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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. 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. more

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. 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. more

Perspectives

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

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

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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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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The Wesley Bros and their friend George Whitefield discover a definition for religion that transcends their respective ideas. more

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The Wesley Bros recall the origins of Methodism in the Oxford "Holy Club," and how its adherence to foundational scriptures on works of piety and mercy relate to today's social and political conflicts. more

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What really is sin? The Wesley Bros take a journey with an ancient Christian theologian. more

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Sanctification, or in the Methodist tradition “going on to perfection,” helps us "to live our lives as the fragrance of Christ in this world, always experiencing a greater abundance of God’s loving presence," writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. more

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The famous dispute between John Wesley and George Whitefield reminds us that no one person has the full understanding of God's love and forgiveness; everyone belongs at the table. more

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Observing Aldersgate Week when both Charles and John Wesley experienced conviction of their salvation through God's Holy Spirit, Wesley Bros looks at Methodism's history of schisms and mergers as the UMC seeks A Way Forward. more

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This week the Wesley Bros reminds us of the splendid line of women who have helped to spread the Methodist movement despite the many roadblocks the church has placed in their way. more

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For Wesley Bros' creator Rev. Charlie Baber, "it’s weird to think that people are actually ready to divide property and draw lines between friends over who has the truest understanding of John Wesley and the Bible." more

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The Wesley Bros' creator, the Rev. Charlie Baber, has some exciting news! more

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Wesley Bros' creator Rev. Charlie Baber looks at the Way Forward proposals in light of this year's 50th anniversary of the creation of The United Methodist Church. more

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John Wesley's method known as the "class meeting" was designed to help Christians grow in spirit and in practice of their faith through questions and mutual support. more

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The Great Three Days – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Vigil Saturday – give us time to slow down and reflect on the meaning of Jesus' death before the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. more

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