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George Bennard and The Old Rugged Cross

April Articles, Christian Biography, Christian Calendar (Holidays), 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 this era (and genre), The Old Rugged Cross is replete with both the Christian truth found in the pages of God’s Word, as well as the Christian experience it should produce. May God exercise His mercy...Read more... Read more... -->

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 Pelagianism or works righteousness. Fletcher insisted that Wesley affirmed the aphorism, “All salvation is of God in Christ through faith; all damnation is of self,” not the result of God or Satan. The following pages...Read more... Read more... -->

Sabine Baring-Gould: “Onward Christian Soldiers”

Anglican Churches, Christian Calendar (Holidays), 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 they sang its refrain. The life and ministry of this song’s author is a legacy of both articulated Christian principles and ardent Christian practice. For this reason, believers of every generation will be...Read more... Read more... -->

John William Fletcher on Prayer

Christian Calendar (Holidays), 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 before John Wesley.The following excerpt is taken from an unpublished work titled, “John William Fletcher, Vicar Of Madeley: A Pastoral Theology.” The priesthood of all believers encompasses the...Read more... Read more... -->

The Swiss Reformation

Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian History, Continental Protestant Denominations & Related Bodies, Denominations & Sects of the Church, October Articles

Easter 1525 First time the Lord’s Supper was celebrated in the Reformed manner The cry for reform in the Western Church of Christianity preceded Martin Luther by centuries. Abuses and non-Christian practices crept into the Church and continued until the rise of the Protestant Reformation. Following the example of Luther in Germany, Huldreich Zwingli and John Calvin led the reform efforts in Switzerland. Like the reformation begun under Luther, the Swiss Reformation was part of the Magisterial Reformation because it attempted to work with the magistrates of the states of which they were a...Read more... Read more... -->

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"This Congress, therefore, considering the present critical, alarming and calamitous state of these colonies, do earnestly recommend that Thursday, the 20th day of July next, be observed, by the inhabitants of all the English colonies on this continent, as a day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer... "
– Congressional Prayer Proclamation
Journals of Congress, 2:87-88.
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