Getting It Right:

Christian Perfection and Wesley's Purposeful List
Anthony J Headley


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This is an inside-out perspective of Christian perfection that attempts to integrate the inward and outward dimensions of holiness. At the same time, it seeks to place the emphasis on internal attitudes of the heart primarily demonstrated through love as foundational to holiness. However, there also exists a reciprocal relationship between the two in that external holiness serves to help validate inward holiness. The title is derived from Wesley’s emphasis on rightness in his explication of Christian perfection—right heart, right thinking, right words and works..



Dr. Headley writes as a seminary professor and as a psychologist. He operates from a cognitive behavioral perspective with a emphasis on systemic thinking and the importance of interpersonal relationships. His relational cognitive-behavioral description of holiness is filled with helpful insights for those who wish to understand the practical and holistic relevance of Wesley’s concept of Christian perfection for today. His purposeful list identifies the pattern of thinking in Wesley’s use of specific words that helps to clarify the meaning of perfection and holiness. The reader will find this book inspirational and informative as it explains Wesley’s relational (non-legalistic) concept of perfection as perfect love.

-Dr. Larry Wood, Asbury Theological Seminary


About the Author:

Anthony J. Headley (MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary; MSEd, Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky; MS Family Studies, University of Kentucky; PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky; Certificate in Medical Behavioral Science, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky) is professor of counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary where he has served since 1990. He is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church and licensed psychologist in Kentucky. Besides his teaching at Asbury, he conducts seminars and retreats for pastors and missionaries both nationally and internationally. He has previously published four books: Achieving Balance in Ministry (Beacon Hill, 1999), Created for Responsibility (Bristol House, 2006), Reframing Your Ministry (Evangel, 2007), and Family Crucible: The Influence of Family Dynamics in the life and Ministry of John Wesley (Wipf and Stock, 2010). He is married to Adina and has three adult sons.





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