Does real hope only belong to the Christians?

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As a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry, I learned a lot about hope. Hopelessness is intimately linked with depression, which causes incalculable misery. Hope can be destroyed by unemployment, a terminal illness, or the death of a loved one. Mental and even physical illness can be the result of shattered dreams. When someone feels their hope is entirely lost, they may sometimes even become suicidal.Hope can also be easily manipulated. Clinical trials have demonstrated that some people … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention: What the Church can do

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This month’s Patheos Book Club includes the book, “Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors.” By Karen Mason.It is a timely book, and an important book. It has been encouraging to me to see a significant shift in the approach of the Christian community to issues of mental health in recent years.  So, for example, in a recent survey of 1000 Protestant pastors conducted by Lifeway showed 0% of their sample believed medication should never be used to treat me … [Read more...]

Could Piper be wrong about the man in Romans 7 and does it matter?

The three sessions in Romans with John Piper yesterday were food for the soul. They were enjoyable, engaging, and illuminating. In fact they were life-changing.  Nothing I am going to say in this article should in an way take away from that. And I would urge everyone reading this article to take the time to watch the entire series of five talks from this conference online. Three of them are available already:Scripture: The Kindling of Christian Hedonism Free from Judgment, Fighting Sin, … [Read more...]

How I realized I don’t love the Bible as much as I need to

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When you are listening to a sermon, sometimes you should write copious notes. Other times you should just capture a few key thoughts. Other times you should just listen as the Spirit of God drives the Word home to you. Last night here at DGNatCon was one such night for me.In fact I believe it was Lloyd-Jones who once said that he was disappointed if people weren’t writing notes at the beginning of his sermon, but that he believed he had failed in his task if by the end they had not all put t … [Read more...]

The Pentecostals and the Independent Evangelicals Preach the Same Gospel

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All too often we Christians focus on the things that divide us. The Gospel of Jesus is what should unite us. In Hope Reborn we deliberately wrote in such a way that we hoped those from different backgrounds would recognize the book's message as the Gospel. Actually if you are immersed in your own setting, it is a great idea sometime to examine the Gospel message of another group.  What we should realize is that essentially all true Christians are preaching the same truth.It was very e … [Read more...]

SHORT VIDEO: Hope Reborn by Tope Koleoso and Adrian Warnock

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Here is a video of us talking about our new book, Hope Reborn. If you like the video, please consider sharing it on Facebook, Tweeting about it, or getting ahold of the book and writing a review.  MORE ABOUT HOPE REBORNRead a free sample chapter Read the endorsements Watch some related sermons Purchase from our USA or UK partners Purchase on Amazon USA Purchase on Amazon UK  … [Read more...]

Hope Reborn available NOW on Kindle for instant purchase

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Earlier today Amazon UK and USA both released Hope Reborn - How To Become a Christian and Live For Jesus.Purchase the Kindle edition on Amazon UK  and Amazon USAMORE ABOUT HOPE REBORNRead a free sample chapter Request an evaluation copy Read the endorsements Watch some related sermons Purchase from our USA or UK partners Purchase on Amazon USA Purchase on Amazon UK  … [Read more...]

“People are often saved through a fragment of truth. What comes next is vital” Terry Virgo

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One of the most fatal errors in church ministry would be to assume that people who respond to the gospel on a Sunday morning or at an evangelistic meeting fully understand what they are doing. For many of them, the response is an emotional one to a piece of truth that resonated with them. To simply assume that the person is now a Christian and needs no further help would be foolish indeed. In an ideal world such people will be followed up personally, but sometimes that simply can't happen. Our … [Read more...]

Become more confident in explaining the Gospel

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Today I wanted to share some comments from others about another key purpose we had in writing Hope Reborn. Over the years at Jubilee we have come to realize that the single best evangelistic resource a church has is people who have themselves encountered Jesus and been changed by him. Often such people are enthusiastic in sharing their faith with others, and at a minimum inviting them to church, small group, or perhaps an Alpha Course.Our hope is that even Christians who have been around … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll encourages us to point people to Jesus

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The Gospel itself is more scandalous than any of the recent controversies that have embroiled Mark Driscoll.The Gospel is the scandal that God loves sinners like you and me.The Gospel is the scandal that he keeps loving us when we fall.The Gospel is the scandal that no matter how low you fall, Jesus can get under you and lift you up.The Gospel is the good news that God never gives up on you.As we learnt from Ann Voskamp, we should never get over the Gospel.Many religious … [Read more...]


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