A Communion Poem

Last night, as we gathered around the Lord’s Table, we especially visited not rightly discerning the Lord’s Body. In Corinth, the failure to treat all of the Believers with honor in the way the love feast was consumed display a … 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

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