300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist: Session 1


My friend Rice Broocks spoke at 300 leaders last year, and I haven't yet shared the sessions here. I encourage you to watch these important talks which address the vital place of evangelism in the modern church, and the missing gift of the Evangelist. Here is the first session: … [Read more...]

Explaining the Gospel in an age of Biblical illiteracy

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This is the final session of my series Evangelism in a Post-Christian World. In it I demonstrate how we encourage people to explain the gospel. Material in this session is taken from my book Hope Reborn. The session ends with a Q and A time.You can watch the video above or download the notes here: Explaining the Gospel in an age of Biblical illiteracy. … [Read more...]

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...]

You Are Not Alone: Challenging the Christian Status Quo without selling out


Frank Viola is an increasingly dear friend of mine, even though we have yet to meet in the flesh. I look forward to that day. I do not always agree with Frank on everything, but I trust you have friends like that too. But there is no doubt in my mind that in terms of diagnosing the many problems in the Established Church there are few who are generally as on the button as him.Today I wanted to share a handful of statements from a recent post of his which he simply entitled "You are not … [Read more...]

What is Baptism?


Many new Christians ask about water baptism, and are unclear as to its significance. What follows is an extract from my book Hope Reborn and is used by permission of the publisher.When Peter was asked "What must we do to be saved?" his reply outlined four steps to begin your Christian journey. The first, repentance is often also described as believing in Jesus, and is explained in another section of the book entitled, How to Become a Christian.MAKE A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF YOUR NEW FAITH I … [Read more...]

9 Key Trends in the UK Church

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John Stevens is the national director at FIEC (The UK's Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). He reports on nine key trends he observed as he participated in a recent UK church movement leaders event led by Terry Virgo: Growing Christmas Carol Services Effective Evangelistic Outreach through Christians Against Poverty and Foodbanks Proliferation of Multi-Site Churches Remembering the Needs of the Global Church The Christian Situation in the United States Is Not … [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...]

Jonathan Edwards on the need for Thanksgiving

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I found this quote in the Jonathan Edwards online library. It is rather apt as my American friends prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. This week we are focusing on  Edwards here at the Patheos Evangelical channel. As part of that my friend Frank Viola posted a great contribution "The Shocking Beliefs of Jonathan Edwards" that is well worth a read. Here then is Jonathan Edwards on thanksgiving.The godly, those who have that inestimable blessing, have cause to bless God which cannot be e … [Read more...]