I’m a Wesleyan Christian. I find more value in John Wesley’s school of thought than I do any other reflections on the Christian life. I’m a cradle Methodist, and I’ve chosen the United Methodist Church to be my home as long it will have me.

That said, while reading a Wesley scholar’s book, I’ve hit onto a potentially critical difference between Wesley’s time and today, which may affect how we ought to apply his theology today.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson is a United Methodist Elder in the Oklahoma Conference and Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Dr. Watson’s 2013 book  The Class Meeting  is an extended argument for contemporary Wesleyanism to reclaim the class meeting, which fell out of practice in the early 20th century. I’m not addressing that specific topic today; rather, in Chapter 3 of that book, Watson articulates that the practice was meant to convey doctrine , specifically the salvation process.

A man was banished from the city for three months because he heard an ass bray and said jestingly, "He prays a beautiful Psalm."

A person was imprisoned for four days because he wanted to call his child Claude (the name of a Catholic saint) instead of Abraham .

It can be seen from the above that many of the persecutions which John Calvin endured were not for "well doing" (1 Peter 2:15): they were for carrying on like a fool engaged in trying to "bring in his Kingdom."

I’m a Wesleyan Christian. I find more value in John Wesley’s school of thought than I do any other reflections on the Christian life. I’m a cradle Methodist, and I’ve chosen the United Methodist Church to be my home as long it will have me.

That said, while reading a Wesley scholar’s book, I’ve hit onto a potentially critical difference between Wesley’s time and today, which may affect how we ought to apply his theology today.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson is a United Methodist Elder in the Oklahoma Conference and Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Dr. Watson’s 2013 book  The Class Meeting  is an extended argument for contemporary Wesleyanism to reclaim the class meeting, which fell out of practice in the early 20th century. I’m not addressing that specific topic today; rather, in Chapter 3 of that book, Watson articulates that the practice was meant to convey doctrine , specifically the salvation process.

I’m a Wesleyan Christian. I find more value in John Wesley’s school of thought than I do any other reflections on the Christian life. I’m a cradle Methodist, and I’ve chosen the United Methodist Church to be my home as long it will have me.

That said, while reading a Wesley scholar’s book, I’ve hit onto a potentially critical difference between Wesley’s time and today, which may affect how we ought to apply his theology today.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson is a United Methodist Elder in the Oklahoma Conference and Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Dr. Watson’s 2013 book  The Class Meeting  is an extended argument for contemporary Wesleyanism to reclaim the class meeting, which fell out of practice in the early 20th century. I’m not addressing that specific topic today; rather, in Chapter 3 of that book, Watson articulates that the practice was meant to convey doctrine , specifically the salvation process.

A man was banished from the city for three months because he heard an ass bray and said jestingly, "He prays a beautiful Psalm."

A person was imprisoned for four days because he wanted to call his child Claude (the name of a Catholic saint) instead of Abraham .

It can be seen from the above that many of the persecutions which John Calvin endured were not for "well doing" (1 Peter 2:15): they were for carrying on like a fool engaged in trying to "bring in his Kingdom."

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