Archive for ‘May, 2010

Epic: Episode 6, Rescue Is Coming

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Grace in Controversy

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John Newton, converted slave trader, theologian and composer of the hymn Amazing Grace, offers helpful words about speaking the truth in love in the midst of controversy. May we who contend for the gospel heed them well.

As to your opponent, I wish, that, before you set pen to paper against him, and during the whole time you are preparing your answer, you may commend him by earnest prayer to the Lord’s teaching and blessing. This practice will have a direct tendency to conciliate your heart to love and pity him; and such a disposition will have a good influence upon every page you write. . . . [If he is a believer,] in a little while you will meet in heaven; he will then be dearer to you than the nearest friend you have upon earth is to you now. Anticipate that period in your thoughts. . . . [If he is an unconverted person,] he is a more proper object of your compassion than your anger. Alas! “He knows not what he does.” But you know who has made you to differ [1 Cor. 4:7].

John Newton, “On Controversy” [Letter XIX], vol. 1 ofThe Works of the Rev. John Newton (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1985), 269.

Epic: Episode 5, A Slave Becomes King

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Epic: Episode 4, Birth of a Nation

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