Would preaching like Jesus be welcome in your church?

Would your church cope with hearing preaching like Jesus? Has it ever struck you how very different the preaching of Jesus is to the preaching in the average church today? So much so, that if a young man came to your church to "preach with a view" like Jesus preached, I suspect he would be more likely to be politely thanked rather than asked to become your pastor.In this post I will simply highlight some of the differences between the preaching of Jesus and many modern sermons. I'm not … [Read more...]

Is failing to utilise evangelists properly killing the Western church?

Evangelists are the lifeblood of the church. We neglect and alienate them at our peril. Could it be that the fact that so many of them are wounded, and not fully functioning in our churches is one of the main reasons the Western Church is heamorraging members, not growing from strength to strength?Who are your great heroes of the faith in years gone by?  Chances are many of them were evangelists.  Perhaps you are thinking about Wesley and Whitefield who racked up thousands of miles in s … [Read more...]

ONLY the truth will set you free (not fake news or alternative facts)

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) This is not a political post.But in an age when 'alternative facts' and 'fake news' rule, it is time to remind ourselves: truth matters.It really worries me that the very concept of truth is under attack, not just by Trump, but also by the media he so hates, and the fake news we see every day online. Just one example recently was Mark Hamil becoming just the lastest celebrity forced to deny his own death on … [Read more...]

How not to hear “away from me I never knew you!”

Many.Let that word sink in a moment.Many.Not a few.Not a theoretical group.Not a hypothetical warning.Many.Notice how complacent they are.Feel the pride.They think they are in.Prophesying. Casting out demons, mighty works.Perhaps we could add preaching and leading.Maybe writing a blog.Doing things 'in Jesus name'Part of the 'in crowd'Looking terribly spiritual to others.But not to the Lord.No to the … [Read more...]

It’s a good time to look to Jesus, humble ourselves, and pray

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) If you are anything like me you are only too aware that 2016 was not a perfect year. The New Year gives us a sense of moving on which can be very important. The past can be reflected on, repented of, and we begin 2017 with a fresh start.But, by now, perhaps already you have … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the role of prayer in the blessing his ministry received

If most people were asked what was the reason for Spurgeon's success, they would probably say 'his preaching.'  But it is very interesting to note how strongly he believed prayer was responsible for the remarkable blessing that came on his ministry:WHEN I came to New Park Street Chapel, it was but a mere handful of people to whom I first preached; yet I can never forget how earnestly they prayed. Sometimes, they seemed to plead as though they could really see the Angel of the covenant … [Read more...]

Ravi Zacharias Ministries: LONDON THIS SATURDAY

A friend of mine, Ben Virgo is helping to organise a day of apologetics training here in London this Saturday, 8 October 2016.  If you are free, I strongly recommend this event. It will also include a walking tour of London over lunch, pointing out places of interest where significant events in church history have occurred. MORE DETAILS AND BOOK HERE … [Read more...]

Down but not out: encouragement from the Apostle Paul

Do you ever feel down? Do you ever feel at a low point? I have had a few months myself recently where things have been quite tough. Thankfully the corner is now turning for me.  But even at my lowest point, I have never got as low as the Apostle Paul did. The following verses from 2 Corinthians are very encouraging. We learn three critical points:Even a great Christian like the Apostle Paul is NOT immune to suffering, and not immune to feeling low when in the middle of difficulty.  This sho … [Read more...]

Worship that costs

“And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.”(‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:3‬) What some called a waste, Jesus honored in the highest possible terms. From Cape Town to Bejing, everywhere the gospel is preached, he said "tell of what this woman has done."The one who for eternity enjoyed the adoration of angels, laid all that aside. As he p … [Read more...]

What have we done to Jesus’ Church?

“And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:17‬) How quickly my indignation rose when I looked at these words. How easy it is to apply them to someone else. We can all point the finger. Think of ministries who are fleecing the flock of God. Remind ourselves of unhelpful teaching that turns God into a slot machine. And in doing so as I mentioned a few days ag … [Read more...]