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

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… Continue reading To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

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)