On May 24th, 1738, John Wesley attended a Moravian church gathering on Aldersgate Street in London. While Martin Luther’s preface to Romans was being read, he felt his heart being “strangely warmed” and he received the sense of complete assurance of his salvation. This event has been dubbed Wesley’s “evangelical conversion,” even though he had [Read More…]
Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the most important spiritual movements of our time. Many Christians speak admirably of AA since it’s changed millions of lives, but they have a lot of disdain for the concept of being “spiritual but not religious,” which actually originated in the AA community rather than the hippie dippie new age [Read More…]
The untimely death of a young man named Jay brings the Rev. Morgan Guyton and the NOLA Wesley Foundation to a grief that has them struggling to understand, yet grateful for the blessing of his presence.
I met him in the lounge of what Tulane calls the O, where Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity are located. I had gone there to share leftover chocolate chip cookies from our weekly NOLA Wesley lunch. He was wea…
As a Duke Divinity School alumnus, the Rev. Morgan Guyton probes the cultural clash surrounding a recent dispute about anti-racism training at the United Methodist-related seminary.
“Of course, so-called anti-racism is anti-intellectual. It is also totalitarian and genocidally racist.” That’s definitely the wackiest comment I received in response to my open letter to Paul Griffiths about his meltdown over being invited to an anti-racism seminar. One characteristic of the post-truth era is the belief that outrageous assertions can reshape reality. I [Read More…]
United Methodism can have “50 different flavors” and still be bound together by structure and process that serve its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ in order to transform the world, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton.
Dear Dr. Griffiths, One of my deepest regrets from my time as a Duke Divinity student was that I never took a course with you. Two of my favorite theologians I have discovered in the past several years after seminary are Henri de Lubac and Hans Urs Von…
One of the most transformative moments of my life happened in Mexico. My friend Kevin and I had gone backpacking there the summer of 1998 after my second year in college because it was cheap and it seemed dangerous enough to be a great adventure. We met an Argentinian in a hostel in Mexico City [Read More…]
It’s always easiest to imagine humanity existing in a single dualistic contrast. I do this a lot. There are two types of white people… There are two types of Christians… Etc. And it’s bullshit every time that I do it. It definitely makes it easier to write think-pieces. But the world doesn’t happen in binaries. [Read More…]