John Newton, pastor, song writer, and former slave-trader, wrote his auto-biography in a series of fourteen letters to a friend. They are quite remarkable in literary genius and spiritual insight. They remind one of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as Newton traveled the sailing world in hunt of treasure to sell (sometimes even slaves) and often found himself grounded in some port with little or no means to survive. The story of his final conversion during a storm at sea when the sailors tied themselves to the ship for days at a time to keep from being washed overboard, is exciting and moving. This narrative was first published in 1764, the very year that Newton began his pastoral ministry in Olney. He accepted a position in London in 1780 and remained there until his death in 1807. This edition is published by Regent College in Vancouver.
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
Borders, Language, and CultureAugust 1, 2016
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]
Why Do We Have Baptists in the First Place?December 2, 2015
In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can […]