Righteousness Takes Time – John Piper

Its time I reinstated Piper Friday here, It had never been canceled, merely put on hold! Writing a book has taught me that many tasks take a lot longer than our instant coffee generation wants us to believe. My deadline rapidly approaches now, but I hope that in many ways my book is the product not just of the 2 years or so that I have been studying specifically the resurrection, but also my entire Christian life to this point.Often, however, I do still feel like I am merely a beginner in … [Read more...]

Preach to Change Them In Their Seats – Tim Keller

Video of this talk is now available to watch here:Tim Keller - Preaching the Gospel from Newfrontiers on Vimeo.Earlier in the week, Tim Keller spoke at a Newfrontiers event. He gave three posts, and I was there taking notes. There were over 800 people there to hear him. As usual these notes are colored a bit by my own perceptions, and so do not necessarily reflect exactly what he said.

 This talk was very inspiring. Regular readers of my blog will know I often blog about preaching so … [Read more...]

Luther's Moment of Conversion

Last week Lex Loizides shared this fantastic quote from Martin Luther in his church history series: "I was seized with the conviction that I must understand [Paul’s] letter to the Romans. I did not have a heart of stone, but to that moment one phrase in chapter one stood in my way. I hated the idea, ‘in it the righteousness of God is revealed’ . . . according to which God is righteous and punishes the unrighteous sinner.I lived without reproach as a monk, but my conscience was disturbed to its ve … [Read more...]

Augustine Was Not A Cessationist

Lex Loizides tells us more in a post whose title provocatively states: "From cessationism to joy — how a healing increased Augustine’s understanding of God’s grace."Now somebody somewhere is possibly going to try to explain to me how healing doesn't have to be a gift of the Holy Spirit, and that not all cessationists deny the possibility of God healing today. It's just possible that I might understand that distinction this time round, but I must confess, I struggled to grasp it last time. Does … [Read more...]

Historical Evidence That The Gifts Didn't Cease When The Apostles Died

This astonishing description by Iraneus of normal church life in the early centuries was cited on Lex Loizides' blog.‘So it is that in His name those who truly are His disciples, having received grace from Him, put it to effectual use for the benefit of their fellow-men, in proportion to the gift each one has received from Him.Some drive out demons really and truly, so that often those cleansed from evil spirits believe and become members of the church; some have foreknowledge of the future, v … [Read more...]

A Fire You Know Nothing About – Lex Loizides Unleashed

Finally unleashed from the confines of Facebook, a new blog by Lex Loizides has been born. It's so good that I'm granting it an instant Warnie, an honor last achieved so quickly by the Pyromaniac himself! From now on you can follow Lex as he shares bite-sized chunks of church history by the links which will appear in the Warnie box in my sidebar. Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite: Polycarp, with his face set, looked at all the crowd in the stadium and waved his hand toward them, sighed, … [Read more...]

Fresh New Grace Song Inspired By Puritan Prayer

UPDATEAlthough he doesn't know me, the songwriter has been kind enough to allow me to host the file here to download or listen online:This song was apparently written less than a month ago by a relatively unknown worship leader. But thanks to the Internet and my friend, Dave Bish, I have found myself listening to a rough acoustic recording of it many many times today with tears streaming down my face.I predict that this will be a massive, massive song. It expresses the gospel better than … [Read more...]

Is Ephesians the Greatest Book in the Bible?

Fred Sanders has a great post interacting with Thomas Goodwin's exalted view of Ephesians. Goodwin is not alone. In the "Introduction" to his series on Ephesians, Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote this:"It is very difficult to speak of [Ephesians] in a controlled manner because of its greatness and because of its sublimity. Many have tried to describe it. One writer has described it as 'the crown and climax of Pauline theology'. Another has said that it is 'the distilled essence of the Christian … [Read more...]

John Owen – Man of the Word and Spirit

In conclusive proof that there is nothing new under the sun, we see in this quote on John Owen a devoted conviction to both Word and Spirit. How we need churches today who will bring both emphases to the fore, as did Martyn Lloyd Jones in the quote I posted yesterday.May God raise up an army of believers who can say “Amen!” to the following quote where Owen is described by the editors of Communion With the Triune God as follows:"Central to Puritan thinking was an effort to make sure their act … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday – Knowing Jesus Experientially

In this quote, taken once again from the Doctor on Ephesians, we see a strong emphasis on experience. The Christian must KNOW God. Oh, how little we emphasize that today! How poor our experience often is. How few people glow when they speak about their relationship with their precious Saviour. How this challenges me personally once again to seek God!"There are, unfortunately, even many evangelical Christians who deny that God has any direct dealings with men today, and who hold feeling and … [Read more...]


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