Category Archives: Denomination

Methodist 1953 movie of Wesley online

The 1953 movie produced by the Radio and Film Commission of the United Methodist Church is now available online. The movie stars Leonard Sachs as John Wesley.

The 73 minute opens in the churchyard of St Andrews Church in Epworth where Rev. Samuel Wesley is confronted by one of the townspeople telling him to leave town. Samuel leaves church and turns home to the Rectory where John and the other Wesley children are at study. Four minutes into the movie, the rectory is in flames. John is saved, a brand plucked from the burning. From there, the movie jumps to Wesley’s return from Georgia to England.
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UMC: Bishops told holy conferencing way to revival

UMC talks with Rev. Kevin Watson about his message to UM Bishops that reclaiming an accurate understanding of holy conferencing is the most important thing United Methodists can do to revitalize the denomination.

UM: Our Wesleyan heritage of disciplined Christian living

A new UM article focusing on Wesleyan Heritage states that John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

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People who influenced John Wesley

Franics Asburyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Asbury – Northwest Nazarene University Wesley Center – http://wesley.nnu.edu/other-theologians/francis-asbury/ – American Methodist leader

Peter Boehlerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_B%C3%B6hler – Moravian leader who counseled Wesley

Thomas Cokehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Coke_%28bishop%29 – Boston University School of Theology – http://www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/c-d/coke-thomas-1747-1814/ – American Methodist leader

Thomas Kempishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_%C3%A0_Kempis – Catholic Encyclopedia – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14661a.htm – The Imitation of Christ – http://www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/imitation/imb1c01-10.html#RTFToC13 – author read by Wesley at Oxford

William Lawhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Law – Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life – http://www.ccel.org/ccel/law/serious_call.html – author read by Wesley at Oxford

William Morgan – Northwest Nazarene University Wesley Center – http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-letters-of-john-wesley/wesleys-letters-volume-two-illustrations/ – Letters from Richard Morgan to his son and from John Wesley to Richard Morgan regarding his son’s death – http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-letters-of-john-wesley/wesleys-letters-1732#Three – member of Holy Club at Oxford

James Oglethorpehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Oglethorpe – New Georgia Encyclopedia – http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/james-oglethorpe-1696-1785 –  Governor of Georgia while Wesley served in the British colony

Jeremy Taylorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Taylor – Holy Living – http://www.ccel.org/ccel/taylor/holy_living.html – Holy Dying – http://www.ccel.org/ccel/taylor/holy_dying.html – author read by Wesley at Oxford

George Whitefieldhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Whitefield – Sermons – http://www.reformed.org/documents/index.html?mainframe=http://www.reformed.org/documents/Whitefield.html – member of Holy Club at Oxford

Please suggest other names to add to this list.

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Wesley glossary

As I have read a number of John Wesley biographies, I found a number of terms with which I was unfamiliar. I thought it would be helpful to start a glossary. Here is a start.

Arminianismhttp://www.theopedia.com/Arminianism

Assurancehttp://www.theopedia.com/Assurance_of_eternal_life – Asbury Seminary Seedbed blog explanation – http://seedbed.com/feed/john-wesley-on-assurance-can-you-know-youre-saved/

Calvinismhttp://www.theopedia.com/Calvinism

Christian perfectionhttp://www.theopedia.com/Wesleyan_perfectionism – Wesley sermon – http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/John-Wesley-Sermons/Sermon-40-Christian-Perfection

Dissenting ministerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Dissenters – Both Wesley grandfathers were dissenting clergy.

Gracehttp://www.theopedia.com/Grace –  UM Women – https://gbgm-umc.org/umw/wesley/walk.stm – Wesley sermon –http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/John-Wesley-Sermons/Sermon-128-Free-Grace

Great Awakeninghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Great_Awakening

Holinesshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiness_movement

Justificationhttp://www.theopedia.com/Justification – Wesley sermon – http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-sermons-of-john-wesley-1872-edition/sermon-5-justification-by-faith/

Methodismhttp://www.theopedia.com/United_Methodist_Church

Moravianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moravian_Church

Ordinationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordination –  John Wesley’s decision to ordain Asbury and Coke led to the split from the Anglican Church and the move from Methodist society to Methodist Church

Predestinationhttp://www.theopedia.com/Predestination

Prevenient gracehttp://www.theopedia.com/Prevenient_grace

Salvationhttp://www.theopedia.com/Salvation – Wesley sermon – http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-sermons-of-john-wesley-1872-edition/sermon-43-the-scripture-way-of-salvation/

Sanctificationhttp://www.theopedia.com/Sanctification

Quadrilateralhttp://www.theopedia.com/Wesleyan_Quadrilateral

Works of Mercyhttps://gbgm-umc.org/umw/wesley/mission.stm

Works of Pietyhttps://gbgm-umc.org/umw/wesley/disciple.stm

Please offer your comments on these terms, or others that should be added.

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Outler on Wesley’s Christian Perfection

Craig Adams in his Commonplace Holiness blog quotes Albert Outler on Wesley’s idea of perfection.

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UM: Charles Wesley’s Lover of My Soul

The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship shares History of Hymns, Charles Wesley’s Jesus, Lover of My Soul.

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Methodist sites to visit

UM: Seven Sites every United Methodists should see The Old Rectory in Epworth is on a list of seven sites this United Methodist article recommends visiting.

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Our Wesleyan Heritage

UM: John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living.
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