Month: August 2016
August 31, 2016
Today we begin our World Methodist Conference sessions, Nazarenes and United Methodists, Koreans and Nigerians, hipsters and retirees – what a gift. More than 80 different denominations participate in the World Methodist Council, representing more than 82 million people in 134 countries. What would Susanna Wesley think of her boys’ legacy?
But such things apply to Joy, if at all, in a far diminished way. I sing the Lord’s Prayer to her, but she’ll never learn to pray. We’ll bring her to church, but she’ll never learn the basics of the faith. We’ll take care of her physically, but to what extent can we really meet her spiritual needs?
August 29, 2016
In a polarized age of mistrust and skepticism, Christ-followers are called to a restorative witness, proclaiming the whole creation nature of salvation.
Wesley’s belief in the whole gospel for the whole world had a deep impact on the wideness of leadership potential he saw in a variety of people.
August 27, 2016
Christians are often assumed to be the kind of people who live in a fantasy world of made-up gods in a spiritual realm and anytime we’re confronted with something that challenges our worldview we put our fingers in our ears and start shouting “no no no!”
Wesleyan Accent ~ In Their Words: How Pastors Pray for Their Children (And Raise Them in the Church)
August 25, 2016
“She grew up knowing the language of prayer, and feeling comfortable with prayer.”
August 24, 2016
Look for our World Methodist Evangelism table if you’re joining us for this rich time of encouragement, learning and worship.
The man’s gaze dropped. Hesitantly, he spoke.
“We are from Iraq.”
August 22, 2016
Behind this structure of witness, everyone must first have a posture of availability.
One month ago, an American couple herded three children into a men’s room in the Istanbul, Turkey airport. The wife visibly pregnant, they settled in for the night and texted to family members in the U.S., letting them know that their flight was being delayed indefinitely – keeping some of the details to themselves. All night the parents kept vigil as the children miraculously slept through the sound of explosions, reports of shooting, sonic booms from low-flying fighter jets and men coming in with blood-spattered clothing to wash their faces and hands for their ritual Muslim prayer time.