Liam Goligher on Jonah 3

There are two miracles. One is God using Jonah. The second is God working in the city. Jonah has already seen God at work in saving himself, and the sailors have also been saved. Tomorrow we will see him at work in Jonah himself.There is a “giant test motive” everything in this book is on a grand scale. Huge task. The fear was great. The storm was overwelming and the city was humungous. The repentance was total. Its beyond our comprehension. It communicates that our sin is big, God’s mercy is bi … [Read more...]

Graham Daniels On The Parable of the Banquet Luke 14

A few things happened before we get to our passage. First Jesus heals someone with dropsy on the Sabbath, no less. Later, someone speaks to Jesus, and he just blanked him. Jesus sees to the heart. The message is that you accept a general invitation but when the specific invite comes you treat it with contempt.The master sends out for the poor, blind and lame. He is angry. They had said yes, but it was all a lie. Get out to the people who wouldn’t normally be invited. Make them come in. They are s … [Read more...]

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...]