SERMON – Missional Bible Study Psalm 119

The following set of sermon notes reflect a message that I preached today at Jubilee Church London In some ways this sermon was connected to the three-part series on Revival I recently preached if only because the last message God's Reviving Word was also based on Psalm 119. The earlier messages, "Revival" and "Reviving Prayer" are also available.You can download the audio (you may need to right click and save the file onto your PC) or listen right here using the following embedded … [Read more...]

Talking to Children About Race

Over at Pure Church there is a good article about how we should talk to children about race. It is well worth a read. I have included the headlines here:Talk with your children about ethnicity (the nations) rather than "race."Talk about ethnicity in a way that magnifies the power and wisdom of God. We should be amazed more often than we are (excuse me for projecting my dullness onto you!) at the sheer power and wisdom of God who can create "difference" and "same" in His creation ...Talk about … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo Preaches on Ephesians 4

It doesn't seem that long ago that Terry Virgo preached at the church I attend, and it blessed us so much — listening to him always seems to do that to me. It was great to be able download and listen to a sermon this evening entitled Becoming a Member of the Body, preached earlier this month by Terry Virgo at Christ Church London, which meets in a central London theatre.He preached on Ephesians 4, boldly dealing with the controversial issue of the continuation of "Ephesians Four Ministries," but … [Read more...]

Signing Off for the Weekend and a Post about Christian Unions

This is going to my last post before the weekend. This is because tonight I have Josh Claybourn and his mates coming to stay, and then tomorrow evening we go on our church weekend away. I will probably have to spend the vast majority of the weekend with my foot up resting my knee. As I am wanting to go back to work sometime next week, I'm hoping that it will go OK from a knee point-of-view, and be a great time. I guess it will be a good test.Basically that's all folks — until Monday or Tuesday — … [Read more...]

Mark Dever and Ancient Baptistries

Mark Dever has been visiting ancient baptistries during his ministry trip to Italy. This picture is of the baptistry in which Ambrose baptised Augustine.Everybody's favorite Presbyterians, Lig Duncan and David Wayne, will be interested to know some facts about this baptistry.Firstly, it's BIG — surely only necessary if you are planning to baptise an adult by immersion?Secondly, it's round so that everyone can get a good view, suggesting that baptism is seen as a testimony to others at least as m … [Read more...]

Humility in All the Wrong Places

A dear friend of mine sent me this quote from G. K. Chesterton concerning what he calls the "dislocation of humility.""What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to … [Read more...]

A Pastoral Response to Online Dating (Josh Harris)

A Pastoral Response to Online Dating (Josh Harris). The balanced wisdom of the guys from Covenant Life Church is a real blessing. I commend this article written for members of their own church for all struggling with the issue of singleness and whether online dating is the answer. The last time I wrote about online dating, I speculated that blogging might lead to relationships that arose in a more natural way. Not sure if anyone out there would care to share any stories of love found in a … [Read more...]

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...]