Don't trust the sweetest frame

I want to remind you today of an old hymn and to highlight just one line from one of the verses.  Have a think about what this line means to us today, and starting tomorrow I will begin a series in which I will first share some quotes from others, then write myself about why I feel this line is vital for us to rightly understand. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.Chorus: On Christ, the soli … [Read more...]

Hear Phatfish and Lou Fellingham live across the UK!

Phatfish and Lou Fellingham will be performing songs from their sensational new albums 'In Jesus' and 'Step into the Light' at venues all over the UK this Autumn. These will be fantastic events where you can enjoy music and be encouraged by faith building lyrics that will draw you to God. Maybe even get a ticket for an unchurched friend? Don't miss out! More details and tickets at www.phatfish.netTOUR DATESFRI 17th SEP SOUTHAMPTON - TESTWOOD BAPTIST CHURCHFRI 24th SEP REIGATE - REIGATE … [Read more...]

TOAM10 – The songs we sung together to our missional God

Thanks to the amazing behind the scenes workers at Together On A Mission, I am able to share with you the songs that we worshipped God together with. If someone has the time to edit this list and tell us all which albumns you can find the songs on that would be fantastic. If not, you should be able to find most of these fairly easily. Some of the Nathan Fellingham songs are on the new album by his wife. Some of the Kate Simmonds ones are I think yet to be recorded, however. See the websites of … [Read more...]

It's not just your tears God wants

He wants every emotion you are capable of. He wants them all expressed to him, and most of them directed towards him. Last week I blogged about God's challenge to me not to be embarrassed about my crying because of him. Today, I want to extend that challenge again to all of us. God does not want us to be emotionally impaired.  Piper shows us in this short quote that the Psalms are a great place to go for help with this: The Psalms are songs or poems. That’s what the word psalm means. They are me … [Read more...]

Pascal's experience of God: something many modern Christians miss entirely

One fascinating thing that I quote in Raised With Christ is J. I. Packer's assertion that Puritans were very unlike Christians today in that they liked to talk about their experiences of God. Today I want to share with you the record of a remarkable experience of God had by Pascal. The following quote is a translation of a document found sewn into his clothing after his death. The original French can be found at the link below.The quote that follows is credited by John Piper with having … [Read more...]

Jesus is better

When a pastor tells you that a certain passage of Scripture has been one of the most influential on his life, and is among the most precious to him you take notice. When he says that it is a passage he thinks about, or makes reference to almost every week your ears should prick up. When he then spends just a few minutes explaining why that is so it is well worth watching. This excerpt from Jubilee's service last Sunday is Tope Koleoso introducing communion and explaining why only one thing is … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW with Sam Parker of Soul Survivor

This interview took place at New Word Alive, where Sam was one of the worship leaders:How did you get involved in leading worship?I joined Soul Survivor when I was eighteen, taking a year out. I got involved in worship.  Worship was always something I was interested in, even since I was five. I went to a conference, possibly with Ishmael, and ever since then I wanted to worship Jesus through music.  I still remember the first time I led worship in a small Anglican church when I was younger.  … [Read more...]

Not new frontiers

The Billy Graham Center in Wheaton has an interesting section on certain aspects of evangelical history. One part that stood out to me when I was there was a series of pictures of a "frontier camp meeting" that took place around 1814. Most of my long-term readers will know that I am part of a reformed charismatic group called Newfrontiers.  Hence it was somewhat amusing to me to see the name, and rather nice to see further evidence that raising hands in church is not a novel invention:Since … [Read more...]

Are You Sinning by Not Rejoicing?

"I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else."  C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain.Very many Christians give the impression that God orders us to be miserable for him. Some even imply that the more miserable we are, the more holy we are.  This is a million miles away from the Bible's frequent and repeated commands to us to be full of joy in the Lord.  Many church services are devoid of celebration.  But as Terry Virgo said, "The Go … [Read more...]

SERMON: Rejoice In The Lord By Adrian Warnock

My final sermon of the year was preached at Jubilee Church, London. You can download audio and video or watch it here:download audioPhilippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”Speaking about joy—Season of goodwill is upon us—“Happy Christmas” we say, but it can be a stressful and sorrowful time for many.An epidemic of depression. Some biological, but much caused by wrong thinking and difficult relationships.Everybody wants to be happy—even the person who kill … [Read more...]