To live is Christ, to die is gain

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I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

What kind of leader should we choose?

David Kills a Lion I Samuel 17:34-36

In 1 Samuel 16 our gaze begins to turn from the failed leadership of King Saul to the emerging leadership of the future King David.David is probably the greatest character in the Bible other than our Lord himself. Certainly more chapters are devoted to his story and his songs than to anyone else. In 1 Samuel so far we have seen rather mixed examples of leadership.  In David's life we will see a much better model of leadership, and we will not see the signs of a selfish, failed leader we have … [Read more...]

A Meditation on the Many Manifestations of Pride an excerpt from Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

My friends at Crossway have kindly allowed me to post this extract from Kevin De Young's new book Crazy Busy: Pride is subtle and shape-shifting. There is more of it at work in our hearts than we know, and more of it pulsing through our busyness than we realize. Pride is the villain with a thousand faces.People-pleasing. We are busy because we try to do too many things. We do too many things because we say yes to too many people. We say yes to all these people because we want them to like … [Read more...]

Repudiating entitlement

Entitlement is really another word for pride. It simply means "I deserve better." There is almost no other common sin that is so universally disliked in others when it is encountered yet so readily nurtured in ourselves.Our modern notion of human rights encourages this. It is all about me and my needs. Not about meeting my responsibilities. When we speak of religious freedom very rarely will a Christian really be talking about say the freedom of muslims to build a Mosque. Nor will a feminist … [Read more...]

What is a Christian?

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I believe it is very important that we broaden our definition of Christian, but at the same time narrow our definition of Evangelical. 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 probably not an Evangelical. The latest in a long line of … [Read more...]

When someone else must become greater

The following quote is speaking about John the Baptist's willingness for Jesus to be greater.  Often when we think of this aspect of John's life we think of how we too must live in order that Christ be glorified.  That is of course a major application for us.  But have you ever considered that we should also be willing for others to come to the fore and us to fade into the background if that is what our Lord wants for us: John not only had a large following; he also demonstrated authority as he r … [Read more...]

John Piper on self promotion vs being influential for Jesus

In keeping with my theme this week of self-examination, I thought I would highlight two things I found on Justin Taylor's blog.The first was a post on self-promotion by Dane Ortlund. This really hits the mark and is a great provocation to us. Like many such pithy thoughts it is of course, however, one sided. There is nothing wrong with that as sometimes we do well to allow a truth, in this case "do not promote yourself" to hit us full in the face without nuancing it in that moment. If in … [Read more...]

Don't Believe your own publicity

Today I also wanted to repost an article I wrote two years ago that has a reflective tone to it.  May God use it in our lives to wake us up at the beginning of a new season:One of the things that concerns me most about having a blog is that it allows me to paint to the world a picture of myself. Most of the time, I will admit, I don’t really think about that. I just get on and write. But, for a variety of reasons, there is a tendency to write things that portray me in a favorable way. It would … [Read more...]

Check your motives (Philippians 2:3)

I am back. But to begin with, I thought I would repost an old article and encourage you to join me for a moment of self-examination. I am convinced that done badly this can of course turn into naval-gazing and be unhealthy. But now at the beginning of a new season, is a good time to pause for a moment:“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3Stop. Whatever you are doing right now, just stop. I know you are probably bus … [Read more...]

A Call to Fasting by Tope Koleoso

Yesterday, my pastor called us as a church to a three day fast. I would encourage you to watch this and ask yourself if God is calling you too to fast as an individual or church at the beginning of this new season. It also gives some very helpful practical and gracious advice. … [Read more...]


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