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amazing grace

This weekend, I spoke at the EVBC Student Ministries Winter Camp. It was a rich time of looking at the extravagant love and grace of our God and Father, who pursues us through Jesus. On the way home, I was listening to a message by John Piper on the life of William Wilberforce, who spent his life in British Parliament working to end the slave trade. He was mentored by John Newton, the former slave-trader, who was converted and then authored the most loved hymn ever, "Amazing Grace." It's a powerful story of a faithful and persevering man (his fight for justice was literally life-long), and I recommend you read or listen to it.

As I was listening to the story I thought to myself that it would make an incredible movie. I was actually surprised that nobody had made it into a movie. Then, oddly enough, last night I found out that it has been made into a movie that's releasing on February 23, called Amazing Grace. How cool!

Here are some other links that you might find helpful:
Movie Website
Info on William Wilberforce
A Call for Coronary Christians
John Piper's Biography Messages


  1. Blogger Troy B. | 2/13/2007 12:39 PM |  

    I think you'd really appreciate listening to this producer of the Amazing Grace Movie (Ken Wales) being interviewed. Here's a link to podcast it (http://www.townhall.com/TalkRadio/Show.aspx?ContentGuid=01efdc21-e0b9-4fe0-8e0a-b1f7d66b74ed&RadioShowId=5). It's 1/2 way through the segment of the Hugh Hewitt show (the 18:50 mark):
    Wednesday Feb 07, 2007
    Erwin Chemerinsky, John Eastman, John Thune, Ken Wales
    Hewitt: Hour 3 - The Smart Guys discuss the two border patrol officers convicted of wrongdoing against suspected illegal drug runners, a replay of the John Thune interview, and Ken Wales has produced a wonderful new movie called Amazing Grace that looks at the lives of William Wilberforce and John Newton, who were instrumental in the British abolitionist movement in the early 1800's.