2015 Brown Bag Book Study - Calvin vs. Wesley

POTENTIAL ICY TRAVEL CONDITIONS CAUSE ANOTHER SCHEDULE & LOCATION CHANGE: With another blast of winter weather bearing down on the North Texas area, including the forecast of more freezing participation and hazardous road conditions, Bishop Lowry has decided to err on the side of safety and postpone the final session of the study one week. Due to Texas Wesleyan's campus being closed for Spring Break March 9-13, we are also forced to move the location of the meeting. First UMC Fort Worth has graciously offered to host the final session from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, March 12 in Wesley Hall (located in the main church building).
Live webcast access remains the same as in previous weeks, simply click the button below or go to
As a reminder, the focus of the final meeting will be on Chapters 7&8.

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Bishop's Brown Bag Book Study (BBBS)
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Bishop Lowry’s Brown Bag Book Study 2015
Scheduled Meeting dates
(all times 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.):
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 12 and 26
March 12.


You are invited to be a part of Bishop Lowry’s 2015 Brown Bag Book Study – the first of what Bishop Lowry hopes to become a long-running annual learning series. These studies are designed for everyone – laity, clergy, students, seasoned citizens, etc. – and Bishop Lowry would like any and every one who can to make plans to come and join in the learning and discussion. The 2015 sessions will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursdays beginning January 8, and will meet at Lou’s Place on the Texas Wesleyan University campus (see below for the complete schedule).

The focus of the 2015 Brown Bag study is on Don Thorsen’s book Calvin versus Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice. To give you a glimpse into the subject matter, here is a brief snippet from Calvin versus Wesley:

The theology "de jour" originates with John Calvin, with an emphasis on “the elect” and "sovereign will of God.”  So much Calvinism saturates our air that Christians may not know there is another way of thinking about their faith, one well represented by Wesley. But no matter what people think, many act in ways that promise to change the world by offering grace and hope but also by helping to provide food and shelter to hurting people. In other words, they believe like Calvinists but they live like Wesleyans. [Both Calvin and Wesley] wrote about major tenets of the church: who God is and what God's will is for us; the place of Scripture; the atonement of Christ; the role of human responsibility; the work of God’s grace, the relation of the church and world; and how these beliefs can connect to how people practice their faith. But Calvin and Wesley were different, and following their prescriptions will lead us down different paths.”

For more insights into this book, check out the two Ministry Matters blog posts dedicated to this well-written book – one by Donald Thorsen himself and the other by Bishop William Willimon.
There is no cost to attend the series – other than what you spend on your lunch – but you are asked to register your interest in attending so that adequate seating can be provided. And since we know that the Texas Wesleyan campus in Fort Worth isn’t necessarily convenient for many of you, these sessions will be available by live webcast. (The 2016 series is scheduled to be hosted in the South District.) Watch and/or Quick Notes for details on how to access the live webstream. If you plan to attend via the live webcast, please click the registration link above or below as well so that we can make sure to have enough bandwidth for all.
So make your plans to join Bishop Lowry for lunch on Thursdays beginning this January as he leads us through Calvin versus Wesley: Brining Belief in Line with Practice. Please plan to read that week’s chapter of focus before the meeting (the preface and Chapter 1 for first session). Calvin versus Wesley can be purchased at, or other fine book retailers.
Bishop Lowry’s Brown Bag Book Study 2015 Scheduled Meeting dates
(all times 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.):
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 12 & 26
March 12