What Mark Driscoll likes about Joel Osteen

In the middle of an interview about Driscolls new book (which I reviewed here) is a fascinating aside from Driscoll, never one to pull his punches, about America's most prominent pastor, Joel Osteen, who many like to criticise:  "I am aware of the theological differences that exist between our tribe and Pastor Joel. I also know my Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a piñata, but there are worse things than being happy and encouraging at a time when the most common prescription m … [Read more...]

Don’t just stand there: PRAY something

The Friendly Atheist in a post entitled New Police Chief Thinks Prayer Will Lower Crime Rates said, "Or you could just, you know, skip the whole prayer step and start taking action right away. I’m no cop but I’m pretty sure Phase One of making any city safer isn’t “Waste a lot of time doing nothing.” Here is what I said in the comments: Prayer helps you care. Prayer inspires you to act. Prayer strengthens your resolve. Prayer reminds you how fortunate you are. Prayer prompts you to have radica … [Read more...]

‘Lord Teach Me to Pray’

This post represents the confessions of someone who struggles to know how to pray but is learning.If I was given a few pounds or dollars (I don't take euro's!) every time over the last few decades I have said I want to improve my prayer life I would be a rich man. But I would be much richer still if I had been given money for the times I had either forgotten to pray, or perhaps worse, had remembered to pray but had no clue what to say. In many ways I really don't envy the atheists doing … [Read more...]

Please pray for more joy-producing work of the Holy Spirit in me and also in you

A book by my long since with Jesus mentor, Henry Tyler which he called "Jump for Joy" on page 33 says some devastating words. Devastating to spiritual complacency, I mean! As I enter  a very busy couple of weeks in which I will cross the Atlantic on business to Chicago, and preach three times back in London, I can think of nothing better to ask you to pray for me, and to urge you to pray for yourself than that we will know in ever fuller measure in our experience this work of the Holy Spirit in … [Read more...]

I don't just believe in God, I met with him this morning

We Christians today don't often talk about our spiritual experiences. There are all kinds of valid reasons for that.  However, as the following section of my book Raised With Christ shows, Packer and the Puritans disagree with us.  Now when Packer and the Puritans would seek to correct us, we should sit up and at least take note: It is remarkable how infrequently experiences such as those described below are mentioned, either during preaching or in modern Christian books. Unfortunately, many C … [Read more...]

Fasting may be good for your mental health

This is a rather interesting article on the possibility that fasting may be good for the brain.  Maybe the ancient ways are better after all?  Read more at "Fasting can help protect against brain diseases, scientists say." … [Read more...]

Why believing God heals today does not make you a charismatic

Many readers might dismiss the recent concerns about the ASA as a charismatic issue. The issue is much broader than that, as the following testimony demonstrates. The author takes up the story after a failed attempt at prayer for healing, and in the process most definitely does not become a charismatic as the full article explains. If you are a Brit and want to protect our right to continue to say such things why not sign the new epetition. Here is what I have not told you: About three weeks … [Read more...]

Is writing "God can heal today" on this website now illegal in the UK?

This week, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against a Christian group who's leaflet claimed God can heal today. To be fair, their adjudications do not represent a legal judgement as such, and nobody is going to be sent to prison. But they apparently do have the power not only to stop people advertising in the printed press, but to command someone to take down a website advert.  I suppose potentially, even, they could criticize this post.  If they do, my defense would be t … [Read more...]

God really does want to bless you!

I know, some of my readers will have read a headline like that and panicked. Has Warnie slipped into "Health wealth and prosperity" or "Word of Faith" ?Nope, not at all.But I do feel that it is so easy for us to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I remember at one point a few years ago I even began to wonder if we would be better off to stop talking about faith. Perhaps, I argued, we should simply talk about "trust" in God.Trust is a much more passive thing, and it is a component of … [Read more...]

How to move the immovable God

Christians in the West are often quite good at trusting in God as our rock. We are taught doctrine, told that God is sovereign. We are taught that he stands behind every event that happens and is working for our good (Romans 8:28). Even when other people do things to us from a bad motive, we may respond like Joseph and say "you meant that for my harm, but God meant it for good."God, we learn, is unmovable. He is like a fortress we can hide in. He is unshakeable and faithful. "Ascribe … [Read more...]


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