Using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral in personal study

As United Methodists, we like to come up with complicated terms or acronyms to describe or categorize our beliefs. Chief among the complicated terms is “The Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” This is the invention of Wesleyan scholar Albert Outler who stated that the founder of our denomination, John Wesley, used four sources

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Easy Answers to a Challenging Bible?

The Wild Goose Festival was this past weekend at Benton County fairgrounds near Corvallis. It is a two-year-old spirituality festival with sermons, speakers, music, arts, and conversation. This was the first west-coast festival that they’ve held and about 20 United Methodists from around this part of the country attended, including

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On Work

David Miller is the founding director of Princeton University’s Faith and Work Initiative. He writes about his work in this way: “As I was slogging through Hebrew vocabulary, I came across the word AVODAH. The root of that word is translated three ways in the Old Testament. Sometimes it is

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Let's Find Courage Together

Several years ago, Bishop Abel Muzorewa wrote a letter to some of his pastors in Zimbabwe, in which he offered a kind of benediction for their work. Twice now I have used these words as a benediction for our worship here at First Church, and each time I have folks

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The Light is Within You

The first words spoken by God in the first page of the Bible is “Let There Be Light!” I wonder if God needed to go any further. Physicist David Bohm has been quoted as saying that “matter is frozen light.” By that he means that light is trapped in our

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"Consider a man riding a bicycle"

British novelist Sir William Golding once wrote this: “Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of

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Atticus Finch on Facing the Future

Harper Lee’s beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird follows the life of Scout and her family, including her father Atticus, as they deal with 1930s racism and post-Great Depression life. There’s a great scene in the book that talks about, in allegorical ways, the Christian life in the face of fear.

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Spiderman and the Unknown Community

Hello! I’m Jeremy and I’m new here! I began as the Minister of Discipleship on July 1st, and with being new comes moving boxes, unpacking, arranging, re-arranging…and welcome moments of leisure. In one of those leisure moments, I viewed the latest Spiderman movie (The Amazing Spiderman 2012) with a friend.

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