Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur

See also the following posts: Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur’s Strange FireChristians have a long history of disagreeing with each other over doctrine. There is nothing new about that. Sometimes that disagreement can get quite heated. So for example, in the time when Wesley a … [Read more...]

The Ramifications of the Resurrection – interview on Knowing the Truth

I had a great time today as a guest on Kevin Boling's radio show talking about the resurrection of Jesus. It is encouraging to see every Easter the increase in interest in my book. But, in a way, the fact that this all comes mostly at Easter time is proof positive that the book, and the ideas in it are still very needed.I am sure that books about the cross of Jesus are bought all year round. It is time that books on the resurrection were read all year too!  So, this Easter, why not use the … [Read more...]

Frank Viola interviews me about my book on the resurrection

Frank Viola was kind enough to interview me about my book:As we consider Easter this year, I want to draw attention to my friend Adrian Warnock’s recent book Raised with Christ. The book is an excellent treatment on the resurrection of Jesus . . . why it’s important and how it applies to our lives today.Adrian Warnock blogs at Patheos, and serves on the leadership team of Jubilee Church, London. He is passionate about refocusing the church on the resurrection. He is also keen to introd … [Read more...]

New review for “Raised With Christ”

One of the marvellous things about writing a book is that sometimes you get to hear about people who have picked it up months or even years later. It is of course something new to them, and sometimes the book blesses and encourages them even as it once did yourself as you wrote it. So, I was really pleased to read this new review of my book, Raised With Christ:I consider myself Reformed. One of the things that means is that the cross is central to my understanding of the gospel. I … [Read more...]

What is a Christian?

I believe it is very important that we broaden our definition of Christian, but at the same time narrow our definition of Evangelical. UPDATE: See also this post "How to become a Christian" Very often people confuse the two these days. The Evangelical movement has always been a movement within the wider Christian movement. Often it has been accused of believing that only other Evangelicals are really Christians. It is no wonder then, that some today do not like it when people suggest they are … [Read more...]

Listen to this new interview about Jesus' resurrection and why I wrote a book about it

I don't pay much attention to the sales figures for my book.  I do know two things about them though.  Firstly, the publisher told me they were happy with the sales, especially for a first time author without an "offline" platform.  Secondly, the total number of sales is much fewer than the number of readers of this blog.I am also aware that there are many new readers who might somehow have missed that I wrote a book that argues that at least since the Reformation we have shamefully neglected ta … [Read more...]

I don't just believe in God, I met with him this morning

We Christians today don't often talk about our spiritual experiences. There are all kinds of valid reasons for that.  However, as the following section of my book Raised With Christ shows, Packer and the Puritans disagree with us.  Now when Packer and the Puritans would seek to correct us, we should sit up and at least take note: It is remarkable how infrequently experiences such as those described below are mentioned, either during preaching or in modern Christian books. Unfortunately, many C … [Read more...]

Please buy, read and recommend a book about the resurrection before Easter

I know and am very grateful that a number of you have bought my book already.  But many have not.  And some of you who have bought it have not read it yet, of that I am sure because I know how many unread books I have on my shelves that I got with good intentions!  So this month I want to challenge you to buy a copy of a book about the resurrection if you have not already, read it, and then recommend it to your friends or better yet review it on Amazon or your own blog. Never assume that your fr … [Read more...]

Where Bob Roberts' life message and mine intersect

In a sermon from the series  The Christian's Duty in a Hostile World, John MacArthur connects two glorious truths: the centrality of Jesus' resurrection and that "faith cannot be removed or detached from the realm of real life."It is no great surprise to me that I enjoyed Bob's book so much,  or that he seems to be enjoying mine.  For while their subjects may seem disconnected at first glance, in reality they have everything to do with each other!The truth that lies behind Bob's view of bo … [Read more...]

Praying for a generous dose of Spirit induced angst

Josh Kouri recently read Raised With Christ and the Spirit used it in his life in a very encouraging way.  I pray that others will experience similar effects by the work of the Spirit in their hearts: You will be given a generous dose of Spirit induced angst as you read. Jesus is alive. So much more is possible! I enjoy being a part of a church that is radical by most men’s standard, but this book left me on my face repenting for settling for less than what is possible. I want to experience the p … [Read more...]


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