John Wesley … a force for good

Statue of John Wesley located on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. ~ photo courtesy of Wikipedia. Jedi illustration by Christopher Fenoglio

John Wesley and the Jedi have some personal habits and values in common.


The more I read and learn about John Wesley’s convictions, hard work, and austere lifestyle, the more I believe Methodism’s founder could have made an excellent Jedi.

Of course, the Star Wars stories are complete fiction, set “a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away.” Still, these films contain motifs that resonate with contemporary audiences, such as the Christian themes of self-sacrifice, faith in the face of persecution, rebirth, and hope for future generations.

In diving deeper and reflecting on the Jedi characters, I see parallels with John Wesley’s life and ministry.






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