Authority vs Internet-inspired anarchy

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In this third session of Evangelism in a Post-Christian World, the focus turns to using the Internet as a Christian. Without the printing press it is hard to see how the Reformation would have had the impact it did. How can Christians today use Social Media for good? What should we beware of?You can watch the video above or download the notes here: Authority vs Internet-inspired anarchy … [Read more...]

Gospel Confidence: Do you really want your church to grow?

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The second in my series of talks on Evangelism in a Post-Chritian World is called: Gospel Confidence: Do you really want your church to grow?. It is my contention that many of us are actually secretly not that keen on our church growing. If this is true, then we are not that keen on people becoming Christians. There is something wrong if that is the case. In this talk I encourage us to renew our passionate conviction for the gospel, and dare to believe that Jesus meant what he said when he … [Read more...]

Ancient Morality vs Modern ‘Freedom’

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Today I begin a short series of videos which I have entitled "Evangelism in a Post Christian World" These were filmed at a training day I spoke at for the Counties Evangelists. The first section focused on the way our society is changing and a Christian response.You can watch the video above or view my slides here:Part One: Ancient Morality vs Modern 'Freedom' … [Read more...]

Jesus the Evangelist: what his encounter with Nicodemus can teach us

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I just have one bit of unfinished business left from 2014. Here is a sermon I preached towards the end of the year, notes follow the video. After this, I will be on a fast from social media of all forms until the end of the month. Sometimes it is good to pull back from our commitments for a season. I will be back before you know it. In the meantime, you can read my most popular posts or review my 2014.Jesus meets a Religious Man John 3:1-20 Two types of people who are not true … [Read more...]

Hope Reborn on Dr Michael Brown’s Line of Fire

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A few days ago Dr Michael L Brown interviewed me on his radio show, The Line of Fire. We spoke about Hope Reborn, and he mentioned he had sent a copy to a listener who had called in wanting to become a Christian.I really enjoyed our conversation, and I trust you will too: … [Read more...]

Become more confident in explaining the Gospel

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Today I wanted to share some comments from others about another key purpose we had in writing Hope Reborn. Over the years at Jubilee we have come to realize that the single best evangelistic resource a church has is people who have themselves encountered Jesus and been changed by him. Often such people are enthusiastic in sharing their faith with others, and at a minimum inviting them to church, small group, or perhaps an Alpha Course.Our hope is that even Christians who have been around … [Read more...]

LIVE WEBCHAT – “Fail” Is our Pastoral system broken?

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J.R.Briggs is joining me right here on the blog for a live web chat on his new book Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. This is part of the sponsored Book Club feature here on Patheos.As the video trailer at the bottom of this post points out the statistics for the success of the USA pastoral ministry is devastating. Brigg's book focusses on how we can cope with ministry failure personally, and we do discuss this, we also discuss, "Is our Pastoral system itself … [Read more...]

What does it mean to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” ?

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In chapter 3 of Hope Reborn, we list four steps which are part of the normal process of becoming a Christian and beginning your Christian life. The first one is explained in that chapter which is available free here, and today we share our explanation of what we believe Peter meant by "receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit."In the next step, the Apostle Peter promises to those who repent and are baptized, “you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).STEP THREE: RECEIVE THE GIF … [Read more...]

Introducing my new book, written with Tope Koleoeo

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I can now announce that my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is available for you to pre-order.Please like Hope Reborn on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter.It has been a real delight to write this book with the man who I have called my friend, my brother, and my pastor for almost twenty years: Tope Koleoso.We wanted to produce a book to help people who want to become a Christian, or who want to find the way back after drifting away.We trust that … [Read more...]

Everyday Mission by Ben Connolly and Bob Roberts

My friend Bob Roberts has recently co-authored a book called Everyday Mission  with Ben Connelly. Here is what I wrote as an endorsement for it, followed by a video which talks about the idea of regular missional living:"Are you concerned about the state of the Church in the West today? Are you affected by the need of the World around us? Do you struggle to know what you should do about it personally? This book will challenge you to become a missionary, right where you live, and not le … [Read more...]


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