John Wesley’s “Bands”

Today on The SMC Podcast I did an interview with an old friend and fellow pastor, Derik Heumann. I found the whole conversation enlightening, especially as both of us are adamant about blending the different streams of the church into the Free Methodist Churches in which we serve (I have been known to blend a…

John Wesley’s Encounters with Demons

Some stories in Wesley’s journals will catch you a bit off guard if you’re not familiar with just how intense the Methodist revival was. The supernatural was a constant component in his ministry and it came in all kinds of forms—he even casted out demons. It seems he had sat down to dinner, but had…

The Supernatural Origins of Methodism

It took John Wesley some hardship to get to revival. He tried pastoring in Georgia for a short time before returning to England beat and broken. But then, while attending a service where a message that Martin Luther had written was being read aloud, Wesley remarked that, ”About a quarter before nine, while he was…

John Wesley Raises the Dead for Christmas

Five days before Christmas in 1742, John Wesley received word that a man by the name of Mr. Meyrick was expected to die before the next morning. Seeing as how the doctor had done all he could do, Wesley stepped in to see him that evening after having wrapped up some preaching—but it was too…