My friend Kevin Watson has a great series starting over at his blog, Deeply Committed. He’s looking at one of the tools John Wesley used to spark revival and renewal in the Church, the Methodist Class Meeting.
You won’t want to miss his insights, which he puts in accessible yet informative language – typical Watsonian style (I wanted to be the first to use that one before the academics beat me to it!). Go check it out:
Kevin Watson is a personal friend and colleague currently working on his PhD at SMU. We met each other when we were roommates getting our pastoral licenses at OCU, and this has ended up been a true blessing in my life. If you are a United Methodist (or just curious), please, please, please go read his post on the distinction between social holiness and social justice. Overall, this post is an excellent corrective for those who use John Wesley’s quotes poorly.
Kevin is such a strong voice on the priority of faith and holiness in the Christian life, and I eagerly anticipate reading his work for years to come as it informs my ministry in countless ways.
Prooftexting Wesley @ Deeply Committed w/Kevin Watson
If you are interested in the unique gifts Methodism and the Wesleyan tradition has to offer the world, then you’ll definitely want to pick up Kevin Watson’s A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living. He does a great job of offering a simple yet challenging description of Wesley’s General Rules and the Methodist “method” for discipleship in a way that can help Methodists understand the beauty of intentional growth in grace.
The book is well-written, easy to read, and includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter. This makes it perfect for leading a group of laypeople through a class to help them understand the rich discipleship tools we carry in our “Methodist tool-belt.”
Kevin Watson at has started an experiment to see how much social capital Methodist bloggers have. This experiment was prompted by the feeling among some Methodist bloggers that United Methodism does not always do as good of a job as it could at getting the Wesleyan message out there, particularly on-line. So, he wants to see how many views a YouTube video can get if Methodist bloggers work together to promote it. The experiment is to see how many hits the video will receive in two weeks.
If you want to participate you can: First, watch the video below. Second, copy and paste this entire post into a new post on your blog and post it. Third, remind people about this experiment in one week.
Based on the results of the experiment, Kevin will get in touch with the folks at Discipleship Resources and let them know the ways in which Methodist bloggers are often an underused resource.
Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ISKTrScpzQ