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“Do all the good you can.”

A Review of 

Organic Wesley:
A Christian Perspective on Food, Farming, and Faith
William Guerrant, Jr.

Paperback: Seedbed, 2015
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Reviewed by Michelle Wilbert


Over the last thirty years, from roughly 1990-2016, the world has seen a veritable explosion of new—or renewed—social, political and spiritual movements that have sought to reclaim and rejuvenate ideas about the intersection of health, fitness, environmental sustainability and spirituality. Most of them are centered on centuries old models that have been resurrected and updated with new information and research combined with technological advances that have allowed us to share information on a mass scale—we can communicate across the globe in a matter of seconds and what a contrast from the18th century of John Wesley and his ministry as recounted in William Guerrant, Jr.’s delightful book, Organic Wesley: A Christian Perspective on Food, Farming and Faith.  One can only wonder at John Wesley–the Anglican cleric who founded the Methodist movement—on foot or on horseback, traversing the far corners of England promoting his message of personal holiness that included a powerful belief that a Christian had an obligation to preserve and maintain their physical health and well being through a healthy and simple diet, ample exercise, appropriate rest and recreation “in the open air” and all the better to be fit to serve and minister to others.

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This Sunday, June 28, marks the birthday of John Wesley.

In honor of the occasion, we share this sermon, which has been very helpful for us at Englewood Christian Church.

We challenge you to consider the meaning of this sermon in the age of social media?  How do we avoid evil speaking in our online interactions?

The Cure of Evil-speaking
(Sermon 49)
John Wesley

“If thy brother shall sin against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear, take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he will not hear them, tell it to the Church. But if he does not hear the church, let him be to thee as an heathen man and a publican.”   [ Matt. 18:15–17 ]
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A Brief Review of

John and Charles Wesley:
Selections from Their Writings and Hymns,
Annotated and Explained
Annotated by Paul Wesley Chilcote.
Paperback: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2011.
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Reviewed by Douglas Connelly

John and Charles Wesley left a spiritual legacy that has touched every facet of Christianity.  Even those traditions that are non-Wesleyan have been affected by the fervor and warmth of the Wesleyan revivals in the eighteenth century and in the revivalists who followed in the Wesley’s footsteps.

Paul Wesley Chilcote, a professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, has given the interested reader a moving and helpful introduction to the sermons, hymns, and theological writings of these two brothers.  He begins with a brief but thorough sketch of the lives and influence of the Wesleys.  They grew up in an Anglican pastor’s home and never really cut their ties to the Anglican Church.  It was only after their deaths that what became known as Methodism moved away (or was pushed away) from the Church of England.

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