Blessings lost when people are divided

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist Some of the most beautiful truths of the Christian faith can be found in our great hymns, the treasures held mostly in common by Christians of all flavors. We may be divided over lots of molehills made mountains, but, thank the Lord, even behind the walls we’ve built to separate […]

A grand history continues for some grand hymns

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t suppose it’s particularly surprising most of us have spent more time choosing toothpaste brands than choosing the hymns we’d like sung at our funeral. We’d rather think about toothpaste.   I don’t know who picked the hymns for President Gerald R. Ford’s funeral at the National Cathedral in […]

A Wonderful Truth Becomes a Great Christmas Gift

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Years ago when my oldest brother and his wife left for 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small to remember much of the early time of their service there, but I well remember that then and always, whenever our […]

Thank God Christians sing the same hymns — mostly

Curtis K. Shelburne It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the introduction to one of his hymnals pronounced stern words against anyone who would mess with the words (and thus the theology, not to mention the beauty) of his hymns. He had little use for […]