In Part — the magazine of the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. — is in the middle of a four-part series titled “We Believe,” focusing on the four theological traditions that have shaped and continue to shape the Brethren in Christ Church. The first two installments focused on Anabaptism and Pietism, respectively.
The latest installment, the summer 2013 issue, focuses on Wesleyanism. Specifically, it details how (for the Brethren in Christ) Wesleyanism represents “Jesus is transforming us.” The issue tackles this theological tradition from a number of angles: historical-theological, pastoral/practical, and autobiographical.
Perhaps my favorite piece in the issue was Lynn Thrush’s informative article, “A Second Awakening.” The piece tackles Wesleyanism’s influence on the Brethren in Christ from both a historical and theological perspective, arguing that the Brethren in Christ have always “wanted something more” — more communion with God, more power for righteous living, more intimacy with the Holy Spirit — and found in Wesleyanism the resources to achieve that “more.” That same desire for holy living and Spirit empowerment, Thrush concludes, continues to inform Brethren in Christ identity today.
Also worth reading are Connie Hoffman’s memoir-like exploration of a desire for holiness and Keith Miller’s description of following the “untameable and unpredictable” Spirit in his work as a church planter. You can also learn more about the basics of Wesleyanism and check out a brief timeline of Wesleyan-related events in Brethren in Christ history.
To read all the articles in the summer 2013 issue, click here.