Guest post by Jon Cressey: Methuselah – a long life wasted?

Have you ever sat down and worked your way through the years of the first few generations of mankind (Genesis 5)? It’s a few minutes work, but it is worth it. There are a few surprises that grab your attention straight away.And one of them is a particularly sobering one – Methuselah.Biography Methuselah comes onto the scene in world history with what seems at first to be an outrageous claim by Moses that Methuselah lived to the ripe old age of 969 years, the oldest man in history by a lo … [Read more...]

Hear Behe, an advocate of Intelligent Design in the UK

This month you can attend a number of meetings that Behe will be speaking at.  I may well be at next Monday Evenings one in Westminster chapel. There are a number of other events you can read about on their site: Darwin or design? Michael Behe, a biochemistry professor, is a key figure in the emergence of the modern Intelligent Design (ID) movement. He is one of an increasing number of scientists around the world who consider that there is a very substantial body of biochemical evidence which c … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Grand Design? Part Two

Professor Edgar Andrews continues his review of The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and LeonardProfessor Edgar Andrews reviews The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and LeonardMlodinow (Bantam Books, September 2010):Mighty M-theoryChapter 5 surveys the development of physics during the past 200 years, including general relativity (which describes the large-scale behaviour of the universe) and quantum mechanics (which describes its microscopic behaviour). Although containing nothing new, this … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Grand Design? Part One

Professor Edgar Andrews reviews The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow (Bantam Books, September 2010). Cosmologist Stephen Hawking sold over nine million copies of his book A Brief History of Time. Now, 22 years later, he has co-authored The Grand Design which immediately hit the No.1 spot in the New York Times best-seller list. But the sequel is so inferior to the prequel in intellectual quality that a reviewer in The Times Saturday Review (London, 11 September 2010) … [Read more...]

When it is Great to be Wrong!

I received another email (see the first), which I have permission to share anonymously. It shows that I was not entirely right. I still believe, however, that for most people leading our evangelism with creationism is not the best way. I think that stories like this tell us that we must treat every inquirer as an individual, and what might be helpful for one person might not be for another: My email may be one of so few that your point (I am convinced that very few unsaved people will be … [Read more...]

Is it Really Possible to Believe in a Form of Evolution and Still be a Christian?

I received the following email, and with the writer's consent, thought it would be good to publish it here. Remember that the discussion I intended is not about what I personally believe on this issue, nor about what it is best for a Bible-loving believer to believe. Rather, it's about whether arguing about evolution is a good thing to do when evangelizing, or even teaching new Christians: Regarding your most recent blog post . . . I am afraid I have to disagree with you over a few points … [Read more...]

SERMON – Building for the Glory of God: Nehemiah 3

Last Sunday I preached on Nehemiah 3. You can download the sermon, listen to it right here, download the video via the vodcast or by rightclicking on this download link. or read the edited trancript below. You can Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel. And next to him the men of Jericho built. And next to … [Read more...]

Dare to Ask God for Success

Yesterday, at two different times during the day, I was confronted with the idea of God granting success to people. The first time occurred while I was reading the story of David and Jonathan where, in one chapter, the idea is repeated several times. 1 Samuel 18:5 — And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants.1 Samuel 18:14 — And David had success i … [Read more...]

NWA08 – John Piper on Treasuring Christ and the Call to Suffer, Part 2

UPDATEDesiring God has now made the audio of this sermon available for free online.Once again, Piper prayed and acknowledged his sense of unworthiness.Romans 8:20 makes it plain that all suffering is judicial. It is a judicial act of God that brings these things on the earth. Because you have done this God says, “I will surely multiply your pain . . .” (Genesis 3:16). Natural evil is a weak testimony to the ghastliness of evil. This sin includes even our mere preferring of other things to God … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll – Putting Preachers in Their Place

This is the first post in several I'll be doing in what I call “remote blogging.” A few times when Tim Challies and others have been at conferences, I've shared extracts from their posts here on my blog. This time Tim is not at the Resurgence Conference on Preaching, but the Resurgence folks are offering live videocasts of their sessions.Here, then, are my thoughts on Mark Driscoll's talk, which is taking place right now as I'm listening to it sitting in my room here in London. (Incidentally ... … [Read more...]