Bryan Stone (born 1959) is an American theologian who is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston University School of Theology, and a Co-director of the Center for Practical Theology. Stone writes on topics related to both systematic theology and practical theology. He is associated with both postliberalism and Christian pacifism, having been influenced by thinkers such as John Howard Yoder, Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre, and James McClendon, and in earlier work with liberation theology and process theology.
He specializes in research related to evangelism, ecclesiology, congregational development, urban and multicultural ministry, popular culture, the relationship between theology and film studies, and Wesleyan theology.
Stone was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and has served as a pastor in the denomination. He co-founded "Liberation Community," a multicultural congregation and faith-based non-profit, and served there as pastor and executive director from 1985-1992. From 1993-1998 he served as Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University.
A Reader in Ecclesiology. Ashgate Publishing (2012).
Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence. Co-authored with Claire Wolfteich. Westminster John Knox Press (2008).
Evangelism After Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness. Brazos Press (2007).
Thy Name and Thy Nature is Love. (Edited with Thomas Jay Oord). Kingswood Press (2001).
Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema. Chalice Press (2000).
Compassionate Ministry: Theological Foundations. Orbis Books (1996).
Effective Faith: A Critical Study of the Christology of Juan Luis Segundo. University Press of America (1994).
Articles and Chapters
“The Ecclesiality of Mission in the Context of Empire,” in Viggo Mortensen and Andreas Østerlund Nielsen, eds. Walk Humbly with the Lord: Church and Mission Engaging Plurality. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2011)
“Discipleship and Empire,” in Paul W. Chilcote, ed. Making Disciples in a World Parish. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (2010).
“The Apostles’ Creed in Film,” in Hans-Josef Klauck, et al, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (2009).
“Evil in Film,” in William Blizek, ed. Continuum Companion to Religion and Film. Continuum (2009), 310-322.
“Modern Protestant Approaches to Film (1960-present),” in John Lyden, ed. The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film. Routledge Press (2009).
“The Relevance of Popular Culture for Empirical Research in Practical Theology,” in Hans-Günter Heimbrock and Christopher Schultz, eds. Religion: Immediate Experience and the Mediacy of Research. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht (2007)
“New Church Development,” in Stephen Gunter and Elaine Robinson, eds. Considering the Great Commission: Evangelism and Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit. Nashville: Abingdon (2005).
“Evangelization and Spirituality,” in Philip Sheldrake, ed., The New SCM Press Dictionary of Spirituality. London: SCM Press (2005).
"Online Resources in Theology and Religion," Quarterly Review (Winter, 2004).
"Divine Presence" in Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction to Issues. Thomas Jay Oord, ed. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2003.
"Going to the Movies, Finding God," Zion's Herald (March/April, 2002)
"Hope and Happy Endings," Review and Expositor 99:1 (Winter), 37-50.
"The Sanctification of Fear: Images of the Religious in Horror Films," Journal of Religion and Film 5:2 (October).
"AI: Blurring the Line Between Human and Machine," Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology (August), 20.
"The Spirit and the Holy Life," Quarterly Review (Summer, 2001).
"Holiness and Hollywood," The Circuit Rider (May/June, 2000), 24-25.
"Theology and Film in Postmodern Culture: A Dialogue with Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction." Wesleyan Theological Journal 35:1 (2000).
"Religion and Violence in Popular Film." Journal of Religion and Film 3:1 (1999).
"Reclaiming the 'E' Word." Focus (Winter/Spring, 1999).
"Science and Religious Faith in Contact." Journal of Religion and Film 2:2 (1998).
"Wesleyan Theology, Scriptural Authority, and Homosexuality." Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall, 1995), 108-138.
"A Prolegomenon to a Contemporary Theology of Urban Ministry." Connection (Fall, 1995).