Why Do We All Like Jesus?

Mark Lauterbach (affectionately known as "Gandalf") is at it again with another thought provoking post: A number of years ago we decided not to ask people if they were interested in the Bible, but to ask if they were interested in learning more about Jesus. In the times we have tried this direction, we find most people are interested in Jesus, for whatever reasons. They think he is wonderful.But he is wonderful in a way that makes no sense. NOTHING we think of as important or crucial to being a … [Read more...]

BLOGDOM TODAY – Saturday Links

ScottyB is excited about evangelism following a talk by his pastor and provides a link to the mp3. Scotty says this: "Our senior pastor, Rich Richardson, preached at Covenant Life Church (Joshua Harris, C. J. Mahaney) in Gaithersburg, MD on the Sunday following the SGM 2007 Leadership Conference. If you ever feel discouraged in evangelism, I heartily commend this sermon to you — Jesus is the Light of Men."In another post, Scotty has collected a list of Gospel-centered blogs and other resources o … [Read more...]

A Question From a Reader on Eating Blood

Every now and then a reader will send in a question for me. In the past some of them have led to months of blogging — I think in particular of the reader who asked, “What does a reformed charismatic church look like?”I now have received a question asked by a reader which I’ve decided to share with you today rather than answer myself. I thought it would be an interesting challenge for you all.Adrian:I stop by your blog from time to time and have been greatly encouraged by your words, and have fou … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Liam Goligher on the Crisis in Evangelicalism, Part Four

UPDATE I have since also had filmed a video interview with Liam Goligher.This is the last post in my interview series with Liam Goligher. In previous posts we have addressed our distinctives, things that unite us, the atonement, and now to conclude, we will look at some very interesting comments Liam made about church government and structure. Towards the end of our time together, I asked Liam what he felt the current crisis in evangelicalism was teaching us about how we define evangelicalism. … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Liam Goligher on the Crisis in Evangelicalism, Part Three

In the first post of my interview with Liam Goligher we focused on the distinctives on which he and I differ. In the second post we discussed some important challenges facing the church today. We now turn to an issue which is never far from my blog — the atonement.Perhaps because it is most topical right now, and perhaps because he has already written a popular book on the subject (The Jesus Gospel), the atonement seemed to arouse the most passion in Liam as we spoke. Liam’s book should, in my vi … [Read more...]

Missional Living – A Definition

"We need to show the people we understand what it's like to be unbelievers." I came across this sentence in some of my notes which, to me, sums up missional living. I think I must have found it either online or in a book . Sadly I didn't take note of the source. Anyone know where it comes from? Anyone as struck by it as I am? On the same subject, this definition of a missional church from Acts 29 is helpful. … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Liam Goligher on the Crisis in Evangelicalism

It was a real privilege to speak with Liam Goligher recently, and it is a delight to now bring a report of that conversation here to my blog. Liam is a trustee of the Keswick Convention and a well-known Bible teacher. He leads Duke Street Church, an independent church in Richmond, UK which has approximately 400 members, with many more attending, making it a large church for England.Liam comes from a very different church background than I do. For example, he is happy to use the identification … [Read more...]

Relating Together for the Gospel

The guys at Together for the Gospel are modeling something VITAL:"Something that is meant to be different about the T4G conference, and what it may inspire in your own ministry, is that it is built on, and attempts to model and provoke relational networks for encouragement and accountability. So inviting Thabiti was no mere decision of the 4 of us to send him a letter. First, we had to work at building in relationships, and introducing Thabiti to the brothers who didn't know him. So the delay in … [Read more...]

The PCA Considering Excluding Followers of N. T. Wright

Lig Duncan has been part of a committee that has been considering the teachings of the New Perspectives on Paul (NPP), and especially N. T. Wright, for several months on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in America.They have now made a number of clear declarations as listed below, and the closing paragraphs of the report suggest to me that they have concluded that to hold these views should become inconsistent with continuing as a minister or preacher in a PCA church. They make a number of … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones Monday – The Doctor Defines and Describes Revival

A recurring theme on my blog this year has been the subject of revival. Most Mondays I take the time to raid my electronic version of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' materials, which is produced by Logos Bible Software. Today's quote explains what revival is and what it looks like.“What is revival? We can define it as a period of unusual blessing and activity in the life of the Christian Church. Primarily, of course, and by definition, a revival is something that happens first in the Church and amongst C … [Read more...]