A Wedding Sermon

Adrian and Andrée Warnock (July 1995)

Pastors often find that special occasion sermons are harder to write and deliver than regular ones. I know that I was much more nervous myself about preaching for the marriage of a couple in our church last week than I am about preaching on Sundays. So, here is a set of notes on a passage that is sometimes reached for at a time like this. Hopefully if you are struggling for an idea for a wedding sermon yourself, this may spark some thoughts in you.On the third day there was a wedding at … [Read more...]

A bit of happiness on a Monday morning

So it's Monday morning. Another week begins. Do you choose weariness and despair, or hope and joy? Last week's news both in the Church, and in the World was pretty miserable, I think we can all agree on that.You can imagine then how welcome it was on Sunday to hear at Jubilee a sermon on happiness. Christians have the source of true happiness that is not dependent on happenings.Sometimes it takes an anthem from the secular world to express things that really should be our domain. But, … [Read more...]

SERMON: The Trinity and You

adrian preaching trinity at jubilee

This is the video of the sermon I preached this morning followed by a full set of notes.AudioHow do you tend to think of God? A Force or Power? A remote ruler? An angry judge?But the Bible reveals that God is intensely personal and he is very interested in you. HE wants to know you.  Part of getting to know someone is getting to know about someone. It is not enough to merely learn about them, but it is a helpful and necessary start. We must know why we believe what we believe and … [Read more...]

Win a FREE complete set of Spurgeon sermons for Logos

Thanks to my friends at Logos Bible Software readers of this blog enjoy a 15% discount on base packages.Whats even better than a discount? "FREE!" I hear you shout! Well, one lucky reader in a week will receive a free copy of the fantastic complete set of Spurgeon Sermons for Logos Bible Software. If you are a pastor I can think of no better resource to do your own soul good as you prepare. Many have claimed that Spurgeon was the greatest English speaking preacher the wold has ever known. … [Read more...]

A Fathers Day Sermon

Here is a sermon I preached today on Romans 8:14-19 and Galatians 4:3-7You can listen to or download the sermon here:1. A crisis of Fatherhood1 in 4 families of children in the UK have only one parent living at home 90% of the time that is the mother Some people stigmatise single mothers. But don't stigmatise the parent who stayed. Stigmatise the one who left! Many men desert their children. Fatherhood is the greatest delight of a man’s life, but it is also his biggest c … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why doesn’t the Bible condemn slavery?

straight to the heart

This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians”, published this month by Monarch Books. You can visit Phil Moore Books or follow him on Twitter.WHY DOESN’T THE NEW TESTAMENT CONDEMN SLAVERY? “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5) William Knibb, a British missionary to colonial Jamaica, wrote home: “The cursed blast … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Paul’s curse on those who preach another gospel (Galatians 1)

straight to the heart

This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians”, published this month by Monarch Books.ONE STAPLE“If we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8)David Nowitz had tried very hard. The Society for Family Health in Johannesburg had never had such a conscientious marketing manager. He had managed to secure government … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust removed from Evangelical Alliance over the Bible and Homosexuality

Steve-Chalke

In a statement reproduced in full below along with Oasis' response, the Evangelical Alliance have today discontinued the membership of Oasis Trust, the organisation which Steve Chalke leads.For a number of years now,  Steve Chalke, who was once the UK's leading Evangelical figure has been drifting away from a typically Evangelical approach to the Bible. This began ten years ago when Steve Chalke rejected the traditional Evangelical view of what the cross accomplised as "cosmic child … [Read more...]

Why God doesn’t want you to have a personal relationship with him

Wait, so I have finally become a heretic right with a headline like that, right? It is perhaps a slight overstatement of my point but if I added the word "only" then I hope you would see my point entirely. A couple of days ago an article was going around the internet proposing that the Southern "Y'all" could help us move away from the independent "personal" approach to our faith that is so rampant throughout the English speaking world.In the past we used "Thou" as a plural for "you" but … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson discuss Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Steve Chalke's rejection of Penal Substitution around 10 years ago was the first major controversy I got involved with on this blog. In the next of a series of video discussions between him and Andrew Wilson that were moderated by Justin Brierley they revisited this.Chalke continued to support his viewpoint, but still seemed surprised at the strength of the reaction to him calling Penal Substution "Cosmic Child Abuse" He was clearly scornful of the idea that the wrath of God needs to be … [Read more...]


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