Archives for February 2010

The Chief Rule of Prayer

Justin Taylor shared the following quote from R. C. Sproul:“If I can summarize Calvin’s teaching on prayer succinctly, I would say this:The chief rule of prayer is to remember who God is and to remember who you are.If we remember those two things, our prayers will always and ever be marked by adoration and confession.” via The Chief Rule of Prayer – Justin Taylor. … [Read more...]

Is it Really Possible to Believe in a Form of Evolution and Still be a Christian?

I received the following email, and with the writer's consent, thought it would be good to publish it here. Remember that the discussion I intended is not about what I personally believe on this issue, nor about what it is best for a Bible-loving believer to believe. Rather, it's about whether arguing about evolution is a good thing to do when evangelizing, or even teaching new Christians: Regarding your most recent blog post . . . I am afraid I have to disagree with you over a few points … [Read more...]

Raised With Christ in the UK

IVP UK is the British distributor for Crossway's Raised With Christ. They have had significantly more demand than anticipated, more stock has now arrived, however, so individuals and bookshops can call them on 0115 978 1054 to order.We encourage you to support your local Christian bookshop. We know that some stores are stocking Raised With Christ, but why not check with your local store and let us know if they have it.Newfrontiers Resources have a good level of stock at the moment and are … [Read more...]

Songs that Celebrate the Resurrection

Bob Kauflin has served us well by sharing a list of songs that focus on the resurrection of Jesus. See Songs that Celebrate the Resurrection in View of the Cross. … [Read more...]

Saved by the Cross, or the Resurrection?

When the New Testament writers refer to either the death or resurrection, “they so presuppose that the death and resurrection of Jesus are entwined that they refer to either one of them and intend for us to understand that they mean both of them. If this is the case, straightforward sentences that tell us ‘Jesus died to save us’ or ‘Jesus was raised to save us’ actually mean exactly the same thing.” And Adrian is not alone in this thinking. John Calvin seems to also agree . . .Raised With Chris … [Read more...]

Darwin and the Christian – A Tour by Christian Evolutionists

UPDATE - To avoid confusion, please note that this post should not be interpreted as as reflecting my personal views on the subject of creation and evolution. I was simply noting that people who believe in God have different opinions on this matter, and that in a number of cases, to focus on this issue in our initial evangelism is not wise.Many Christians will not agree with the perspective on evolution expressed by the scientists featured in the Test of FAITH project. But if the DVD I … [Read more...]

How Pain Helps Us Understand the Real God

Nancy Guthrie lost two of her three children. No wonder she is not easily satisfied with platitudes about God.  She has put together Be Still My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose and Provision in Suffering, a collection of writings from old and new authors designed to help us come to terms with pain as believers.I plan on dipping into this book myself, as if this extract is anything to go by, it is going to be worthwhile. We should not wait until we face major trauma to tackle what we think about s … [Read more...]

How to Sell 100 Books in 10 Minutes

Raised With Christ was launched at Jubilee Church this past Sunday. The people were incredibly gracious in their response, and much to my surprise we sold all 100 available copies in just 10 minutes. I am sure some of that was due to the love of this wonderful family of God for me as one of its members.  But Tope's endorsement of the book was really very nicely done. If you are a pastor with a specific book to promote, you would do well to follow this example.In the video my lovely wife … [Read more...]

Export Some Hope Worldwide For Less Than $20

Betterworld books have a unique shipping policy. They will send a book for you anywhere in the world for under $4.  This Lent why not send a copy of a book to a missionary you know, or a pastor, or just any friend. For less than $20 you can send, for example, my own book Raised with Christ, or a number of other books that will bring hope. Available books include Finally Alive, Brothers We Are Not Professionals, God's Lavish Grace, and A Sincere and Pure Devotion to Christ, among others.If y … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

“[It is] the most important question we can ever ask.” And in pursuing this critical question, our writer looks at explanations that have been put forward seeking to explain the empty tomb, the transformation of the disciples, the rapid growth of the church with Sunday as the primary day of worship, and the conversion of church-persecutors like Saul of Tarsus . . .None of these explanations are credible in any way. As Adrian concludes, “…the only realistic interpretation of the first Easter i … [Read more...]