Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

17 June 1703 A.D. Enthusiast, Revivalist, Arminian, Pietist, Non-Confessionalist & Methodist John Wesley Born

17 June 1703 A.D.  Enthusiast, Revivalist, Arminian, Pietist, Non-Confessionalist & Methodist John Wesley Born

John Wesley (1703 to 1791)


Methodist Founder.

John Wesley was born this day at Epworth England. Ordained in the Anglican church in 1728, he joined his brother Charles the following year in their "Holy Club," which developed methodical procedures in meeting, study, prayer and weekly communion. They and their like minded associates were mocked. However, it was not until he was 34 years old that he experienced the new birth, led to it by Moravians, a conversion that changed his whole life. Embarking on an evangelistic career, he was soon barred from preaching in Anglican pulpits. Although strictly speaking he never left the Church of England, his following spread widely, especially into the United States and became a separate denomination. Eighteenth century England, in moral decline, was greatly improved by the Methodist influence. Some historians believe the mass conversions spared England a revolutions such as took France.

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