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...]

Prayer – the Pastor’s Priority? The People’s pleasure? Join us at 300 Leaders!

I find the following quote on prayer from Spurgeon striking, much as the last one I shared.  It depresses me therefore how hard I often find it to pray myself. I am grateful to God that I am slowly learning. I don't hesitate to admit that the person who has taught me most about this is my own pastor, Tope Koleoso. He touched on the importance of prayer in his well-received talk at this years Desiring God conference. I am therefore thrilled that the next 300 Leaders event will feature Tope and K … [Read more...]

Spurgeon: Prayer is vital for the success of ministry

Regular readers will know only too well that I have been looking afresh recently at the life and writings of Spurgeon, in preparation for a planned documentary for which a team of my friends are currently seeking crowd-sourced funding.  Reading Spurgeon afresh, it has struck me again just how much he has to teach us. God seems to have uniquely gifted him with great insight into a broad range of subjects, as I am sure you have already seen in the quotes I have shared over on Desiring God about … [Read more...]

Prayer, the soul’s sincere desire

PRAYER is the soul’s sincere desire,Utter’d or unexpress’d;The motion of a hidden fire,That trembles in the breast. 2 Prayer is the burden of a sigh,The falling of a tear;The upward glancing of an eye,When none but God is near. 3 Prayer is the simplest form of speechThat infant lips can try;Prayer the sublimest strains that reachThe Majesty on high. 4 Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,The Christian’s native air; … [Read more...]

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...]


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