Getting to Know John Lanferman – Leader of Newfrontiers USA

UPDATE - I had the pleasure of interviewing John Lanferman at the newfrontiers TOAM conference.OK, if the truth be told, I have never met John Lanferman, nor have I exchanged e-mails with him. I have, however, listened to a couple of messages he preached just recently at a newfrontiers Canada conference. The mp3s from John Lanferman and others are available. It sounds like they all had a lot of fun at this conference. John is the USA leader of newfrontiers.As you can see from this photo, my … [Read more...]

SERMON – How to Define Revival and be Revived Personally

This past Sunday I preached on revival. You can download the audio or listen right here using the following embedded player. I have shared my notes almost exactly as I preached from them. They might not make a great deal of sense to someone else, for which I apologise. Hopefully the audio is easier to follow. This was a hard sermon to prepare, but one that I really felt assisted by God as I preached.1. Why do we need revival? “we begin to die @ birth” ...Death since Adams sin – sickness “half dea … [Read more...]

LLOYD-JONES MONDAY – Revival and Prayer

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 centers on the vital place of prayer in revival: “If you look back across the history of the Christian Church, you immediately find that the story of the Church has not been a straight line, a level record of achievement. The history of the Church has been a history of ups and downs. It is there to be seen on the very surface. When you read t … [Read more...]

Charles Simeon – The Full Story

Here it is! The full story from Logos of how my e-mail to them led to one of the most exciting pre-pub offers they have had for a long time. Don't say I didn't warn you - you definitely have to move fast to get these at the low price! This is an e-mail from a regular news e-mail Logos sent out. To sign up for more Logos e-mails, see Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae Commentary (21 Volumes) Suggested Retail Price: $699.95Logos Sale Price: $489.95Pre-Publication Special: … [Read more...]

Revival – A Calvinist Phenomenon?

In the introduction to the 1859 volume of Spurgeon's sermons we find the following provocative few paragraphs:In the history of the Church, with but few exceptions, you could not find a revival at all that was not produced by the orthodox faith. What was that great work which was done by Augustine, when the Church suddenly woke up from the pestiferous and deadly sleep into which Pelagian doctrine had cast it? What was the Reformation itself but the awaking up of men's minds to those old truths? … [Read more...]

READERS CHALLENGE – Spurgeon's Prediction of a Future Revival

I have a clear memory from a number of years ago of reading a sermon by Spurgeon in which he broke off into an extended passage in which he predicted what he believed would happen in the church in the UK. I remember that he spoke of a period when the Evangelical faith would almost seem to be vanquished. He went on to predict, however, that a future significant move of God would occur that would dwarf anything he had ever seen. My problem is that I cannot remember anything about the actual words … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – More From the Doctor on Revival

It is time once more to raid my electronic version of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' materials, which is produced by Logos Bible Software. Today's quote is more from the Doctor on revival - this time it is a list of vital doctrines that are neglected outside of times of revival, yet find their central place during revival. Read them slowly, and carefully, then get a hold of Martyn Lloyd-Jones' book on revival (electronically or in paper form) and read them in full in chapter 3. They sound so very … [Read more...]

John Piper Friday – Piper on Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Back in March of 2006, I wrote a long post which referred to John Piper’s article about Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I thought I would use this Piper Friday to highlight Dr. Piper’s article once more. You can read Piper’s whole article over on his website. Piper begins by sharing two quotes that in some ways seem contradictory. Unless, that is, you are a preacher. For many of us the passion of our life is to preach in such a way that many are saved and helped, and yet we are conscious that true … [Read more...]

Church Doesn't Have to be Boring

Was watching an interview with Terry Virgo on video this evening with my two oldest children and my wife. We were all really caught up with and interested in his story. But there was one line that stuck out for its simplicity, but profoundness. When talking about his early experiences of "boring" church, Terry then defined church as it ought to be as follows:"What is Church? Church is where the presence of God is." -- Terry VirgoWas that your experience this Sunday morning? If the presence of … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Revival

The word revival is back on the lips of people I know — I hadn't even heard it mentioned for a very long time until just recently. I thought I would share some quotes from Spurgeon on the subject of revival with you today. I hope and pray it inspires you to pray for revival, and to have an eye that is trained to see the signs of God's reviving work that are all around us every day. "And now, at this time, we want to have the old truths restored to their places. The subtleties and the r … [Read more...]