Laura Felleman

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Name: Laura Felleman
Date registered: August 21, 2012
URL: http://formandpower.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: “called to belong to Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:6) — April 6, 2014
  2. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: for when it is too heavy — March 30, 2014
  3. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Impoverished America — March 29, 2014
  4. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: “Do all the good you can” motto — March 23, 2014
  5. Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Bishop Roy Sano on biblical obedience — March 8, 2014

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Apr 06 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: “called to belong to Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:6)

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/04/called-to-belong-to-jesus-christ-rom-16.html


"The ending of our calling is not to know good, do good, or be good-- the end of our calling is 'to belong.'  The knowing, doing, and being good come out of our belonging to Jesus Christ."
-E. Stanley Jones

Still reading The Word Became Flesh, which is still complaining about sterile preaching.  Jones identified moralism as the main problem with the sermon he heard at that time (book published in 1963).  The Gospel was reduced to moral principles.  Jesus was reduced to a teacher of moral precepts.  The preachers told people to be good.  They defined what they meant by doing good.  They connected their definition of good to something that Jesus taught or did.  Jones called such preaching sterile because it did not produce faith, which is necessary in order to know, do, and be good.

Below is today's devotional lesson sandwiched between highlights of the lines that stood out for me and my reaction to those statements.  What do you think of the format?  Is it readable or too distracting?


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Mar 30 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: for when it is too heavy

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/03/for-when-it-is-too-heavy.html




Update-- Turns out that when I am weak, he is strong.  When I tried to lift up the family mentioned in the reflection above, I failed.  Last night, unable to sleep, feeling sad, I tried to imagine Jesus lifting up the family.  Jesus had no problem; it was easy for him, effortless.  He stood with the family, raised his arms, palms up, and their spirits were lifted.  He lifted up the members of this family to His Father and Our Father.  Jesus gave them a spiritual lift.  I will try to remember this the next time something is too heavy for me.

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Mar 29 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Impoverished America

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/03/impoverished-america.html


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Mar 23 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: “Do all the good you can” motto

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/03/do-all-good-you-can-motto.html


The church I attend, the Urban Abbey in downtown Omaha, NE, has the "Do all the good you can . . ." motto printed on their coffee mugs.  The initials JW follow the quote, so the mugs don't exactly claim John Wesley as the source of the motto but the implication is there.


A 1915 collection of John Wesley's letters edited by George Eayrs attributes the "Do all the good you can" motto to John Wesley.  Below is an image from the book and here's a link to the ebook version at the google books site--



It is unclear what source Eayrs is citing, if any.  Eayrs might have assumed this motto had been written by Wesley without any other evidence than commonly held assumption.  The footnote does make me wonder if the motto was associated with Kingswood School.  Anybody out there in the blogosphere have a history of the school or access to the archives of the Kingswood School?

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Mar 08 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: Bishop Roy Sano on biblical obedience

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/03/bishop-roy-sano-on-biblical-obedience.html


Lots of food for thought in this post by Bishop Roy Sano.  His first point, "Jesus drew a sharp distinction between disobedience to human tradition and obedience to God’s word."  sent me to Wesley's commentary on Matthew 23:23 where I found multiple examples of how Wesley characterized inward religion versus outward religion-


From the 3d to the 30th verse Mt 23:3 - 30 is exposed every thing that commonly passes in the world for religion, whereby the pretenders to it keep both themselves and others from entering into the kingdom of God; from attaining, or even seeking after those tempers, in which alone true Christianity consists. As, Punctuality in attending on public and private prayer, ver. 4 - 14. Mt 23:4 - 14 Zeal to make proselytes to our opinion or communion, though they have less of the spirit of religion than before, ver. 15. Mt 23:15 A superstitious reverence for consecrated places or things, without any for Him to whom they are consecrated, ver. 16 - 22. Mt 23:16 - 22 A scrupulous exactness in little observances, though with the neglect of justice, mercy, and faith, ver. 23, 24. Mt 23:23,24 A nice cautiousness to cleanse the outward behaviour, but without any regard to inward purity, ver. 25, 26. Mt 23:25,26 A specious face of virtue and piety, covering the deepest hypocrisy and villany, ver. 27, 28. Mt 23:27,28 A professed veneration for all good men, except those among whom they live.

Biblical obedience does not seem like the right term for what Wesley is talking about here.  For Wesley, the nature of true Christianity is characterized by obedience to the Spirit and not dedication to words on a page.

Nevertheless, whichever term you prefer to use, the end result is the same.  Bishop Sano and Wesley both call for the followers of Christ to be filled with divine love and to live out of that love as they interact with others.  Wesley's writings are just more emphatic in attributing the capacity to love to the power of the living Spirit rather than to human willpower.

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Mar 01 2014

Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, Discipline: In the house with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Original post at http://formandpower.blogspot.com/2014/03/in-house-with-nadia-bolz-weber.html


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