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Charles Wesley

The heart of Christian faith is that each one must pass through death in order to experience true life. It is a believable mystery that we observe on All Saints Day, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

Practicing Faith

The impending publication of his book of cartoons prompts the Rev. Charlie Baber to have the Wesley Bros reflect on John's publication of "Primitive Physick," a health-care book. Read more

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Our "shadow selves" can mislead us into thinking our activity will lead us on to perfection, when in reality we are already beloved by God through Christ, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Like his brother John's qualms over preaching in the open, Charles Wesley struggles in his music with the imperative of "now." Read more

Perspectives

This week's Wesley Bros question: With such a rich store of Charles Wesley lyrics, why are we still using sleepy tunes to sing them? Read more

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Mainline denominations don't know what to do about God's Holy Spirit, but Charles Wesley did. Read more

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Charles Wesley is animated about his Advent anthem, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." Read more

Practicing Faith

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. Read more

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

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The budding romance of Charles Wesley and Sally Gwynne turns to poetry – and discussion of guns. Read more

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What better time than the combined Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday congruence to introduce the love of Charles Wesley's life, Sally Gwynne? Read more

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Charles Wesley's beloved cat has a few thoughts on heaven and hell, dogs and mice. Read more

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Charles Wesley wrote the original version, but it's George Whitefield's remix that has come down to us through generations, writes Charlie Baber. Read more

Practicing Faith

Reformation Teaser

(c) Charlie Baber

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. Read more

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UMNS photo by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Instead of recruiting only Americans to deal with the American UMC's decline, what would it look like if Americans, Africans, Europeans, and Asians were to go on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Methodism to learn together? Read more

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