There is a Fountain – and then some.

The Olney Hymns as they were called, were a joint effort by John Newton and William Cowper. They were first published in 1779. In part, they were to be used as a means of making Biblical truths memorable for those … Continue reading

A Lesson in Context – A Tale from my oft mis-spent youth.

Genesis 31:44–49 “Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I. And let it be a witness between you and me.” So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. And Jacob said to his kinsmen, … Continue reading

As I was reading today – Proverbs 13:22

On the surface, the wisdom here is plain – we are to think of the generations which follow us. And it is right we take this in the first place in terms of leaving a material inheritance of some sort. … Continue reading

A wee sweet bit of Newton

Last Lord’s Day, I closed the sermon with an impromptu reading of a poem by John Newton. In his “Olney Hymns” – Newton wrote a poem on every book of the Bible. Many books enjoyed more than one poem. This … Continue reading

As I was Reading Today – A Tasty Bit of Newton

John Newton wrote hundreds if not thousands of poems. During his tenure pastoring in rural Olney, England, he compiled many of his own compositions and those of William Cowper into a collection known as The Olney Hymns. He wanted them … Continue reading

Gavin Ortlund’s review of William Paul Young’s “Lies We Believe About God”

I was planning to write a review of this book myself (and may still) but Gavin Ortlund’s review for the Gospel Coalition’s website is already here. Take advantage of it. GAVIN ORTLAND’S REVIEW In short, those of us who thought … Continue reading