In contrast to traditional views, the Bible describes the church in the midst of culture, struggling to maintain its fidelity while tainted by the corrosive acids of paganism and Jewish legalism.
“God works in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform,” said William Cowper in 1774. I fully agree. One of those mysterious ways is providence (a big theme in John Wesley, about which I’ve written). Another is signs and wonders (which I’m writing about now. Wesley did, too). Background Last month a good friend sent
The Bible reveals a whole and healing gospel. Good News! Today however, a third of the gospel is missing from much evangelical preaching, teaching, and living. Even among Wesleyans. The Bible is the story of God, God’s people, and God’s land. The Lord God has an “everlasting covenant” (Gen 9:16) with the earth. We’ve largely
Late last year we had some birch trees cut down in front of our house. The trunks were over a foot thick. I thought the roots would threaten the house’s foundations. Also the trees’ frequent dropping of twigs, leaves, and seedpods through the year was a bother and was clogging our eaves troughs. So we
From the Mosaic covenant to the promises of the gospel, the Bible is continually pointing to the poor, the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the needy, and the oppressed. Read more as Howard Snyder compels us to consider the poor.
Wesley preached his last Oxford sermon, “Scriptural Christianity,” on August 24, 1744. It was an indictment that opened up a whole new world for him.
Marina Warner has written an intriguing book, Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (Oxford: 2014, 201 pp.). The book plunges deep into the well of fairy tales. From various angles it explores the fascination—the strange sway—fairy tales have, not only in the English-speaking world but in many other cultures, too. The
Within a few months of beginning field preaching in 1739, Wesley had set up the basic structure that was to mark Methodism for more than a century: Societies, Bands, and Class Meetings.
From the beginning, the Wesleyan Revival was a movement largely for and among the poor, those whom “gentlemen” and “ladies” looked on simply as part of the machinery of the new industrial system.
John Wesley was a master of holding things in tension. Howard Snyder shares three important tensions Wesley got right.