LIVE TV DEBATE: Does Modern day prophecy automatically weaken Sola Scriptura?

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My live TV debate vs Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick, a cessationist, is now available to view online at Part One and Part Two.My opponent argued that in 1 Corinthians 13 Paul meant that gifts will cease when the Bible was complete. I disagreed, saying they continue until Jesus returns.We both agreed with the concept of Sola Scriptura, in other words the sufficiency and finality of revelation found in the Bible and point to 2 Timothy 3:15-17: The sacred writings, which are able to make you wise … [Read more...]

The danger of stressing only God’s love or his wrath

Just a few bullet point thoughts for a Sunday afternoon for you:Those who stress only God's love will always become liberals. Those who stress only His wrath will be angry, legalistic, fundamentalists. If you stress only God's love will relate to him as a genial Father Christmas. If only his wrath you will fear him as an angry headmaster. When you see love and wrath together you will rejoice with trembling, love God but fear him, and take refuge in him to escape his justice. The Cross … [Read more...]

A Wedding Sermon

Adrian and Andrée Warnock (July 1995)

Pastors often find that special occasion sermons are harder to write and deliver than regular ones. I know that I was much more nervous myself about preaching for the marriage of a couple in our church last week than I am about preaching on Sundays. So, here is a set of notes on a passage that is sometimes reached for at a time like this. Hopefully if you are struggling for an idea for a wedding sermon yourself, this may spark some thoughts in you.On the third day there was a wedding at … [Read more...]

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...]


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