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)

On Pastoral Humility (Newton)

Since a pastor is often in the spotlight, so to speak, it sometimes happens that he gets a big head. The old Adam in him loves to be noticed, loves the attention, and enjoys the publicity. And sometimes the pastor begins to covet more social media followers, retweets, and sermon "shares." Along the way humility… Continue reading On Pastoral Humility (Newton)

A Captive Still[?!] (Newton)

 I've been studying a couple of the stories in the Gospels where Jesus powerfully casts out demons with a mighty word.  Since I was a little boy I've loved these stories since I know that the realm of darkness is real and it's terrifying.  I'm so thankful that Jesus is a million times stronger than… Continue reading A Captive Still[?!] (Newton)