Have we lost the most important thing – love – and replaced it by holding rocks to throw?

My friend Kevin Brown, pastor of the Perfecting Church writes a fantastic piece called Put The Rocks Down!  I wanted to share a few lines from it here to whet your appetite: "In the U.S.A eight out of ten people describe themselves as Christian but less than half of those people attend church. It’s not due to a shortage of churches, there’s an estimated 300,000 churches in our country. To put that number in context, there are only 31,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the whole world and you know how … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

Is There a Second Chance for Salvation After Death? – Mark Driscoll on hell

In a recent sermon on Heaven and Hell based on the shocking parable of the Rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16. Driscoll was at his pastoral and passionate best. His love for his hearers, and desire to warn them of important truth is very clearly seen in this talk. I think it is one of his best sermons. He speaks about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, and how between heaven and hell, "a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass . . may not be able, and none may … [Read more...]

10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan

As Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, and deals with the consequences of such massive devastation caused by the last one, not to mention the risk of a major nuclear incident, how should Christians respond? Please understand that none of this is intended to claim that we have all the answers to such a disaster. In fact, like Job's friends' initial response, often the best thing we can do is say absolutely nothing, and share people's pain.I write this article with … [Read more...]

"Jesus was dead what's your excuse?" Guest Post from Mrs Warnock

When reading the story of the resurrection in the gospel of John, my friends and I (all ladies) noticed a small detail which showed yet another way in which Jesus is our ultimate example.  Jesus, having been crucified, spent three days dead in the tomb, was resurrected, and did not think twice about neatly folding his grave clothes before departing the tomb.  He didn't just step out of them like some men do with their trousers!  Jesus didn't make any excuses but tidied up after himself.Now, Ad … [Read more...]

Future Glory – Final Part of a Sermon on John 2

3. Future gloryI am deliberately going to break every rule of exegesis and take a verse wholly out of context hear because I believe the balance of scripture tells us that God always keeps the best wine till lastIts a Glory that improves with age…its like wine we can taste.Jesus first miracle water to wine. That wine speaks of joy. One way tap into joy=== holys spirit peace and joy in the SpiritGeorge Whitefield as he preached on this miracle. "Whilst I am thinking, and only s … [Read more...]

Are You an Expert in Filling Pots with Water? Part Three of a Sermon on John 2

In this part of the sermon, I was focused on the third aspect of what happened when Jesus' glory was revealed. There was…. A POWERWith the command of Jesus going forth there comes a power.As they obeyed the wine came.  Power from GodTo some of us as we hear  "stop sinning" the power of the gospel is here and you will find within yourself the power to stop. Paul says it "Let him who steals, steal no more" STOP IT. Do what he says. Some of you say but I cant stop. I would ask you, a … [Read more...]

The Glory Revealed – Part Two of a Sermon on John 2

This is the second part of my notes from which I preached the above sermon.2. Glory revealed / Active Glory: When the glory is present and powerful. A moment comes. A crisis in their lives. They know Jesus. And yet does something amazing. Provides wine. Takes away their shame before it really happens. Powerful thing when glory is active. Doing signs and wonders Still does them today.How does it happen? How do we connect to glory? Lets see how it happened this time, and we will see a … [Read more...]

The Hidden Glory of Jesus – Part One of a Sermon on John 2

Here is the first part of the notes I preached from, lightly edited:This story ends with the idea "Jesus showing his glory" It's the goal of the story and the goal of this message!I want us today to catch just a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. If we can lift our eyes from the mundane lives we live and see his glory, just for a moment, this morning, our lives will never be the same again. This could be a life-transforming moment for each of us.When Bible talks of it comes in different … [Read more...]

Beware the dangers of Christian Pharisaism

Michael Green in the following quote urges us not to fall into the same trap the Pharisees of Jesus' day did. It makes sobering reading, and the rest of the section is worth buying this book for alone!A graphic description of Pharisaism (23:1–12)The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have, says Jesus, a God-given teaching authority: they sit in Moses’ seat (1), and are to be respected for their teaching role in the synagogue. The same applies to Christian ministers, in Matthew’s day or … [Read more...]


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