Entries by Dr. Sarah Lancaster


I rejoice in the work the Holy Spirit is doing among Pentecostals. I do not know all the ties between Methodism and Pentecostalism, but it is clear that we share emphasis on personal, transforming encounter with God—and I appreciate the way that Dr. J. Terry Todd describes the altar as a dynamic experience or encounter […]

Wesleyan Walking

Setting aside creedal and canonical differences that require attention beyond the stated topic of this respectful conversation, Millet’s description of following Jesus looks very much like what Wesleyans do. Daily searching of Scripture, prayer, serving and loving others, and church attendance all resonate with my tradition. John Wesley identified three especially important means of grace […]

Still Much Work to Do

Many thanks to Farris Blount for pointing out so well the tension between “other worldly versus this worldly” concerns, as well as “communal and privatistic” approaches. I feel that tension, too, in the Wesleyan tradition. I also appreciate the attention given, through the example of Methodism, to the difference social location makes for African-Americans. Blount’s […]

Deepening Community in Conversation

I am grateful for the ways that other partners in this conversation (especially Randall Balmer, J. Terry Todd, and David Ford) have shared what they know about the tradition I represent. This conversation is valuable in many ways, not the least of which is to show that we actually do pay attention to each other […]

Holiness of Heart and Life

Other participants in this project have told their stories about how they came to participate in the tradition they represent in these conversations. My own story is quite straightforward. My father was a Methodist preacher, and my mother had been a Methodist missionary in India before she married my father. I was baptized as an […]

The Almost Pietist

Wesleyan Methodism may have had its home in the Church of England, but it was deeply shaped by Pietism through John Wesley’s acquaintance and respect for the Moravians. Many of the characteristics with which Christopher Gehrz describes his Pietist seeking to follow Jesus were present in the 18th century movement that Wesley led. Some remain, […]

Within a hair’s breadth

The title “From Guilt to Grace to Gratitude” that Wesley Granberg-Michaelson uses is one I could almost borrow to talk about the Wesleyan tradition, although there are some subtle differences (John Wesley once said he came within a “hair’s breadth” of Calvinism).  I will follow the headings Dr. Granberg-Michaelson uses to bring out those differences. […]