Bonus Lesson: Video on Jonathan Edwards; Charles Wesley Video; Michael Haykin Audio Lecture “George Whitefield Revived Puritan”; Film “John Wesley”

A  two-part video presents excerpts from Jonathan Edwards’ great sermon, still being read in American colleges and seminaries, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God:

Charles Wesley, brother of John and one of Protestantism’s greatest hymn writers, is portrayed in this 5 minute video: Charles Wesley Life and Times:

The remarkable man of God George Whitefield is the focus of Dr. Michael Haykin in his audio lecture The Revived Puritan. From Wikipedia we learn,

“George Whitefield (December 27 [O.S. December 16] 1714 – September 30, 1770), also known as George Whitfield, was an English Anglican priest who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain, and especially in the British North American colonies. He was one of the founders of Methodism and of the evangelical movement generally.[1] He became perhaps the best-known preacher in Britain and America in the 18th century, and because he traveled through all of the American colonies and drew great crowds and media coverage, he was one of the most widely recognized public figures in colonial America.”

The life of John Wesley is presented in this older yet quite excellent film produced by British Methodists. (It is one hour, thirteen minutes long.) From Wikipedia we learn,

“John Wesley (play /ˈwɛzlɪ/; 28 June [O.S. 17 June] 1703 – 2 March 1791) was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to George Whitefield’s Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms was a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom, which encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally.

Wesley’s teachings, known as Wesleyanism, provided the seeds for the modern Methodist movement, the Holiness movement, Pentecostalism, the Charismatic Movement, and Neo-charismatic churches, which encompass numerous denominations across the world. In addition, he refined Arminianism with a strong evangelical emphasis on the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith.”

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