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Along with the new "animated Wesley" videos from United Methodist Communications, the Wesley Bros playing cards offer a surprising tool for teaching Methodist history, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge

One of those who demonstrated for racial justice at the 1968 General Conference that created The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell now hopes to live long enough to see LGBTQ discrimination removed from the church. Read more

How does the Church reconcile "One God" with "God in Three Persons"? John Wesley didn't try; he just punted to Athanasius. Read more

Perspectives

"Christian perfection" isn't a static state, but a continuous process in which humans gain more and more of the perspective on love as God, whose infinite nature we can never fully encompass, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

Perspectives

Our intrepid Wesley Bros crew encounters duplicates from another cartoon franchise on board their spaceship and they fear for their lives over differing perspectives. Read more

Perspectives

During Advent, we must make a decision about the sort of people we will be.  If we are changed by the Christ-story, if we become characters in the nativity of Christ-born-in-our-hearts today, how must we live? Read more

Perspectives

In a new job on a university campus, Charlie Baber ponders the Advent connections between America's racism and John Wesley's campaign to abolish slavery. Read more

Perspectives

The Wesley Bros are adamant that Advent isn't Christmas, and they have the Spotify playlist to prove it! Read more

Perspectives

Harking back a few years, the Wesley Bros look at the idea that all Christians are ministers with varying roles and responsibilities. Read more

Perspectives

John Wesley's failed romance with Sophy Hopkey in Georgia was personally heartbreaking but still provided valuable experience to refine his method of group accountability. Read more

Perspectives

John Wesley preached a sermon on God's judgment to a bunch of judges, calling them to deal justly with people in this life in the expectation of being judged themselves in the afterlife. The communion of saints is here with us now! Read more

Perspectives

The Wesley family's experiences with a poltergeist at Epworth Rectory convinced son Jackie (John) that a spiritual world existed. Read more

Perspectives

Still in Georgia, John Wesley's romance with Sophy Hopkey ends badly when he refuses her communion after he broke off their relationship and she married another man. Read more

Perspectives

Continuing his "Grease" interpretation of John Wesley's Georgia courtship of Sophy Hopkey, Rev. Charlie Baber encourages finding a trusted friend to confide in it seems that boundaries are being wrongly crossed. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Like the plot of the classic coming-of-age movie "Grease," John Wesley struggles with his "sexy feels" for Sophy Hopkey, while his brother Charles gets an angelic vision. Read more

Practicing Faith

John Wesley's "romance" with Sophy Hopkey in Georgia points toward Wesley's eventual theology of "Christian perfection," which he saw as holiness, the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

Perspectives

The Wesley Bros hark back to Methodism's earliest beginnings with The Holy Club's mission to Georgia. Read more

Perspectives

During his Georgia missionary stint, Charles Wesley runs afoul of powerful parishioners in a scenario that still holds lessons for pastors and congregants today. Read more

Perspectives

With its giddy anticipation and wrenching despair, the Wesleys' missionary journey to Georgia offers parallels to the hazards of today's ordained ministry, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

Perspectives

What gives you real assurance of your standing as a child of God? The Wesley Bros confront this question in the context of their mortality. Read more

Perspectives

The Wesley Bros head out on a mission to Georgia, while the Rev. Charlie Baber encourages those who would go on short-term missions to reflect on what would truly help those in need. Read more

Perspectives

The Wesley Bros – with a guest appearance by brother Sam – ponder their complicated relationship with their father Samuel Wesley at the time of his death. Read more

Perspectives