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We celebrate Christmas with singing! In this episode, we look at Charles Wesley’s hymns for the season with United Methodist author and scholar Paul Chilcote.

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Get Your Spirit in Shape: Singing our Faith at Christmas


Christmas is a time for singing! Carols are played in stores, 24/7 on some radio stations, and in our homes. During worship in our United Methodist churches, we also sing some special songs for the season, a couple of which were written by Charles Wesley, the poet-theologian of the Methodist movement.

In this episode, I got a chance to talk with the Rev. Paul Chilcote, Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Ashland (Ohio) Theological Seminary, and author of Come Thou Long-expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley. We talk about some of the themes Charles Wesley teaches through his hymns, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and some of his lesser-known writings.

This conversation and the special song at the end, are sure to help you get ready for Christmas!

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This podcast was first posted in December, 2016.