Category Archives: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

The Revival Begins – the basics of a revival

The Methodist movement originated as a revival within the 18th-century Church of England and became a separate Church following Wesley’s death.  A Christian revival is a specific period of increased spiritual interest or renewal in the life of a church congregation or many churches, either regionally or globally. This should be distinguished from the use of … Continue reading

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THE CHAOS RESOLVES: THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION OF 1689.

Note: the political conflict between protestants and Catholics in England concluded in 1689, only 14 years before the birth of Wesley in 1703. Social forces from this conflict would influence the context of resistance to change which was present throughout … Continue reading

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THE ENGLISH REFORMATION

Note: this Wikipedia article examines in greater depth the various factors which formed the religious climate of Wesley’s day. The English Reformation was a series of events in 16th century England by which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Catholic Church. … Continue reading

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THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR –

The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians (“Roundheads”) and Royalists (“Cavaliers”) in the Kingdom of England over, principally, the manner of its government. The first (1642–46) and second (1648–49) wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third (1649–51) … Continue reading

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Trends in the History of the Church of England

Note:  In the centuries between Henry’s separation of the Church of England from Catholicism, several trends have ebbed and flowed in the history which shape the context for the change of the church in Wesley’s day. Forces for change, whether … Continue reading

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Church of England

The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[2][3][4] in England and the mother church of the worldwideAnglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishmentprincipally to the mission to England by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in AD 597.[5] As a result of Augustine’s mission, the church … Continue reading

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Henry VIII and the emergence of the Church of England

Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. Besides his six marriages, Henry VIII is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry’s struggles … Continue reading

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WIKIPEDIA: An Overview Of English History

The following sequence of posts is an overview of English history related to Methodism using Wikipedia, the open source online encyclopedia. Wikipedia is a good source for information as one is allowed to make copies of the information without violating … Continue reading

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THE MISSIONAL SPLIT OF 1844 – by Christopher Ritter

THE MISSIONAL SPLIT OF 1844  (I appreciate the permission of Dr. Ritter to reproduce his article on the historic division of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1844. The north retained the name of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while the south named … Continue reading

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The Moravian Slaves, a popular story about Christian Missions…

THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN    … Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. The owner had said, “No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on … Continue reading

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