• A rousing mosaic of Scripture

    A rousing mosaic of Scripture

    The hymn And can it be is a classic statement of joy and enthusiasm from a newly converted believer. On Whit Sunday, 21st May 1738, Charles, then aged 31, was very ill with pleurisy and feared he might die. While...

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  • A thing most wonderful

    A thing most wonderful

    William Walsham How (1823-97) was educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated in Classics before reading Theology at Durham. A small man who needed a platform in the pulpit so that the congregation could see...

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  • Dudley-Smith: How is it between you and Jesus Christ?

    Dudley-Smith: How is it between you and Jesus Christ?

    On 15th August 2021, the set Common Worship Gospel reading was Luke 1:46-55, the Magnificat. This reminded me of this story: in May 1961, a 34 year-old man living in Blackheath, London, was sent a review copy of the...

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  • Total commitment

    Total commitment

    Frances Ridley Havergal was, by all accounts, a remarkable woman: linguist (speaking French and German and reading Hebrew and New Testament Greek), musician, poet, athlete, swimmer and mountain climber. She was also a devout Christian with an intense sense of commitment to God which...

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  • Sights that dazzle

    Sights that dazzle

    When John Ernest Bode’s daughter and two sons were confirmed in 1866 he wanted the service to include a memorable hymn. Presumably because he couldn’t find one which was quite good enough, he decided to write his own. The...

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