Persecution in India

My buddy, Mark Moore, has asked us to pray for a friend of his who is a pastor facing persecution in India. See Mark's blog for the full story: “One of our international pastors in Acts 29, Pastor Sudhakar in India, is facing tremendous persecution, having been drug out of his church on a Sunday morning and beaten by twenty men. He is now standing trial for "converting Hindus to Christianity." … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – The Effects of Good Doctrine

Some Christians do not appreciate the value of doctrine. They do not understand why we need to learn so much about God. I fear that the reason for this is that we do not always explain the effects that doctrine can have on our lives. The Doctor was not so foolish. Indeed, he is one of the masters of spiritual diagnostics, and of applying spiritual medicine to us. This example from his work on the book of Ephesians stood out to me. He is speaking about the message of Ephesians 1 and 2, and … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Suffering and Healing

I'm back, but tired, and as usual, when I simply don't have anything to say myself and it's getting to the end of the week, I turn to one of the greatest living preachers—John Piper. Last Friday I quoted from his first talk in a series on suffering. Today I will quote from the second. It is striking how boldly he states that he believes in healing today, but in a context where this world in which we live is one in which we groan for heaven. God’s Ordinary Way Today: PartiallyDon’t misunderstand: … [Read more...]

My Soul Clings to the Dust

Hi! Mrs. W. here again. When I read this passage this morning, I was reminded of flowers, like in this picture. They are so fragile, so vulnerable, and so utterly dependent upon God for their fleeting lives. Today being the day we remember many who lost their lives in the atrocious terrorist attacks, I am only too aware of how fleeting life can be, and how vulnerable we all actually are. I can imagine the flower saying, "My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!" My … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Suffering is Essential to Christians

John Piper has a glorious richness in his preaching repertoire. Almost every time he is invited to preach anywhere it seems he produces a brand new message. He makes the Bible fresh. Today I want to return to the habit of posting a quote from Piper on Fridays by sharing an astonishing quote from an amazing talk he recently gave:Let me underline one of the statements I’ve already made: Suffering is an essential part of your Christian existence. I choose the word essential very carefully. Paul s … [Read more...]

A Revival Hymn

I thought I'd share this hymn with you today. It was written by William Booth, and a modern tune by a friend of mine has made it eminently singable today. Always good to remind ourselves of the need for revival!The music and mp3 are available from Kingsway.O GOD OF BURNING, CLEANSING FLAMESend the fire!Your blood-bought gift today we claim:Send the fire today!Look down and see this waiting host,And send the promised Holy Ghost;We need another Pentecost!Send the fire today!Send the fire … [Read more...]

Mrs. Challies Says, "I'm No Blog Widow!"

Few readers of Christian blogs will have failed to come across Tim Challies, the uberblogger who will shortly become a Crossway-published book author. In fact, I'm almost willing to bet that no one will first hear of Tim's blog through this post. If I'm wrong, do leave a comment to that effect and/or drop me an email! Anyway, Tim has a bit of a tradition over at his place. Unlike lesser mortals such as yours truly, Tim blogs EVERY day. I really do mean EVERY day. Christmas, Easter, summer … [Read more...]

Why Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and Church Membership Differences Exist

Lig Duncan has promised us he will write more on the reasons why this debate is not an easy one to resolve. His statement got me thinking, and while I'm still resisting the temptation to state who I agree with, it has rattled around in my brain long enough for me to want to have a go at explaining why these disagreements are almost inevitable.To me the whole issue is about something else altogether. It's really about authority. Different understandings of how to run a local church make these … [Read more...]

Massive Collection of MP3 Messages Made Free

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 15th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 16th most-read post asked my readers to share a list of their favorite well-known living preachers.In the post below I announced a major gift from Sovereign Grace Ministries to the global Church. Their vast collection of audio messages are now available online and are completely free to dowload. If you haven't already taken time to explore this treasure trove, shame on … [Read more...]

Lig Duncan On the Great Baptism, Church Membership, and Lord's Supper Debate

Lig Duncan has responded resoundingly to both sides of the debate about whether he should be allowed to join a Baptist church. He argues that these differences are important and demonstrate a passion for truth that is critical. Here is just some of what he says:". . . let me say that this significant difference (on baptism and church membership), far from being fatal to our unity, is precisely one of the reasons that Mark and Al and C. J. and I are in fact "Together for the Gospel." It is … [Read more...]


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