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Deep in the human heart

Deep in the human heart. William (Bill) Wallace* (1933- ). Written by New Zealand Methodist minister Bill Wallace, the received text was written in November 1977 for a ‘People’s Night’ of the combined Methodist and Presbyterian Churches held in the Christchurch Town Hall. It has its biblical model in Luke 4: 18-19 and calls for ‘a vision of a world renewed through radical concern’. It sets out a social and political programme to build a world of peace, justice, truth and freedom, a world released from hunger and fear. Its final verse calls its singers to ‘leave the past behind, and work with Christ to build a new community bringing hope and fullness of life to all humanity.’ It was first...

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