Jonah 2 By Liam Goligher

At the beginning of his talk Liam confessed to his love of 24, which I share. At risk of making him as pleased as punch, I can report that people twittering from the event reckon he actually looks a bit like Jack Bauer! As soon as Jonah hit the water, the storm ended, and the sailors were safe. His God must be powerful, so they worshipped him. We see God’s salvation in operation in action in Jonah’s life.Salvation of JonahIntroduction of the big fish, and mentioned in the conclusion. In between t … [Read more...]

Don Carson on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Don began by explaining the importance of considering context of bible verses by using the phrase “there is no God.” Which of course is not an advocacy of atheism when seen with the preceding phrase “The fool says in his heart”The Good Samaritan is not merely saying that we should be kind to neighbours. We need to consider this in its immediate context and in its broader context. The teacher is trying to test Jesus and asks Jesus what he need to do to inherit. Yet an inheritance is a gift. The q … [Read more...]

Liam Goligher on Jonah 1

We decided to go to the second Bible reading this morning so we could catch at least some of the Formula One. As it started at 11-30am we were probably the only people in the world glad that the race got suspended when it did! (Though we only got to hear that the race was definitely stopped an Button had won by text which arrived on my phone while the notices were begin given!)There was an eager sense of anticipation in the room to listen to God’s word through Liam, who is a good friend of the E … [Read more...]

Richard Cunningham on The Parable of the Sower – Luke 7

God’s word and Men and women’s hearts were made for each other.Sowing Jesus knew how to sway a crowd. The seed falls on different kinds of soil. In a sense this is the most unsurprising story to a rural community. They know some seed doesn’t grow. Cant have been his most electrifying story on one level. He is sifting the crowd. Jesus does this often, for example when he told the crowd to eat is flesh! Why have we come to this conference? Are you hungry for him? For his word? Or do you just want … [Read more...]

Hugh Palmer on The Parable of the Nobleman – Luke 19

There are obvious traces of Jesus’ own story here. It is not an entirely original account, however. It is likely that it was loosely based on something that would be very familiar to Jesus’ hearers. Herod had gone to Rome to persuade the emperor to make him King. The Jews had send a delegation to protest. He had returned as king and massacred hundreds at the first Passover. This is a tale with lessons for the return of the King. 1. How to be a looser in the long run: Be a rebel in the short run. … [Read more...]

Don Carson on The Rich Man and Lazarus – Luke16

Is Jesus just saying that there will be a reversal of what happens on earth? Is it "Live well, end up in hell?" There are some contextual clues that suggest this is not the case eg. "Whoever can be trusted with little, can be trusted with much." "No one can serve two masters" Money easily becomes a master. We become what we worship. What we pursue, we covert. Luke 16:14-15 Pharisees were sneering at him - they tilted up their noses. God knows the heart. What people highly value is … [Read more...]

Vaughan Roberts on Sex from 1 Corinthians 7

Well, after sharing here my pastor Tope Koleoso’s talk on sex just recently, regular readers of my blog will think I am obsessed with this subject. Then again, I am a man! Vaughan began by saying that the first command in the Bible to Adam and Eve, loosely translated, was “Go and have sex.”He began by explaining Paul begins by quoting them and countering their opinion with his own. The Bible honors both singleness and marriage, and is not anti-sex.V2-9 Paul seems to be implying that everyone sing … [Read more...]

NWA09 – Terry Virgo on The Prodigal Son Luke 15

This was the first talk I have been able to hear at New Word Alive this year. I got my book submitted on the 1st April as planned (at least by Chicago time, which is all that really counts!) Got here around lunchtime and already have lots of video but so far no way of uploading it. But be warned, when I do get to upload it, you will see all kinds of school boy errors of filming! I may have a fancy camera, but I am just learning how to use it. Anyway, Terry spoke tonight followed by a time … [Read more...]

Unified By The Risen Christ – 1 Corinthians 12

Every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate Jesus' resurrection each week. The fact that Jesus is alive is the only possible explanation for the very existence of the Church. No other organisation claims that its founder rose from the dead. The church is united by Christ, empowered by Christ and directed by Christ. This is my sermon from last Sunday at Jubilee. I spoke about unity of Christ's body on earth. My main points were:-United by the SpiritDiverse in RoleOne in ValueUnited in … [Read more...]

Do You Love Jesus Christ?

I do enjoy sharing these quotes from John Piper most Fridays. Today's is no exception. He posted it a couple of months ago, and you can hear the challenge resonating through the decades since this event took place.One of the most memorable moments of my seminary days was during the school year 1968-69 at Fuller Seminary on the third level of the classroom building just after a class on systematic theology. A group of us were huddled around James Morgan, the young theology teacher who was … [Read more...]