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...]

A Good Friday Sermon

Other useful Easter resources:Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus' Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25)At Jubilee Church I preached yesterday's sermon.  Here are some notes from the sermon with some extra material woven in.Earlier today on Twitter somebody asked why people would wish each other a "happy" Good Friday. It begs the question why we even call the … [Read more...]

The loving wrath of God

Love is not some insipid woolly emotion offered to everyone in the same way irrespective of their response. Love is passionate. Infinite love is infinitely passionate. God's love has content.He truly cares about us, and more than that he truly cares about the honor of his name and the glory of the trinity. God's love is primarily turned towards himself as the most lovable being in the universe. For all eternity the Father loves and is satisfied in the Son, the Son loves and is satisfied in … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

Where Bob Roberts' life message and mine intersect

In a sermon from the series  The Christian's Duty in a Hostile World, John MacArthur connects two glorious truths: the centrality of Jesus' resurrection and that "faith cannot be removed or detached from the realm of real life."It is no great surprise to me that I enjoyed Bob's book so much,  or that he seems to be enjoying mine.  For while their subjects may seem disconnected at first glance, in reality they have everything to do with each other!The truth that lies behind Bob's view of bo … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem on the Atonement, unity, Rick Warren, and John Piper

This second installment of my interview with Wayne was quite far reaching. We spoke about the atonement and how he decides what kind of people to have fellowship with. He even had a comment on the recent controversy over Rick Warren and John Piper.Watch on VimeoHow important do you think some of the recent realignments over doctrinal matters we have seen recently in the Church are?It’s why I am here. It was to affirm the need for drawing boundaries on doctrinal matters that I c … [Read more...]

How Jesus honored women through his death and resurrection

I share the following extract from Raised With Christ today because I am certain that no disciple could ever have thought about the death of Jesus without his or her sorrow being tinged with the wonderful joy of the resurrection. This quote shows how, in these pivotal events, Jesus chose to honor women: Matthew tells us that Jesus died more quickly than many victims of crucifixion, and his death was associated with some miraculous signs. “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up h … [Read more...]

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

"As a born again believer, the Bible teaches that you were there at the Cross positionally and spiritually (just as you were in Adam prior to salvation). As the apostle Paul declared, "Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death... For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him...." (Rom. 6:4-6). "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those … [Read more...]

Preaching and teaching tips for an Easter sermon

Other useful Easter resources:Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus' Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25)Mark Driscoll shares the following 6 Preaching & Teaching Tips for Easter | TheResurgence. He urges Christians to bring their friends to church this weekend.  In the full article he makes a point which should be obvious: this Sunday you MUST speak about the r … [Read more...]

Spurgeon Atonement Illustration

This would win the wrath of many neo-liberals but I am sure that Piper would be glad to make room this Friday for the following quote I found on the pyromaniacs site from C.H. Spurgeon:Suppose," said I, "you had killed some one. You were a murderer; you were condemned to die, and you deserved it.""Faith," said he, "yes I should deserve it.""Well, her Majesty is very desirous of saving your life, and yet at the same time universal justice demands that someone should die on account of the deed … [Read more...]


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