Strange Fire: Radio MP3 and Questions for cessationists

The MP3 of the radio chat I had yesterday is available. It is in two segments Michael Brown speaks first to Phil Johnson and then to myself and Sam Storms. I think that it should make interesting reading. During the chat I posed four questions for cessationists that I think help to determine whether you are a moderate cessationist, or one who doesn't accept any experiences of God as valid. I explain in my book that a vibrant sense of a relationship with God was once very broadly accepted. … [Read more...]

Strange Fire: John MacArthur claims no good has come out of the Charismatic Movement

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I've just listened to most of the first session of the Strange Fire Conference. My connection was spotty, so I missed some of it. I know that wisdom would probably dictate that I should wait, listen to it all, even read his book, then respond to it as a whole. But, my brothers have just been insulted. How can I not rise to their defence immediately? As I suspected there was no attempt to demonstrate from Scripture that the charismatic view of matters like prophecy was wrong. MacArthur did … [Read more...]

That’s why we move like this

I just love this video. To me it demonstrates in vision rather than words just how important events like Newday are to our teens. In a world which offers raves and concerts to be excited about, our young people get to be excited about Jesus. I am so grateful to God for men like Terry Virgo who was one of the pioneers of building churches that are not stuck only using the popular music of 50 to 100 years ago. It's not that old hymns are bad, but that some of them need putting to modern tunes … [Read more...]

What kind of leader should we choose?

David Kills a Lion I Samuel 17:34-36

In 1 Samuel 16 our gaze begins to turn from the failed leadership of King Saul to the emerging leadership of the future King David. David is probably the greatest character in the Bible other than our Lord himself. Certainly more chapters are devoted to his story and his songs than to anyone else. In 1 Samuel so far we have seen rather mixed examples of leadership.  In David's life we will see a much better model of leadership, and we will not see the signs of a selfish, failed leader we … [Read more...]

Hillsong’s Man of Sorrows: The gospel in a song

I have to say I cannot remember the last time I have been as moved by learning a new song as I was just yesterday when I sang for the first time Hillsong's Man of Sorrows. I urge you to watch this video then if you like it buy the song and listen to it again and again as I have been today.  Just let the glorious Biblical lyrics wash over your soul. This song captures the message of the gospel in an outstanding way. It is definitely my favorite new song of the year so far. What songs have … [Read more...]

Twenty-Five Responses to the presence of God (1 Samuel 1-7)

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The following are a series of attitudes, responses, results and emotions seen when people come into contact with the presence of God. As we read the list it is quickly apparent that all of these effects happen today in response to God. I have written more about some of these already, so some of the words below are hyperlinks for more information. How we choose to respond to the presence of God is critical, and what happens to us as a result depends on the way we approach him. In the Old … [Read more...]

Why we should sing loud songs in Church:

Why we sing loudly because our God sings loudly over us!  This is a glorious, liberating verse for worship leaders and church members this weekend.  God invites us to join in his song!  He is rejoicing loudly over you and me this weekend. Why then should we not return the complement and exult over him?  Yes, there is also a space for the "quiet" as he promises to calm us with his love.  But if the great LORD GOD almighty is with us, and we believe he is, then why should we not be excited, … [Read more...]

God I look to you

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This past Sunday we sang what was a new song for us at Jubilee Church. I think many of us who were there will have like me been finding it hard to get the song out of our heads all week as a result. The song is gloriously simple but represents a prayer we would all do well to pray daily. I share a video here of Jenn Johnson (who also wrote the song) singing it below, or you can download from iTunes. On Jenn Johnson's Twitter she mentioned that she had an rough week physically and emotionally. … [Read more...]

Where does a Christian's joy come from? How should it be expressed in our worship?

This is now the third post in a series based on an edited transcript of my recent sermon on the Life of Joy. Today we ask, where does this joy come from? and how should it be expressed? 1 Thessalonians 1:5 speaks of ‘…joy of the Holy Spirit’. It is joy that is both in the Holy Spirit and it is joy that is from the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5 lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, JOY, peace, patience… Those things are indivisible and if you want a life of joy, study Galatians 5 and … [Read more...]

A thoughtful new rendition of the old classic hymn "And Can It Be"

There are few hymns with richer more meaningful words than "And Can It Be." Words that celebrate the gospel and dispel our wretched sense of entitlement that bedevils us Western Christians. So how wonderful it was to hear this new music to such an old hymn. I sometimes don't like new tunes for a hymn that I love. Sometimes people even tend to fight against the whole idea of putting old hymns to new music. This is of course ridiculous as I don't think there is a single popular old hymn that is … [Read more...]


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