The History of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 1870-2009

 
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This book is the doctrine and practice of doing good, Wesley s teaching that the Methodist Christian does good everywhere and to all. Since the inception of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in 1870, it has been both stated and believed that the denomination is faithful to the doctrines and practices common to all Methodist bodies in general, and to those held by John Wesley in particular. However, the practice of this is dependent upon the faithfulness of the transmission of those original doctrines and practices. This book is an examination of the faithfulness of that transmission beginning with John Wesley and continuing through the CME Church.

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Ore Lee Spragin, Jr. is a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi; a life-long member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; and Visiting Professor of Church History at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is a 1984 graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi (B.S., biology, pre-med); and a 1993 graduate of Wesley Biblical Seminary (M.Div., pastoral studies). From 1993 to 1995 Dr. Spragin taught biology at Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi. He has completed requirements for the Doctor of Theology in Methodist Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2010.

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... Anyone who reads this comprehensive analysis will be informed by the creative means of engaging the needs of the world but will also be challenged in their expression of ethics. This work will help pastors, leaders and teachers to clarify historical perspective but it will also serve as a clarion call to any that claim the transforming grace of Jesus in their lives to find their neighbor and to do good without excuse faithfully. --Dr. Bill Ury

The legacy of John Wesley, and of the Methodist tradition, has been an important part of the American story. As much as generations since have claimed to be the direct inheritors of Wesley s thoughts, there is no doubt that these primary teachings have been influenced and shaped by different periods of American history. Has the Methodist tradition kept alive the primary passions of Wesley? This book offers a rich and readable analysis of this question. As it does, it champions the Wesleyan concept of doing good, and challenges the Church to stronger acts of justice in the world. This is an historical study with a contemporary punch! --Paul J. Kirbas, DMin, PhD

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