PROVERBS – Get wisdom! Get Understanding!

People often say that common sense is not common. Last Sunday Tope began a sermon series at my church. His sermon is available online and forms a fantastic introduction to this amazing book of the Bible. The audio of this sermon is available online.To me, it seems that as well as simply reading the book through, this book lends itself well to collecting verses together by subject. I have had some fun using my Logos Bible Software to do just this with the book of Proverbs, and thought I would … [Read more...]

FAMILY – Humility and Slavery

Hi, AndrĂ©e here again! Being in a household of six, with lots of work to do, I recently found myself in the throes of self-pity. All I ever seem to be doing, I thought, is cleaning up, cooking, tidying, rushing about, laundry, etc etc. In short, I was feeling a bit like a slave. So imagine how I felt when I read the following . . .'"You want to be great?" Jesus is saying. "Well, here's what has to happen. What's required is that you become a servant to others; it means nothing less than becoming … [Read more...]

ABOUND IN HOPE! – A Sermon on Romans 15:13

The following is notes from a sermon on hope. True hope is a uniquely Christian thing - like faith and love. More recently I have also posted about how hope that goes beyond a grave makes a real difference to the way in which we grieve. The audio of this message is now available to download from my church's website or by subscribing to our podcast. If you are interested in a glimpse of the preparation that lies behind a sermon like this, please see my post from earlier in the … [Read more...]

Links for June 26, 2006

Wise Counsel About Friends from Proverbs(tags: prov counselling) "Full membership that is only possible by encouraging the ability to respond to the gifts and call of God into leadership and ordination."Dave Warnock feels that only by being leaders can we feel like full members. But being a leader is NOT the only way to feel like we belong!(tags: feminism leadership church)"Quantum Theology"Duck continues his outsider's view of our theological squabbles.(tags: theology evangelism) … [Read more...]

Scripture Cannot Be Broken – T4G Statement

The Authority and Inerrancy of the Bible T4G Statement, Articles I and IIArticle IWe affirm that the sole authority for the Church is the Bible, verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible, and totally sufficient and trustworthy.We deny that the Bible is a mere witness to the divine revelation, or that any portion of Scripture is marked by error or the effects of human sinfulness.Article IIWe affirm that the authority and sufficiency of Scripture extends to the entire Bible, and therefore that the … [Read more...]

links for 2006-04-01 Testing Darwin's Teachers - Los Angeles Times Sometimes disruptive, but often sophisticated, questioning of evolution by students has educators increasingly on the defensive (tags: creationism) What is a Fool? Paul shares the Proverbs definition of a fool. How Important is it to Prepare for the Da Vinci Code? Are we woefully poorly taught to give an answer to those who ask? Will we be left "grasping and stuttering" when challenged by friends? Do we have … [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...]

Humility: true greatness by C.J.Mahaney – one of the books every christian should read

There are few subjects that are both as critical to the church and as poorly understood and practiced as humility. There are few men more qualified to teach us on the subject than C.J.Mahaney. When I had the priviledge of an interview with CJ by email a few weeks back I was again reminded of his amazing humility and have not been disappointed in the content of his new book.As I discovered a couple of years ago when it fell to my lot to preach on meekness there is little in print on such … [Read more...]

Up the Creek Seafood Cakes: An Anointed Delicacy for Worship and Evangelism

Up the Creek Seafood Cakes:An 'Anointed' Delicacy forWorship and EvangelismThere are a few delicacies in this world that I have created a special category for in my mind called 'anointed.' These menu items, found at various restaurants across this fruited plain, have captured my tastebuds and held them captive momentarily in a vortex of worship. Somehow, the combination of certain foods together creates a melody on my palate, my tastebuds immediately singing praises to God that He has given man … [Read more...]

Finding Gods will for your life – Prov 3

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight [some translations: make straight] your paths.Thought I would repost an old set of sermon notes here:IntroHow can I know God's will? What if I make a mistake? if my life is in such a mess at the moment can I really be in God's will? Shall I give up and go somewhere else where it will all be alright?The bible says without vision the people perish … [Read more...]