Wesley in Savannah

July 28, 2012

Yesterday, for the first time in my eight years of pastoral ministry, I visited Savannah’s Reynolds Square, which commemorates John Wesley’s brief, unsuccessful ministry in the new British colony of Georgia. God used even this failure to form Wesley into the powerful leader who would start a reform movement that persists—however faintly and imperfectly—to this day.

I’m not so hard and cynical that I didn’t get a lump in my throat. God, I love this man! Thank you, Jesus.

This monument marks the place where Wesley’s parsonage stood. (Those are my kids!)

As you can see, Wesley didn’t serve Georgia very long. His ministry here ended in failure. Not to worry: God used even this failure to form Wesley into the man that he would become.

Wesley never had an unpublished thought, so you can imagine how inadequately short this list of quotations is.

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