Christopher Columbus Cline

Christopher Columbus Cline

Wayne County, Ohio, USA
Death 14 Dec 1920 (aged 72)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 104829153 · View Source
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Gospel preacher and song writer listed in John T. Brown's Churches of Christ, p. 517. He complied Popular Hymns which sold millions of copies.

Little Rock, Ark.
Born In 1848; student at Kentncky University: a most successful teacher; has ably filled chairs In some of our best colleges; compiled a number of song books, over two mllllona copies of Popular Hymns No. 1 having been sold; successful evangelist; uncompromising as to truth, yet gentle and pleasant in social life; now occupies the chair of science in Maddox Seminary, Little Rock, Ark. ---Churches of Christ: A Historical, Biographical, and Pictorial History of Churches of Christ in the United States, Australasia, England and Canada, p. 517

C. C. Cline was an educator and minister. Assisted his daughters in establishing the Little Rock Junior College for women and the Conservatory of Music. Compiled a number of hymn books including Popular Hymns 1, 2, 3. Organized the Palestine Emploration Co. which sent J. W. McGarvey to Palestine in 1879. This resulted in the publication of Lands of the Bible. Max Wheeler indicated when he died, he was preaching for an instrumental church in Arkansas. Max Wheeler feels he should be listed as a member of the Christian Church, not Church of Christ. -- Robert J. "Sonny" Taylor

Cline wrote the words and music to "Why Keep Jesus Waiting?" based on Revelation 3:19-22:

Why keep Jesus waiting,
Waiting in the cold?
He will bear you gently,
Gently to His fold;
See Him, soul, and open,
I implore.
(Open I implore.)

Why keep Jesus waiting,
Waiting at the door?
Oft He knocketh softly,
Softly, o'er and o'er,
Hear Him, soul, and open,
I implore.
(Open I implore.)

Why keep Jesus waiting–
Knocking at the door?
Soon He'll cease His pleading,
Yes, forevermore;
Come, poor soul, obey Him,
I implore.
(Open I implore.)

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