Spurgeon on the role of prayer in the blessing his ministry received

If most people were asked what was the reason for Spurgeon's success, they would probably say 'his preaching.'  But it is very interesting to note how strongly he believed prayer was responsible for the remarkable blessing that came on his ministry:WHEN I came to New Park Street Chapel, it was but a mere handful of people to whom I first preached; yet I can never forget how earnestly they prayed. Sometimes, they seemed to plead as though they could really see the Angel of the covenant … [Read more...]

45 practical ways to improve your health and wellbeing

Despite being a doctor, I have not always been very good at taking good care of myself physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. So a few years ago I constructed a list of practical advice as much for myself as for my readers about how to strengthen what I call the four pillars of mental health and well being.Today, I went back and expanded the list, which now includes links to articles on the web and some resources to help you improve your health. The resulting post is … [Read more...]

Remembering Spurgeon: not just his success but also his depression

Today in 1856 my friends at Christian Heritage London reminded us, a great trial of depression was unleashed on Spurgeon.  We quite rightly think of him as a great preacher. But in an instant, he was transported into great depression. This was not the only time he experienced depression, either.None of us is immune from the troubles this world.  For Spurgeon the trigger was the carnage and death unleashed when someone cried out 'Fire!' during a gathering of 12,000 who were there to hear him p … [Read more...]

Ravi Zacharias Ministries: LONDON THIS SATURDAY

A friend of mine, Ben Virgo is helping to organise a day of apologetics training here in London this Saturday, 8 October 2016.  If you are free, I strongly recommend this event. It will also include a walking tour of London over lunch, pointing out places of interest where significant events in church history have occurred. MORE DETAILS AND BOOK HERE … [Read more...]

Down but not out: encouragement from the Apostle Paul

Do you ever feel down? Do you ever feel at a low point? I have had a few months myself recently where things have been quite tough. Thankfully the corner is now turning for me.  But even at my lowest point, I have never got as low as the Apostle Paul did. The following verses from 2 Corinthians are very encouraging. We learn three critical points:Even a great Christian like the Apostle Paul is NOT immune to suffering, and not immune to feeling low when in the middle of difficulty.  This sho … [Read more...]

Why I have (finally) decided to vote ‘Remain’ in the UK’s EU referendum

UPDATE: turns out I missed the most important argument for remain. It makes it easier for the gospel to spread by church planters continuing to be free to relocate across the continent. Not for the first time Terry Virgo has shown me the way.  Right up to today, I have been undecided  about how I should vote in the referendum on whether or not the UK should leave the EU. But this weekend I have made up my mind. And I am voting to remain.There are several things that have swayed my … [Read more...]

The Death of Death || Spoken Word by Nizam Speaks

This fantastic spoken word was filmed at Jubilee last Easter Sunday. I hope you will enjoy it. … [Read more...]

10 Things You Should Know about the Resurrection

The following is an except from my guest post over at Crossway today, the following points are all explained more fully in the post itself, 10 Things You Should Know about the Resurrection1. The resurrection is the core of the Christian message and should never be neglected or assumed.2. Belief in Jesus's physical resurrection is the defining doctrine of Christianity (Romans 10:9).3. The resurrection demonstrated to the whole universe the deity of Jesus and God’s love for h … [Read more...]

The Christian and the Internet – Opportunities and Pitfalls

At the weekend I attended the Christian Medical Fellowship Student Conference. It was so encouraging to see hundreds of bright young medical students gathering to hear God's Word, and learn Christian principles that will help them at work.If you are a Christian Doctor, Nurse, or a student working towards such a career in the UK, I would certainly recommend this organization. Among many events they organize, in April they will be doing a Psychiatry Day Conference.I was asked to share a … [Read more...]

Which comes first obedience or faith?

“the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations”‭‭(Romans‬ ‭1:5‬) This is Pauls mission statement. His reason to live. His goal in life. And it should be the goal of every Chrisrian minister, indeed of every Christian: to bring about the obedience of faith in themselves and others. One thing I love about the ESV is that it doesn't seem to explain phrases that could be ambiguous. This is one such example. I can think of at least  five possible ways of inte … [Read more...]