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George Bennard and The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard and The Old Rugged Cross

April Articles, Christian Biography, Christian Calendar, Christian History, Denominations & Sects of the Church, March Articles, Methodist churches

October 9, 1958 Rev. George Bennard passes away Toward the end of the twentieth century, song leaders, when soliciting requests for favorite songs from the congregation, would often receive at least one request for “The Old Rugged Cross.” Written by George Bennard in 1913, this gospel hymn has proven to be a sentimental favorite of Christians and unsaved alike. Like many other songs of...Read more... Read more...

John William Fletcher (1729-1785)

John William Fletcher (1729-1785)

Christian Biography, Christian History, Christian Living, Denominations & Sects of the Church, Methodist churches

August 14, 1785 Death of John William Fletcher John William Fletcher is often referred to as the “First Theologian of Methodism.” He earned this popular title as a result of having vigorously defended John Wesley’s Arminianism against Calvinistic polemical rivals. In the early- and mid-1770s, Fletcher undertook the defense of Wesley against Calvinists who charged Wesley with...Read more... Read more...

Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839 -1908)

Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839 -1908)

Christian History, Christian Living, Denominations & Sects of the Church, History of Hymns, Methodist churches, Music

July 10, 1908 Phoebe Palmer Knapp passed away Phoebe Worrall Palmer (1807-1874), mother of Phoebe Palmer Knapp, was one of the most widely known women of the nineteenth century. Phoebe Palmer was born in New York City on December 18, 1807 to Henry and Doreth Wade Worrall. On September 28, 1827, Phoebe Worrall married Walter C. Palmer, a Methodist Episcopal Church lay leader, lay...Read more... Read more...

Sabine Baring-Gould: “Onward Christian Soldiers”

Sabine Baring-Gould: “Onward Christian Soldiers”

Anglican Churches, Christian Calendar, Christian History, Christian Living, Denominations & Sects of the Church, History of Hymns, May Articles, Music, Schedule Post

Pentecost Sunday, 1865 “Onward Christian Soldiers” first sung One of the most prodigious examples of Christian ministry is found in the legacy of the Anglican priest who gave the world the much-loved song, “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Generations of Christian children were raised singing the verses of this song with wide-eye enthusiasm and even more gusto as...Read more... Read more...

John William Fletcher on Prayer

John William Fletcher on Prayer

Christian Calendar, Christian History, Christian Living, Denominations & Sects of the Church, Experience, Practice & Life, June Articles, Methodist churches, Prayer

One of the most remarkable ministers in English history, and in all the history of the Christian Church, was an Anglican priest by the name of John William Fletcher (1729-1785), “First Theologian of Methodism.” Fletcher was a close companion with John and Charles Wesley, and had been hand picked by Wesley to succeed himself as leader of British Methodism, but Fletcher died...Read more... Read more...

Methodist Churches

Methodist Churches

Christian Calendar, Christian History, Christian Living, Denominations & Sects of the Church, Methodist churches, October Articles

The study of the history of Methodism will result in the awareness that many denominations are related historically and theologically as spiritual descendants of John Wesley. Some denominations, though not related to Methodism from the point of their origins, are related theologically that is they are Arminian or Wesleyan-Arminian. Though some smaller groups or denominations may not be...Read more... Read more...

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