Issue 81 John Newton: Author of “Amazing Grace”

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John Newton: Did You Know?

Interesting and unusual facts about John Newton’s life and times.

the Editors

Living History

From Bede’s world to Whitefield’s thumb.

Compiled by Ted Olsen


Wesley’s word to a condemned malefactor.

the Editors

Story Behind

The original Christian bumper sticker.

Collin Hansen

The Amazingly Graced Life of John Newton

His was a tale of two lives, with God at the pivot point.

Chris Armstrong

Christian History Timeline: The Life and Times of John Newton 1725–1807

Chronology of events related to the life of John Newton.

the Editors

Forging Britain’s Gospel Era

Newton joined those who laid the groundwork for British evangelicalism—from within the Established Church.

Mark Smith

The Captain & the Castaway

The tempest-tossed friendship of John Newton and William Cowper.

Jennifer M. Trafton

Pastor to the Nation

Newton responded to thousands of requests for spiritual counsel with letters advising the lowly and the great.

Steven Gertz

Not a Synod but a Salon

The evangelical underground plotted England’s and the world’s salvation at a London pub.

Aaron Belz

People Worth Knowing

No Little Women here.

Chris Armstrong

Turning Point: Luther’s Lost Opportunity

At Marburg, the last hope of a united Protestantism ran aground on the Last Supper.

Bruce Heydt

I am a “Sim”

Charles Simeon’s disciples were known as Sims.

Gordon MacDonald

The American Anthem

How Amazing Grace went from ignored in Britain to acclaimed in America.

Steve Turner
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