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I might not agree with all that John Wesley said and did but a little focus on some of his perspectives is perhaps worth a tickle.

Here’s a short film in which the Applecart Team explore the methodical methods of the Methodists!

 

Some thoughts attributed to John Wesley:

“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.” 

“Do all the good you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. To all the people you can…” 

“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils” 

“But if God be for you, who can be against you?” 

“Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!”

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” 

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”  

“Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.” 

“Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”  

“Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can” 

“Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.” 

“God grant that I may never live to be useless!” 

“…we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? …be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?” 

“Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?”  

“I have no objection to instruments of music in our worship, provided they are neither seen nor heard.” 

“Give me a tender heart, resigned,and pure, and full of faith and love.” 

“True humility is a kind of self-annihilation; and this is the centre of all virtues.” 

 

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a pilgrimage

PmushroomsBack in Feb 2012 I mentioned ‘pilgrimage’. Is there something in the human psyche which seeks fulfilment from… pilgrimage?

  • The biggest mass migration of people on the planet where two and a half million Muslims visit Mecca for the  Hajj.
  • Over 600,000 annually visit Graceland to worship at the shrine of Elvis Presley.
  • Our small group will ‘pilgrimage‘ to the birthplace of an influential disciplined methodical thinker and doer; John Wesley.

In 2002 John Wesley was listed at number 50 on the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Britons.

A pilgrimage need not be ‘a journey’, heaven forbid, this can be an overused escapist phrase. I have recently spent time during Advent and Lent attempting to reposition perspectives by refocusing and reflecting on ‘stuff’.

I understand pilgrimage to be: a specific move to a position outside the norm or to something significant – typically aiming for a place of importance central to or ‘at the heart of’ a person’s world view. A seeking to discover, understand or be healed? It would seem the idea of pilgrimage is a common human experience.

To venture outside of the norm…

I read books to discover? escape? understand?
I watch films to discover? escape? understand?
I listen to music to discover? escape? understand?
I sing and play music to discover? escape? understand?
I cycle to discover? escape? understand?
I surf the web to discover? escape? understand?
I imbibe festival and celebrations to discover? escape? understand?
I wander the countryside to discover? escape? understand?
I feed the birds and talk to my pets to discover? escape? understand?
I live to discover? escape? understand?

Most weekends we have a holiday “Holy Day” where we try to make an effort to do something to discover, escape, understand or experience something out of the ordinary.

Then again this might become the norm, to be constantly escaping to the void.

I wonder if a day cycling with strangers, aiming for the birthplace of an influential disciplined methodical thinker and doer John Wesley, might be a bit different?

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A method in the madness?

Methodism and the Cornish Miner: a worthwhile read of you have 30mins.

I was given this pamphlet recently by a friend of a friend. It was produced in 1960. It’s the type of thing that could easily Have been lost! I found it a worthwhile short read -but then again I can identify with being brought up in the 70s in the pews of Cornish Methodism.

This account details how at a certain point in history, the church and its activities had a great effect… (?)

Even if you have no spiritual life/faith, Christian ideas have always given practical advice about how to handle failure, dejection and loss… etc.

It may be no accident that the huge increase in the incidence of common mental health issues seems to coincide with the decline of religion in the West and the loss of a whole tradition experienced in dealing with, if not answering, life’s unanswerable questions. There might be extreme misdirection but there might be also valuable insights offered by Christian teaching if you can fend off the theological language and hoopla in which it’s dressed.
Download a scanned copy here – GDRIVE link: Methodism and the Cornish Miner

Download a scanned copy here – DROPBOX link: Methodism and the Cornish Miner