Hi, I'm Matt O'Reilly. Welcome to Incarnatio. Here you will find posts on a variety of topics related to Christianity, biblical interpretation, preaching, ministry, history, education, and Methodism. My thinking has been deeply influenced by the writings of John Wesley; so you'll see a distinctly Wesleyan perspective in my approach to the range of topics on which I undertake to write. I am presently under appointment as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Union Springs, Alabama, and an adjunct member of the faculties of New Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary. I'm also writing a Ph.D. in New Testament studies under the supervision of Prof. A. T. Lincoln at the University of Gloucestershire. My doctoral research is focused on the relationship between bodily resurrection and bodily practice in the letters of Paul, and I'm particularly interested in the social function of that relationship and its role in Paul's rhetorical strategy. My great passion is Christian discipleship, which is why I do what I do. I began and now maintain this site with the aim of improving in the disciplines of writing and careful Christian thoughtfulness. My hope is that passersby will enjoy, benefit from, and contribute to what they find here. Thanks for stopping by. Let's learn from each other.