The God who never quits: Philippians 1:6

Was reading Philippians 1:6 this morning, and was very encouraged. "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."READ more on this verse at Bible Gateway.  On this second day of they year, perhaps you've already failed to keep your New Years resolutions! But God never fails to keep his. And he has resolved to work in and for is! We are unreliable. He is reliable.We falter and fall all the time. We stumble ou … [Read more...]

The Boy Who is Lord: A Christmas Spoken Word

Proud to know my friend Nizam. Been beautiful to watch him grow in the Lord for a few years now. This year, he shared this Spoken Word at our Christmas Carol service.  You will be blessed by this telling of the timeless story, and listen up and you will hear a shout out for my book about Easter, Raised With Christ!  If you are looking for a last minute Christmas present, that could do it, or even my other book, Hope Reborn!Happy Christmas to you all! May you have a blessed time off with fam … [Read more...]

Sex, Violence, War, Betrayal, Blood and Guts. The Bible as it really is.

Comics are not just for kids. They are collectors items that adults treasure into their old age. In this visually focussed world, they provide a new way to get people reading again. If you have seen Bible picture books before, the planned Bible Comic is nothing like them.All too often we sanitize the Bible, and airbrush out the bits that modern culture doesn't like. But the real bible is full of violence, sex, betrayal, blood and guts. Just the sort of thing the average older teen and … [Read more...]

Twenty differences between the Psalms and modern worship songs. 

Beware of presumption. We serve a holy God not a cuddly best mate.  There is a major difference between many modern worship music and the Psalms. Too many modern songs speak only of the love of God, and he is seen only as a gentle and loving friend.It's not that the worship songs are wrong. It's just that they can almost completely miss a different side of God's character. I want to explore that a little today before we focus in another post to an event that happened in 2 Samuel 6 which … [Read more...]

Why I am still an Evangelical

It seems that hardly a month goes by these days without there being another account of a leading evangelical who has fallen. Perhaps someone has deserted a doctrine traditionally held dear by fellow evangelicals. Or maybe they have had to resign their leadership in a storm of controversy about their leadership style, or because of a significant moral failure.Then, of course, there is an increasingly hostile media and society. Evangelicals are branded as fundamentalists and claimed by some … [Read more...]

SERMON: Abounding in Thanksgiving

The above sermon was preached at Jubilee Church on Sunday 31st May. Here are the notes I preached from: Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. I am, just like you, grateful in light of all God has done. We celebrated vision day, then international day, thankful to God What could we better look at in God’s word than an exhortation to abound in T … [Read more...]

REVIEW: The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction

My post yesterday generated quite a bit of interest. The comments section over there is quite interesting, and so far it has been very civil, which is all too rare when this subject is discussed. It seems to me, however, that some people felt I had not gone far enough, some people felt I had gone too far, and some people were confused about just how far I had gone!To summarize what I am trying to say on the subject, I really believe that the Church has a serious problem with how it has t … [Read more...]

Why Christians should support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Today is commemorated around the world as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.  In this article I want to persuade you that Christians should support such a day, and speak out against violence against gay people, against discrimination, and against rejection. We should instead offer an olive branch of love to these human beings as made in the image of God, and people for whom Jesus died.I was speaking to a friend recently who told me that when he comes out as a … [Read more...]

Modern Reformation: a contrary but friendly appeal on Gifts of the Holy Spirit

A few months ago the new editor of The Modern Reformation wrote to ask me to consider contributing an article to what is now their current issue. The issue approaches the work of the Holy Spirit (and the sign gifts of the Spirit) from a cessationist view point, but we believe that an article from a non-cessationist would be a valuable addition to the issue. Specifically, we're hoping for a sort of personal appeal to fellow evangelicals that to believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy … [Read more...]

How a misinterpreted verse can make us feel guilty when we grieve

If there was one verse in the ESV that I would tweak the translation of it would be 1 Thess 4:13. In it we are told “that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” It is unfortunate simply because the most natural interpretation of that phrase in English is “You are not allowed to grieve because you have hope.”But that is not what Paul meant.I think the NIV is closer with it’s “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of … [Read more...]


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