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On Gospel and Change

Change always disrupts the predictable rhythm of life. It could be a change in schedule, a change in diet, a change in direction. Some changes are easy to adapt to. They don’t disrupt too much. But other forms of change cause major disruptions. Some people seem to thrive on change, while others are greatly resistant…

John Wesley and Christian Education

Did you know the Methodists are the ones who started “Sunday School”? When I was taking a class on John Wesley during seminary, my professor mentioned this, and I thought to myself: “Are you saying that the modern day Sunday School system did not exist before the 18th century? Are you saying that John Wesley…

The Significance of Aldersgate in Methodism

On May 24, 1738, John Wesley experienced a life-transforming event that would not only change his life but would transform the Methodist movement from a ritual-focused disciplinary practice to a world-changing movement for the Gospel.  On the afternoon of that day, John walked over to evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where he heard the anthem:…

A brand plucked from the fire!

When John Wesley grew up as a son among nineteen children of Rev. Samuel Wesley and Susannah Wesley, he spent much of his childhood in an area called Epworth in England. As a child there was a time when the parsonage or rectory was caught on fire. The Wesleys tried to get everyone out of…

Mother of Methodism

Susanna Wesley was the mother of John and Charles Wesley. She was known for her wisdom, strict discipline over her children and understanding of Christ’s love for the church. If there is any other more famous contributor to Methodism than John or Charles, it would be their mother. Through her childrearing and being the source…

Wesley’s Dream for Evangelism and Mission

“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.” – John Wesley The above quote is true to the spirit of John Wesley…

On John Wesley’s View of Social Religion

John Wesley wrote: “The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness.”  The word “social” is being used here. And we must make sure we understand the use of this word. Very often in the mainline church, we mistake “social holiness” as social justice. No. Some even mistake this…

How to Discern Like A Wesleyan

John Wesley developed a discipline that a Wesleyan scholar by the name of Albert C. Outler would later on refer to as: The Wesleyan Quadrilateral. There are four sources of doing theology and doing faith living. They are: Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience in specifically that order. They serve as sources of determining how we…

Gospel Conversations

As believers we are called to have conversations of a different kind with people. Sure, it is exciting to talk about sports, relationships, news and other things. They say that politics and religion are two things you just don’t talk about at work. Certainly the political conversations of our time are quite interesting to say the least and…

The Gospel that Saves Us from “Me”

In the years that I spent working with people who are questioning religion, or having objections to institutionalized faith systems, One of the most common questions I heard were: “Why do I need to be part of a church?” or “Why can’t I attend whatever worship services that I want?” or “As a Christian, is…