LIVE WEBCHAT – “Fail” Is our Pastoral system broken?

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J.R.Briggs is joining me right here on the blog for a live web chat on his new book Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. This is part of the sponsored Book Club feature here on Patheos.As the video trailer at the bottom of this post points out the statistics for the success of the USA pastoral ministry is devastating. Brigg's book focusses on how we can cope with ministry failure personally, and we do discuss this, we also discuss, "Is our Pastoral system itself … [Read more...]

A bit of happiness on a Monday morning

So it's Monday morning. Another week begins. Do you choose weariness and despair, or hope and joy? Last week's news both in the Church, and in the World was pretty miserable, I think we can all agree on that.You can imagine then how welcome it was on Sunday to hear at Jubilee a sermon on happiness. Christians have the source of true happiness that is not dependent on happenings.Sometimes it takes an anthem from the secular world to express things that really should be our domain. But, … [Read more...]

The problem of good

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This article from Ann Voskamp is so helpful, and so important. I encourage you to read it all. Ann is a gift to the global Church and she is really onto something in her writings. So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden.Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate.And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron.“Why is there all this loveliness?”She wants to k … [Read more...]

Hope Reborn now available on Amazon UK

I would really appreciate it if you are a Facebook user if you would like and share this post on your own page. You can now pre-order Hope Reborn from both Amazon Uk and the Hope Reborn website.Read the free sample chapter Post by Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus. … [Read more...]

What does it mean to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” ?

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In chapter 3 of Hope Reborn, we list four steps which are part of the normal process of becoming a Christian and beginning your Christian life. The first one is explained in that chapter which is available free here, and today we share our explanation of what we believe Peter meant by "receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit."In the next step, the Apostle Peter promises to those who repent and are baptized, “you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).STEP THREE: RECEIVE THE GIF … [Read more...]

How to Become a Christian. Free Chapter from Hope Reborn

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The heart of my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is the following chapter which answers the critical question,How do I become a Christian?The Bible explains the story of humanity and the way God saves us in three stages. This is summarized in Ephesians 2:1-9 which is explained in three diagrams below:We are all trapped in a pit called sin, which separates us from God. Nothing we can do ourselves will ever save us. All our efforts to please God … [Read more...]

Introducing my new book, written with Tope Koleoeo

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I can now announce that my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is available for you to pre-order.Please like Hope Reborn on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter.It has been a real delight to write this book with the man who I have called my friend, my brother, and my pastor for almost twenty years: Tope Koleoso.We wanted to produce a book to help people who want to become a Christian, or who want to find the way back after drifting away.We trust that … [Read more...]

Everyday Mission by Ben Connolly and Bob Roberts

My friend Bob Roberts has recently co-authored a book called Everyday Mission  with Ben Connelly. Here is what I wrote as an endorsement for it, followed by a video which talks about the idea of regular missional living:"Are you concerned about the state of the Church in the West today? Are you affected by the need of the World around us? Do you struggle to know what you should do about it personally? This book will challenge you to become a missionary, right where you live, and not le … [Read more...]

A call for a new kind of theology to be written and preached

My pastor and I, Tope Koleoso often recall @bobrobertsjr saying that he believes a new type of theology needs to be written that is accessible & assumes nothing.Over the last few days I have found myself writing a few tweets that explain this a concept a bit more.  I thought I would share these bite sized thoughts, slightly expanded for more clarity at times, here in one post.  Sometimes  a string of thoughts hits me like that, even when I wasn't planning it. Its one of the things I love … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Michael L Brown and Matthew Vine debate: Can you be a Gay Christian?

Apologist, author, and radio show host Michael L Brown debated author Matthew Vine about this contentious issue. I am sure that whatever your position on this matter, you will find the debate to be of interest.For further reading see alsoGod and the Gay Christian - a round up of critiques What is a Christian? What is an Evangelical? How to tell if you are an Evangelical or a Progressive Christian The Baptist Union to allow differences on Same Sex Marriage Interview on Same Sex … [Read more...]


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