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The third podcast of our spring season features one of the most influential United Methodists of the 1960s and 70s: Dr. Charles W. Keysor, founder of the Methodist renewal ministry known as Good News.

Dr. Charles W. Keysor

In a 1986 tribute, published several months after Dr. Keysor’s cancer-related death at age 60, Good News magazine described him as a “minister and journalist who almost single-handedly forged an influential evangelical movement within the United Methodist Church.”

Charles Winchester Keysor was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1925 and was raised in Illinois. After receiving a journalism degree from Northwestern University, he married Margaret (Marge) Wickstrom, the daughter of a Swedish Methodist pastor, and began a career in journalism.

In the 1950s, he served as managing editor for The Kiwanis Magazine and later as managing editor of Together, the now-defunct official magazine of The Methodist Church.

Then, in 1959, he had a profound encounter with Christ at a Billy Graham crusade. Soon, he felt called to leave journalism and enter seminary.

By the mid-1960s, Charles Keysor — known to his colleagues and friends as Chuck — was serving as the pastor of Grace Methodist Church in Elgin, Ill. During a late-1965 lunch meeting with James Wall, then-editor of the Methodist ministers’ magazine, New Christian Advocate, Keysor shared his concerns about the prevailing liberal theology in the denomination, which he saw as a departure from the historic, orthodox Christian faith.

Wall invited him to write an article for the Advocate “describing the central beliefs and convictions” of the evangelical wing of Methodism. That article, “Methodism’s Silent Minority: A Voice For Orthodoxy,” was published in July 1966.

Within The Methodist Church in the United States is a silent minority group…. Its concepts are often abhorrent to Methodist officialdom at annual conference and national levels.

I speak of those Methodists who are variously called “evangelicals” or “conservatives” or “fundamentalists.” A more accurate description is “orthodox,” for these brethren hold a traditional understanding of the Christian faith….

Here lies the challenge: We who are orthodox must become the un-silent minority! Orthodoxy must shed its “poor cousin” inferiority complex and enter forthrightly into the current theological debate….

[W]e must be heard in Nashville, in Evanston, and on Riverside Drive. Most of all, we must be heard in thousands of pulpits, for the people called Methodist will not cease to hunger for the good news of Jesus Christ, incarnate, crucified, risen, and coming again.

“Methodism’s Silent Minority” sparked an overwhelmingly positive reaction from hundreds of Methodist pastors and leaders, several of whom asked why the church couldn’t have a publication that reflected an evangelical understanding of the Christian faith.

Months later, Keysor launched such a publication: Good News magazine. Bishop Gerald Kennedy (Los Angeles Area), the most well-known Methodist bishop of the time, wrote an article for the inaugural issue, which rolled off the press in March 1967.

In 2007’s 40th-anniversary issue of Good News, James Heidinger (who succeeded Keysor as editor) described how the new magazine led quickly to the formation of a full-fledged renewal ministry.

Seeing [an] immediate surge of interest in his magazine, Keysor chose 12 Methodists to serve as board members, and the Good News effort became incorporated as “A Forum for Scriptural Christianity.” The board’s first meeting was in May of 1967, only two months after the appearance of the first issue of the magazine.

Good News was a breath of fresh air for Methodists seeking spiritual renewal, quickly becoming their rallying point. Pastors and laity began organizing clusters of like-minded Methodists who came out of a felt need for fellowship, support, encouragement, and prayer. Soon, they began to map strategies for increasing evangelicalism within their annual conferences.

Good News' logo

In 1972, Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, president of Asbury College in Kentucky, asked Charles Keysor to join the Asbury faculty to teach journalism part-time, so the Good News ministry relocated from Elgin, Ill., to Wilmore, Ky., where it remains headquartered today, just a few blocks from Asbury College and Seminary.

In addition to leading Good News, editing Good News magazine, and teaching journalism at Asbury, Dr. Keysor wrote several books — including Our Methodist Heritage (David C. Cook, 1973), Living Unafraid (David C. Cook, 1975), and Come Clean! (Victor Books, 1976). He also edited What You Should Know about Homosexuality (Zondervan, 1979).

In 1982, weary from 16 years in the trenches of renewal ministry, he left the United Methodist Church to become a pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, a denomination founded by Swedish immigrants to the U.S.

