A new article has been published in the current issue of Methodist Review by Ted A. Campbell “A Day in the Life of John Wesley: 2 April 1739.” Click on the “Current” tab at www.methodistrevoew.org to access the full text of the article.
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This article examines one day in the life of John Wesley as reflected in his letters, his private diary, and his published Journal by considering all these sources simultaneously. This date—Monday, 2 April 1739—is the day when John Wesley first invaded the parish of another Anglican clergyman and preached without authorization or permission. The diary, the Journal, and one letter he composed on this date give us a complex picture of what happened on that day, and they show John Wesley in a very different light than the action figure depicted in his Journal and in conventional Methodist accounts of his life.