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Diagnosis Methodism?

Why is it that sometimes Methodism is much less than the sum of its parts? I offer a personal diagnosis.

Modern Means of Grace

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the Wesleyan theological heritage, and particularly John Wesley's thinking about the Means of Grace. I am not sure how much British and Irish Methodists engage with the Means today, or whether they think it is a relic best left in the past. One of the Means that Wesley maintained and called on the early Methodists to follow was the act of fasting twice a week. There were a number of reasons for maintaining the practice, not least its Biblical basis. Yet, beyond chocolate and booze during Lent, Vegan January, or the 5-2 diet, I am not sure many of us have grasped the spiritual value of going without. As Lent approaches, and the temperature of debate

Conversation Challenges

For the last few months, I have been talking my way around the Connexion, often in the company of my dear friend, Paul Smith. By this time next month, we will have worked our way from the tip of Cornwall to the Scottish border, with more invitation in the diary. It has been heartening to see so many Methodists eager to engage with a range of issues in a sensitive and generous way. Of course, there have been bumps in the road and, whilst it’s never easy to hear you’re going to hell or filled with demons, by and large we have been heard with courtesy and respect. As well as helping local ministers and members to overcome their fears and discuss the proposals on marriage and relationships, we a

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