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This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a sermon by Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr., episcopal leader of both the Oklahoma Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference in the United Methodist Church.

Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr.

Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr.

Before being elected the the episcopacy in 2004, Robert Hayes served as a pastor and a district superintendent in the Texas Conference.

This sermon on this week’s podcast was preached in February 2005 as part of the Barton-Clinton-Gordey Series at Boston Avenue UMC in Tulsa, Okla. Bishop Hayes’ text is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

To listen, use the audio player below (24 min.) — or download an mp3 (10.8 MB).

Next week, a sermon by the world director of World Methodist Evangelism, Eddie Fox.

For previous editions of the MethodistThinker Podcast, click the podcasts tab at the top of this page.

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This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a sermon by the late Methodist missionary, Dr. E. Stanley Jones.

E. Stanley Jones

E. Stanley Jones

Born in 1884, Eli Stanley Jones responded to the call to missionary service in his early 20s. He spent much of his adult life in India, although as an “evangelist at large” for the Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he preached and taught in many nations.

Dr. Jones influenced millions of people through his bestselling books, including The Christ of the Indian Road (1925) and Abundant Living (1942).

E. Stanley Jones also was the founder of the international Christian Ashram movement, a retreat ministry focused on creating an environment in which people could get away from their normal routine and seek the Lord.

The sermon on this week’s podcast was preached at a U.S. Ashram in August 1960. The sermon title is, “The Gift of the Holy Spirit: The Birthright of All Christians.” (This sermon is included in the 2008 book, Living Upon the Way: Selected Sermons of E. Stanley Jones on Self-Surrender and Conversion.)

To listen to the podcast, use the audio player below (26 min.) — or download an mp3 (11.8 MB).

Next week, a sermon by Bishop Robert Hayes of the Oklahoma Conference.

For previous editions of the MethodistThinker Podcast, click the podcasts tab at the top of this page.


Related information
Biography of E. Stanley Jones from the Asbury College Archives
United Christian Ashrams
Living Upon the Way: Selected Sermons of E. Stanley Jones on Self-Surrender and Conversion (ordering information for book and CDs) | Lucknow Publishing House (2008)
Selected Messages from E. Stanley Jones — DVD | Vision Video
India Methodists celebrate 150 years of ministry | James S. Murthy, Good News magazine (Jan./Feb. 2007)
A listing of E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism funded by the Foundation for Evangelism

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This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a sermon by Bishop Al Gwinn, episcopal leader of the United Methodist Church’s North Carolina Conference.

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Bishop Al Gwinn

Before being elected the the episcopacy in 2004, Al Gwinn served as both a pastor and a District Superintendent in the Kentucky Conference.

This sermon on this week’s podcast was preached in January 2009 at Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bishop Gwinn’s text is 1 Peter 2:9-10.

To listen, use the audio player below (17 min.) — or download an mp3 (8MB).

Next week, a sermon by the late Methodist missionary and author, E. Stanley Jones.

For previous editions of the MethodistThinker Podcast, click the podcasts tab at the top of this page.

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This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a sermon by the late Dr. Bill Hinson, long-time pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas.

Dr. Bill Hinson

Dr. Bill Hinson

During his 18-year tenure at First UMC-Houston, more than 3,000 people joined that congregation on profession of faith.

In 1985, Dr. Hinson was honored with Denman Evangelism Award. In 2000, the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists recognized him with the Philip Award for Outstanding Leadership in Evangelism.

A native of South Georgia, Bill Hinson attended Boston University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Sacred Theology, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he graduated with the Doctor in Sacred Theology degree.

The sermon on this week’s podcast, “The Making of a Minister,” was preached in June 2004 at a North Georgia Conference Service of Ordination and Commissioning. Five months later, Bill Hinson suffered a massive stroke. He died on Dec. 26, 2004.

At the time of his death, Dr. Hinson was serving as president of the Confessing Movement Within the United Methodist Church.

To listen to the podcast, use the audio player below (23 min.) — or download an mp3 (10MB).

Next week, a sermon by Bishop Al Gwinn of the North Carolina Conference.

For previous editions of the MethodistThinker Podcast, click the podcasts tab at the top of this page.


Related information
Bill Hinson, Confessing Movement leader, dies at 68 | United Methodist News Service/Good News magazine (PDF) (March/April 2005)
A resolution honoring the life and ministry of Dr. William H. Hinson | Georgia State Senate (March 29, 2005)
Lord, He Went: Remembering William H. Hinson (ordering information) | Abingdon Press (2006)
A charge to keep (an excerpt from Lord, He Went) | Stanley R. Copeland, Good News magazine (Sept./Oct. 2007)

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This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a sermon by Bishop B. Michael Watson, episcopal leader of the United Methodist Church’s North Georgia Conference.

Bishop Mike Waston

Bishop Mike Waston

Before being elected the the episcopacy in 2000, Mike Watson served as a pastor in both Alabama and Florida. His first assignment as bishop was to the South Georgia Conference. In 2008, Bishop Watson was assigned to the North Georgia Conference.

This sermon on this week’s podcast was preached last month at Dunwoody UMC (Dunwoody, Ga.). Bishop Watson’s text is John 12:20-33.

To listen, use the audio player below (17 min.) — or download an mp3 (8MB).

Next week, a 2004 sermon by the late Bill Hinson: “The Making of a Minister.”

For previous editions of the MethodistThinker Podcast, click the podcasts tab at the top of this page.


Related posts
Bishop Mike Watson’s 2008 Installation sermon
Bishop Mike Watson: Spiritual disciplines for the New Year

Related information
Biography of Bishop Mike Watson

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Posted below is this week’s MethodistThinker Podcast, featuring an Easter sermon by Dr. Bill Bouknight.

Bill Bouknight

Bill Bouknight

Dr. Bouknight retired in 2007 after serving 41 years as a Methodist pastor, first in South Carolina and later in Tennessee.

He is the author of The Authoritative Word: Preaching Truth in a Skeptical Age (Abingdon, 2001) and If Disciples Grew Like Kudzu (Bristol House, 2007).

This week’s sermon was preached on Easter Sunday 2007 at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tenn., as part of a series on the Apostles’ Creed. Dr. Bouknight’s text is Luke 24:1-12.

To listen to this week’s podcast (16 min.), use the audio player below — or download an mp3.

Next week, a sermon by North Georgia Bishop Mike Watson: “We Wish to See Jesus.”


Related posts
Podcast: John Wesley on ‘The New Birth’
Coming soon: The MethodistThinker Podcast
Bill Bouknight: The bad news from General Conference ‘08
Bill Bouknight: The good news from General Conference ‘08

Related information
Biography of Dr. Bill Bouknight
Dr. Bouknight leaves Christ United Methodist Church vibrant in its faith | The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal (May 21, 2007)

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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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