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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

No bunnies or chocolate here, but an animated Wesley Bros collaboration on a hymn celebrating the glory of Christ's Resurrection. Read more

Practicing Faith

Most triumphant, those Wyld Stallyns of Methodism use their iPhone time machine to go visit Jesus and learn stuff. Party on, dudes! Read more

Perspectives

Wesley Bros revisits as old comic that the Rev. Charlie Baber thinks speaks to the current state of United Methodism. Read more

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John Wesley's sermon "A Caution Against Bigotry" and Mark 9:38-39 should be required reading for all United Methodists during this time of turmoil, to be more Christlike in our interactions with one another, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Like all of us, the Wesley Bros are struggling with how to work out their salvation through God's multi-faceted grace and means of grace this Lent. Read more

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We failed. All of us. And Lent is the time for us to acknowledge, once again, that God is God, and not us. Read more

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The truth is, we’ve come to a time in history when our church’s silence or ambivalence over LGBTQ issues causes more harm than good, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Using Jesus' parable of the Lost Sheep, Rev. Charlie Baber of Wesley Bros suggests that the grassroots approach of the One Church Plan is likely the best way forward for the church regarding human sexuality. Read more

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Privilege is assuming that there is only one correct narrative of Christian history, and yet Christ is constantly showing up in non-privileged people to show God's grace, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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How does the Church reconcile "One God" with "God in Three Persons"? John Wesley didn't try; he just punted to Athanasius. Read more

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"Christian perfection" isn't a static state, but a continuous process in which humans gain more and more of the perspective on love as God, whose infinite nature we can never fully encompass, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. Read more

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Our intrepid Wesley Bros crew encounters duplicates from another cartoon franchise on board their spaceship and they fear for their lives over differing perspectives. Read more

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During Advent, we must make a decision about the sort of people we will be.  If we are changed by the Christ-story, if we become characters in the nativity of Christ-born-in-our-hearts today, how must we live? Read more

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In a new job on a university campus, Charlie Baber ponders the Advent connections between America's racism and John Wesley's campaign to abolish slavery. Read more

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The Wesley Bros are adamant that Advent isn't Christmas, and they have the Spotify playlist to prove it! Read more

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Harking back a few years, the Wesley Bros look at the idea that all Christians are ministers with varying roles and responsibilities. Read more

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John Wesley's failed romance with Sophy Hopkey in Georgia was personally heartbreaking but still provided valuable experience to refine his method of group accountability. Read more

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John Wesley preached a sermon on God's judgment to a bunch of judges, calling them to deal justly with people in this life in the expectation of being judged themselves in the afterlife. The communion of saints is here with us now! Read more

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The Wesley family's experiences with a poltergeist at Epworth Rectory convinced son Jackie (John) that a spiritual world existed. Read more

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Still in Georgia, John Wesley's romance with Sophy Hopkey ends badly when he refuses her communion after he broke off their relationship and she married another man. Read more

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