Charles W. Keysor died at his home in Clearwater, Fla., on Oct. 22, 1985, two months after being diagnosed with advanced liver cancer.

The address on this podcast was recorded in August 1970 at the inaugural Good News Convocation, held in Dallas, Texas — an event attended by more than 1,500 pastors and leaders.

To listen, use the audio player below (22 min.) — or right click (Windows users) to download an mp3 (10.5MB).

For previous MethodistThinker Podcasts, click the “podcasts” tab at the top of this page. To subscribe via iTunes or other podcast software, use the “Subscribe to Podcasts” link at the top of the right column.

Related posts
Podcast: Dr. James Heidinger on ‘United Methodist Renewal’
A salute to James Heidinger of Good News
Podcast: Bishop Gerald Kennedy on ‘The Marks of a Methodist’

Related articles and information
Methodism’s silent minority: A voice for orthodoxy | Charles W. Keysor, New Christian Advocate (July 14, 1966 — via Good News)
United Methodism in crisis: Scriptural renewal through the Good News Movement | Chapter 4 of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton (University of Chicago Press, 2008 — via Google Books)
Theological orientation and renewal in the United Methodist Church | Riley B. Case (via The Sundry Times) (March 15, 2011)
40 years of vision for United Methodist Renewal (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (November/December 2007)
From the margin to the mainstream: United Methodism’s renewal movement (PDF) | Riley B. Case, Good News (November/December 2007)
Lessons from United Methodist renewal (PDF—see pp. 4-8) | An address by James V. Heidinger II to the Presbyterian Coalition Gathering (November 2005)
A charge to reclaim | W. James Antle III, The American Spectator (Oct. 5, 2005)
Leader of ‘Good News’ movement leaves Methodism | St. Petersburg Times (June 26, 1982) — via Google Newspapers archive
The story of Good News: A recollection by Charles W. Keysor (PDF) | Good News (March/April 1981)
Group shakes up Methodism | George Vecsey, New York Times News Service (April 1979) — via Google Newspapers archive
The Junaluska Affirmation: Scriptural Christianity for United Methodists (PDF) | Forum for Scriptural Christianity (Good News) (July 20, 1975)

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MethodistThinker.com is celebrating its first anniversary this week!*

Here is a list of our five most-viewed posts over the past 12 months:

  1. Ed Tomlinson: Proposed amendments would ‘decimate connectionalism’
  2. In Mississippi Conference, testimony from lesbian couple stirs controversy
  3. Proposed amendments would separate UMC into ‘national entities’
  4. John Ed Mathison: Seven concerns about the UMC
  5. Joe Whittemore: ‘Enough is enough’

Our most-viewed video clip during the past year was an address by Connie Campbell and Renee Sappington, two homosexual women who spoke about their relationship as part of a worship service at this year’s session of the Mississippi Annual Conference (that video is part of the #2 post above).

The most-listened-to audio file over the past 12 months was a May podcast featuring a 1960 sermon by the late Methodist missionary, E. Stanley Jones.

    (*The MethodistThinker archive of posts dates back to June 2008, but the handful of June/July posts were written during development and testing of the site. We “went live” in August of last year.)

A new season of MethodistThinker podcasts is set to launch after Labor Day, with material from:

    • Methodist evangelist Harry Denman;
    • Dr. James Heidinger (recently retired as president of Good News);
    • Bishop James King (South Georgia);
    • Sir Alan Walker (first director of World Methodist Evangelism);
    • the late Bishop William R. Cannon;
    • Rob Renfroe (new president of Good News); and
    • Bishop Lindsey Davis (Kentucky Conference).

Also in September, Lord willing, we will unveil a new section of the site called the “Audio Vault,” featuring material that hasn’t been readily available in many years.

For example, the Audio Vault will include Denman Lectures (from past United Methodist Congresses on Evangelism) by such notable speakers as the late Bishop Roy Nichols, Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, Dr. George Morris, Bishop Emerson Colaw, and Dr. Joe Hale.

Eventually, the Audio Vault will include audio from UM General Conferences going back to at least 1980.

