Lest We Forget. Remembrance Sunday and Those Tower Hill Poppies

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. We find it hard to imagine the devastation caused by two World Wars separated by just two decades. But we must remember. We must appreciate the horrors of war and be thankful for the relative peace in our time.And we must think of those who do not know peace. Small tokens like buying a poppy, or placing the symbol ن on our social media profiles may seem insignificant, but such acts make us think.  They should make us feel some solidarity with those who suffer n … [Read more...]

“The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching.”

I have been very slowly working my way through E. M. Bounds' Complete Works On Prayer. It is packed full of passages which, like the quote I will share below, challenge me profoundly. But Bounds has a way of convicting me without leaving me feeling condemned.We have a choice when we read passages like the one that follows. We can either dismiss them, saying the authors lived in a different time, and that the pace of modern life prevents us from really praying as they did. Or we can make a … [Read more...]

“The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don't also reject the way God works by raising up men to do his work: We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for … [Read more...]

Some biblical resolutions for 2014 from Psalm 115

I was directed in a personal email to read Psalm 115:1, and found myself keeping on reading. May this passage be a motto for us all as we enter 2014.  I see in this passage some resolutions we do well to make at the turn of this year.a. A resolution to put God first and seek his gloryIn an age of being encouraged to "build your platform" how about we determine that we will build God's platform this next year. If you tweet, run a blog, or post to Facebook, determine that you will increase … [Read more...]

Healing Today

MacArthur's argument against the gift of healing seen in his book Strange Fire is an interesting one to me. He seems to distinguish between the idea that God can and still does heal today in response to our prayers, and the concept of the gift of healing. (See James  5:14-15).He does this in several ways. Firstly, he believes that the "Gift" of healing was given exclusively to accredit the Apostles, something which as I said in a previous post, I just don't see as the case allowing for the … [Read more...]

To live is Christ, to die is gain

I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

The place of fasting in repentance (1 Samuel 7)

Today the church I am a part of Jubilee begins a church-wide call to prayer and fasting that will last three days. In one of those God-incidences I opened my Bible this morning to read 1 Samuel 7. God's people had turned away from pure worship of him. They had just deliberately marginalised the tangible presence of God among them. But despite this, God hadn't finished with them. God is an incredibly gentle, gracious and merciful God. He deals with us where we are and draws us forward. God … [Read more...]

Desperate women required (1 Samuel 1)

I was reading 1 Samuel 1 and it struck me first of all how what is perhaps one of the greatest books in the Bible begins with a woman with difficult family issues and a desperate desire for a child.God does often use women in very significant ways at key points of redemption history: not least at the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible is very far from being anti-woman.I do wonder wherever you or I might choose to stand on the complementarian / egalitarian spectrum if we … [Read more...]

Three Phases of Faith 2 Kings 4

This past Sunday I preached on Faith from 2 Kings 4 at Jubilee Church London's Wood Green site. Here is the audio, the notes follow.In some circles today we can over-react to certain extreme teachings and feel nervous about even talking about faith, but as Hebrews 11 tells us, without faith it is impossible to please God! We must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. So, if you are eager to please God, finding out about and pursuing faith is a vital thing to … [Read more...]

How God can use 120 people to change the World

Somehow the personal tragedy Rick and Kay Warren face, compounded with the atrocity committed in Boston has brought into renewed focus for me how broken our world is. A viral illness has silenced me for a day or two but I am back now with a vengeance! Truth be told there is a great need for us to consider headlong how we can tackle brokeness of all forms as churches. Today, there is something that I want to say before I get back into my series on Mental Health which so far has included my most … [Read more...]


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