GUEST POST – Straight to the heart of Matthew

It is a real joy for me to lend my blog over the next few days to extracts from my friend Phil Moore's new series of books that aim to get "Straight to the Heart" of the Bible's message. I commended these books as follows: Want to understand the Bible better? Don't have the time or energy to read complicated commentaries? The book you have in your hand could be the answer. Allow Phil Moore to explain and then apply God's message to your life. Think of this book as the Bible's message … [Read more...]

Download as an audio book today

Raised With Christ is now available as an audio book. You can buy it from Long Train Audio now for immediate download. For a limited period only of 14 days, you can obtain an exclusive discount. The codes you need to type in are: AWUSD which takes $3 off the US Dollar purchase and AWGBP which takes £2 off the UK pounds purchase (you can buy in either currency). Customers outside the UK or US can choose which they use, it's fine to use either. If you run your own blog you can also sign up to an … [Read more...]

LAUNCH OFFER on Raised With Christ audio book

I am pleased to announce today that Raised With Christ is now available as an audio book. You can buy it from Long Train Audio now for immediate download. For a limited period only of 14 days, you can obtain an exclusive discount. The codes you need to type in are: AWUSD which takes $3 off the US Dollar purchase and AWGBP which takes £2 off the UK pounds purchase (you can buy in either currency). Customers outside the UK or US can choose which they use, it's fine to use either.  I hope you … [Read more...]

New John Piper sermon: The Gospel and racial harmony

This past Sunday it was a joy to have John Piper with us at Jubilee Church in London. He seemed to be very much at home with us, and was clearly enjoying preaching one of the very few sermons he will preach this year. We benefitted greatly from this talk as Jubilee continues to aim to break the rule some church growth experts lay down, which argues that a church will always tend towards being largely monocultural. I thank God for the racial harmony and multicolored growth that we have … [Read more...]

Twitter Weekly Archive Post for 2010-06-27

Twitter Weekly Archive Post for 2010-06-21: ”What would the world look like today if when Peter and John ran up to... http://bit.ly/cRwMAe # @adrianjohnson have found someone who can pit you and your wife up for free on Saturday night if you want. in reply to adrianjohnson # I must be the only Englishman in the world to have fallen asleep during the match. Tv on but little interest chez Warnock # Why burning the candle at both ends is sin: Has it ever struck you that trying to avoid sleep … [Read more...]

Christian Hedonism and Christian Marriage

The final post in my series interacting with John Piper is again on marriage. Seeking the happiness of yourself in the happiness of your wife is key to a joyful relationship. We look forward to hearing from John tomorrow, and in due time I will share notes and video of the sessions here. May all our marriages be informed by this quote: A husband and wife should pursue their own joy in the joy of each other. There is scarcely a more hedonistic passage in the Bible than Ephesians 5:25–30. This … [Read more...]

Prioritizing your marriage

The single thing that has impressed me most about John Piper is his recent decision to pull back from ministry for a few months, with only a couple of exceptions. This was in order to put his wife first and spend some proper time with her, disengaged from doing ministry for God, a very godly and wise act. Your marriage is your first ministry calling.  God himself should come before everything, but family comes a close second. Do keep remembering the Pipers in your prayers. I have this week been … [Read more...]

Why burning the candle at both ends is sin

Has it ever struck you that trying to avoid sleep so we can accomplish more is as sinful as it is foolish. For sure we can do it for a short time, and there may be times when it is right to do just that. But for many burned out executives, sleep is something to be rationed so they can be more productive.  Actually, as John Piper tells us, God has designed our bodies so we simply cannot play that game without big cost. He has done this for a reason: Psalm 127:2 says, “It is in vain that you … [Read more...]

It's not just your tears God wants

He wants every emotion you are capable of. He wants them all expressed to him, and most of them directed towards him. Last week I blogged about God's challenge to me not to be embarrassed about my crying because of him. Today, I want to extend that challenge again to all of us. God does not want us to be emotionally impaired.  Piper shows us in this short quote that the Psalms are a great place to go for help with this: The Psalms are songs or poems. That’s what the word psalm means. They are … [Read more...]

Twitter Weekly Archive Post for 2010-06-21

”What would the world look like today if when Peter and John ran up to the tomb, the body was still there?” #rwc2a http://ow.ly/1Ytnz # “Do you believe the accounts of the women going to Jesus' garden tomb are credible eye-witness testimony?” #rwc2b http://ow.ly/1Ytnz # How does it make you feel to know that the women were the first to bring witness to the resurrection? #rwc2c http://ow.ly/1Ytnz # Raised With Christ Study Group Session Two: I know not everyone who wanted to … [Read more...]