Thursday, December 21, 2006

Amazing Grace movie trailer

I had to fight back the tears in watching this trailer.

In February of 2007 a film titled Amazing Grace will hit theatres, though only in limited release (Warren Theatres in Wichita should be showing this film). The movie deals with the life of "the world's greatest reformer," William Wilberforce.

Wilberforce was a main influence in the abolition of slavery in England. As a Member of Parliament, he navigated the world of 18th Century backroom politics to end the slave trade in the British Empire.

Interesting Fact: John Newton, former slave-trader and the author of the famous hymn “Amazing Grace,” was a chum of Wilberforce who inspired him to pursue a life of service to humanity.

Interesting Fact II: The singer you hear at the beginning of the trailer is Christ Tomlin.

If you’re interested in learning more about William Wilberforce, check out DesiringGod. In the link provided, you can read or listen to this seminar Piper gave in 2002 .

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