A Hymn for Lent

O Lord, How Vile am I -John Newton O LORD, how vile am I, Unholy, and unclean! How can I dare to venture nigh With such a load of sin? Is this polluted heart A dwelling fit for thee? Swarming, alas! I in every part, What evils do I see! If I attempt to pray,... Continue Reading →

Song Writing 101 by John Newton

This is part (2) on a series looking at John Newtons contributions to modern hymnody.  Part (1) here. If you have a few moments this week read John Newton's preface to his Olney hymns.  He wrote it in 1779 but as far as I can tell its as good advice today as ever - it's... Continue Reading →

The Sermon Songs of John Newton

This is part (1) of  a two-part series looking at John Newton's approach to hymn writing.  In part (2) we will look at the various ways that John Newton approached hymn writing and his influence on songwriters to the current day. - Many of our favorite hymns from John Newton are found in Book 1... Continue Reading →

Approach My Soul the Mercy Seat

Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat mp3 | leadsheet I've been spending a lot of time recently reading through a reprint of John Newton's Olney hymns.  This is a beautiful text from Book II under the heading "Seeking, pleading, and hoping."  Hymn XII. The effort -- in another Measure. . Approach, my soul, the mercy... Continue Reading →

Hymns for the New Year

I've been reading through some collections of hymns for the new year.  Both Wesley and Newton have a number of hymns written for the New Year, embracing themes of blessing, renewed vigor in the fight of faith, renewed grace and mercy, et al.  Here is one from John Newton. Hymns before annual Sermons to Young... Continue Reading →

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

We're singing John Newton's hymn meditating on the glories of Mount Zion as we live through Psalm 125 and 126 -"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion."  The music comes from the original pairing of the text with the tune "JEFFERSON" from the Sacred Harp.  John Julian (famous hymnologist) ranks this hymn... Continue Reading →

Hymns of John Newton

Many of the great hymns of John Newton have been Re:Hymned recently. Here are some of my favorites: Amazing Grace (tradtional arr.) Approach, My Soul the Mercy Seat Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds Let us Love and Sing and Wonder Lesser Known: Pensive, Doubting, Fearful Heart Refreshed... Continue Reading →

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