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“Amazing Grace” By Wintley Phipps

Submitted by on August 30, 2011 – 4:21 am EST7 Comments

Truly beautiful, truly inspiring.

Hat Tip: Big Peace

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  • gatekeeper96740 says:

    Amazing grace is not a black spiritual.The author of the words was John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved by amazing grace. He was the servant of a slave trader and was brutally abused. Early in 1748 he was rescued by a sea captain who had known John’s father. John Newton ultimately became captain of his own ship, one which plied the slave trade.

    Many people do not know the history of this song, made by a ex-slave trader turned pastor.

    http://www.anointedlinks.com/amazing_grace.html

    • Tammy says:

      Obviously you didn’t watch the entire video.

      Couldn’t you watch the whole thing before you jumped into your history lesson, which was given in the VIDEO?

      • SaraMarie says:

        Actually, the above poster was correct. John Newton did NOT write this music based upon a slave song…why? Because at the time he wrote it (in the 1700’s) hymns were only poems that were sung to the tune of songs that were already written. “Amazing Grace” is one of hundreds of song-poems that John Newton wrote as he composed for sermons. He WAS working on a slave ship for a time, but I must say that Wintley Phipps made up a lot of what he is saying is music history. For example…MANY cultures have used pentatonic scales. Chinese, Scottish, Celtic and even Ancient Greek music uses the pentatonic scale….and NOBODY has ever referred to it as the “black scale”. – graduate in Music Education.

        Wintley Phipps has a degree in Theology.

  • gatekeeper96740 says:

    John Newton’s Epitaph:

    The epitaph on John Newton’s gravestone says:

    JOHN NEWTON, Clerk [preacher]
    Once an infidel and libertine
    A servant of slaves in Africa,
    Was, by the rich mercy
    of our Lord and Saviour
    JESUS CHRIST,
    restored, pardoned and
    appointed to preach
    the Gospel which he had
    long laboured to destroy.
    He ministered,
    Near sixteen years in Olney, in Bucks,
    And twenty eight years in this Church.

    Written by John Newton, it is engraved on a marble plaque in St Mary, Woolnoth, UK.

  • Tom says:

    This man has a God Given talent and he is using it to praise God..My wife and I have heard him give many concerts, and we have also heard him preach. He has a tremendous Ministry.. It is called the U.S. Dream Academy—-look it up and read of his accomplishments and his work…He is an ordained minister and is pastor of a church…

  • Eileen says:

    Outstanding! Thanks for sharing this Trevor.

  • David Brehan says:

    (1) Amazing Grace is the musical expression of the word hope. It literally brings me to tears EVERY time I hear it.

    (2) How wonderful to see the unity in that video, something increasingly in short supply these days as our president pits one group of Americans against another…enflaming old wounds, not healing them. White America just doesn’t know what to make of the fact it elected its first black president, only to be called a racist when they question the content of his character and not his skin color. That is a far more grave thing America is facing that any financial problem.

    America is ultimately about an idea, and while we often seem more concerned about our wealth and material things, most of us would give it all up to preserve that idea. We are reconnecting with what our Founders committed to: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our FORTUNES, and our sacred Honor”.

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