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Along with the new "animated Wesley" videos from United Methodist Communications, the Wesley Bros playing cards offer a surprising tool for teaching Methodist history, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge

One of those who demonstrated for racial justice at the 1968 General Conference that created The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell now hopes to live long enough to see LGBTQ discrimination removed from the church. Read more

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

Practicing Faith

Demonstrations by white supremacists in North Carolina prompts the Rev. Charlie Baber to send the Wesley Bros on a search for hidden racists, ala a puzzle in a popular children's magazine. Read more

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It's a wild ride for the Wesley Bros as they head back to school. 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

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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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The Wesley Bros' road trip isn't just about the burgers, but about a lifetime of growing more into the mind of Christ, says the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Unlike high emotional moments, living out faith everyday shows God's presence and action in our lives like early Methodist Phoebe Palmer wrote, says the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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John Wesley loves communion, while his brother Charles urges him to "get with the times" on everyday meals. Read more

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With a "Stranger Things" parody, the Wesley Bros take at look at the Catholic side of things that led to the Protestant Reformation. Read more

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God’s love is not transforming us backwards.  If the church is being transformed from glory into glory, then the glory of the past is just a taste of the glory today, which is just a taste of the glory to come, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Does Vacation Bible School really need elaborate secular themes in order to connect with young believers? asks Wesley Bros. Read more

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The Rev. Charlie Baber sends the "Little Reformers" to their first session of Vacation Bible School. Read more

Local Church

When is it OK to doubt, and could doubt be a part of faith after all? Charles Wesley and George Whitefield tackle the questions with help(?) from Charlie's cat, Grimalkin. Read more

Practicing Faith

Wesley Bros ponder what it means for Jesus's disciples to be "wise as serpents yet innocent as doves." Read more

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John Wesley goes up against Saint Augustine in a battle over the doctrine of original sin. Read more

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Charles Wesley finds that sometimes a cat brings relief and contentment; sometimes it knocks your coffee to the floor, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Does your religion numb you to the pain of the world, or does it energize you to get out into the world and truly love the people who Christ loves, asks Wesley Bros creator Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Riding the crest of the "tidying" movement, the Wesley Bros take a look at which churches might need to ride themselves of to create joy. Read more

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Baptism not a spiritual magic trick, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. It is a real act of God’s grace, and a covenant to love one another as Christ loves us, so that the world might believe. Read more

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