Category Archives: Methodist

Bread of the World

I’ve posted this poem recently, but it bears repeating. Today is the Anglican day of commemoration for its author–Reginald Heber, poet and once bishop of Calcutta. Heber’s poetry is sung today all over Christendom, in both high and low churches. … Continue reading

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Epiphanies

Epiphanytide is what we’re in right now. It’s the stretch between the adoration of the magi and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Ash Wednesday, depending on your tradition. That’s because there’s not just one Epiphany. “Epiphany” is … Continue reading

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To the Winds

Give to the winds thy fears, Hope and be undismayed, God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head. Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears thy way; Wait thou his time, so … Continue reading

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More Wesley

It turns out that John Wesley did much more translating of German poetry than I thought. See this hymn, originally by Tersteegen, or this one by Gerhardt. Here is a famous Reformation hymn by Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf—one which I … Continue reading

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The Wesleyan Scheffler

Who’d have known?  John Wesley, an English poet I much admire, once translated a poem by Johannes Scheffler, a German poet I much admire. Why is that surprising?  Johannes Scheffler (aka Angelus Silesius) was a counter-Reformation fireball.  Which is to … Continue reading

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O Come

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of the few Advent hymns still commonly known outside the Church. The irony is that it is also very old. It derives from the “O Antiphons” that were sung perhaps as early as … Continue reading

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The Open Secret

Bear not a single care thyself; One is too much for thee. The work is Mine, and Mine alone; Thy work–to rest in Me. ~ Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)

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