Charles Wesley: church communication hero

I'll never forget it. I've had a lot of "warm and fuzzy" moments in worship, cried at a ton of church camps and "surrendered" my life to Christ several times, but the day the gospel really came alive for me was Easter morning in 1995 when my family and I sang "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" in church. We were watching children carry the traditional flower-covered cross down the center aisle, and suddenly, my faith made sense. Was it:

  • "Raise your joys and triumphs high"?
  • "Love’s redeeming work is done"?
  • "Where, O death, is now thy sting"?
  • "Christ has opened paradise"?

Shoot, I don’t know! What wasn’t it, in a hymn that so perfectly captures the bliss that is Easter, and by extension, our Christian faith?

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) wrote that hymn, so you can understand why I think he’s a church communication hero.

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