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“Not Being Methodist Enough” — Funny or Sad?

August 19, 2017

Randy Jones is a colleague who gave me his generous permission to share this with you —

I knew a pastor who decided to preach Wesley’s 52 sermons and was asked to move for not being Methodist enough. True.

— So…is that funny, or is that sad? You tell me.

Backstory: I’ve been given to believe that the small book titled John Wesley’s 52 Standard Sermons was a regular resource for early Methodist circuit riders and lay preachers.

Somewhere along the way I picked up the notion that if all one had were a Bible, a Hymnal, and John Wesley’s 52 Standard Sermons, one was good to go for a year. The joke went that after a year the Bishop and District Superintendent would move that pastor in a year anyway, so 52 sermons was all that were needed.

Always seemed to me that if a current copy of The United Methodist Book of Discipline, our ever-changing policy and polity guide, were added to make a pastoral library of four rather than three books, things might have gone smoother for that pastor facing a move every year. But what do I know? And I digress.

As Randy said, he knows a pastor who decided to preach Wesley’s 52 sermons and was asked to move for not being Methodist enough. True. Imagine that.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

And again, I ask you: is that funny or sad?

You tell me.

 

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One Comment
  1. Lois Dix permalink

    I didn’t realize our primary goal is to be Mefhodists…I sure have ennui doing it wrong. My primary goal is to help believers grow in faith so they can are the message of the gospel out into the world around us. I just stay within the doctrine, theology and doctrinal statements of the church. I do not build Methodists I try to build into God’s kingdom.

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