Rick Warren at Desiring God 2010 – The Battle for your mind

Rick Warren's talk at the Desiring God 2010 National Conference Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God conference follows below. Not surprisingly in some reformed circles online the recriminations continue. People wonder why Piper would invite Warren. But I very much enjoyed this talk. Warren is no lightweight. It is easy to dismiss his talks as lacking theological substance, but to those who's ears are open, they will realize there is much depth to them. He has the skill, often spoken … [Read more...]

Boys lacking men to inspire them to mature

Every now and then you read an article that says it right. This Guardian article is one such article and describes boys as follows: "A lazy youth becomes a burden to those parents, whom he ought to comfort, if not support. But you can no more rouse them, with all of their fine arguments, than you can a log. There they lie, completely enchained by indolence… Business tires him; reading fatigues him; the public service interferes with his pleasures. Ask him what he has done with his morning – he … [Read more...]

Get Uncomfortable! Guest post by Ami Loizides Pruett

Today's is the second guest post from Ami Loizides Pruett of this summer season. Do follow her blog for more of this engaging material.This past weekend for me was spent in the hospital (nothing serious!) and the night I got out I found myself praying and kind of apologising to God for not having spent time with Him. My prayers came to a standstill as my mind churned and I thought back to the drama and fears of the last few days...hold on a second! I realised that a) there's grace and God … [Read more...]

Blessed are the pure in heart – Guest post by Hannah of Purposeful Purity

To read more from Hannah and her fellow blogger, visit Purposeful Purity.The inspiration for this post came from a John Tauler quotation (don’t be put off by the universalist beliefs- the quote is excellent!) He says:“A pure heart is a heart which finds its whole and only satisfaction in God…to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring”How we do we become so pure? Indeed, why should we try to be, since salvation is guaranteed to the believer?We know that we should be searching f … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

Video sermon on the gospel by Matt Chandler

About ten days ago, Matt Chandler preached the following sermon at Jubilee Church in London.  In it he preaches the gospel, focusing in on the parable of the prodigal son from Luke's gospel.  Many readers will remember seeing Matt's "Jesus wants the battered rose" illustration. If you want to see that illustration in context this is a good video.  It is vital that Christian's expose themselves to clear gospel teaching often. This talk will make fresh for you the wonderful good news of Jesus' de … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler On The Role Of Men

I recently listened to these three talks from Chandler about how us men should be. As Matt puts it himself, in these talks he is "going after" us. If you are a woman, suggest your husband listens to these but don't nag him about it.  If you are a man, stop what you are doing and prepare to be as challenged as I was. May God help us all to live in the good of this message and make us better husbands and fathers:Defining Masculinity (transcript) Men as Husbands (transcript) Men as Fathers … [Read more...]

SERMON: Rejoice In The Lord By Adrian Warnock

My final sermon of the year was preached at Jubilee Church, London. You can download audio and video or watch it here:download audioPhilippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”Speaking about joy—Season of goodwill is upon us—“Happy Christmas” we say, but it can be a stressful and sorrowful time for many.An epidemic of depression. Some biological, but much caused by wrong thinking and difficult relationships.Everybody wants to be happy—even the person who kill … [Read more...]

David Pask on Discipleship

Good sermons on discipleship are few and far between. Last Sunday David Pask, who is an elder at Jubilee Church, London preached this outstanding introduction based on 1 Corinthians 4:14-16. You can download the sermon Imitate Me as an mp3 or you can watch it online here: … [Read more...]

SERMON – Building for the Glory of God: Nehemiah 3

Last Sunday I preached on Nehemiah 3. You can download the sermon, listen to it right here, download the video via the vodcast or by rightclicking on this download link. or read the edited trancript below. You can Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel. And next to him the men of Jericho built. And next to … [Read more...]