265 years ago John Newton sailed into the port of Charleston and unloaded 150 African slaves (October 1747).
242 years ago Newton wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” for his church in England (December 1772).
227 years ago Newton formally became an abolitionist to end the Atlantic slave trade (January 1788).
Friday in Charleston:
Politics aside, it was, for one moment in America, a sweet twist in our shared history. It was a work of God in overcoming multiple layers of sin. It is grace — God’s unmerited favor.