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From the Spring 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Amazing Graces: How Complex the Sound!

by Randy Newman, Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics
and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute

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  This may seem difficult. But I have heard many stories of people “getting it” when they hear just how amazing grace is. I wonder if we might see more people respond when we quote the first verse of John Newton’s great hymn:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost. But now I’m found; was blind but now I see.



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1  There is some debate as to whether this event actually happened.
2  Biblical quotations are from the New International Version (1984).
3  Some have attributed this statement to Martin Luther. Some say it was stated by John Calvin. It’s hard to determine for sure who said it and how. The quotation works well and is biblically solid, no matter who first said it.

Randy Newman is Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Talbot School of Theology and Patrick Henry College. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written four books and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons. Randy blogs at


Recommended Reading:
Philip Graham Ryken, Grace Transforming (Crossway, 2012)

This book is based on a series of chapel messages given by Phil Ryken during his first year as president of Wheaton College, and adapted for a wider audience. For those of us who are performance-oriented or for those who have long since thrown in the towel, a word about grace is in order. Within these pages are 9 key messages on the grace of God. These are masterful lessons, built on Scripture, edifying and applicable for all who want to experience the freedom that comes from resting on the promise of God’s unmerited favor. Helping us to understand that we are not defined by what we do — but rather by who Jesus is and what he has done, this book powerfully addresses the transforming power of grace that is essential for every Christian.

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