A Conversation for Charles Wesley - Preacher and Hymn-writer
Flyboy Started conversation Jul 17, 2000
It was kinda cool to find your article; I thought I'd put in a few of my thoughts.
There is an actor touring who portrays John Wesley in his later years and tells a story of his life in the manner which John Wesley was known to preach, pretty cool. Lately he's been touring portraying 'The Confession of St. Patrick'.
Most of what I've heard is that John Wesley founded Methodism and that Charles wrote hymns and helped some. Not that I doubt Charles had a heavier hand in it, John Wesley was the one who spent most of his time evangelizing America, so he's gonna get most of the credit around here.
Bluebottle Posted Jul 19, 2000
Thanks for dropping by to read this
From the little I know, Charles always did live in John's shadow a bit - but I am convinced that they worked together a lot more than most people realise. I wish I knew more about them, really, but I felt that h2g2 needed an article on Charles Wesley - afterall, he was as talented and as influential a songwriter in his way than any modern group, and I wanted to write something as I was getting annoyed at the flood of anti-Christian articles that have been approved recently.
I respect their view, but I felt it important to have a Christian article too - and although I am not confident enough to write about many things, I decided to write about Charles Wesly as his hymns have had a great effect on my life.
Flyboy Posted Jul 20, 2000
His songs make up about half of the pages in the hymnals in my church. My sister played some of his songs when she was taking piano lessons. You can't go to a church revival around here of any denomination without hearing at least three of his songs.
Any chance you might follow up with articles about John Wesley, Martin Luther, or Paul? Just curious, I'd be willing to, but I'm not familiar enough with the subject matter, I tend to stick to cars.
Bluebottle Posted Jul 20, 2000
I definately know what you mean about his songs almost filling every hymn book - it seems that every church I go to always sings hymns by Charles Wesley and Grahame Kendrick. But Charles Wesley has more of a reputation as far as I can tell.
It's a good idea that someone should write about John Wesley, Martin Luther, Paul and many others - the trouble is, I don't really know that much about them. The basics, yes, but not enough to be confident in writing an article about them. I was hoping to be able to find more Christians on the guide who would be willing to write related articles, or at least help each other write more.
Flyboy Posted Jul 20, 2000
Yeah, that's kinda how I feel about it. I'd have to ask my pastor for some good references.
Bluebottle Posted Jul 21, 2000
What type of church do you go to, by the way?
Flyboy Posted Jul 22, 2000
United Methodist. My mother was Baptist, my father was catholic, so they settled on a denomination in between and found they like it better.
Bluebottle Posted Jul 23, 2000
Sounds fair enough. I am a Baptist-Methodist-Non Conformist, or essentially I'll go to any church that has a bible-based service. My family all go to different churches, we're lucky that in my area there isn't any strong anti-other denomination feelings at all.
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