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Clemson stays unbeaten at CWS

OMAHA, June 16 (UPI) -- Jeff Baker's bases-clearing double highlighted an eight-run second inning Sunday as Clemson put itself in good position to reach the championship game of the Co

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Anglican-Methodist remarriage planned

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- More than 200 years after their divorce, the Church of England and the Methodist Church of Great Britain have embarked on the road to remarriage, spokesmen for
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John Wesley
Senator John Kerry chats with Grand Canyon Park Ranger Joseph Alton at Hopi Point in the Grand Canyon before hiking to the John Wesley Powell monument for a family outing. August 9, 2004. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)

John Wesley ( /ˈwɛslɪ/; 28 June 1703 – 2 March 1791) was a Church of England cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to George Whitefield's Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms was a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom, which encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally.

Wesley's writing and preachings provided the seeds for both the modern Methodist movement and the Holiness movement, which encompass numerous denominations across the world. In addition, he refined Arminianism with a strong evangelical emphasis on the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith.

Wesley helped to organise and form societies of Christians throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as small groups that developed intensive, personal accountability, discipleship and religious instruction among members. His great contribution was to appoint itinerant, unordained preachers who travelled widely to evangelise and care for people in the societies. Young men who acted as their assistants were called "exhorters" who functioned in a similar fashion to the twelve apostles after the ascension of Jesus.

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