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...]

"Lig Duncan Baptized as a Believer," Reveals Justin Taylor

In news that will shake the blogosphere, Justin Taylor has not only shown that he is with Sam Storms on these issues, he has exclusively revealed that Lig Duncan was not baptized as an infant! Anyone questioning his commitment to the Presbyterian cause would no doubt be told "It wasn't my fault my parents didn't baptize me!" which perhaps to a credobaptist is precisely the point! Anyway here is what Justin said: Trusted sources tell Between Two Worlds that Ligon Duncan was not baptized as an … [Read more...]

Sam Storms Feels Mark Dever is Confusing on the Lord's Supper

In the comments section of Sam Storms’ contribution to the baptism debate is a comment that is too good to leave there. Here is what the commentator said:Adrian,I think Sam might be misunderstanding Mark's position. He keeps referring to the idea that Mark would deny a [paedobaptist] (visiting his church, maybe even speaking in his pulpit) access to communion. Hence Sam writes:“One more thing should be noted. In his recent post, Dever indicated that he planned on having an Anglican and a Pre … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem Says Sam Storms is Right About the Lord's Supper

In light of Sam Storms’ contribution to the great baptism debate yesterday, Wayne Grudem has sent me an e-mail which includes an extract from his Systematic Theology which, unlike his perspective on baptism and church membership, has not changed recently.The rest of this article was written by Wayne Grudem and is published with permission:Just for the record, I am already in print agreeing with what Sam Storms says on this question. (And, I would add, in the case of convinced paedobaptists, I w … [Read more...]

Sam Storms, John Piper, and John Bunyan vs. Wayne Grudem, Al Mohler, and Mark Dever

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 4th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 5th most-read post was "Steve Chalke and the Lost Message of Jesus."The 4th most widely-read post was one in a series of posts that catalogued a major debate about baptism and church membership, and took place online between such theological heavyweights as John Piper, Sam Storms, Wayne Grudem, Lig Duncan, and Mark Dever. The posts listed below were all so popular they … [Read more...]


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