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Wesleyan Quadrilateral

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Change the Name If We Must, But Keep the Method

United Methodist layman Philip Brooks makes the case that the theological method we call the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is one of Methodism's greatest gifts to Christian thought and practice.

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The Quadrilateral or the Word of God?

The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre argues that it's time to dump the theological method known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral because it is misused to downplay the centrality of the Holy Bible to Christian faith. more »

May 29, 2015 10:41 AM Perspectives

Letting Go of Hate

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In the movie, "Railway Man," United Methodist Billy Cox finds an apt metaphor for the importance of forgiveness and peacemaking.

Notable Quotes

“We’re all about uplifting people and doing the right thing. We wrap our arms around everyone. Despite the fact that there was someone who came in from the outside, we still open our arms to everyone to come into the church.”
– Angie Smith, a member of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, where a young white man Dylann Roof shot nine members, including its pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, on June 17. Quoted by Religion News Service.


"War, retaliation and retribution are not the answer. The only thing that will conquer hate is our deciding to love. Such is the imperative of discipleship to love. Love that is unconditional. Situations may result in catastrophe. Circumstances may seemingly justify condemnation, but that’s not what Christians are allowed to do. We are not allowed to counter-punch. We are required to love in the face of pain, prejudice and persecution, doing so unconditionally."
– The Rev. F. Willis Johnson, pastor of Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo., in an essay on the Charleston massacre for Ministry Matters.