Using All Our Gifts: Get Your Spirit in Shape
Many of us have gifts that don’t fit neatly into the typical church structure, but God has given us those talents to serve Jesus, the Church, and our neighbors.
When the Rev. Charlie Baber was about to be ordained, something felt not quite right. His aunt, a spirtual director and United Methodist deacon, prayed for him and sensed the Holy Spirit telling her that Charlie had left something behind. “Within 24 hours it hit me that what I’d left behind was my art,” Charlie tells us in this conversation, “the love for drawing comic strips.”
After a nearly 10-year hiatus, Charlie returned to his art. Soon after the Wesley Bros. comic was born.
We may have been taught that we’re “Bilbo Baggins going on this huge life quest, and God is Gandalf that has set you personally on this world-changing thing,” Charlie says. “But life does not feel like a Lord of the Rings quest. It feels like making breakfast for my kids and, just everyday normal stuff.”
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The Rev. Charlie Baber and Wesley Bros.
- Wesley Bros. – Charlie’s weekly comic features John and Charles Wesley.
- Learn more about Charlie from his Wesley Bros. bio.
- Explore Highland UMC where Charlie serves as Associate Pastor.
- Charlie sells playing cards, mugs, and more at the Wesley Bros. store.
Wesleys Take the Web: John and Charles tell the history of The United Methodist Church
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Popular UMC.org stories
- Watch this video about some 1970s United Methodist comic books.
- Don’t miss our earlier animated history, “Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History” and our recently produced Making of “Clayride” video.
- Visit UMC.org to learn more about the real-life Wesley brothers and our church's history.
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This episode originally posted on July 11, 2018.