THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke Confirms He Does Not Believe in Penal Substitution

I do want to thank Steve Chalke for the honesty and openness in his contribution to the recent book, The Atonement Debate. He is very bold, and explains his position with far more clarity than I feel he has done before. Reading his chapter was worthwhile as there is much confusion about what Chalke really believes. Indeed, many people, including N. T. Wright, have gone so far as to make pronouncements about what they are sure Chalke believes. But in this book we find the answer to the question … [Read more...]

Update on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate

Somehow I missed a book published earlier this year by Zondervan called The Atonement Debate. The book was described to me as a “cool-headed” approach to the whole debate on penal substitutionary atonement (PSA) that has been raging in evangelicalism since Steve Chalke popularized attempts to dismiss it as a form of “cosmic child abuse.” It is essentially an edited and expanded publication of some papers from a theological debate which took place under the auspices of the Evangelical Alliance and … [Read more...]

John Piper Interviewed on Justification

Mike Reeves of UCCF has interviewed John Piper on Justification. The audio is now online and, like anything by Piper, is well worth a listen. … [Read more...]

I Have a Book Contract With Crossway – Please Pray For Me

Lately I've become increasingly aware of the friendship and support I'm privileged to receive from my regular readers. These days it's usually a real joy to read my e-mails or log on to my blog's Facebook page. I can't thank you all enough for the encouragement I've received. The fact that a number of people seem to enjoy the things I share here still continues to surprise me.In recent months I have been coming to terms with an even bigger surprise. It was never one of my life's goals to … [Read more...]

SERMON – Back to the Word: Nehemiah 8

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon at Jubilee Church in our series on the book of Nehemiah. A video of it is now available to download. You can also download the mp3, listen to it right here, or read my notes below: “Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across your … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – The Vital Place of the New Birth

I keep coming back to the subject of regeneration. I'm convinced that there is nothing more important for us to keep considering than this—not least because it enables us to be sure that we are saved ourselves, but also because of the effects a right understanding of this will have on us. I was therefore thrilled to find the following quote from the Doctor in a similar vein. We do not talk enough about this. What, then, is the new creation? What is the new man? What is this new thing that God c … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Trust Not Laziness

Last Friday we spoke about how meekness is not an excuse for laziness. Today I have another quote from Dr. Piper about how God's instructions to us to trust him are not intended to make us lazy. As Oliver Cromwell is reported to have frequently said, "Trust in God and keep your gunpowder dry!"Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” What we see when we look at the … [Read more...]

Passion For The City

Last week I posted about the need for us to have a heart for cities. Recently I was reading again our Saviour's words, when he had set his heart to go to the city where he knew he would die. I wonder whether we share such a passionate heart for the city, even when we know it is rejecting us and our message? I pray God may soften my heart so I can pray with such similar compassion for London, that vast den of iniquity that is, nevertheless, full of people who God longs to gather to himself.“O J … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Laziness Not Historically a Characteristic of Christians

Perhaps we should speak more about laziness as Christians. I'm not 100 per cent sure that we can say that the following quote entirely rings true of Christians today as a group. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm concerned that we as the Church have begun to imbibe the inherent laziness of the world. Brothers and sisters, this ought not be the case! We do not live for the beach! "Christianity has always stood for the dignity of work, for the dignity of labour, as can be proved historically. Heathendom … [Read more...]

From The Village To The City

Many Christian speakers, especially those from a similar school as Mark Driscoll, put a lot of emphasis on the cities these days. I believe it’s right for us to have a heart for the cities because Jesus has a heart for cities. Cities are like a magnet to anyone who loves people. There is an endless stream of people who you see every day. In a city you can never meet everyone. In a city, you can be in a crowd of people and still feel totally alone.People wonder why cities are such unfriendly p … [Read more...]


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