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John Wesley

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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Like Harry Potter's Professor Dumbledore, John Wesley learned that time is a mysterious gift best used to ponder how well we're using our lives for God's purposes. 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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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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As it struggles to find a path into its future, The United Methodist Church needs to confront its history of bigotry based on white male supremacy if it wishes to call itself truly Wesleyan, writes the Rev. B. Kevin Smalls. more

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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels may have laid the groundwork for communism, but John and Charles Wesley had similar thoughts about economics and society, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. 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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David Field Uniting

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The true heart of United Methodism's threat of schism isn't power or sex; it's the lack of love for those with whom we disagree, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

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Reformation Teaser

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After 500 years of the Reformation, the Wesley Bros pay tribute to the many reformers – especially the "ordinary folks" like us – who have worked to change the Church for the better. more

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In pure Southern cookin' fashion, the Wesley Bros. explain John's Three General Rules for today's United Methodists. more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant examines the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation through a lens of what's happening in The United Methodist Church. more

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Loving Neighbor

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Scholar David N. Field contends that theological diversity poses no threat to the core of Methodism, which proclaims the radical transforming grace of God that enables us to love God and our neighbors. more

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John Wesley Writing

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A United Methodist pastor in Denmark examines John Wesley's threefold pattern of church, and asks whether it still exists in today's Methodism. more

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Methodism's founder John Wesley was right – the disciplined practice of what the Rev. Jack Shitama calls "keystone habits" prepares Christians to mature into spiritual leaders. more

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John Wesley Oval

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John Wesley's method of reading the Bible – what Methodism's founder called "searching the Scripture – includes more than just reading, writes Dr. Barry Bryant. more

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Evangelical

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People with widely varying theological viewpoints claim to be "evangelical," writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Just don't call them fundamentalist. more

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John Wesley Writing

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John Wesley's theology on church unity goes farther and deeper than the usually cited sermons, writes Dr. David N. Field in his review of the proposed church identity document, "Wonder, Love and Praise." more

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