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       Phillips Brooks
       1835-1893
      
       Phillips Brooks was an American clergyman and author, who briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the early 1890s.
      
       In 1859 he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary, was ordained deacon by Bishop William Meade of Virginia, and became rector of the Church of the Advent, Philadelphia. In 1860 he was ordained priest, and in 1862 became rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, where he remained seven years, gaining an increasing name as preacher and patriot.
      
       In 1877 Brooks published a course of lectures upon preaching, which he had delivered at the theological school of Yale University, and which are an expression of his own experience. In 1879 appeared the Bohlen Lectures on The Influence of Jesus. In 1878 he published his first volume of sermons, and from time to time issued other volumes, including Sermons Preached in English Churches (1883).
      
       Today, he is probably best known for authoring the Christmas carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem".


    Phillips Brooks on:    

Call your opinions your creed, and you will change them every week.

    Topics: Believing

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

    Topics: Character

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.

    Topics: Charity, Home

Christ is the Word of God. It is not in certain texts written in the New Testament, valuable as they are; it is not in certain words which Jesus spoke, vast as is their preciousness; it is in the Word, which Jesus is, that the great manifestation of God is made.

    Topics: Christ

Feed on Christ, and then go and live your life, and it is Christ in you that lives your life, that helps the poor, that tells the truth, that fights the battle, and that wins the crown.

    Topics: Christ, Holiness

Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune.

    Topics: Christianity

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.

    Topics: Christmas

Courage is the indispensable requisite of any true ministry. Courage is good everywhere, but it is necessary here. If you are afraid of men and a slave to their opinion, go and do something else. Go and make shoes to fit them. But do not keep on all your life preaching sermons which shall say not what God sent you to declare, but what they hire you to say.

    Topics: Courage

To say, 'well done' to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.

    Topics: Encouragement

Make your creed simply and broadly out of the revelation of God, and you will keep it to the end.

    Topics: Faithful

Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.

    Topics: Forgiveness, Patience

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.

    Topics: Happiness, Service

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