I believe in Jesus: A Sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection

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The following sermon was preached on Sunday 30 March in Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Encouragingly there was a number of gospel responses afterwards. You can watch the video here, or download the audio and a powerpoint file from the church's website. Some brief notes follow the video here. Sermon Notes I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin … [Read more...]

Video of Adrian appearing on Ed Stetzer’s The Exchange

Ed Stetzer was out of the country, so my old friend Micah Fries was the interviewer when I appeared on The Exchange. We spoke about blogging, the prime importance of the church, the priesthood of all believers, and the centrality of the resurrection. I really enjoyed the interview. My friend Rice Broocks also appeared on the show, and we discussed God's Not Dead. If you want to just watch the segment about God's Not Dead see the video embedded on my review post. You can watch the video … [Read more...]

A Southern Baptist reader finds a closer relationship with God through the Holy Spirit

This is an extract from an email from a reader, who kindly agreed for me to share it with  you.  This is a fairly typical story of what happens when someone begins to encounter the Holy Spirit in a more personal way.  To me this is what the Bible means when it speaks of us "receiving the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is at work in all Christians. It is just that some are more aware of his work than others.  And all of us are in any case encouraged to "be being filled" with the Holy Spirit … [Read more...]

Is the concept of privacy and discretion dead even among Christians?

This week there has been another stirring in the Christian blogosphere. A sometimes controversial church leader wrote a letter which he wanted to remain private to his congregation. One of his critics obtained a copy of that letter and leaked it onto the Internet.  I was aware of this, and like some other bloggers and official journalists, I requested the church to confirm whether the letter was genuine, and asked for their permission to share the correspondence on my blog. The church … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson discuss Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Steve Chalke's rejection of Penal Substitution around 10 years ago was the first major controversy I got involved with on this blog. In the next of a series of video discussions between him and Andrew Wilson that were moderated by Justin Brierley they revisited this. Chalke continued to support his viewpoint, but still seemed surprised at the strength of the reaction to him calling Penal Substution "Cosmic Child Abuse" He was clearly scornful of the idea that the wrath of God needs to be … [Read more...]

Adrian speaking on BBC London about Lent with Jumoke Fashola

This morning I had the pleasure of being a guest onBBC London 94.9 - Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola. We spoke about Lent, and one thing that was fascinating is her reaction on behalf of her listeners to the word "sin" We really do live in a world where such simple Christian comments are very controversial. You can listen to the interview right here: … [Read more...]

Why silence about controversies should not be read as agreement

Just in the past few days both my emails and Twitter stream have contained a few direct questions and challenges. I have had people gloatingly point out to me the story of the death of the latest snake handler to meet his inevitable death, demand my response to the Pope sending Kenneth Copeland a message promoting unity, and ask what I think of Steve Chalke's article about how he now approaches the Bible. In addition, I have also noticed that David Yonggi Cho has been found guilty of … [Read more...]

Jesus the Great Evangelist: a sermon on John 4

Jesus is the model evangelist and we can learn from his example how to get caught up on his mission to seek and save the lost. This is a sermon about the Woman of Samaria in John 4. Brief sermon notes follow the audio. John 4:1-42 We tend to think of Jesus as the Great Shepherd or Pastor, or as the Great Priest, as the Great Apostle of our faith, as the Great Teacher, as the Greatest Prophet of them all. But he was also the greatest evangelist. 1. What do you live for? Jesus … [Read more...]

All we need is love: discussion with Frank Viola about Social Media Principles and Practice for Christians

Frank Viola and I connected online to record this conversation via zoom.us, a tool I am finding very helpful. We spoke about how to approach the Internet, and especially how to approach the arguments that occur online.  We spoke about the risks and benefits of social media.  God's people do not stop being his people when they launch an Internet browser. Exploring together how God would want us to behave in this brave new world is vital. The conversation was at times humourous, and at times … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead: The Movie, and a new friend

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It seems clear to me that 2014 is going to go down as the year of the religious movie. There are a lot of Hollywood movies this year that are covering various biblical stories, and I must say I am looking forward to all of them. God's Not Dead is a movie that I had not heard of until a few minutes ago when I connected for the first time with Rice Broocks thanks to my new favourite web video conferencing program, Zoom.us.  Incidentally, you will most likely be seeing a lot more of Zoom around … [Read more...]