Today, for the fourth year, I experience Father’s Day as a father but without a living father. My father passed away in the late summer of 2011. As far back as I can remember, his favorite hymn was “Amazing Grace.” I do not recall this song ever being sung without it drawing tears from his eyes. […][Read More...]
Family Ministry: “As it Were a Little Church,” The Puritan Model for Family Discipleship
Even in the latest models of family ministry, there are components that can be traced back centuries before the recent surge of family ministry books and conferences. Among the Puritan heirs of the Reformation, there was a clear model for family discipleship that could be learned and transferred from one context to another. Brief, daily times […][Read More...]
Church History: How Did a Christian Politician Help to End the British Slave Trade?
To learn more about William Wilberforce and the end of the British slave trade, read this introduction from Eric Metaxas or this summary from C. Ben Mitchell. 30 Days through Church History: Day 24[Read More...]
Church History: The Forgotten Hymn That Once Preceded “Amazing Grace”
While doing some research related to the writer of the lyrics now know as the hymn “Amazing Grace,” I ran across another set of lyrics that are equally powerful but far less familiar. First off, a few little-known facts about “Amazing Grace”: * The original title wasn’t “Amazing Grace” at all but “Faith’s Review and […][Read More...]