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John Newton and “Amazing Grace”

John Newton and “Amazing Grace”

Some of us are tired of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” thinking it’s overplayed and lacks freshness. I can relate to this, yet its words—especially when viewed in the context of when and by whom they were written—give me a fresh wave of wonder at grace freely given. John...

Eric Liddell: 1902-1945

Eric Liddell: 1902-1945

In the 2021 Olympic Games, it would be unthinkable for any athlete to refuse to participate in his best event merely because it was held on a Sunday. However, nearly one hundred years ago, one athlete faced the same choice: break the Sabbath or have a chance at...

Torchlighters Shine On: What Mary Slessor Left in Nigeria

Torchlighters Shine On: What Mary Slessor Left in Nigeria

Mary Slessor stood out like a sore thumb during the 38 years she lived in Nigeria. With blue eyes, red hair and a Scottish accent, her presence was shocking to her fellow missionaries and the people she served in Akpap Okoyong, Nigeria. More than just her appearance,...

Mary Slessor let the Lord Lead the Way

Mary Slessor let the Lord Lead the Way

As a starry-eyed 18- year-old, I headed off to Puerto Montt, Chile for a five-month mission trip before starting college. I was eager to share the love of Jesus with the locals and also eager to hone my Spanish language skills. I had enjoyed Spanish class since the...

The Torchlighters Tournament is Here!

The Torchlighters Tournament is Here!

Two years ago our Christian History Institute office held a March Madness contest just for fun.  Since I know next to nothing about college basketball, I filled out my bracket based on superficial metrics like: cities I wanted to visit, team colors I liked, or mascots...

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