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

Letter to the Church at Sardis – Sermon notes – Rev. Part 8

Revelation Part 8 – Sardis Revelation 3:1–6 1 Cor. 10:1-12 AUDIO FOR THIS SERMON CAN BE FOUND HERE Our study has now led us to the 5th city Jesus is addressing in His letters to the churches. On one hand … Continue reading

Letter to the Church at Thyatira – Revelation Part 7

1 Kings 16:29-34 Rev. 2:18-29 AUDIO FOR THIS SERMON CAN BE FOUND HERE Thyatira was a trade city, a very prosperous commercial center. Famous for its large number of trade guilds or unions. Unions, that like those in Ephesus, Smyrna … 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

Some snippets from today’s reading.

These 4 snippets from the Cardiphonia of John Newton are not connected in any way. They are simply 4 random things that struck me while reading his letters today. Each from a different letter. The 4th one will be of … Continue reading

As I was Reading Today – a Sweet Taste of Newton

Ge 22:13–14: And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead … Continue reading

Peace on Earth – A Christmas Sermon

Peace on Earth Luke 1:1-2:21 AUDIO FOR THIS SERMON CAN BE FOUND HERE Luke 2:13–14 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and … Continue reading

Sermon Notes: Understanding Sin

SIN The Problem with it The Consequences of it The Cure for it AUDIO FOR THIS SERMON CAN BE FOUND HERE   Scripture Readings: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 / Romans 5:12-21   1  THE PROBLEM: In 1988 – Dr. Karl Menninger, … Continue reading