Friday, December 01, 2006

Amazing Grace: The William Wilberforce Story

I first learned about William Wilberforce a few years ago at the Piper’s Pastor’s Conference in Minneapolis. Every year at his conference Piper delivers a biographical sketch on a saint whose life influenced the church and world in a powerful way. The focus of the 2002 conference was on racial reconciliation, so it was fitting to highlight Wilberforce who, as a member of English parliament, was the primary force that led to the abolition of slave trade in England. You can read or listen to Piper’s message on Wilberforce here.

This all leads me to the exciting news that Wilberforce’s life story is about to be released as a major motion picture entitled “Amazing Grace: The William Wilberforce Story.” You can read a recent review on this new release by Kathleen Parker here. I am really looking forward to this movie. Wilberforce is an amazing example of a man who loved God dearly and devoted his life to using the political system to bring about moral and social reform within his culture.

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