This week will be my first visit to church, and I decided to stick close to home and go somewhere where I could walk to church. So I’m going to Asbury United Methodist, which is just a few blocks away. So I’ve consulted my borrowed copy of, I’m not kidding, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Christianity. One of my friends once said, “What’s not to like about the Methodists? Who didn’t love the Wesley brothers?” She’s a divinity student, so she gets to say things like this, but as for me, I’ll just say that The Idiot’s Guide was written for folks just like me.
From Chapter 15, I have now learned that John Wesley “preached the Pietist doctrine that Christians mustn’t just say they’re Christians, but must also live as if the grace of God was at work in their souls. He urged them to greater practical devotion to God and to greater holiness in lifestyle.” I like the sound of that. It will be interesting to see how that’s applied.