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Horatius Bonar was born in 1808 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a ruling elder in the Church of Scotland. After a relatively uneventful upbringing, Bonar entered into the ministry himself, becoming pastor of the North Parish in the rural town of Kelso.Not long after he entered the ministry there was a disruption in the Church of Scotland that resulted in the withdrawal of 451 ministers from the Established church, among whom were Bonar and a number of his friends. Together they formed The Free Church of Scotland.Bonar spent the next 20 years pastoring the congregation in Kelso, writing, and engaging in evangelism. Throughout his life he had been strongly influenced by Thomas Chalmers, and in 1866 he planted a new church in his home city of Edinburgh: the Chalmers Memorial Chapel. He was to serve that church until the year before his death in 1889.In Bonar’s day the Scottish church had no substantial library of hymns since they sang metrical Psalms almost exclusively. Bonar had begun to write hymns before his ordination when he was serving as superintendent of a Sunday school. He found that the youth had little love for either the words or the tunes they were singing, so he set out to write a few hymns with simpler lyrics and already familiar tunes. These hymns were received wonderfully.It wasn’t long after this that Bonar, apparently having a gift and an interest in writing verse, took to writing adult hymns. This continued as a habit while he served as pastor, and in the course of his ministry he published a number of hymn compilations.“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” was one of the hymns he wrote during his tenure at Kelso. This is perhaps his most famous song, having found good reception not only in Scotland but also in the wider English-speaking world.What makes the hymn so widely appealing may well be its focus on the gospel call of Christ to come to him, look to him, drink, and rest, and the simple call to obey and to find in him all that he has promised. It is simple, sweet and encouraging.I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me and rest;Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast."I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad;I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Behold, I freely giveThe living water; thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live."I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life giving stream;My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.I heard the voice of Jesus say, "I am this dark world's Light;Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright."I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun;And in that light of life I'll walk, till traveling days are done.Advertise here via BEACON
The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to change its moral stance towards homosexuality is a tragic failure that calls for a response from Christians who are involved in Scouting. This would include me, since both my boys are Boy Scouts and my church sponsors a Boy Scout troop. Having prayerfully considered this matter, I would offer advice to fellow Christians with respect to two questions. First, can we continue involvement in and support of Boy Scouts in light of this new policy? The answer is No. Second, when should we pull out of Boy Scouts? The answer is By the end of the year, but not yet.
After about 20 years of a divisive debate on allowing women to be bishops, the Church of England published proposals on Friday to approve the ordination of female bishops by 2015.
It was striking that in the oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case before the Supreme Court so little credence was given to the connection between marriage and procreation.
Columnist Jeff Robinson says that while Christians should not believe Jason Collins is a hero for coming out as gay, they nevertheless should pray for him.
Mary Kassian tries to clear away some common misunderstandings and misrepresentations.
The 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly passed a resolution on Thursday against using corporal punishment on children.
Benefit performance aids wildfire victims and firefighters in Colorado
North Americans at this week’s BWA annual gathering in Chile penciled in calendar dates of March 6-7, 2014, for the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 founding of the North American Baptist Fellowship. By Bob Allen North Americans attending the July 2-7 Baptist World Alliance annual gathering in Santiago, Chile, convened Thursday afternoon to preview plans for the 50th anniversary celebration of the North American Baptist Fellowship in 2014. The March 6-7, 2014, gathering in Philadelphia will also commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first national Baptist denomination in the United States, often called the Triennial Convention because it met every three years, established in that city in 1814. George Bullard, general secretary of the NABF, one of six regional fellowships of the 221-member body BWA, said the anniversary celebration will continue themes popularized in recent years by the New Baptist Covenant, an initiative to unite Baptists across racial and organizational lines across North America. Bullard said the gathering “will seek to focus on the missional past, present and future of Baptists throughout North America, while at the same time honoring the commitments of former USA President Jimmy Carter through his New Baptist Covenant events.” The NABF was formed in 1964 by nine major Baptist denominational groups, including both American Baptist Churches USA and the Southern Baptist Convention