Category Archives: John Wesley

United Methodist Congregationalism

It has been said vigorously and often that United Methodist polity is NOT congregationalist. We have congregations, but our polity is connectional. Congregationalism is the claim that churches are independent, self-defined, self-determined, and self-led before they are connected to other … Continue reading

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Wesley on Preaching Law & Gospel

One of the books I’m reading is Fool’s Talk by Os Guinness. It’s a good book for those involved in the work of apologetics. I want to be a little picky, however. He says at one point, ‘As John Wesley … Continue reading

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Covenant Renewal in the Wesleyan Tradition, 3

The next part of the covenant goes like this: Leader: Be satisfied that Christ shall give you your place and work. People: Lord, make me what you will. I put myself fully into your hands: Put me to doing, put … Continue reading

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Covenant Renewal in the Wesleyan Tradition, 2

The service begins with an affirmation of God’s temporal ubiquity: Leader: Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. People: From everlasting to everlasting, You are God. This God who calls us into covenant has already been active in … Continue reading

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The Problem with Names

We Christians have sorted ourselves out by name, imaging that our names are of supreme importance and essential to our identity. I’m a Methodist. Our tradition got its name because John Wesley and his Christian buddies at Oxford were methodical … Continue reading

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Holiness: Individual & Communal

One of the books I’m currently reviewing is Discipleship that Transforms: An Introduction to Christian Education from a Wesleyan Holiness Perspective. As I work on the review, I’ll make some peripheral comments here that might be of wider interest. In … Continue reading

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Assurance: How Does it Happen?

Supposing that assurance of salvation is possible, how might it happen? The Bible and the Wesleyan theological tradition give us some ideas. First, and most importantly, is the witness of the Holy Spirit. Texts that explicitly use witness language are … Continue reading

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