Wesleyans Focusing on Social Justice and Evangelism

9.3.2012 — 6 Comments

Our Wesleyan General Superintendent, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon was recently interviewed by Chris Yaw of ChurchNext.tv.

In her interview (below) she highlights the “Wesleyan 7 Pack” – the areas of emphasis we are being encouraged to pursue as a denomination. She also admits our denominational faults of focusing on inward piety versus outward holiness and how we are learning to correct that sinful way. Halfway through the interview Yaw seems to lead the conversation back to the immigration reform issue and the Wesleyan position on it. The Wesleyan Position ‘Paper’ on Immigration is available here. Dr. Lyon is quick to respond that justice AND evangelism should be the pursuits of our denomination. Quoting Amos 5:24 – “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” she reminds us that justice and holiness are in tandem throughout Scripture.

The only ‘fault’ I could find with the interview is that she admitted to spending too much time on her Blackberry. Her BLACKBERRY? Really? None of my HQ friends and her co-workers have managed to get her over to an iPhone or Android device? I’m disappointed in you, Dave, Kory, and Priscilla.

I’m thankful for a General Superintendent willing and able to be a part of interviews like this via online outlets like ChurchNext!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ebbinghaus Eric Ebbinghaus

    I fully blame Kory for this.

    • http://stevansheets.com/ Stevan Sheets

      ditto, but didn’t want to sever a friendship, so felt it best to cast blame across a wider group..

  • Kerry

    The Blackberry is history.

    • http://stevansheets.com/ Stevan Sheets

      ‘history’? as in bronzed and placed on a pedestal in Wesleyan archives?

  • http://www.facebook.com/priscilla.hammond Priscilla Bray Hammond

    God smiteth the Blackberry and saith, ”Thou shalt have no other phones before the iPhone.” We think her Blackberry was literally struck by lightning (it was plugged into the charger during a thunderstorm.)
    BTW, I have an Android phone (myTouch), so it didn’t have to be an Apple replacement, just anything but another Blackberry! :-)

    • http://stevansheets.com/ Stevan Sheets

      glad to hear that the Blackberry has been ‘put down’. Am I to infer that she is an iPhone user from your comment?