Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Write Like Newton

A blog I'd recommend you check out is Sound Doxology. This from a nice post called Worship leaders imitate John Newton

Newton speculated in his Preface, “The late Dr. Watts, might, as a poet, have a right to say, That it cost him some labor to restrain his fire, and to accommodate himself to the capacities of common readers. But it would not become me to make such a declaration. It behoved me to do my best.” What Newton is saying, is that Isaac Watts was so skilled in his composition of hymns that he had to “labor” for his ‘usefulness’. Where Newton strived to be his best, Watts did his best not to do his best! Why? So that he might be useful to the lowest in the flock, or in this case “the capacities of the common readers”! That is a beautiful picture of what the heart of a worship leader should look like!
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Want more John Newton? Check out Cardiphonia's Newton's Songwriting 101

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