How did the early church view baptism?

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When it comes to the issue of baptism, there is not a little disagreement among Christians. I am, as many of you will know, a baptist. I believe that the Bible is clear about baptism. I think it is easy to demonstrate it is an initiatory act that is supposed to follow faith, and hence cannot be performed on infants.I believe that baptism is the primary way a new believer is commanded by Jesus himself to dedicate themself to God. I believe that it requires much water and is to be performed by … [Read more...]

YOU are invited to our International Day to celebrate the goodness of God in London

This weekend we will be taking over the Lee Valley Athletics stadium and gathering the whole of Jubilee Church together at one time. We will be celebrating the way God has brought together in our one local church more than 70 nationalities. The video in this embedded Facebook post will help you get an idea of what the day will look like. If you are able to get to Enfield in North London this Sunday you will be very welcome to join us. If you like the video please share it on Facebook so your … [Read more...]

How to tell if you are an Evangelical or a Progressive Christian

Steve-Chalke

As you probably know by now, Steve Chalk's Oasis Trust has been expelled from the Evangelical Alliance. Despite this, Chalke has been insisting that he is still an evangelical.  There are two indisputable facts, as we look at the aftermath of this decision however:Firstly, one of only two umbrella organisations representing Evangelicals in the UK has decided that they feel Chalke is out of step with the majority of Evangelical leaders in the UK.  I don't believe for a moment, that the s … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Was Jesus really crucified on a Wednesday?

Joshua.Claybourn

Other useful Easter resources:Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus’ Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25) Those of you who have been reading Christian blogs for almost ten years will no doubt remember one of my early inspirations, an insanely popular blogger called Josh Claybourn.Well, eventually Josh hung up his blogging hat and I have been trying to p … [Read more...]

Spare a thought for preachers this week: Easter Sermon ideas

For most churches, Easter Sunday will be one of the biggest services of the whole year. It is one of those times that people will come out to church. And so you would think that preachers would be relishing preaching this Sunday. Most will. But it can be harder than you think to come up with something that is fresh without being original. This is not the Sunday to be creating a new heresy. In fact no fewer than four out of my top ten most popular posts this week are about Easter preaching, and … [Read more...]

Why God doesn’t want you to have a personal relationship with him

Wait, so I have finally become a heretic right with a headline like that, right? It is perhaps a slight overstatement of my point but if I added the word "only" then I hope you would see my point entirely. A couple of days ago an article was going around the internet proposing that the Southern "Y'all" could help us move away from the independent "personal" approach to our faith that is so rampant throughout the English speaking world.In the past we used "Thou" as a plural for "you" but … [Read more...]

I believe in Jesus: A Sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection

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The following sermon was preached on Sunday 30 March in Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Encouragingly there was a number of gospel responses afterwards. You can watch the video here, or download the audio and a powerpoint file from the church's website. Some brief notes follow the video here.UPDATE: I have also since preached a version of this sermon that went into more detail on the TrinitySermon Notes I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.And in … [Read more...]

Is the concept of privacy and discretion dead even among Christians?

This week there has been another stirring in the Christian blogosphere. A sometimes controversial church leader wrote a letter which he wanted to remain private to his congregation. One of his critics obtained a copy of that letter and leaked it onto the Internet.  I was aware of this, and like some other bloggers and official journalists, I requested the church to confirm whether the letter was genuine, and asked for their permission to share the correspondence on my blog.The church … [Read more...]

Multisite churches: a sign of hope for the Western Church?

I have been allowed early access to the The Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard which releases to the public on Tuesday, March 11th. With the report author's permission I can share some of the highlights in this article. To be alerted when the full report is available, sign up here.The subject of multisite churches continues to be a controversial one in some circles.  I have previously written on some of the advantages I see in this model, as well as arguing that a large chu … [Read more...]

Why silence about controversies should not be read as agreement

Just in the past few days both my emails and Twitter stream have contained a few direct questions and challenges. I have had people gloatingly point out to me the story of the death of the latest snake handler to meet his inevitable death, demand my response to the Pope sending Kenneth Copeland a message promoting unity, and ask what I think of Steve Chalke's article about how he now approaches the Bible. In addition, I have also noticed that David Yonggi Cho has been found guilty of e … [Read more...]


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