Category Archives: Methodism

Holiness at Oxford

QUOTE: When he went to Oxford, Wesley still “said his prayers,” both in public and private, and read the Scriptures, with other devotional books, especially comments on the New Testament. He had not any notion of inward holiness, but went … Continue reading

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SCRUPULOSITY?

QUOTE: Scrupulosity is a psychological disorder characterized by pathological guilt about moral or religious issues. It is personally distressing, objectively dysfunctional, and often accompanied by significant impairment in social functioning. It is typically conceptualized as a moral or religious form of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), although this … Continue reading

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"… much more negligent than before …"

QUOTE: One word about Wesley’s religious life at Charterhouse is necessary. At the time of his conversion, in 1738,* after describing his earlier life at home, he proceeds, “The next six or seven years were spent at school, where, outward restraints … Continue reading

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'ON THE FOUNDATION' AT CHARTERHOUSE

QUOTE: The school was opened on October 3rd, 1614, with forty boys on the foundation, who were educated free of charge, and wore gowns of broad cloth lined with baize. Hence they were called gown-boys. A schoolmaster and an usher … Continue reading

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HIS MOTHER'S RULES

QUOTE: Mr. Wesley told Adam Clarke that when he was a child, and was asked to have fruit or anything else between meals, he would quietly reply, “I thank you. I will think of it.” The fact is that Mrs. … Continue reading

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THE INVENTION OF 'QUALITY TIME'

QUOTE: She also resolved to set apart some time every evening to converse privately with each child “in something that relates to its principal concerns.” John’s turn came on Thursday. How he prized the opportunity may be seen from his letter … Continue reading

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I could only be saved 'by universal obedience…'

QUOTE: John Wesley’s escape [from the fire] made his mother the more zealous for her boy’s true welfare. Two years after the fire she wrote in the book where she noted down her private meditations,. “I do intend to be more … Continue reading

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THE CHOICE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

QUOTE: NOTE: Discuss the sufferings of the ancesters of Wesley for their dissenting views, and the choice by Samuel and Susannah to become part of the church of England. Expediency. Practicality. Peace rather than chaos. QUESTION: RESOURCES: The quote above … Continue reading

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LEARNING OBEDIENCE EARLY

QUOTE: A good picture of John Wesley’s boyhood is gained from Susanna Wesley’s account of the training of her children, written at his request on July 24th, 1732.t That training may be said to have begun with the children’s birth. … Continue reading

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A LONG PRAYER …

QUOTE: Dr. Burgess, the other assessor, was his wife’s brother, and offered a prayer a full hour long from the pulpit of St. Margaret’s when the House of Commons and the Assembly met together to sign the “Solemn League and Covenant.” … Continue reading

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