The Hanoverian Church is usually consigned to oblivion by 21st-century commentators in search of more familiar names and more “relevant” theological pickings.
Bishops, creeds, Eucharist — Anglican and Methodist stances toward these continue to differ.
Toplady's “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” qualifies as one of the richest hymns, with its biblical allusions, soteriological vision, and complex history.
The healing of Anglican-Methodist division requires an honesty about our differences and our history.
John Henry Newman wrote, "Who would not rather be found even with Whitfield and Wesley, than with ecclesiastics whose life is literary ease at the best, whose highest flights attain but to Downing Street or the levee?"
The work of preparation involves paring or trimming things out of our lives, like using a paring knife to trim the vegetables and cut away the fat from the chicken in a gumbo.
“Seven times a day do I praise thee; because of thy righteous judgments”, sang the Psalmist. In an age when the motion of the clock seems increasingly without form and void, ordering time according to the rhythms of grace is a subversive act.