Tag: John Newton

In Praise of Private Ministry: Reflections on John Newton the Great Letter-Writer

Many if not most professing Christians are familiar the song “Amazing Grace.” The hymn’s author John Newton (1725-1807), however, is not as well known. In this brief article, I want acquaint you with Newton so that you might (1) praise God for His grace in the life of a sinner; and (2) learn from Newton’s example in one specific area. Continue reading “In Praise of Private Ministry: Reflections on John Newton the Great Letter-Writer”

‘The Roots of Endurance’ by John Piper

Roots of EnduranceI love biographies.  I love John Piper.  So I really love biographies written by John Piper.  The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce is the third book (of four) in the Swans are not Silent biography series.  Piper, each year, hosts a pastor’s conference at his church.  One of the favorite portions of this conference is Piper’s own contribution.  Each year he gives an one hour lecture on the life of a great saint of the past.  Over the past 20 years, Piper has mined wealth from the lives of men like Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Bunyan and William Cowper, just to name a few.  These excellent lectures eventually make their way into book form.  Each book contains short, 30-40 page biographies of three saints; each section focusing on particular distinctives of that specific saint. Continue reading “‘The Roots of Endurance’ by John Piper”