Over the next four weeks, MethodistThinker.com will be on a hiatus of sorts, while behind-the-scenes work is taking place related to both the fall season of podcasts and the new Audio Vault.

Instead of posting new material during August, we’ll be re-featuring several podcasts from earlier this year. The ThinkerTwitter feed (see right column) will remain active, with new material “tweeted” several times a day.

Thank you for visiting MethodistThinker.com. If you have comments and/or suggestions, post your feedback below — or, if you prefer, send an e-mail to feedback@MethodistThinker.com.

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Following feedback from the president of the Council of Bishops, the United Methodist News Service has deleted a story released earlier this week and replaced it with a revised version, but not before the earlier version became the basis of a Religion News Service account published by USA Today and other newspapers.

The earlier account, which reported that annual conferences in the U.S. had “defeated” 23 proposed amendments to the UM Constitution aimed at restructuring the United Methodist Church into a collection of “regional” conferences, apparently failed to give sufficient weight to the fact that members of some non-U.S. annual conferences have yet to cast their votes.

Original version, left; revised, right

Original version at left; revised version at right

The lead paragraph of the earlier version reported that “United Methodists across the United States have defeated 23 proposed amendments that would have paved the way to make the church in the U.S. a regional body.”

The lead paragraph of the revised version reports instead that “United Methodists in the U.S. have largely voted against 23 proposed amendments that would change the structure of the church, but voting is ongoing in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.”

In an e-mail advisory issued on July 30, the news service said that Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of the UM Council of Bishops, had “note[d] the council office where the reports are being sent has not done any tally at this point and will not be doing any until the receipt of all conference reports.” (That same wording is included in the revised story.)

The revised UMNS account also reports that the worldwide vote will not be certified and announced by the Council of Bishops until next spring. During the 2009 session of the North Georgia Annual Conference, Bishop Mike Watson had said that certification and the announcement of results likely would occur at the Council of Bishops gathering this fall.

Even though some non-U.S. conference have not completed the voting process, the United Methodist renewal group, Good News, has projected — based on voting totals already announced — that the restructuring amendments will fail.

Good News also has projected the defeat of Amendment I, which would have altered language in the UM Constitution related to membership.

In a July 17 web posting, Good News noted that 50 U.S. conferences, “representing at least 88% of the total votes cast in the [United States] and approximately 82% of the votes worldwide, have publicly shared with all United Methodists their vote tallies on the proposed amendments.”

The already published votes, Good News concluded, indicate that not enough votes remain among potential votes from conferences outside the U.S., even when added to non-published U.S. votes, to change the “No” outcome for either the restructuring amendments or Amendment I.

Below is a list of all 135 UMC annual conferences. If a conference name has a link assigned, click the link to see the results from that conference’s vote on the proposed constitutional amendments. (If you know of web-published results not linked below, please e-mail the URL to MethodistThinker.com.)

A one-page spreadsheet with tallies of all the published results for Amendment I and the five main restructuring amendments — IV, X, XIII, XXIII, and XXVI — is here (PDF).

