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What Wesley Got Wrong

Using John Wesley as his example, the Rev. John Meunier finds more benefit to today's church in encouraging one another rather than scolding. Read more

Mar 20, 2015 12:01 PM John Meunier 1 Comments

Reading & Living with Humility

The Bible serves as a means of grace rather than a source of certainty, writes the Rev. John Meunier, and it challenges us to live humbly and trust God despite uncertainty. Read more

Feb 4, 2015 11:29 AM John Meunier

John Wesley by Romney

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Methodism as Option 3

The Rev. John Meunier reviews a book by the Rev. Billy Abraham on Methodism as a third option to "Catholic Orthodox" or "Magisterium Protestant" forms of Christianity. Read more

Sep 4, 2014 4:37 PM John Meunier

The First Thing They Talked About at Conference

The Rev. John Meunier questions whether United Methodists have forgotten or discarded one of the most basic questions of Christian faith. Read more

Jul 17, 2014 3:00 PM John Meunier

Do We Exploit Small Churches?

Author and farmer Wendell Berry's writing prompts the Rev. John Meunier to examine how the United Methodist system manages its small-membership churches. Read more

May 1, 2014 7:18 PM John Meunier

John Wesley Preaching

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The Evils of Schism

The Rev. John Meunier harks back to Methodism's founder John Wesley to examine the threat of United Methodist schism amid turmoil over LGBT acceptance. Read more

Apr 3, 2014 9:14 PM John Meunier

Church Conflict

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Fire and Division #LukeActs2014

Working his way through Luke-Acts, the Rev. John Meunier faces twin realities: That Jesus doesn't shy away from conflict, even as he teaches that reconciliation is the better course in all confrontations. Read more

Mar 26, 2014 1:59 PM John Meunier

Luc and John

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Luc and the Mute Spirit

The physical challenges faced by his son Luc cause the Rev. John Meunier to confront difficult passages in Scripture from a different spiritual perspective. Read more

Mar 20, 2014 3:08 PM John Meunier

Luc and John

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Do We Still Have Room for John Wesley in United Methodism?

The world still needs John Wesley's theology of God's grace to bring us to heaven on Earth and in eternity, writes the Rev. John Meunier. Read more

Feb 5, 2014 11:35 AM John Meunier

Why I Cannot Applaud Bishop Talbert

The Rev. John Meunier isn't among those cheering on Bishop Mel Talbert's "biblical obedience" campaign – but not for the reason you might expect. Read more

Oct 23, 2013 3:51 PM John Meunier 2 Comments

Jesus' Branding Problem

Jesus always hung out with the poor, the outcast and the broken people of the world, making it hard for present-day Americans to "get it," writes the Rev. John Meunier. Read more

Jan 29, 2013 10:04 PM John Meunier

Bishop addresses protesters

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Bishops: United Methodism Is ...

The Rev. John Meunier continues his series on the meaning of Methodism in the 21st century by summarizing the Council of Bishops' greetings in the Book of Discipline. Read more

Jan 29, 2013 10:00 PM John Meunier

Episcopal Address

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What Is United Methodism?

Methodism's founder John Wesley created and practiced a much different faith from the 21st century version seen by the Rev. John Meunier, a convert to the tradition. Read more

Jan 24, 2013 5:07 PM John Meunier 1 Comments

John Wesley Profile

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An Earnest Appeal: Religion of Love

John Wesley's effort to explain Methodism to the people of his day may be couched in archaic language, but its message is still relevant, writes the Rev. John R. Meunier. Read more

Nov 7, 2012 5:05 PM John Meunier

Five Principles of Christian Worship

Additional duties at a second congregation prompt the Rev. John Meunier to consider anew what makes for good Christian worship. Read more

Oct 30, 2012 12:00 PM John Meunier

New Words and Ancient Liturgy

Must we repeat old words in order to worship authentically, or can we adapt the language of faith to our own times? The Rev. John Meunier ponders the dilemma. Read more

Oct 30, 2012 11:58 AM John Meunier

How Is Your Heart Today?

The Rev. John Meunier lifts up the distinctively Wesleyan trait of checking in daily to see if our hearts are right with God as we travel our faith journey. Read more

Oct 11, 2012 8:02 AM John Meunier

A Red-Letter Speech

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A Methoblogger on GBCS

The Rev. John Meunier responds to the Rev Dan R. Dick's defense of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. Read more

Sep 19, 2012 4:11 PM John Meunier 1 Comments

CC delegates

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Jurisdictions Are Not Central Conferences

The Rev. John Meunier takes issue with an emerging argument around the United Methodist connection that jurisdictions have the authority to make decisions contrary to General Conference actions. Read more

Jun 29, 2012 2:52 PM John Meunier 2 Comments

Contesting the Meaning of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

The Rev. John Meunier offers a rebuttal to the Rev. Morgan Guyton's views on the Moralistic Therapeutic Deism outlined in Kenda Creasy Dean's latest book, "Almost Christian." Read more

May 30, 2012 12:04 PM John Meunier