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...]

Jesus the Great Evangelist: a sermon on John 4

Jesus is the model evangelist and we can learn from his example how to get caught up on his mission to seek and save the lost. This is a sermon about the Woman of Samaria in John 4. Brief sermon notes follow the audio.John 4:1-42We tend to think of Jesus as the Great Shepherd or Pastor, or as the Great Priest, as the Great Apostle of our faith, as the Great Teacher, as the Greatest Prophet of them all. But he was also the greatest evangelist.1. What do you live for?Jesus … [Read more...]

All we need is love: discussion with Frank Viola about Social Media Principles and Practice for Christians

Frank Viola and I connected online to record this conversation via zoom.us, a tool I am finding very helpful. We spoke about how to approach the Internet, and especially how to approach the arguments that occur online.  We spoke about the risks and benefits of social media.  God's people do not stop being his people when they launch an Internet browser. Exploring together how God would want us to behave in this brave new world is vital.The conversation was at times humourous, and at times F … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead: The Movie, and a new friend

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It seems clear to me that 2014 is going to go down as the year of the religious movie. There are a lot of Hollywood movies this year that are covering various biblical stories, and I must say I am looking forward to all of them. God's Not Dead is a movie that I had not heard of until a few minutes ago when I connected for the first time with Rice Broocks thanks to my new favourite web video conferencing program, Zoom.us.  Incidentally, you will most likely be seeing a lot more of Zoom around h … [Read more...]

Ed Stetzer, Matt Chandler, and others on TBN

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This was one of the things I missed during January when I scaled back my social media commitments dramatically. Matt Chandler, Jefferson Bethke, Priscilla Shirer, Josh Wilsonm and Christ August, who are all solid evangelicals, appeared on special TBN's Praise the Lord program hosted by Ed Stetzer. The whole program faithfully proclaims the gospel of grace, and is very nicely produced.This video thrilled me. Too many of us in the circles I move in have made a sport of mocking all Christian … [Read more...]

Henry Tyler: Getting your marching orders. Missional preaching from the 1980s

This is the real cream of the crop of this discipleship series. No one is a disciple until they are also engaged in the mission of making disciples. Missional is a buzz word today, but here is an example from the 1980s of a talk designed to help us get caught up with God's purposes. Brilliantly pastoral, Henry explores the reasons why so many Christians struggle with evangelism. You won't feel condemned listening to this talk, but you will be inspired to a life of reaching out and showing love … [Read more...]


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