The Integrity of the Word of God

As a scientist, I have been raised with the idea that there is, indeed, such a thing as absolute truth. Either something has mass or it doesn’t. Either I will fall down because of gravity or float because I am in space. How can theology be any different? Give me someone who absolutely rejects the message of the Bible and the existence of its God any day over someone who tries to blur boundaries and talk about the “spiritual meaning” of events that they believe are basically lies. Quite simply, it … [Read more...]

Four Dangers of Preaching Slowly Through a Book of the Bible

I should say up front that this is an illusion. I may seem to be back from my blogging break over Christmas and the New Year, but the truth is, I am not. I need all my spare time at the moment to work on my book. So I'm planning to share some extracts from a series of posts I wrote previously on preaching. I have set up my blog to do this entirely automatically every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy this series. Please, also, remember to pray for me as I am … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conviction of Sin Essential for Salvation

I wonder—when was the last time you heard another Christian preach or speak about conviction of sin? When was the last time you saw someone on the brink of salvation in tears of anxiety and burden because of a distinct awareness of their sinfulness? It seems to me that true conviction is not present as much as it should be today. If Spurgeon is right, if anyone has not experienced it, we should be very concerned about the validity of their salvation. "First, regeneration will be shown in c … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conversions are God's Stamp of Approval on Preaching

I've been sharing a number of quotes from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. Today I thought I'd share one which is quite striking. It argues that since conversion is a miracle, it is by a trail of such miracles we can know if someone is called to preach. "A new and heavenly mind must be created by omnipotence, or the man must abide in death. You see, then, that we have before us a mighty work, for which we are of ourselves totally incapable. No minister living can save a soul; nor can all of us … [Read more...]

Is Man Bipartate or Tripartate?

One of the interesting controversies of theology is the nature of man. Many assume we are tripartate — body, soul, and spirit. Others argue strongly that Scripture suggests we only have two parts — body and soul/spirit. In today's quote from Spurgeon, he seems to suggest we have two parts before salvation and three parts after. I would be interested in your thoughts on this. Do you think he was right? Have you heard anyone else teach this? You can discuss this over at this blog's Facebook gro … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]

Hear Tim Keller in the UK

Tim Keller will be speaking in the UK twice in the next few months. I received the following information from Oak Hill College which will be hosting him. I understand that he will also speak for Newfrontiers on the second trip.To book, click here.Two conferences with Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, will take place at Oak Hill in November 2008 and May 2009.The first, Preaching to the Heart, is on 19 Nov 2008. Jonathan Edwards believed that the ultimate purpose … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Church Statistics

Spurgeon's book, The Soul Winner, is the kind of book you really need to read several times over the course of your life. I decided to dip into it once more over the summer, and read just the first chapter. It's a book I have recommended previously. I found the following quote which is interesting. He is speaking about how church growth statistics are indicative of something. I wonder how many Spurgeon lovers today would agree with his assessment of churches which are not growing by … [Read more...]

2008 Top Posts Numbers 13 and 14

In 14th place on the list of most read posts here on the blog during the first half of 2008 is my series on the Together On A Mission 2008 conference.In the 13th most read post, I asked about favorite preachers. I gave my own answers back in 2005. There are no prizes for guessing who might be added to that list if I were to answer that question again today. … [Read more...]

DWELL – Mark Driscoll on Preaching Christ

Thanks to my friends at Acts 29 I'm able to share some sessions with you from the Dwell London conference. This is a talk Mark Driscoll gave on how to preach Christ from the entire Bible. You can download the audio, read my notes below, or watch the video right here: No one has a worse life than a church planter’s wife. Her husband is flat broke. He won’t stop working, but makes no money. And he wants to grow his church by getting her pregnant!The big idea is this—“It’s about Jesus!” There i … [Read more...]


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