Ubuntu and Sanctification

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Banded discipleship

“Banded discipleship is where holiness of heart and life really gets worked out. Banding is humble enough to acknowledge that if I am going to engage this world, If I am going to go the distance, if I am going to finish the race, I need to walk with others. I will need people who will listen to me, pray for me, and with whom I can do the same in safety and honesty sufficient for the love of God to transform us. Here is what Wesley was after in “social holiness.” The healing and authenticity banding together makes possible is what our world is craving, and what the next Methodism can be.”
Opportunity for Awakening by David R. Thomas, p. 243 of The Next Methodism
Dr. Scott, I was led to share with you from my reading this morning.

Scott S 36 days ago

Self

I just now read “How the Person Became a Self” by Ryan T. Anderson in First Things 4-5-22. It is a quick read pertinent to the subject and the Dr. Trueman books.

Scott S 37 days ago

Self

This is rich! Thank you for this insight.
I will consider it a “Godwink” that you posted this and I read it while I am in the midst of reading The Next Methodism published by Seedbed with editors Kenneth J. Collins and Ryan Danker. In this book I have repeatedly read things that reinforce the concepts described in your blog. I suggest to you and your readers that these concepts have also been an integral part of Christianity from the beginning. “Primitive” was a derogatory label given to John Wesley, but which he accepted, because he knew that the Christian church from its origin was a church of communalism (not to be confused with Communism). As I am sure you are aware also, “Methodist” was another label applied to John Wesley and his small groups. We “Methodists” (might I opine in the USA in particular, but in this context is my primary experience) have not done so well at adhering to the “method.”
Thank you for the insight that you come from “an individualistic cultural background.” I don’t doubt it, but would give the opinion that for a “Methodist” this should not be, or if so should be with the understanding of the need to be countercultural!
The Next Methodism has example after example of the necessity of Ubuntu (without using that word).

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Dr. Carl Trueman might be a good resource that addresses the Ubuntu concept in “Western“ terms. I also just learned that Dr. Trueman has now published another book that is an abbreviated and less “academic” version titled Strange New World.
Dr. Scott, I am encouraged by your insight shared and look forward to the next.

Scott S 37 days ago