Monday, 25 May 2009

John Newton week

The former slave trader and Christian preacher John Newton was a wonderful letter writer.  The collection of his letters which I have found most helpful and perceptive are called 'Cardiphonia'-literally 'speaking from the heart'. 

I'm sure I'm not in the same league as Newton but through this blog I want to engage in culture, discuss the practice of medicine and try to see all of life through the prism of the Christian gospel. It will be heartfelt and a searching after the truth.

'it is very possible that we may be under his (God's) influence when we are least aware, and though what we may say, or write, or do, may seem in no way extraordinary; yet that we should be led to such a particular turn of thought at one time rather than at another, has, in my own concerns, often appeared to me remarkable, from the circumstances which have attended , or the consequences which have followed. How often in the choice of a text, or in the course of a sermon, or in a letter to a friend, have I been led to speak a word in season! and what I have expressed at large and in general, has been exactly suited to some case which I was utterly unacquainted with, that I could have hardy hit it so well, had I been previously informed of it. Some instances of this kind have been so striking, as hardly to admit a doubt of superior agency. And indeed if believers in Jesus, however unworthy in themselves, are the temples of the Holy Ghost; if the Lord lives, dwells, and walks in them; if he is their life and their light; if he has promised to guide them with his eye, to work in them to will and to do of his own good pleasure, methinks what I have  mentioned, and more, may be reasonably expected.'
 
Cardiphonia : Letters to a Nobleman XIX 

May that be so.
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