Twelve Literary Features of the Bible

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 20th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 21st most popular post was my interview with Mark Dever.This post introduced us to a remarkable new approach to a study Bible, brought to us by Crossway. In January 2008, I'm still working my way through this, reading it from cover-to-cover. I'm enjoying it very much.***************Crossway has made the preface of its new ESV Literary Study Bible available online. They … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Greg Haslam On Unity Versus Doctrinal Integrity

Today we continue with the fourth part of my interview with Greg Haslam, pastor of Westminster Chapel in London (pictured here with his wife, Ruth). The previous three parts of this interview included an introduction to Greg and his ministry, on leaving Newfrontiers for Westminster Chapel, and Haslam on the primacy of preaching.AdrianYesterday we spoke of the remarkable advance for church unity that your preaching conference represented. Despite the unity displayed in your conference and book, … [Read more...]

John Piper on John Owen and Assurance of Salvation

There are few places where one can go to study church history more rewarding than Dr. John Piper's biographical talks. He has a way of opening up the life of a great hero of the faith and showing us what we can learn from them. I'm finding myself in John Owen's Communion with the Triune God quite consistently at the moment, and am now over half-way through the book. I am finding it to be sweet to the soul and, thanks to Justin & Company, relatively easy going on the eyes!I thought I would … [Read more...]

SERMON – Jacob, the Missional Rebel

I preached the following sermon at Jubilee Church, London yesterday. You can read the notes, download the audio, or listen to it right here:HEROES—At the outset I should warn you that Jacob is not your typical biblical hero. We often go to the Bible to learn about how to behave. We want to read about great men of God who we can model ourselves after. We want to learn how to behave, how to be a good father, a good husband. Jacob is not that kind of hero. Actually it is fair to say that none of t … [Read more...]

Abraham – The first missional believer

This past Sunday I preached on Abraham. You can download the sermon or listen to it here. I will share some brief notes with you here.Isaiah 51:1-351:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste p … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Session 8: Rob Rufus on the Glory of God

Rob RufusRob was saved out of the Hare Krishna movement. He has been used to release the power of the Holy Spirit and to bring healings to many people. Rob planted and led Victory Faith Centre, South Africa for twelve years and then worked with Dudley Daniel at Coastlands Christian Centre in Adelaide, Australia. In 2005 he moved to Hong Kong to plant a church, which is growing rapidly.Rob began his talk today by sharing his story, and how God brought it back to him as he was preparing for this … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Session 4: P-J Smyth

A number of logistical and technical challenges have been conspiring against live-blogging here over the last day or so — hopefully those are now resolved and normal service can return. I am glad that Andrew Fountain has been posting — I hope you are enjoying his posts. I am thrilled to have now been able to make it here — last night at one stage it looked as though storms would prevent me from getting here this morning, but in the providence of God — here I am!We have just had a great time of wo … [Read more...]

John Stott on the Atonement – The Conclusion

This is it. The end. My final post in this series. Of course, I am sure I will return to this subject from time to time — especially if there are other developments in the wider scene. But this really is the conclusion of my series — it is time to move on to other matters.It is only appropriate that the final quote in this prolonged series on the cross be given to that stalwart champion of penal substitution who recently finally retired — John Stott."The Cross is the blazing fire at which the fla … [Read more...]

A Limited Atonement? Did Jesus Die For All?

Some say only Christians, some say the whole world. The “L” of the TULIP acronym is definitely one of the most controversial and most misunderstood. I refer you to my previous series for more detail on the “limited” nature of the atonement, but today I want to stress some points that we can surely all agree upon.Firstly, we can surely agree that Jesus’ death was enough for the whole world, but will not be permanently applied to the whole world—so while unrepentant sinners do benefit temporarily f … [Read more...]

The Atonement – A Quiz

As we finally draw towards the close of our series on the atonement, I thought it would be helpful to use the following tool to help us review where we have been. I found this helpful quiz online. Many of these questions address doctrinal issues that we have discussed, although some of them are factual and may not have been answered directly in my posts.The quiz is meant to be answered from the perspective of what John Stott says in his book The Cross of Christ. It can also be used to helpfully … [Read more...]