New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

John Wesley for the 21st Century

John O. Gooch • March 2006

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Health care. Public education. War and peace. Science and religion. The economy. Christian social action. Spiritual growth.

21st century political talking points? Hardly just that. John Wesley, an 18th century British clergyman, addressed these very issues in his own time. His creative answers may open your eyes to new responses for our own frenzied "postmodern" concerns.

Gooch opens the fascinating character of Wesley by looking at these strikingly current topics. He shows how Wesley's ministry grew out of his desire to live a holy life and to invite others to walk in Christian discipleship. His message of grace and salvation led Wesley to suggest innovative solutions to problems of his time, including poverty, education and a host of other issues.

"Wesley cared deeply about issues, not just in themselves, but because of their impact on persons created in the image of God," writes Gooch. "We need to care deeply about them as well. It’s not just 'talking the talk' but about 'walking the talk.'"

John Wesley for the 21st Century addresses matters very much in the news today — from a theological foundation. Each chapter includes questions for reflection, making this book a great study for individuals and small groups.

Categories: Clergy & Laity
JOHN O. GOOCH is a free-lance writer and editor. He is a veteran of more than 40 years in youth ministry, at the local church, district, conference, jurisdictional and national levels. A native of Missouri, John is a retired pastor who currently is a youth ministry consultant, a youth Sunday school teacher, a Stephens Ministry leader and a frequent writer of United Methodist curriculum resources, both for youth and for adults. Dr. Gooch earned a BA in history, the MDiv and a PhD in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. He is the author of Claiming the Name: A Theological and Practical Overview of Confirmation (Abingdon, 2000), 365 Meditations for Families (Abingdon, 2001), Jesus and Prayer (co-author with Safiyah Fosua) (Abingdon, 2002), and Guidance for Discipleship: A Study of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (Abingdon, 2003).

ISBN: 978-0-88177-445-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-925-7

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-926-4

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: March 2006

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 8 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christianity / Denominations

BISAC1: REL094000



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