- He is credited with keeping England from a civil war (as happened "across the pond").
- His life, thought, preaching and ministry was seminal in helping England abolish slavery without said civil war.
- He understood that the message of Jesus meant physical ramifications for people or it wasn't the message of Jesus. His message: "there is no holiness apart from social holiness."
- He wasn't afraid to throw-down with the big boys. The churched gentry (the power-brokers in English society) would have nothing to do with the coal miners or any other group who couldn't appropriately find their way into a church building. As a result, there was an ever widening gap between rich and poor, upper and lower class--all in the name of God, culture and social acceptability.
- In contrast, he preached (against his own preferences) outdoors to the coal miners. He had no idea he was getting through until he saw tears coming down their blackened faces.
- He made increasing amounts of money each year, but continued to live on the same amount, giving the rest away. He died with no substantial financial assets to speak of.
- He exercised regularly and was in excellent physical health into his 70's.
- He was fluent in Greek, Hebrew and Latin and required that all who served with him be the same.
- His letter writing to people needing spiritual counsel was nothing short of remarkable in its scope and breadth.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
John Wesley Rides Again, Part 1 of ?
John Wesley has got to be one of the great figures in the history of the people who follow Jesus. Among other things: