John Wesley

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

Nov 17, 2017 2:08 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

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

Oct 31, 2017 9:58 AM Perspectives

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

Oct 5, 2017 3:07 PM Practicing Faith

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

Sep 19, 2017 1:05 PM Perspectives

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

Jul 10, 2017 5:03 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

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

Jul 5, 2017 3:48 PM Global Nature

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

Jul 5, 2017 2:55 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

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

May 24, 2017 3:45 PM Global Nature


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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

Apr 27, 2017 1:53 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

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

Apr 26, 2017 4:30 PM Global Nature

Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. more

Mar 28, 2017 5:16 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Two Wesleys


The Rev. Jeremy Smith asks: Can the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer, likely to be used in hundreds of churches this month, be tweaked to fit today’s context and theological sensibilities? more

Jan 3, 2017 2:04 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Epworth Pilgrimage

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Like Christ's earliest followers, Methodism's founder John Wesley struggled to discern and teach what following Jesus entails, say Wesleyan scholars interviewed by Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Nov 17, 2016 3:42 PM Practicing Faith

John Wesley Profile

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The many passages of Scripture that talk about including outsiders are just as authoritative as the few passages that talk about homosexuality, writes the Rev. Edwin Womack in a commentary from United Methodist News Service. more

Oct 31, 2016 10:25 AM Perspectives 6 Comments


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Dr. Barry E. Bryant applies the Rorschach principle to John Wesley's writings, and comes up with a variety of interpretations that are all valid -- and some that are irreconcilable. more

Oct 27, 2016 4:58 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Cristo Negro

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As a white, middle-aged man who is an ordained United Methodist elder the Black Lives Matter movement caused the Rev. Dr. Steven Manskar to examine his own racism through the lenses of John Wesley and Jesus. more

Sep 1, 2016 11:22 AM Advocating Justice

Loving God

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton lays out three distinctive traits that mark the Wesleyan understanding of God and God's action in the lives of people. more

May 19, 2016 12:19 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments

John Wesley Profile

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Scholar David N. Field continues his analysis of the atmosphere at the 2016 General Conference in light of John Wesley's historic sermon, "A Caution Against Bigotry," on being so wedded to one's own views as to be unable to hear one another. more

May 14, 2016 12:01 PM 2016 General Conference

John Wesley Preaching

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Scholar David N. Field examines the atmosphere at the 2016 General Conference in light of John Wesley's historic sermon “A Caution against Bigotry,” on being so wed to one's own perspective as being unable to hear anyone else. more

May 14, 2016 11:55 AM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments