GK Chesterton: “The truth is that Irreligion is the opium of the people. Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world. But, above all, they will worship the strongest thing in the world.”
You are invited to listen to my recent online healing sermon “Jesus Is Willing” (Matthew 8:1-7) given at All Saints Community Church, White Rock.
I had never before read the John #Wesleybook on health and healing “Primitive Physick”which you can read online
Dr Nathan Bangs, the first Canadian Methodist preacher, participated in a camp-meeting at Adolphustown in the western part of Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1803. An estimated 2,500 people took part in the meeting which lasted for several days. The meeting, which also served a social purpose, consisted of singing, preaching, and prayer meetings held at intervals: “At five o’clock Saturday morning, a prayer-meeting was held, and at ten o’clock a sermon.” Following the sermons, the clergy went among the people, exhorting the impenitent and comforting the distressed. Bangs wrote, “It was truly affecting to see parents weeping over their children, neighbours exhorting their unconverted neighbours to repent, while all, old and young, were awestruck.”
Stevens’ Life and Times of Dr Bangs, pp. 150-154, cited in Ryerson, Canadian Methodism, pp. 117-119
Our Methodist ancestors were very gutsy…This reminds me of the 1970s Jesus Movement.