A Thanksgiving Hymn from John Newton

No, this hymn wasn’t written regarding our American Thanksgiving. It was written in giving thanks for salvation and the freedom in Christ we have received in our salvation. It is told through the voice of the demoniac freed from Legion. … Continue reading

Another of the Olney Hymns

This past Lord’s Day, we sang the old hymn “Nearer My God To Thee”. I mentioned then that the band leader aboard the Titanic had asked that hymn be sung at his funeral someday. He made that request before the … Continue reading

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

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

A Believer’s Confession

Written to be sung to the tune of “Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness.” An explanation of why I’ve written this comes at the end.   Lord I confess, you are God alone Sov’reign o’er all on thine eternal throne In … Continue reading

As I was reading today: A Sweet Taste of Newton

The second stanza of the poem below is one I’ve had inscribed on the flyleaf of my Bible for nearly 20 years. It wasn’t until today that I happened upon the entire text as recorded in Vol 3 of Newtons … Continue reading

Praying for the Holy Spirit

As we were singing in worship this morning, that old hymn by Edwin Hatch “Breathe on me Breath of God” – I could not help but think back to the words of the Puritan John Owen regarding our need to … Continue reading