Grumbling about the Government (Newton)

Recently, I heard Sinclair Ferguson talk about a character named "Querulus" in one of John Newton's letters. Querulus (or querulous) basically means complaining and whining. In Letter 35 from the first volume of Newton's Works, he talks about a Christian named Querulus. It's definitely based on a true story - or true stories! Even though …

Pastors Need the Gospel Too! (Newton)

On June 13, 1772, John Newton wrote a letter to a fellow pastor who had been struggling with sin in his life. Newton comforted his Christian brother by pointing him to Christ. He also noted that a pastor's struggle with sin helps him preach better to fellow struggling sinners. Furthermore, a pastor's realization of his …

Hypocrisy, Grace, and Forgiveness (Newton)

While studying various writings on hypocrisy today I came across this excellent letter John Newton wrote to his wife in 1757. In the letter Newton discussed hypocrisy in a very tender way. This was comforting to me; perhaps it will be a blessing to you as well. If you are really afraid of being an …

The Inexhaustible Riches of Christ and Rest for The Weary (Newton)

We all know this beautiful call and comforting promise of Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Mt. 11:28 NIV). John Newton preached an excellent sermon on these words. Note how he not only explains the inexhaustible grace and riches of Jesus, but he also …

To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

John Newton's letters are pieces of literature that I often go back to in my life and ministry. Although there are other historical and Christian letters that have been a blessing to me, for some reason Newton's letters always strike a chord in my heart and mind. This afternoon as I was reading a certain …

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