Don Carson on The Rich Man and Lazarus – Luke16

Is Jesus just saying that there will be a reversal of what happens on earth? Is it "Live well, end up in hell?" There are some contextual clues that suggest this is not the case eg. "Whoever can be trusted with little, can be trusted with much." "No one can serve two masters" Money easily becomes a master. We become what we worship. What we pursue, we covert. Luke 16:14-15 Pharisees were sneering at him - they tilted up their noses. God knows the heart. What people highly value is … [Read more...]

NWA09 – Terry Virgo on The Prodigal Son Luke 15

This was the first talk I have been able to hear at New Word Alive this year. I got my book submitted on the 1st April as planned (at least by Chicago time, which is all that really counts!) Got here around lunchtime and already have lots of video but so far no way of uploading it. But be warned, when I do get to upload it, you will see all kinds of school boy errors of filming! I may have a fancy camera, but I am just learning how to use it. Anyway, Terry spoke tonight followed by a time … [Read more...]

John Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

John Piper shares some interesting perspectives on the fullness of the holy Spirit in a sermon he gave last november. It is intruiging how he endeavours to sidestep the issue of identifying baptism with the Holy Spirit as either conversion or a second blessing. Piper seems keener that we are all open to more infusions of the Holy Spirit whatever our theological position. He is discussing John 1:25-34Jesus immerses people in the Spirit. That’s what the word baptize means. There are pictures … [Read more...]

Jollyblogger Has Cancer, Please Pray

UPDATE December 24, 2008Yesterday David learned that his cancer has spread to his liver and lungs. He has surgery scheduled for today and chemotherapy starting thereafter. Not an easy Christmas for the Waynes, but I was able to speak to him on the phone yesterday and he sounded in good heart. He said that since his announcement, he had been consciously aware of the prayers of bloggers upholding him.---------I know I had planned to not write anything further on my blog this Christmas season. But … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Trust Not Laziness

Last Friday we spoke about how meekness is not an excuse for laziness. Today I have another quote from Dr. Piper about how God's instructions to us to trust him are not intended to make us lazy. As Oliver Cromwell is reported to have frequently said, "Trust in God and keep your gunpowder dry!"Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” What we see when we look at … [Read more...]

Passion For The City

Last week I posted about the need for us to have a heart for cities. Recently I was reading again our Saviour's words, when he had set his heart to go to the city where he knew he would die. I wonder whether we share such a passionate heart for the city, even when we know it is rejecting us and our message? I pray God may soften my heart so I can pray with such similar compassion for London, that vast den of iniquity that is, nevertheless, full of people who God longs to gather to himself.“O … [Read more...]

Catching Up With Mark Driscoll

I have now published all the Mark Driscoll material from his recent visit to the UK. Don't miss the video interviews, and the Dwell material, as well as the talks from Brighton. There is a lot to absorb there. There are also three talks for church elders that I was not present at. Since his return to the US, however, this man has been nothing short of busy! He has interviewed J. I. Packer on Young Christian Leaders, and Homosexuality. He also wrote a series of blog posts on … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Mark Driscoll: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in Luke and Acts

Terry introduced Mark by mentioning his currently available books, all of which he highly recommended. You can buy these from the Newfrontiers resources page. It was nice to see my pastor, Tope Koleoso, on the stage praying for Mark just before he began preaching. It was interesting that just a couple of weeks ago Tope also spoke on being missional in a talk that was impacting to me.In case anyone hasn’t been reading blogs for the past two years, Mark Driscoll founded Mars Hill Church in … [Read more...]

John Piper on Being Born Again

Even my regular readers may not remember that some time ago I decided I wanted to work my way through John Piper's sermons on the new birth. I know it has been awhile since I mentioned this, but I don't want to rush this process. Watching the second video, I found Piper's love for his people compelling. He describes being eager to comfort and give assurance to the timid new believer, but also wanting to unhinge the complacent arrogant person who falsely believes he is reborn. Oh that such … [Read more...]

4 Gospels, 4 Social Styles: teamwork in the bible

Regular readers of my blog will know I am in the middle of a series on social styles in church. I would like to suggest in this post that the four social styles I described in the last one are reflected in the styles of the authors of the four gospels. We can see this from the way each of them choose to start their gospels.Analytical Luke"It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you"This suggests the slow methodical … [Read more...]


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