John Wesley

What is a true Wesleyan?

What is a true Wesleyan?

To be a true Wesleyan is to understand and “recover” the personal faith of John and Charles Wesley. Wesleyans are Methodists, or as originally quipped, method-ists. John Wesley was an ardent believer in the Scripture: “Let all things be done decently and in order”...
Time for renewal is now

Time for renewal is now

Francis Asbury died 200 years ago, March 31, 1816. Lately, I have been inspired by his courageous life. Here is a brief reflection on what his life means to me and so many others in the global Wesleyan Movement. In 1771, America was on the verge of revolution. We...
The Community of Saints

The Community of Saints

November begins with All Saints’ Day. As I get older, I am much more interested in celebrating this often neglected holiday of the church calendar than the more popular eve of All Saints’ Day that our culture knows as Halloween. Maybe it is simply that I...
​7 questions for the new Wesleyan movement

​7 questions for the new Wesleyan movement

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). John Wesley...
How Wesley’s class meetings really started

How Wesley’s class meetings really started

I had a fascinating conversation with Patrick Eby, Wesley Seminary’s church history professor, on the way a lot of AME churches do class meetings and the way class meetings started with John Wesley himself. If I understand correctly, AME churches (African...
Three Waves from Wesley: 4th of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 4th of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this fourth and final installment, he gives his final reflections and application of Wesley’s radical and often overlooked emphasis on the primacy...
Three Waves from Wesley: 3rd of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 3rd of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this third installment, he lays out five clarifications about Christian love that demonstrate the depth and the freshness of Wesley’s teaching on...
Three Waves from Wesley: 2nd of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 2nd of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this second installment, he supports his conclusion that, according to Wesley’s writings, we are aiming too low by making power and purity the...
Three waves from Wesley: 1st of 4 installments

Three waves from Wesley: 1st of 4 installments

I want to talk about three very different kinds of waves I see radiating from John Wesley. Here I am not trying to map Wesley’s outflow comprehensively, or with historical precision. I want to talk about three waves emanating from Wesley. . . as I myself have...
The Radical Wesley: a pastor’s thoughts

The Radical Wesley: a pastor’s thoughts

A couple of years ago, my dad loaned me his tattered, well-worn copy of The Radical Wesley. He will never get it back. Working through dog-eared pages, syncing with underlined passages, holding together broken binding, it felt a little like unearthing a family...
Four Lessons on Money

Four Lessons on Money

Most of us know that John Wesley was used by God to revive 18th-century England and to start the Methodist Church. We know him as a great preacher, and a greater organizer. We remember him for his contribution to the Church’s thinking on sanctification. But few of us...
IWU creates Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking

IWU creates Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of the Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking. The announcement came from IWU President David Wright at a recent town hall meeting for university employees. The Center, made possible...