Kinfolk

May 4, 2016

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I love the history of the Wesleyan church.  Born out of the abolitionist movement of the early 1800’s, our founders saw a distinct connection between holiness and social justice.  That desire for equality and justice carried over into the suffragette and women’s rights movement and continues today as Wesleyans around fight the battle against human trafficking and hunger and for education and clean water.  But as much as I love our history, the history of our denomination is relatively short, less than two hundred years.
I spent two days this week in the company of two young believers from the Coptic Church. They were passionate about their faith and their church. The Coptic church traces its history back 2000 years to when John Mark, the same Mark who wrote the Gospel, brought the good news of Christ to the land of the Pyramids. 
And I was reminded again of the diversity and beauty of Christ’s bride, the church. I don’t have much in common with my Coptic brothers and sisters, when it comes to liturgy or how we do church, but during our time together I learned that what I share with them is a love of Christ and the assurance of His grace and His salvation and that’s what makes us family.  Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.