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Are Christians Ever Really Perfect?


I was privileged this week to speak at Old Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis as part of their Legacy series, which is taking a look at some of the foundational beliefs and practices of the Methodist movement. Specifically, I was asked to speak on one of John Wesley’s distinctive theological emphases. So, of course, […]

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John Wesley on the Natural (Fallen) State of Humanity


I am currently writing on Wesley’s doctrine of humanity. His theology is firmly grounded in a traditional understanding of original sin, and his words concerning the natural state of humanity (apart from Christ) ring as true today as they did in the 18th century. Sermon #44, ‘Original Sin’ The Scripture avers that ‘by one man’s […]

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Abandonment Issues: Did God the Father Really Forsake Jesus on the Cross?


Today is the Friday before Easter. Known as Good Friday across the world, it is the day on which Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross by Roman centurions and died an agonizing death for the sake of the world. For Christians, it is a time of great mourning, because this day┬áreminds us that […]

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