Jason,The lay church is hungry for doctrine. I am mildly amused to hear that their may be 5 point Calvinists running around at Perkins School of Theology. That is somewhat more comforting to me that teaching about Sophia / Christa, open theism, universalism, etc. I look forward to your preaching more doctrinal Wesleyan sermons at your church. I would be greatly interested in your views of the charismatic movement in the UMC and if you preach on the doctrine of Christian Perfection. I think it would be cool for a bunch of the evangelical UMC pastors to blog on the Standard Sermons. I am greatly impressed by Wesley, Clarke, Asbury, Outler, and Oden. I learn much about old school Wesleyan thought from the Fundamental Wesleyans, the Weslyan Church, and the Church of the Nazarene. Let me know your thoughts on this matter.John FloresFrisco, Texas
I think the charismatic movement is good, as long as it stays within biblical guidelines for worship. Being empowered by the Holy Spirit is always good. A bunch of people speaking in tongues at the same time is worship with no interpreter is not good.I have never preached a sermon on Christian Perfection by name. I talk about the process of becoming more and more and more like Christ all the time. I would like to preach more doctrinal sermons on Wesley's standard sermons in the future, but I don't have any concrete plans to do so at this time.
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