Wesleyan Live


Dear Wesleyan Live registrants and potential registrants:

I am sorry to inform you that we must cancel our upcoming class: “How the Lord’s Prayer Lost its Radical Edge.” As you may know, Dr. Jewett’s health has been waning. All along, we have thought this may have to be his last class for us. It now proves to be beyond his strength to meet the high standard of research and preparation he always sets for himself.

I feel most concern for Dr. Jewett personally, of course, and wish him the very best in maintaining his strength. I hope that by limiting his work in areas of public presentation, we will continue to have the benefit of his bright mind and meticulous scholarship through the printed page.

No matter how you paid the registration fee, it will be returned to you in the coming weeks. Please let me know if there is any problem in your receiving it. 

Thank you for your interest in this class. Dr. Jewett’s teaching has always generated good interest; his topic this time has had an especially strong response. I’m sorry we won’t get the benefit of his work as well as the insights and discussion you would provide. 

The future of Wesleyan Live as a resource in continuing education will now reside with the University Minister’s office at NWU. I have offered my help and support should it be continued. That decision will be made by the Rev. Eduardo Bousson and President Ohles. Be assured that you will be on the list for information about any classes in the future.

Thanks again for your interest in Wesleyan Live.

Mel Luetchens

Assistant to the President for Church Relations (retired)


"How the Lord's Prayer Lost its Radical Edge"

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Day: Mondays from Feb. 27 to March 27
  • Professor: Rev. Dr. Robert Jewett
This class will look at the radical ideas that Jesus' prayer introduced into its contemporary social/political/religious context and how that edge was "adjusted" to make it more palatable in the early Christian movement.
How would Jesus' prayer impact the Christian witness today if its message were applied to our contemporary socio-political world the way Jesus meant it for his? Each weekly lecture and discussion will explore an individual aspect of this question:
  • Toning down the original message of Jesus: the radical "Our Abba."
  • Domesticating God's kingdom and will.
  • Recovering the radical practice of eating "tomorrow's bread today."
  • "Lead us not" into the "test" of holy war.
  • Emperor Constantine solidifies a conventional interpretation.
The class will be conducted at the Great Plains Conference office in Lincoln. Participants may join the class there or receive it online via livestream on the conference website. A special URL will be sent to all participants prior to the beginning of the class.
The cost is $40, or $20 for retirees and students. Local church classes may join as a group for a maximum of $75.
Registration and pay for the course.

About the Course Leaders

The Rev. Dr. Robert Jewett is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Great Plains Annual Conference. Educated at Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Chicago and the University of Tubingen, he taught at Morningside College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before becoming a Theologian-in-Residence at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Among his many books are Jesus Against the Rapture (1979), Paul the Apostle to America (1994), Saint Paul at the Movies (1993), Saint Paul Returns to the Movies (1999), Captain America and the Crusade against Evil (2003), Romans: A Commentary, in the Hermeneia Series (2007) and Romans: A Short Commentary (2013). His interests include the relation between the Bible and American culture and the social structure of early Christianity.




The Rev. Mel Luetchens, host for Wesleyan Live, is a retired minister of the Great Plains Conference. His career included local church and campus ministry as well as administrative posts in the former Nebraska Conference, statewide ecumenical leadership as well as national fundraising and education posts for Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. He has worked part time as assistant to the president for church relations at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

If you have any questions regarding the class, please contact the Rev. Mel Luetchens at mluetche@nebrwesleyan.edu or 402-450-3927. (This email address will also be used for comments and questions from online viewers during each lecture.)