Should Christians Circumcise Their Sons?

This is the third part in my short series on multiculturalism. The first two in the series can be found here: Multiculturalism—You Are What You Eat?Does Multiculturalism Mean I Have To Eat Blood?When you mix with a number of different nationalities, you begin to realize that cultural differences are more complicated than you appreciated. They can also extend to quite surprising areas of life. One such area is that of whether or not it's a good idea to circumcise baby boys.In the UK this practice … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones On Lust

Once again the Doctor diagnoses the human condition with timeless pinpoint accuracy in this quote:We are creatures of lust and desire and passion. Let me give you the best description ever given of humanity without Christ, humanity as it is by nature. In his epistle to Titus, Paul writes:Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. For we … [Read more...]

DWELL – Should YOU be a Church Plant Leader? (20 Questions)

UPDATEScott has made available an article which expands on this talk and includes other lists of characteristics that leaders have cited as being important in a church planter.Thanks to the kind permission of Acts 29, I am able to share with you a number of videos of their recent DWELL Conference in London. I begin with one that is especially important for those of you who have come back from the conference excited, wondering what God may have in store for you. You can download the mp3 — or t … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – P-J Smyth on the Army of God (1 Chronicles 11-12)

The speaker for the first main session today was P-J Smyth. P-J leads Godfirst Church and one of the Newfrontiers apostolic teams working in southern Africa, involved with planting and strengthening local churches. P-J, Ashleigh, and their three sons live in Johannesburg, South Africa.More posts from this conference can be found on my TOAM08 label page. You can download the mp3 of P-J's talk or listen to it right here:Those in distress, debt, and discontent, became the army of God. We need to … [Read more...]

Christmas Present Ideas – Books

I thought I might make a few suggestions about things that your Christian friend might want for Christmas. It is no surprise that I suggest books first of all. I love receiving new books. When the doorbell rings, I thunder downstairs, hoping that tell-tale flat-box will be in the postman's hand, announcing another book has arrived!If you are looking for inspiration about what book to buy, I would obviously love you to go and scroll down through the rather long page which contains a number of my … [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...]

Loving God – A Guide for Beginners

Today we draw to a close our series on the attributes of God—which has been inspired by the T4G Statement—by publishing an article which, in an abridged form, has already been published in the online Comment magazine.The article addresses the nature of God, but focuses on the fact that we need to learn to love this God—which is surely a good way for us to round off this series.For more posts on the T4G Statement, Articles 1-4 see Ten Conclusions About Expository Preaching, and for more on Art … [Read more...]

T4G Articles 5-6 – The Attributes of God and the Trinity

The next two articles in the Together for the Gospel Statement discuss the nature of God. The concept of the Trinity is so entwined with God’s attributes and who He is I have decided to roll these two articles into one. I have already posted an extensive set of notes and an audio on the attributes of God and the Trinity. In my talk I demonstrated that Jesus can be shown from the Bible to share every major attribute of God that theologians describe. Enough of these are also ascribed clearly to t … [Read more...]

JOHN PIPER FRIDAY – Ethnic Diversity and Affirmative Action for Pastoral Appointments

UPDATEMuch of the discussion on this issue is now occurring over at blogs belonging to Thabiti Anyabwile and Justin Taylor - Why not pop over and join in? John Piper is never one to shy away from controversy or difficult subjects. This week has been no different. He has sent out an e-mail entitled How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity that is also published on his website—the main point of which is that he is looking specifically for non-white people who could be appointed to the p … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Wayne Grudem, Part Nine – Apostles, Theological Blind Spots, and Models of Church Government

This interview is being serialised over several days. So far I have published part one, which focused on personal issues, and part two, in which we discussed Systematic Theology. In part three, we explored Grudem's charge that feminism inevitably leads to a denial of Scripture's authority. Part four honed in on the "trajectory" arguments used on both sides of this debate. In part five, we looked at the issue of women addressing church congregations. Part six examined John Piper's accusation of … [Read more...]


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