Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal

In January I set out to read John Wesley's journal.  Over the years I have found great spiritual nourishment in reading the works from Christian saints through the ages: Theresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence, Julian of Norwich, John Calvin, John of the Cross and more.  Since I consider myself "Wesleyan" in my theology, I figured…

Doubt and Faith – Walking with the Saints

John Wesley was struggling with doubt about the sincerity of his faith.  The year was 1738 and though he was a preacher he was unsure whether he was even truly a Christian.  He says he was convinced of unbelief and felt that because of this he must stop preaching.  After all, how could he preach…

Walking with the Saints: Asking Uncomfortable Questions

I am a people-pleaser.  I like to make people happy.  I want people to like me. This is not always a bad thing.  But it is a bad thing when tough words are called for. John Wesley writes in his journal of the following exchange with a Mr. Oglethorpe.  This conversation occurred early in Wesley's…

Walking With the Saints – The Journal Of John Wesley

I love history.  As a Christian, I enjoy learning the history of the Christian church, both the good and the bad.  In my reading I make it a point to read works from times and places other then my own.  Books on Christian spirituality are (almost) a dime a dozen in any bookstore.  Some are…

Listening to the Saints 1 – Teresa of Avila

I enjoy reading classic writings by Christians and since they are basically free on the Kindle they are very available.  So I figured I would blog on what I am reading.  Many of the most well-known classics I have already read (such as Augustine's Confessions, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Kempis' Imitation of Christ) and while…