Friday, July 24, 2009

John Newton and God's Amazing Sovereign Grace

John Newton--the English, blaspheming slave-ship captain/slave-trader turned Anglican grace-filled pastor and prodigious hymn writer--was born this day in 1725. He is most famously known throughout the world for the hymn Amazing Grace.

Newton is one of my “dead-guy” mentors whom I read and study and share a common heart theologically and pastorally. Newton inspires me most of all in that he literally never lost the deep awe of how and why God had sovereignly rescued him from eternal death through Jesus Christ. My favorite biography about Newton is John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken. Below is a bio clip from Mars Hill about his life.

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