Alabama-West Florida (PDF)
Austria Provisional
Bicol Philippines Provisional
Bulacan Philippines
Bulgaria Provisional
California-Nevada (PDF)
Central Congo
Central Luzon
Central Pennsylvania (PDF)
Central Texas
Central Russia
Cote d’Ivoire
Czech & Slovak Republics
Dakotas (PDF, p. 4)
Desert Southwest (PDF)
East Africa
East Congo
East Germany
East Mindanao Philippines
East Ohio (PDF)
East Zimbabwe
Eastern Angola
Eastern Pennsylvania
Eastern Russia & Kazakhstan Prov
Finland-Finnish Provisional
Finland-Swedish Provisional
Greater New Jersey
Gwaten Nigeria
Hungary Provisional
Illinois Great Rivers
Indiana (PDF)
Iowa (PDF, p. 2)
Kansas East
Kansas West
Kasai Provisional
Kivu Provisional
Malawi Provisional
Middle Philippines
Mindanao Philippines
Mississippi (PDF)
Mozambique North
Mozambique South
Nebraska (PDF)
New England
New Mexico
New York
North Alabama
North Carolina (PDF)
North Central New York
North Central Philippines
North Georgia
North Germany
North Katanga
North Texas (PDF)
Northeast Luzon Philippines
Northeast Philippines
Northern Illinois
Northern Philippines
North-West Katanga
Northwest Mindanao Philippines
Northwest Philippines
Northwest Russia Provisional
Northwest Texas
Oklahoma (amendment #’s not
consistent w/ other conferences)
Oklahoma Indian Missionary
Oregon-Idaho (PDF, p. 16)
Oriental & Equator
Pacific Northwest (PDF)
Palawan Philippines
Pampango Philippines
Pangasinan Philippines
Pero Nigeria
Philippines East
Quezon City Philippines East
Red Bird Missionary
Rio Grande (PDF)
Rocky Mountain
Serbia/Macedonia Provisional
Sierra Leone
South Africa Provisional
South Carolina
South Congo
South Georgia (PDF)
South Germany
Southern Nigeria
Southern Russia Provisional
Southern Tagalog Provisional
South-West Katanga
Southwest Philippines Provisional
Southwest Texas
Tarlac Philippines
Ukraine & Moldova Provisional
Visayas Philippines
West Congo
West Michigan
West Middle Philippines
West Ohio
West Virginia (PDF, p. 3)
West Zimbabwe
Western Angola
Western New York
Western North Carolina (PDF)
Western Pennsylvania (Excel)
Wisconsin (PDF)
Yellowstone (PDF)
Zambia Provisional

Related posts
Good News projects defeat of controversial amendments
Bill Bouknight: Methodists are saying ‘No’ to their leaders
North Georgia overwhelmingly disapproves restructuring amendments
Ed Tomlinson: Proposed amendments would ‘decimate connectionalism’
Maxie Dunnam, Eddie Fox release videos on proposed amendments
African UM leader on amendments: ‘We should have been consulted’
A ‘procedural’ argument against Amendment I

Related articles and information
Full text of all 32 amendments, showing how each would alter the current language of the United Methodist Book of Discipline—material stricken through would be deleted; material in bold/blue would be added (PDF)
We Confess newsletter (PDF) | Confessing Movement (May/June 2009)
Worldwide decision: United Methodists to vote on amending constitution | Bill Fentum, UM Reporter (April 10, 2009)
Which way to a Worldwide Church? (PDF) | Andrew Thompson, Gen-X Rising blog (May 31, 2009)
A rationale to oppose proposed constitutional changes | Tim McClendon, Columbia District Superintendent, South Carolina Conference
The worldwide Methodist movement | Eddie Fox, Interpreter Magazine (Web-only article—March 31, 2009)
Conferences to consider church structure | Linda Green, United Methodist News Service (March 10, 2009)
Amendment I (without the baggage) (PDF) | Andrew Thompson, Gen-X Rising blog (May 18, 2009)
United Methodism in crisis: Scriptural renewal through the Good News Movement | Chapter 4 of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton (University of Chicago Press, 2008 — via Google Books)
40 years of vision for United Methodist reformation and renewal (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (November/December 2007)

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As part of its new Rethink Church campaign, United Methodist Communications has produced a captivating and challenging three-minute video aimed a fueling the sanctified imagination of local church leaders.

The video — titled “What If” — asks penetrating questions, such as:

  • What if “church” wasn’t just a place we go but something we do?
  • What if “church” was the way church was in the beginning — outbound, unbound, active?
  • What if “church” looked at itself with seekers’ eyes, recognizing that even the smallest step through one of our doors is an act of courage, a moment of vulnerability?
  • What if “church” was more of an out-of-church experience, an opportunity to prove what we say we believe with our lives?

“What If” is a top-notch piece of work, with effective visuals, music, scripting, narration, and editing.

Unfortunately, the script never mentions Jesus Christ — a rather startling omission, especially in a piece targeted to people who are already church members and, one would suppose, disciples of Jesus. (The video prefers to focus on amorphous concepts such as “journey,” “belief,” and “discovery.”) Nor does “What If” acknowledge the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering the church to be what God intends.

Still, the video is inspirational — and local church leaders can easily follow a showing of the video with additional questions, such as: “What if we stopped focusing on ourselves and started asking God to show us kingdom opportunities — opportunities to move people toward a relationship with Jesus Christ?”

