A Bible is For Life, Not Just For Christmas

Christmas seems like it's just around the corner. In these times of financial pressure, surely we all feel the need to make good choices in our gifts this year and not be wasteful. A new Bible for a loved one (or dare I say for yourself?) is certainly an excellent investment. But what Bible? And what format? In this post I will look at a few examples, some of which I can recommend.At the top of my list would be the ESV Study Bible. The translation is essentially literal and as close to a … [Read more...]

OFFER – Music That Will Draw You Closer To Jesus

SPECIAL OFFER FOR READERS OF ADRIANWARNOCK.COMOne of the things I love most about the group of churches of which I am a part is our worship music. We do use music coming from elsewhere, but God has given us some extraordinarily gifted songwriters, almost all of whom are from Church of Christ The King, Brighton, including Stuart Townend, who wrote In Christ Alone together with Keith Getty. But Stuart is far from the only great musical gift in that church.The family band called Phatfish … [Read more...]

VIDEO SERMON by Tope Koleoso on Sin

Over at the Jubilee Church London website we have introduced a new feature - video sermons. You can watch the first part of a very helpful sermon by my pastor right here, then watch the other parts, or download the video or audio files.Many people found this a helpful sermon when it was preached, and Tope challenged each of us to consider whether we are truly saved or not. He quoted material from John Piper about regeneration and made the point that we cannot simply live as we choose, sinning … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke's Further Arguments Against Penal Substitution

This is the last in my short series on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate. The previous posts in this series can be found by clicking on the links below:Update on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate Steve Chalke Confirms He Does Not Believe in Penal Substitution Steve Chalke Argues Against Penal Substitutionary Atonement Steve Chalke and Neglect of the ResurrectionIn his chapter of the book, The Atonement Debate, Steve Chalke continues with a classic argument from silence. He claims … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke and Neglect of the Resurrection

In his arguments against penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), Chalke parodies what its advocates believe, claiming that, according to those who hold to PSA, . . .it is Jesus’ death alone that becomes our “good news.” This approach reduces the whole gospel to a single sentence: "God is no longer angry with us because Jesus died in our place.” Indeed, that is exactly why evangelistic presentations based on penal substitution often do not even bother to mention the resurrection; for them it serves … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke Argues Against Penal Substitutionary Atonement

In his chapter in the recent book The Atonement Debate, Steve Chalke begins to argue against penal substitution (PSA). He starts in a surprising, and to me, a deeply concerning way. One of my major concerns about this whole debate is what a rejection of PSA does to our view of the Bible. The concept of God’s wrath is very prominent in the Bible, culminating in the famous dilemma of Romans 3 where Paul essentially asks how can God be both JUST and yet FORGIVE our sin. In the context of Romans, to … [Read more...]

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...]