Why cessationists are wrong about prophecy

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Later today the Strange Fire conference hosted by John MacArthur begins. A few weeks back I expressed my concern about some of the publicity for this event seeming to accuse all charismatics of being blasphemers. This event also prompted Terry Virgo to share a video about how Lloyd-Jones encouraged him as a young charismatic.I will be watching at least some of the event online. But one thing I am not expecting to hear is a novel or convincing argument from Scripture. I just want to state … [Read more...]

To live is Christ, to die is gain

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I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

That’s why we move like this

I just love this video. To me it demonstrates in vision rather than words just how important events like Newday are to our teens. In a world which offers raves and concerts to be excited about, our young people get to be excited about Jesus.I am so grateful to God for men like Terry Virgo who was one of the pioneers of building churches that are not stuck only using the popular music of 50 to 100 years ago.It's not that old hymns are bad, but that some of them need putting to modern tunes … [Read more...]

What kind of leader should we choose?

David Kills a Lion I Samuel 17:34-36

In 1 Samuel 16 our gaze begins to turn from the failed leadership of King Saul to the emerging leadership of the future King David.David is probably the greatest character in the Bible other than our Lord himself. Certainly more chapters are devoted to his story and his songs than to anyone else. In 1 Samuel so far we have seen rather mixed examples of leadership.  In David's life we will see a much better model of leadership, and we will not see the signs of a selfish, failed leader we have … [Read more...]

A Meditation on the Many Manifestations of Pride an excerpt from Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

My friends at Crossway have kindly allowed me to post this extract from Kevin De Young's new book Crazy Busy: Pride is subtle and shape-shifting. There is more of it at work in our hearts than we know, and more of it pulsing through our busyness than we realize. Pride is the villain with a thousand faces.People-pleasing. We are busy because we try to do too many things. We do too many things because we say yes to too many people. We say yes to all these people because we want them to like … [Read more...]

Advantages of the Multisite church planting model

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The proliferation of multisite churches in the USA continues to increase. It is a trend that is also beginning to take a hold here in the UK. The basic idea for those who may not be aware is that a growing church which finds it doesn't have space for its congregation plants a site nearby that shares all the resources of the original church. In fact the new congregation is considered part of the original. It is one church, multiple sites.It seems from the rapid adoption of this model that … [Read more...]

Hillsong’s Man of Sorrows: The gospel in a song

I have to say I cannot remember the last time I have been as moved by learning a new song as I was just yesterday when I sang for the first time Hillsong's Man of Sorrows. I urge you to watch this video then if you like it buy the song and listen to it again and again as I have been today.  Just let the glorious Biblical lyrics wash over your soul. This song captures the message of the gospel in an outstanding way. It is definitely my favorite new song of the year so far.What songs have … [Read more...]

The place of fasting in repentance (1 Samuel 7)

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Today the church I am a part of Jubilee begins a church-wide call to prayer and fasting that will last three days. In one of those God-incidences I opened my Bible this morning to read 1 Samuel 7. God's people had turned away from pure worship of him. They had just deliberately marginalised the tangible presence of God among them. But despite this, God hadn't finished with them. God is an incredibly gentle, gracious and merciful God. He deals with us where we are and draws us forward. God … [Read more...]

Twenty-Five Responses to the presence of God (1 Samuel 1-7)

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The following are a series of attitudes, responses, results and emotions seen when people come into contact with the presence of God. As we read the list it is quickly apparent that all of these effects happen today in response to God. I have written more about some of these already, so some of the words below are hyperlinks for more information. How we choose to respond to the presence of God is critical, and what happens to us as a result depends on the way we approach him.In the Old … [Read more...]

Desperate women required (1 Samuel 1)

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I was reading 1 Samuel 1 and it struck me first of all how what is perhaps one of the greatest books in the Bible begins with a woman with difficult family issues and a desperate desire for a child.God does often use women in very significant ways at key points of redemption history: not least at the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible is very far from being anti-woman.I do wonder wherever you or I might choose to stand on the complementarian / egalitarian spectrum if we … [Read more...]


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