John Wesley set 18th-century Britain on fire with his open-air preaching. Join Mark Topping as John Wesley in this action-packed docudrama as we follow Wesley around the English countryside, meeting the people and preaching the Gospel. Filmed on location at the New Room, Bristol, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and at Charles Wesley’s House, also in Bristol.
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John Wesley set 18th-century Britain on fire with his open-air preaching. The Methodist societies he organized and nurtured grew with phenomenal speed. Encounters with John Wesley brings to life the legendary preacher’s search for faith, his tireless traveling, the violent opposition he faced, and his passionate, single-minded drive ‘to do what good I can.’
Join Mark Topping as John Wesley in this action-packed docudrama as we follow Wesley around the English countryside, meeting the people and preaching the Gospel. Filmed on location at the New Room, Bristol, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and at Charles Wesley’s House, also in Bristol. Widescreen.
Interview with Mark Topping
A look at the New Room
Dramatized versions of four Wesley ‘Sermons’:
- Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
- Awake, thou that sleepest
- Thoughts on Slavery
- Thoughts on War
Few itinerant preachers in 18th Century England would equal the accomplishments of John Wesley as he went around the country spreading the Protestant gospel and founding Methodist societies. As with all Christian reformers, Wesley faced unrelenting persecution, endured tremendous hardships, and was both fearless and dedicated in his Christian labors. Now a thirty-minute story of his life has been produced in a DVD format starring Mark Topping as John Wesley in an action-packed docudrama filmed on location in New room, Bristol (the oldest Methodist chapel in England), and the Charles Wesley house. The DVD format is enhanced with the inclusion of an interview with Mark Topping. Of special note are the dramatized versions of four sermons by John Wesley. Superbly produced and thoroughly engaging from beginning to end, "Encounters With John Wesley" is very highly recommended for personal, church, and community library Christian Studies and Christian DVD collections. - James A Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Over the course of his ministry, noted British Methodist John Wesley (1703-1791) covered some 200,000 miles on horseback, preaching and singing, often in the face of opposition. Featuring Wesley interpreter Mark Topping, the half-hour "Encounters with John Wesley" captures Wesley's open-air preaching through dramatic reenactments in locations that include the New Room in Bristol, England (the oldest Methodist chapel in the world) and brother Charles Wesley's House (also in Bristol), concluding with a scroll-down chronology of Wesley's life. But the real attraction here lies in the bonus features, which include four short dramatized version of Wesley sermons: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth"; "Awake, thou sleepest"; "Thoughts on slavery"; and "Thoughts on war." The last two of these in particular might surprise viewers as their content is as relevant today as it was in the 18th century. Other DVD extras include an interview with Topping, and a look at the New Room. A solid companion to "A Heart Set Free", which provides a broad overview of the lives of both John and Charles Wesley and the origins of Methodism, "Encounters with John Wesley" is recommended. Aud: P (J. Reed)
Although I have been a Baptist since late childhood, I was born into a Methodist family. Having read several biographies of John Wesley, I have long considered him one of the great figures of Christian history. Being strongly anti-Calvinist I was intrigued by the trailer and ordered the DVD. Given the subject matter and the wonderful nature of the character, I thought that the film was strangely wanting.