Piper responds to Patheos authors’ disagreement over Romans 7

John Piper has responded to what he calls our "gracious demurring" on the man of Romans 7 during the conference here and here, and my previous post on the subject.I love that he took the time to explain his position further, and that we are all able to discuss these matters as brothers and friends.  He is totally right when he says: I doubt that when it comes to a positive description of what the Christian life should be, and what it normally is, the three of us would differ significantly. I … [Read more...]

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.UPDATE: I have also since preached a version of this sermon that went into more detail on the TrinitySermon Notes I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.And in … [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...]

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 e … [Read more...]

James White vs Michael Brown: Predestination Debate on European Christian TV

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Another thing I missed last month was James White and Michael Brown appearing on Revelation TV, one of Europe's largest Christian TV station. Having said previously that I feel we as evangelicals we have largely failed in our duty to colonise the airwaves, I am thrilled to see these two men I respect accepting this invitation. Like Stetzer and Chandler, these men are not afraid of somehow being "contaminated" despite the broad rejection of Christian TV by so many evangelicals.The specific … [Read more...]

Ed Stetzer, Matt Chandler, and others on TBN

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This was one of the things I missed during January when I scaled back my social media commitments dramatically. Matt Chandler, Jefferson Bethke, Priscilla Shirer, Josh Wilsonm and Christ August, who are all solid evangelicals, appeared on special TBN's Praise the Lord program hosted by Ed Stetzer. The whole program faithfully proclaims the gospel of grace, and is very nicely produced.This video thrilled me. Too many of us in the circles I move in have made a sport of mocking all Christian … [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...]

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...]

SERMON: What has sustained John Piper for thirty years?

These notes are from the morning session of the 300 conference we recently had with John Piper. I have set them to auto-publish today, as I have been reliably informed that by now the video and audio of both this talk and the excellent Q and A should be available from 300leaders.org pop over and watch it if like me you are getting Piper withdrawal syndrome! I hope you enjoy this talk which was vintage John Piper. He was clearly enjoying himself as he preached one of only a very few messages … [Read more...]

Having Our Cake And Eating It By Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson concludes his guest series today, asking if there really is such a difference between Piper and Wright after all: So Wright and Piper agree about most things. They agree that God is the centre of everything, that he has a passion for his glory, that he has a big plan to bless the world, and that this is ultimately accomplished – and God’s righteousness ultimately displayed – through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. They agree that the covenant matters, personal salvation m … [Read more...]


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