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...]

Lessons From A Brief History of Wisdom

I have been doing some thinking about wisdom before I began this blog break. I want to share some notes with you over the next few days that I made that basically do a whistlestop tour of what the Bible has to say on this subject.1. Wisdom in the Bible Seems to Get off to A Bad Start Gen 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to … [Read more...]

Moses and God

“I want you to do this, the future hangs on it.”“But I don’t know if I can.”“Right now, I am only asking you to speak to Pharaoh and tell him what I tell you.”“But I don’t know what scares me most—him ignoring me, or what happens if he does let your people go.”“They are not just my people, Moses, they are your people too.”“But I am here in the desert...I feel safe out here.”“Yes, and I have been preparing you these past forty years. You will be coming back!”“I don't really want to do anything ne … [Read more...]

Whats Your Capacity? Whats Your Role?

One of the tragedies of the modern church is that we just don't seem to understand a lesson the Moses learnt from his father-in-law. Sadly we fail to realise that not every godly Christian leader should aspire to be the so-called "number one" leader of a church. Many churches are started and do not grow because the person at the helm was never meant to be in such a role. Perhaps in some cases that leader could be helped to birth a church by despite branching out on his own remaining under the … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Perseverance of the Saints

Jonathan Edwards teaches the doctrine of perseverance in this passage, which is about as far removed from the easy believism most understand when they say "once saved always saved" as you can get. " . . .as soon as ever a soul has put forth one act of faith towards Jesus, it becomes interested in his righteousness, and so in all the benefits that are purchased by it. The soul is thenceforward united to Christ, and Christ is his and all that he has. When a soul has believed in Christ, God stands … [Read more...]

SERMON – Back to the Word: Nehemiah 8

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon at Jubilee Church in our series on the book of Nehemiah. A video of it is now available to download. You can also download the mp3, listen to it right here, or read my notes below: “Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across your … [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...]

Death By Love – Pastoral Application of the Atonement by Driscoll and Breshears

I want to introduce you to a very unusual book by Mark Driscoll and his writing buddy and professor, Gerry Breshears. I would go so far as to say that this is a unique book in that I have never seen anything quite like it.If their first book together, Vintage Jesus, was a light cheerful book that offended some by its use of humor and at times edgy topics for illustrations, this new book by these two men is more of a grungy, almost dark book. The video over at the ReLit site leaves you in no … [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...]


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