Jonathan Edwards on the need for Thanksgiving

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...]

A word for every preacher this weekend

More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in "urgent prayer for Gods presence." We may excuse the spiritual poverty of our preaching in many ways, but the true secret will be found in the lack of urgent prayer for God’s presence in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are preachers innumerable who can deliver m … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the vital place of prayer

I came across the following two quotes about Spurgeon's view of prayer on a website I was reading. They both struck me so strongly that I wanted to check the sources. Thanks to Logos Bible Software I was able to find the source of the first.But the second quote eludes me, as although it is often cited online and even in books, I've not been able to corroborate the veracity of the story. Anybody know where it comes from? A certain preacher, whose sermons converted men by scores, received a r … [Read more...]

Lest We Forget. Remembrance Sunday and Those Tower Hill Poppies

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. We find it hard to imagine the devastation caused by two World Wars separated by just two decades. But we must remember. We must appreciate the horrors of war and be thankful for the relative peace in our time.And we must think of those who do not know peace. Small tokens like buying a poppy, or placing the symbol ن on our social media profiles may seem insignificant, but such acts make us think.  They should make us feel some solidarity with those who suffer n … [Read more...]

“The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching.”

I have been very slowly working my way through E. M. Bounds' Complete Works On Prayer. It is packed full of passages which, like the quote I will share below, challenge me profoundly. But Bounds has a way of convicting me without leaving me feeling condemned.We have a choice when we read passages like the one that follows. We can either dismiss them, saying the authors lived in a different time, and that the pace of modern life prevents us from really praying as they did. Or we can make a … [Read more...]

Martin Luther’s contribution: so important that God himself foretold it

We stand in the debt of those servants of God who prompted the Reformation. I am unashamedly Protestant. I believe that the work of Luther and Calvin among others was critical in recovering the gospel itself, which had largely been lost for centuries.Yes, cynics would say all we have done is replace a single pope with thousands of them, all thinking they have infallible interpretation. There has indeed been great division. But the Reformation restored mankind's direct connection with the … [Read more...]

Hope Reborn on Dr Michael Brown’s Line of Fire

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...]

“The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don't also reject the way God works by raising up men to do his work: We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for … [Read more...]

The Pentecostals and the Independent Evangelicals Preach the Same Gospel

All too often we Christians focus on the things that divide us. The Gospel of Jesus is what should unite us. In Hope Reborn we deliberately wrote in such a way that we hoped those from different backgrounds would recognize the book's message as the Gospel. Actually if you are immersed in your own setting, it is a great idea sometime to examine the Gospel message of another group.  What we should realize is that essentially all true Christians are preaching the same truth.It was very e … [Read more...]

“People are often saved through a fragment of truth. What comes next is vital” Terry Virgo

One of the most fatal errors in church ministry would be to assume that people who respond to the gospel on a Sunday morning or at an evangelistic meeting fully understand what they are doing. For many of them, the response is an emotional one to a piece of truth that resonated with them. To simply assume that the person is now a Christian and needs no further help would be foolish indeed. In an ideal world such people will be followed up personally, but sometimes that simply can't happen. Our … [Read more...]