It is worth noting that “What If” makes a subtle yet significant change in the UMC’s eight-year-old “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” advertising slogan. The video’s tag line says, “Together we can open hearts, open minds, open doors.”

The three added words yield a much different meaning. “Together we can…” refocuses the slogan on mission, rather than on how (some) United Methodists perceive of themselves or want to be perceived. This is a welcome change.

Use the audio player below to listen to an 8-and-half minute presentation about Rethink Church from Larry Hollon of United Methodist Communications (recorded at the 2009 session of the North Georgia Annual Conference).

Order a Rethink Church DVD here.

Visit the 10ThousandDoors web site (i.e., the external Rethink Church site targeted to 18-to-34 olds).

Watch a Rethink Church TV ad below.

Related articles and information
What if? Rethinking the UMC’s ReThink campaign | Scott Kingsolver, Revangelical-Burning Out Bright blog (Aug. 20, 2009)
United Methodist Church launches $20 million ‘Rethink Church’ advertising campaign | UMC Press Center (May 1, 2009)
The theological foundation for ‘Rethink Church’ (PDF) | United Methodist Communications
Media impact and awareness research for the ‘Open Hearts’ campaign (PDF) | The Barna Research Group for United Methodist Communications (February 2008)
Opening doors — Where’s the doctrine?: A rhetorical analysis of the United Methodist media campaign (PDF) | Michelle Spurgeon, Matthew Drumheller, and Kristina Drumheller, A paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (Nov. 15, 2007)
Open hearts don’t gamble: UMCom terminates agreement with Buntin Group due to ad agency’s work for Tennessee Lottery | Josh Tinley, Scrambies blog (Sept. 7, 2008)
‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors’ slogan is marketing, not theology | Andrew C. Thompson, UM Reporter (July 12, 2007)
Madison Avenue Methodism | David Holman, The American Spectator (Aug. 25, 2005)
United Methodists approve four more years of ‘Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.’ | Nancye Willis, United Methodist News Service (May 5, 2004)
United Methodists name Buntin Group to create national campaign | BusinessWire (Nov. 27, 2000)
United Methodist agency will launch TV campaign in 2001 | Linda Green, United Methodist News Service (July 10, 2000)

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The July/August issue of Good News magazine features many words of appreciation (from bishops, professors, pastors, and lay people) for the Rev. Dr. James V. Heidinger II, who retired this week after 28 years of leading United Methodism’s flagship renewal ministry.

James V. Heidinger II

James V. Heidinger II

He is variously described as “cheerful,” “passionate,” “gracious,” “patient,” “humble,” “sensitive,” “thoughtful,” “truthful,” and “motivated by the love of Christ.”

One writer, Dr. Bill Bouknight of the Confessing Movement, noted that Jim Heidinger “illustrates what it means to contend for the faith without being contentious.”

The July/August Good News republishes three of Dr. Heidinger’s columns (out of more than 170 written over the years), selected by the magazine’s long-time editor Steve Beard: “Remaining United Methodist” (from 1982), “The Legacy of Theological Liberalism” (from 1990), and “The Road to Emmaus” (from 1983).

In addition to his writing, James Heidinger has made himself available as a spokesman for evangelical concerns within the UMC and the larger mainline Church. He has often been called on to explain and defend the Church’s standards relating to homosexuality.

Use the audio and video players below to hear/see various interviews with Jim Heidinger, beginning with the 1984 General Conference in Baltimore.

It was in 1984 that General Conference delegates approved a clear guideline aimed at prohibiting non-celibate homosexual persons from being ordained to the United Methodist ministry. Dr. Heidinger was asked to comment on the General Conference’s action. (This 2:50 audio clip is from a UM Communications production narrated by Harry Johnson. Mr. Johnson is also the interviewer.)

Four years later, at the 1988 General Conference in St. Louis, UM Communications asked Jim Heidinger to comment on a failed attempt to overthrow the ordination restrictions passed in 1984 (the attempt was defeated by a better than two-thirds margin).


In March 2004, Dr. Heidinger discussed the Karen Dammann trial with host Todd Wilken on the radio program, Issues, Etc. (16:35).

