Two years ago or possibly less when I was given the task of reading these forty four sermons I completed the task. I am a monkey see monkey do kind of a girl and so if I am given a task I complete it. There is a whole world of difference between reading something and reading and understanding it.
Now I am discovering there is a whole pile of difference between blandly reading and engaging with the author. So there is what two hundred and fifty years time difference but I want to have a cup of coffee with John Wesley. His mind intrigues me, and as I travel half way across the country for a decent Spirit filled conversation I have no problems imagining travelling back in time.
I wonder what he would make of us now, there are no penny gin houses in London anymore but there are plenty of distractions for a Christian to get caught up in, like finding the best barista in town. Such opulence, such spendthriftly ways in church. Where’s the fire? Where’s the commitment? Let’s have tea instead.
Would we listen to his vitriolic sermons? Would we turn on our heel, well turned out ones at that? What kind of church have we become? What kind of welcome would he receive?
And I want to ask him loads of questions about how his ideas changed? And then I am thinking am I going to do this with all these theologians and preachers from eons ago. And then I am just smiling wryly and thinking of all the times in my life I was supposed to study and wouldn’t and what a transformation to this voluntary immersion.
So a daft small poem to celebrate reaching my favourite sermon (9)
Java with John
I wonder how he takes his coffee?
Or would he go for tea?
This instance of historic holiness
Sitting in our putrid mess
Wesley preached a mighty sermon
Lived a life shrunk from ermine
Forbearance he taught
Universality for naught
But what did he teach us
What can we learn
The heart of his theology
Is his astute pneumatology
To live a life in the Spirit
Collecting gifts and fruit
To love as we are loved
Communion with the unloved
So John will ye have a latte
With you being older than Kawate
I know enough not to offer Rioja
But what about a mocha?