The Lord’s Return to Me (Newton)

For the last twelve years or so I've very much enjoyed reading John Newton's works - letters, sermons, and hymns. Newton's memoirs are also very much worth reading! Below is a part from his memoirs where Newton recounts his conversion. It's important to note that his conversion wasn't an instant experience; it didn't happen overnight.… Continue reading The Lord’s Return to Me (Newton)

On Calvinists, Conflict, and Controversy (Newton)

There are some areas of the Christian faith that are not matters of chief importance.  They are important, but not essentially or fundamentally important.  For example, there are different views of Christian schooling, different views of the elements of the Lord’s Supper (grape juice or wine), different views of how deacons should function in a… Continue reading On Calvinists, Conflict, and Controversy (Newton)

A Prayer for Ministerial Candidates (Newton)

What things should a man think about as he contemplates being officially called to the gospel ministry? This is obviously a huge question that has a long answer! One great and longer answer to that question is found in John Newton’s pamphlet called Ministry on My Mind. This is a booklet published by the John… Continue reading A Prayer for Ministerial Candidates (Newton)

Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

The kind folks at "The John Newton Project" recently sent me a sample of some of the work that they've been doing: transcribing Newton's handwritten diaries for publication. I've been blessed and encouraged by Newton's other writings, and so far these diaries have also been wonderful to read. You can learn more at "www.johnnewton.org". This… Continue reading Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

Hymn: Of A Rebel Made A Son (Newton)

  Although this hymn by John Newton might have a few titles, one line in it would be my choice for a title: "...Of a rebel made a son."  Whatever it is called, here's Newton's wonderful hymn that exalts the grace and love of Christ.  Say it out loud! Saved by blood, I live to… Continue reading Hymn: Of A Rebel Made A Son (Newton)