Shepherds Conference – My Response to the Cessationist Challenge

Over on the Pulpit blog, Nathan Busenitz — who has graciously commented over here — has asked us charismatics to add any further killer arguments to his list of the top 10 charismatic objections to cessationism. I am not sure if he will have time in his seminar itself to address those that I offer below as additions to his very helpful list, but I suspect, given his gracious demeanor, I may find myself debating this issue with him further in the future. If I have worked his comment system right, … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Wayne Grudem, Part Seven – Things We Can Agree to Disagree About?

This interview is being serialised over several days. So far I have published part one, which focused on personal issues, and part two, in which we discussed Systematic Theology. In part three, we explored Grudem's charge that feminism inevitably leads to a denial of Scripture's authority. Part four honed in on the "trajectory" arguments used on both sides of this debate. In part five, we looked at the issue of women addressing church congregations. Part six examined John Piper's accusation of … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Wayne Grudem, Part Six – Did Steve Chalke Blaspheme About the Atonement?

This interview is being serialised over several days. So far I have published part one, which focused on personal issues, and part two, in which we discussed Systematic Theology. In part three we explored Grudem's charge that feminism inevitably leads to a denial of Scripture's authority. Part four honed in on the "trajectory" arguments used on both sides of this debate. In part five we looked at the issue of women addressing church congregations. We now continue the interview with a look at a … [Read more...]

AUDIO – The Attributes of God: What is God Like?

At Jubilee we have been doing a series of talks this autumn, each one lasting about an hour, during which we attempt to instruct the hearer to a greater extent than is possible in our Sunday morning sermons. One of the ones I did - which was on the subject of "What is God Like?" - has just been made available online at the Jubilee Audio Sermons site. You can visit there to download the sermon or listen to it here:These talks have been inspired by the following verse:“Do your best to p … [Read more...]

SERMON – Knowing God: Philippians 3

I preached today on Philippians 3:7-16. The audio is available on Jubilee's site or to listen to right here:This whole passage is an exhortation - an encouragement that builds to the following verse in Philippians 4:1: "Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved." Today I want to also encourage us - yes, to produce an emotional effect on our hearts.Jonathan Edwards once said something - which is, I hope, going to be true of today's … [Read more...]

CHARISMATIC DEBATE – Responding to Dan's Objections

Last week I began my response to Dan Phillips by focusing on the importance of authentic relational Christianity. I had hoped that cessationists would have rallied to say something like, "Adrian, you are right about this bit — keep your tongues and prophecy to yourself, but we are as much in favour of a real emotional relationship with God as you are!"Sadly, this was far from the case. Even David Wayne begged to differ. John Piper, on the other hand, even seemed to take this a step further than I … [Read more...]

BLOGDOM TODAY – Racism, Warnie Jr., Luther, Church

THABITI ON RACISMLITTLE WARNIE ON WHAT MAKES A BOYMUST READ LUTHER SERMONA CHURCH WHERE GOD IS PRESENTThabiti Rounds up Some Blog Posts on Racism.In God's providence, it seems that a number of blogs have featured in the past week some thinking about race and Christianity. Take a look . . .Tags: racism"You're a girl, you've got a lap. I don't have a lap. Boys don't have laps and I'm a boy."My son, Joel, was explaining the difference between boys and girls to a friend of ours!Tags: family"This … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Guidelines: Blogging the Truth in Love

Today Lloyd-Jones returns with some final thoughts on “speaking the truth in love.” You can find the two previous posts on this subject here and here. Whilst Lloyd-Jones, of course, wrote this in the days before blogs, his words on speaking the truth in love can equally well be applied to our blogging!Often churchgoers today find themselves exposed to everything but ‘the truth once delivered to the saints,’ and as MLJ puts it, instead of exposition of Scripture, they hear ethical addresses, polit … [Read more...]

Legalism is More Deadly than Alcoholism – Piper Friday

This week quotes from John Piper return to the blog, and I want to share a deliberately provocative, but short, quote with you from a sermon of his back in 1983. I have been reflecting a lot on my post on my need to repent from legalism, and this quote certainly helps to crystallize even further in my mind the critical nature of rooting out all legalism from our lives:When I wrote in The Standard this month that legalism is a greater menace to the church than alcoholism it wasn't for shock … [Read more...]

Free From the Yoke of Legalism!

A few days ago I blogged about having changed my Bible. I remarked on the fact that I now feel liberated to write in it. It has given me considerable cause for reflection. I am now increasingly convinced that I had allowed myself to be ensnared by legalism. Why shouldn’t I write in or underline in my Bible? Somewhere along the line I bought into a lie that stemmed from a desire to honour God's Word. Isn’t that where all legalism comes from?At one point I even despised Bibles that had study notes … [Read more...]


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