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)

The Danger of Popularity/Celebrity for Preachers (Newton)

 In a 1767 letter to one of his friends who was a pastor, John Newton said that a pastor has "two counter-streams to withstand."  Both of them, he said, will swipe the pastor off his feet unless the Lord upholds him.  What are these two counter-streams? Opposition and popularity.  Newton wrote that popularity is actually… Continue reading The Danger of Popularity/Celebrity for Preachers (Newton)

Newton’s Critique of Edwards

 Near the end of Josiah Bull’s biography of John Newton, there’s a quote by Newton that is somewhat critical of the great American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Here it is: “Mr. Edwards was an excellent man, but some of his writings are too metaphysical, and particularly that book [The Freedom of the Will].  If I understand… Continue reading Newton’s Critique of Edwards

The Leading Principle of a Faithful Minister (Newton)

One of John Newton's lesser known works is called "A Review of Ecclesiastical History." It's a book that basicaly summarizes church history from Christ's birth until the end of the apostolic era. I've really enjoyed it so far, and I do recommend it. In one section, Newton discusses the character of the apostle Paul (book… Continue reading The Leading Principle of a Faithful Minister (Newton)

Considering Pastoral Ministry? (Newton)

  If you're a man considering the pastoral ministry, you'll want to read John Newton's words on this topic  from his sermon called "The Publication of the Gospel."  To be sure, this is also helpful for those who are currently serving as a pastor.  By the way, the pastoral call and ministry is not just… Continue reading Considering Pastoral Ministry? (Newton)