New Evolution vs God video: Ray Comfort dialogues with Scientists

Christians do have a variety of opinions about Evolution. But there is no doubt that for many younger non-believers faith in Evolution without any trace of a creator is a primary objection to the gospel. In this video, Ray Comfort dialogues with Science majors and their professors. Their reaction to the preaching of the gospel towards the end of this video is priceless. The whole video is very impacting, no matter what you believe about God, the gospel or evolution. I encourage you to watch it … [Read more...]

John MacArthur accuses half-a-billion Christians of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

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See also the following posts:  Strange Fire - A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur's Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur's Strange Fire Today one in four of the two billion people who identify themselves as Christians are Charismatics or Pentecostals (ref).  I want to be absolutely clear that I am very happy to identify … [Read more...]

Does unbelief in a pastor’s children disqualify him?

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I was reading 1 Samuel 8:1-3 this morning where it speaks of Samuel's children not following his ways. Many modern pastors have experienced a similar problem when their children walk away from The Lord. Some over the years have been asked to resign as a result. The reason for this comes from Titus 1:6 and 1 Timothy 3:4. These two verses speak of the need for children of elders to not be rebellious, and in many english translations, that they be believers. Some have argued that no matter what … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? Terry Virgo on Romans 12

Above is an excellent sermon that Terry Virgo preached at Jubilee Church this past Sunday. Audio is also available to download. If you haven't already I would urge you to follow him on Twitter, and read his book Spirit-Filled Church. Here are a few bullet-point notes I took listening. Many think that if you become religious you take on many duties, but Christianity is not about what we must do but what Jesus has already done! In view of the mercies of God a response is called for, … [Read more...]

7 tips on how to hear the Word of the LORD (1 Samuel 3)

Imagine the cessationists of the boy Samuel's time. They would have pointed to the relative absence of the supernatural, and said "Clearly God has stopped talking." How wrong they would have been. We see though, that even in Bible times there were seasons when "the word of the LORD was rare." How much less should we be surprised that over the centuries there are periods when it seems God is intervening in our world less, and others when he is intervening more. I know that some of my readers are … [Read more...]

Desperate women required (1 Samuel 1)

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I was reading 1 Samuel 1 and it struck me first of all how what is perhaps one of the greatest books in the Bible begins with a woman with difficult family issues and a desperate desire for a child. God does often use women in very significant ways at key points of redemption history: not least at the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible is very far from being anti-woman. I do wonder wherever you or I might choose to stand on the complementarian / egalitarian spectrum if we … [Read more...]

There will be an end to these troubles

I cant think of anything of greater help to us than to cling onto God’s promise of an end to suffering  during difficult times. Certainly mental illnesses can be among the hardest things for us to endure, whether we suffer from one ourselves, or it is a loved one. But again we realise that ultimately the solutions the Bible offers us speak to those of us who suffer mental illness and those who don't alike.  Hope is vital.  We must be able to believe that as we spoke about yesterday, Jesus … [Read more...]

An answer to the “Why does God allow Suffering?” question

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A few weeks ago now, I posted a surprising answer to the "Why me?" question. In that article I essentially make the point that one reason God allows suffering in our lives is so that we will be able to help others. But there are clearly other reasons, and we will never fully understand. One of the important reasons for us to grasp is expressed by Paul in what some have claimed is the finest chapter in the whole Bible, Romans 8: Behind every bad thing that happens to us, God is at work, … [Read more...]

How God can use 120 people to change the World

Somehow the personal tragedy Rick and Kay Warren face, compounded with the atrocity committed in Boston has brought into renewed focus for me how broken our world is. A viral illness has silenced me for a day or two but I am back now with a vengeance! Truth be told there is a great need for us to consider headlong how we can tackle brokeness of all forms as churches. Today, there is something that I want to say before I get back into my series on Mental Health which so far has included my most … [Read more...]

Can a Christian get depressed?

All over the English speaking world today, as a result of the tragic death of Rick and Kay Warren's son, many will be having conversations about mental illness. I thought I would write a short series of posts reflecting as a Christian psychiatrist on some of the questions people will inevitably ask. Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. The first question, today, is incredibly easy to answer. Can a Christian get depressed? The answer … [Read more...]


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