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No person who knew John Newton as a tender lad might ever have dreamed that this teenage insurgent, profane sailor, naval deserter and slave-trader might in the future write the lyrics to 1 of the best-known hymns of all time, impressive Grace. the tale of the way this type of infamous sinner used to be switched over to Christ and went directly to develop into an both noteworthy pastor and chief of the evangelical circulation in eighteenth century England is just astonishing. In compiling this feature from his writings, Todd Murray has made Newton’s mild pastoral knowledge on hand to a brand new iteration of readers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Todd Murray is the Pastor of kinfolk Ministries at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, Florida, the place he additionally serves as a member of the school of The Expositor’s Seminary. he's a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Moody Graduate tuition the place he studied either track and theology. He has composed and recorded a number of albums of worship songs together with one fascinated by the hymns of John Newton. He and his spouse Tandy are blessed to be the oldsters of 5 kids and lately grew to become grandparents.
When I lived in England I controlled to safe a photocopy of all of John Newton’s unpublished sermons. I doubted that there will be adequate curiosity in a serious version to complement his already released works, yet I questioned if i might ever have time to collect the “best” bits. i ponder not. Todd Murray has culled the cloth released and unpublished, and produced a pleasant and edifying e-book that merits to develop into a vintage in confessional evangelical spirituality, on par with Andrew Bonar’s Memoirs of M’Cheyne.
D.A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ex-slave-trader John Newton was once the friendliest, wisest, humblest and least pushy of all of the eighteenth-century evangelical leaders, and was once maybe the best pastoral letter-writer of all time. past notable Grace provides us Newton’s center, and what a middle it was once! This publication is natural gold.
J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent university, Vancouver, British Columbia
This is an engaging digest of insights from John Newton’s lesser-known hymns and writings. What stands proud such a lot in Newton’s post-conversion personality is the intensity of his curiosity in biblical fact, sound doctrine and systematic theology. nearly from the instant he was once replaced through God’s impressive grace, Newton used to be pushed via a heartfelt ardour for figuring out the reality and proclaiming it to others with the maximum readability and straightforwardness. That, up to the other attribute, made him one of many nice English hymn-writers of all time. you may be either moved and invigorated as you learn it, too, i'm certain.
Dr. John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace group Church
While John Newton is understood essentially because the writer of the hymn, striking Grace he used to be really a really efficient doctor of the soul, either in diagnosing its ills, and offering the scriptural therapy. regrettably our present Christian public has benefited little from the paintings of this extraordinary guy. Now Todd Murray has performed us a superb prefer through making to be had to us either the writings and the hymns of Newton. I hugely commend this booklet and stay up for analyzing it many times.
Jerry Bridges, writer, The Pursuit of Holiness
Todd Murray is an expert at the epic lifetime of John Newton, a discerning lover of Newton’s prose, poetry and hymns, a pastor-theologian who is familiar with the contours of the nice man’s inspiration, and a talented musician who has composed memorable new tune for Newton’s much less identified hymns. All of this makes past remarkable Grace a graced learn — that would enlighten and bring up the soul of each reader.
R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus of school Church in Wheaton and traveling Professor of useful Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia