
April 6 – Faith and Business Luncheon
April 16 – Inside Perkins
April 16 – Tate Wilson Lecture
April 16-18 – Baylor Symposium Panel Discussion
April 17-19 – Certification in Spiritual Direction
April 20 – "Preaching And..." Workshop

Events not listed are still under consideration and will be listed here if cancelled or postponed.

At this time, SMU still intends to hold Commencement Convocation on May 16.

We will update this Perkins-related information as it unfolds. Find the latest alerts here:

A Prayer for the Denomination in Troubling Times

You are invited to join in A Prayer for the Denomination in Troubling Times by Dr. Mark W. Stamm, Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology, available now from Discipleship Ministries. God of the Ages, who called Abraham and Sarah to journey to a land that you promised: Guide the people called United Methodist through our current distress to a place of peace and rekindled vision, that we may yet participate in the transformation of the world, and that our neighbors may find in us....

Dozens of Perkins students started the semester with fresh perspectives and memories, following their travels in the 2020 January term Global Theological Education Immersion Trips to Waco, Texas, and Israel/Palestine.

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An exciting new event is in the works! Stay tuned for more details to come. We hope to see you there!

Perkins School of Theology and Cox School of Business announce the creation of cooperative, sequenced degree programs between the two Southern Methodist University graduate schools. The programs, designed for students interested in either careers in ministry with a strong business focus or for students interested in a business career with a strong theological focus, include two sequences: the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or the Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) and the M.B.A. The programs will begin with the 2020-21 academic year.

Photo: Dean Matt Myers and Dean Craig Hill


Have you heard? Jack Levison, Perkins Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew, recently released a new book!

Tune in this week to hear him chat about his latest work, "A Boundless God: The Spirit According to the Old Testament," on the following shows:

The Busted Halo
Feb. 25 (tonight) 6:20 p.m. CT

The Ride Home with John and Kathy
Feb. 26, 4:40 p.m. CT

The Bob Dutko Show
Feb. 27, 12:40 p.m. CT

Perkins is fortunate to have an outstanding Executive Board, a group of dedicated supporters who serve as an advisory group to Dean Craig Hill. Chaired by Bishop Mike McKee of the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church , the Board is made up of 43 members, including six SMU Trustees, three of whom are bishops of The United Methodist Church.

Learn more about the Executive Board and how they support Perkins:

Get to know Natalia Marandiuc, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Perkins, and how she is balancing the life of the mind with the life of a mother.

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In the secular realm, it seems like money makes the world go 'round. But in the New Testament, the love of money gets some bad press.

In the February issue of Perspective Online, Dean Craig Hill's letter takes a deeper look at money. He proposes that money is a tool: one resource among many that may be employed in God's service. Money is no substitute for human presence and caring, he writes, but it can under some circumstances make that human presence and caring possible.

Read his full letter here:

Perkins student Wallace Wyatt, III recently enjoyed a high point in his work with the nonprofit After-School All-Stars North Texas (ASAS), when he participated at the Dallas Influencers in Sports and Entertainment Fast Pitch Competition to share ASAS’s story.

Read more about Wyatt’s work here:

Have you registered for Perkins Summit of Faith and Learning? Save your spot while space is still available!

This year’s theme is “Boundless Learning, Bountiful Living,” and we’ll offer multiple course options that are open to laity as well as clergy. To learn more, visit our website:

Yesterday we welcomed our newest class of students to the Perkins Houston-Galveston Extension Program! It was a busy day for these students as they completed orientation and met for their first semester of classes. We look forward to all you will accomplish!

Learn more about our flexible, hybrid program on our Admission website:

In this month’s student spotlight meet Cori Clevenger (M.Div. ’20), a native Texan who is currently serving three churches in England as part of a new internship experience available to Perkins students.

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The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology, as a community devoted to theological study and teaching in the service of the church of Jesus Christ, is to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry.

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5915 Bishop Blvd
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