Links for July 5, 2006

Answers to Common Questions About CreationFor one year, Mark Driscoll preached through the book of Genesis, verse-by-verse. It was, he says, one of the most rewarding studies he has ever done. In this section, he attempts to answer common questions about the doctrine of creation.(tags: driscoll genesis)"When I think that my sins alone required the death of God's Son to enable me to have a relationship with God, it produces the right responses of grief, wonder, amazement, conviction, humility, … [Read more...]

Preaching with passion and imagination

One of the best things about blogging is when several things come together on one day. My pastor Tope and I were talking face to face earlier today (yes I know thats so pre-blog!) about what kind of preaching impacts hearts and lives and not just minds. We had a great time, so imagine my joy to come home and bump into the following "by chance":3:17 lists his favorite books on preaching, and summarises this story on the vital place of imagination in preaching: "Grandma Thatcher hobbles into … [Read more...]

What is the original sin?

Brad at Broken Messenger, is asking for comments on what the original sin was in the Garden of Eden. Brad asks:Was it Eve's pride/arrogance in thinking that she could be like God? Was it Adam's? Was it Adam and Eve's disobedience to God's command? Was it their unbelief that God would not really allow them to die and/or their distrust on His command on the basis of what the serpent promised? Was it Eve's lust of the fruit? Was it all of these? Some combination? Either? Neither? None?My take on … [Read more...]

Blog interview with Nancy Pearcey, award-winning author of Total Truth

Nancy Pearcy has recently received the ECPA Gold Medallion award for her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Crossway) for best book of the year in the category of Christianity and Society. This comes on the heels of winning the Award of Merit in the Christianity Today 2005 book awards in the category of Christianity and Culture. It is my privilege to welcome her to my blog for a "blog interview" which took place over e-mail. For more information on … [Read more...]

ESV: don't throw out your commentaries!

There seems to be a conscious effort to incorporate the views of modern evangelical scholars in the ESV often a commentator's alternate reading correcting one of the previous translations proves itself to be reproduced almost exactly in the ESV. Were modern evangelical commentaries consulted in the production of the ESV, and is it fair to say that the need to use a commentary to check the actual meaning of a passage is reduced by using a translation such as the ESV? Would it worry you if the ESV … [Read more...]

The Toronto Blessing

Eleven years on from the birth of the Toronto Blessing I republished an article I wrote at the time. Some thought this was a time when the Church seemed to be going mad.UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 12th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 13th most-read post was my post concerning Bishop Tom Wright's response to John Piper.The post below was republished from an article I wrote many years ago. In some ways it was this article that first … [Read more...]

A Sunday joke

Thanks to Patriot Paradox for thisA new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a card and wrote 'Revelation 3:20' on the back of it and stuck it in the door. When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, 'Genesis 3:10.' Reaching for his Bible to check out the … [Read more...]


From Thinklings Weblog: "The great danger of Christian discipleship is that we should have two religions: a glorious, biblical Sunday gospel that sets us free from the world, that in the cross and resurrection of Christ makes eternity alive in us, a magnificent gospel of Genesis and Romans and Revelation; and, then, an everyday religion that we make do with during the week between the time of leaving the world and arriving in heaven. We save the Sunday gospel for the big crises of existence. For … [Read more...]