Later in 2004, Mr. Heidinger was a guest on the Albert Mohler Program, talking about the Beth Stroud trial (8:55).

And in November 2005, Jim Heidinger again appeared on Issues, Etc., along with Mark Tooley of UM Action, to discuss rulings issued by the United Methodist Judicial Council at its Fall 2005 session. (17:35).

James Heidinger is a retired clergy member of the East Ohio Annual Conference. An Illinois native, he earned degrees from Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Theological-Malpracticeguarding-the-gospelDr. Heidinger’s books include United Methodist Renewal: What Will It Take? (Bristol Books, 1988), Theological Malpractice?: Essays in the Struggle for United Methodist Renewal (Bristol House, 2000), and Guarding the Gospel: Biblical Faith and the Future of United Methodism (Living Streams, 2007).

Jim Heidinger and his wife, Joanne, live in Nicholasville, Ky. They are members of the First United Methodist Church of Lexington, where Dr. Heidinger has taught an adult Sunday School class for many years.

Related articles and information
Much has changed since Jim Heidinger became a leader of UM evangelicals | Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard News Service (July 9, 2009)
Reflections on passing the torch | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (May/June 2009)
Heidinger reflects on Good News leadership | Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service (April 2, 2009)
Good News announces new leadership upon Heidinger retirement | Good News (March 12, 2009)
United Methodism in crisis: Scriptural renewal through the Good News Movement | Chapter 4 of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton (University of Chicago Press, 2008 — via Google Books)
40 years of vision for United Methodist reformation and renewal (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (November/December 2007)
An interview with the Rev. Dr. James V. Heidinger II | Katherine T. Phan, The Christian Post (Nov. 6, 2004)
Good News board honors Heidinger | Tim Tanton, United Methodist News Service (Feb. 13, 2003)
Coalition speaker Heidinger describes renewal ‘phenomenon’ | Evan Silverstein, PCUSA News (May 27, 2003)
Good News’ response to Cal/Nevada’s dismissal of complaints against 68 clergy involved in same-sex covenant | James V. Heidinger II on behalf of the Good News Board of Directors (Feb. 14, 2000)
Good News board urges bishops to preserve unity of church | United Methodist News Service (Feb. 2, 1999)
Good News celebration emphasizes revival and renewal | United Methodist News Service (July 1, 1997)
‘Good News’ says push to accept homosexual practice threatens to split United Methodist Church | United Methodist News Service (May 6, 1997)
Evangelical leaders from mainline denominations form new association; Heidinger named chairman | United Methodist News Service (Oct. 24, 1996)
‘Re-Imagining’ rejects historic Christianity | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (January/February 1994)
Mainline conservatives protest women’s ‘Re-Imagining’ conference | Carlton Elliott Smith, Religious News Service (Jan. 15, 1994—reprinted in the Feb. 16, 1994 issue of The Christian Century)
‘Durham Declaration’ asks for ‘Scriptural approach’ to abortion | United Methodist News Service (March 12, 1991)

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thinker-twitterIn the right column of this page, just below the list of Today’s Most-Viewed Posts, you will now see a box labeled ThinkerTwitter.

It features (primarily) quick summaries of interesting news items, plus links that will take you to additional information.

In most cases, items in ThinkerTwitter feed will not be discussed here in the main blog posting area. We simply think these items are worth noting.

If you have a  Twitter account and wish to “follow” ThinkerTwitter, go to Twitter.com/MethoThinker.

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The Reverend Mr. John Wesley (actor Alan MacNaughtan)

The Reverend Mr. John Wesley
(actor Alan MacNaughtan)

Posted below is the debut edition of The MethodistThinker Podcast, featuring timeless teaching by Methodist pastors and leaders.

This week, a sermon by the founder of the movement: Anglican clergyman John Wesley!

Click the audio player below for details — or download an mp3.

(The podcast is 11-and-a-half minutes.)

Next week, a sermon by the Rev. Bill Bouknight: “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Related post
Coming soon: The MethodistThinker Podcast

Related information and resources
Biography of actor Alan MacNaughtan
34 U.S. libraries that have the BBC-TV film, John Wesley: Preacher
Text of John Wesley’s sermon, “The Almost Christian”
Text of John Wesley’s sermon, “The New Birth”

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