We all know John Newton as the author of Amazing Grace, perhaps the best-known gospel hymn of all time. We also may know him as a converted slave trader who contributed to the English abolition movement in the late 1700s. Fewer may know him as a conservative (though Anglican) pastor of two parish churches during that same time. During his first pastorate in Olney (famous for his “Olney Hymns” with William Cowper), he welcomed a dissenters’ meeting to be held often in his church building. That meeting happened to include William Carey and Andrew Fuller. Even fewer (myself included until reading this book) would know him as a powerful writer of theological and devotional thought. His insight in applying biblical principles to the struggle for godliness is highly unusual in today’s devotional literature. Newton begins with man’s depravity and ends with man’s sanctification. A very satisfying read.
Worship and CultureFebruary 4, 2014
In the twenty years that I have been writing Aletheia articles, perhaps nothing has been written about more than worship and culture. Worship has become the description of how we “do church,” and culture has become what we are, not what we should strive to become. Ravi Zacharias wrote, “Culture has become like a dress […]
Music and WorshipMarch 24, 2010
By Don Shrader Regarding music and worship in the church today, there is much controversy surrounding “contemporary” versus “traditional” music in our services. Some want to know what is meant by the use of the word “contemporary.” Does it mean the use of rock music or is it simply the use of praise choruses or […]
Jesus in the MidstJanuary 26, 2009
We often talk about Jesus being the center of our lives but we are not always so consistent in showing it. John was on the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ when Jesus appeared to him standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks (Rev. 1:12-13). […]