March 2018

Pushing the Reset Button

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My computer often reminds me of important spiritual truths. For example, when it begins to respond sluggishly, erratically, or unreasonably, I perform a “System Restore” exercise that resets all operations to an earlier point in time. This reset button allows the computer to perform as it did before problems started.

The Anabaptists

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This year the Protestant world turns its face toward Wittenberg to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many voices participated in the events of those years roughly around 1500-1648. Three Reformation wings – in Germany with Martin Luther, in Switzerland with Ulrich Zwingli and later John Calvin, and in England with Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer – produced rich faith traditions that today, half a millennium later, are still vital to the Evangelical segment of the Body of Christ.

The English Reformation

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It may seem a stretch to try to connect the sixteenth century English Reformation with the Wesleyan movement, but given John Wesley’s ministry as a priest within the Church of England and his vital role in the formation of the Wesleyan movement, the connection is stronger than some might think. The revival that swept up figures like John and Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century or even later Wesleyan figures like Francis Asbury, Phoebe Palmer, and H.