Amazing Grace on the Silver Screen

I’m a movie buff. It may not be a mark of quality to some of you. One side of my brain is all theology, but the other side is all pop culture. I’m an armchair theologian, but before I moved to the armchair, I was a couch potato. I didn’t even have to leave the room! That’s why I’m looking forward to the February 23rd release of the new movie about William Wilberforce, called Amazing Grace! I think I’ll have to see it twice, once as the couch potato, once as the armchair theologian . . .

Make sure you go by the movie website and take in all that it has to offer. I had to write you because one of their offerings was a free, downloadable pdf of John Newton’s Olney Hymns! In the film, Wilberforce will have some interaction with John Newton (played by Albert Finney–he’s the only one I’ve heard of in the film), hence the title, and hence their thinking to post a copy of his hymns for us to enjoy. Save your copy today, and enrich your theology and your doxology!


5 responses

  1. I am excited about it coming out also, so maybe that makes me an armschair couch potato or something like that. lol.

  2. John

    It is amazing how much stuff the Holy Ghost had the writers of the Holy Writ pull from the world of the days and epochs each writing was written.

    The ideas and intents and errors of the prince of the world are all in the Holy Writ for us to look at so as not to be ignorant of the schemes of the devil.

    If you “boiled” out all world references the Book would shrink in pages and volumn.

    If today was yesterday, you would probably read an editorial or some reference to many modern happenings around the world!

    A lot of what they were reading in those days were things fresh from the pages of the day so that the proper distinctions would be and could be put in the reader and listeners of the Holy Writ of the day.

  3. Nicholas,

    One more and we could be “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything!”

    Ahoy, Matey!
    Pass the cheese curls . . .

  4. Michael,

    That reminds me of the short statement from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy:

    1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God’s witness to Himself.
    2. Holy Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.
    3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture’s divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.
    4. Being wholly and verbally God-given, SCRIPTURE IS WITHOUT ERROR OR FAULT in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, ABOUT THE EVENTS OF WORLD HISTORY, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.
    5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible’s own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.

    Even though God’s Word was written in the context of ancient Hebrew and Hellenized (depending on the Testament in question) culture, what he moved the prophets and apostles to write remain applicable to every generation!

    So what does your comment have to do with Wilberforce, Newton and his hymns?

  5. John

    not much.

    I was addressing your prelim comments:;:>

    ”I’m a movie buff. It may not be a mark of quality to some of you. One side of my brain is all theology, but the other side is all pop culture. ”

    Before I became by learning a Theologian I was an aspiring Actor, trained with the best and hung around some notables.

    I studied Acting, Directing, Producting and Writing. In order to receive my degree I had to do one of each of the above. I have participated in Stage, T.V. and Movie production working with some of the best from both sides, East Coast and West Coast.

    My point is exactly yours in your inspiration from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy:

    I would to God that I write some more stuff hereon if that is what I get in return! Thank you for sharing the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

    Someone said of D.L. Moody he answered when someone asked him why he prayed so much. His answer was he was a holey man and leaked continually what God filled him with continually! So he was praying to be filled up by the Holy Ghost continually.

    Maybe I could be the third guy and we three could say cheers together? Consider that and bring it up with Nicolas if you want to?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: