John Newton is a husband, father, priest, and author. He resides in Houston, Texas and is currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the IX Bishop of Texas, C. Andrew Doyle.

The purpose of this blog is to explore the cruciform nature of God’s grace.

It is written from a deep conviction that grace is not the mere imparting of God’s gifts or even God’s mercy, but rather the complete one-way gift of God’s Life. Grace is always cruciform because it kills to make alive, the old Adam giving way to the new. The cruciform life is the only soil from which personal and social transformation can flower.

Each blog post is intentionally brief and is intended to be read quickly and digested slowly. The goal of each post is to move the reader to prayer and reflection.

Put differently, this blog is an ongoing examination of the paradox that is the Christian faith:

We grow up as we learn to grow down. The higher place is found in taking the lower one. We live only as we die. We become spiritual adults only as we change and become like children.
— New Clothes, Page 189

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