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

Sermon Notes: Toward a Theology of Giving

Toward a Theology of Giving Genesis 4:1-5 Exodus 23:14-17 John 3:16 AUDIO FOR THIS SERMON CAN BE FOUND HERE Something very interesting happened to the Evangelical Church in the 20th century, that seems to have no parallel in previous generations: … Continue reading

In the School of Prayer with Jesus

In The School of Prayer with Jesus Matthew 6:1-13 Matthew 26:36-44 7 Lessons AUDIO FOR THIS SERMON CAN BE FOUND HERE When a baby is born, it’s as fully human as it will ever be. However, it is not yet … 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

A Saturday’s Prayer

Can be sung to the tune of O Sacred Head, Now Wounded. Lord Jesus, God incarnate True God, and truest man The two in one united To be Atonement’s Lamb What praises can we offer To sing Thy worthiness? Eternity’s … Continue reading

Funeral Sermon for Giana Bartolucci

As I mentioned in my last post, the Memorial Service for Giana was held at Clarkson Community Church on Saturday, where my dear friend Tony Bartolucci pastors. Giana is his 14 year old daughter. That service was just for the … Continue reading

A Bite of Newton with your coffee – on Public Prayer

John  Newton received a letter from a friend asking for some guidance on how someone should pray in a group setting – like a prayer meeting. His thoughts are so good, I couldn’t help but pass them on – though … Continue reading