Thursday, March 01, 2007

Amazing Grace

I want to see this movie. John Newton (played by Albert Finney in Amazing Grace) wrote the words to one of the most beloved hymns of all time between 1760 and 1770, while working as an evangelical pastor. Son of the commander of a merchant ship, Newton was captain of a slave ship for many years, until he underwent a dramatic religious conversion while steering his vessel through a storm. Repenting and regretting the misery he had inflicted on the thousands of slaves he had transported across the Middle Passage for many years, he devoted his life to the Church, and wrote the lyrics to many hymns which are still popular today. Newton continued to preach until the end of his life. He was a great influence on many and the movie is about the results of that influence. This video of Chris Tomlin singing Amazing Grace ( My Chains Are Free) is wonderful I hope you enjoy it.

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