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John & Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns—Annotated & Explained

John & Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns—Annotated & Explained

Paul Wesley Chilcote

| SkyLight Paths | 2011

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Anglican priest, theologian, and church reformer John Wesley cofounded Methodism with his brother Charles Wesley—one of the greatest hymn writers of all time. Methodism was a major movement of Christian renewal, and the Wesleys’ vision of Christian discipleship included important spiritual practices that fueled the revival of the eighteenth-century Church of England.

While John articulated his vision of Christianity through many sermons, journals, and theological treatises, Charles expressed himself through some 9,000 hymns and devotional poems. These excerpts from Charles and John Wesley, including probing commentary by Wesleyan expert Paul W. Chilcote, provide insight into the renewal of dynamic and vital Christianity. Their holistic theology and spirituality can guide the contemporary spiritual seeker who yearns for greater meaning and purpose in life.

Author Bio

Paul Wesley Chilcote is author of Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley. He is president of the Charles Wesley Society and professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies director, Center for Applied Wesleyan Studies, at Ashland Theological Seminary.