And The Title Of My Book Will Be…..

You will have to pop over to my new facebook group for my forthcoming resurrection book if you want to find out! The book is due to be published in early 2010 by Crossway. … [Read more...]

Righteousness Takes Time – John Piper

Its time I reinstated Piper Friday here, It had never been canceled, merely put on hold! Writing a book has taught me that many tasks take a lot longer than our instant coffee generation wants us to believe. My deadline rapidly approaches now, but I hope that in many ways my book is the product not just of the 2 years or so that I have been studying specifically the resurrection, but also my entire Christian life to this point.Often, however, I do still feel like I am merely a beginner in … [Read more...]

What Title Should I Use For My Book?

UPDATE - Thanks for all your feedback emails and messages. I think I am down to five, the first for with the same subtitle. The last one could be a title on its own or could replace "Living in Light of the Resurrection" with one of the others.1. Raised with Christ - Living in Light of the Resurrection 2. Raised For Our Justification - Living in Light of the Resurrection 3. Raised For Our Salvation - Living in Light of the Resurrection 4. Raised To Save Us - Living in Light of the … [Read more...]

Whats Your Capacity? Whats Your Role?

One of the tragedies of the modern church is that we just don't seem to understand a lesson the Moses learnt from his father-in-law. Sadly we fail to realise that not every godly Christian leader should aspire to be the so-called "number one" leader of a church. Many churches are started and do not grow because the person at the helm was never meant to be in such a role. Perhaps in some cases that leader could be helped to birth a church by despite branching out on his own remaining under the … [Read more...]

David Pask on Discipleship

Good sermons on discipleship are few and far between. Last Sunday David Pask, who is an elder at Jubilee Church, London preached this outstanding introduction based on 1 Corinthians 4:14-16. You can download the sermon Imitate Me as an mp3 or you can watch it online here: … [Read more...]

New Word Alive (2009) – Places Still Available!

NWA1 30th March - 4th April 2009 Speakers include Don Carson, Terry Virgo, Vaughan Roberts Please note that New Word Alive 1 does not have a children’s or youth programme for those aged 5-18.NWA2 4th April - 9th April 2009 Speakers include Don Carson, Terry Virgo, Liam Golligher Please note that New Word Alive 2 is for all ages, but does not have a separte student trackI will be there for some of both weeks and plan on hosting a bloggers meet up session for existing bloggers, those thinking o … [Read more...]

When God Demands the Impossible

"Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” Ezekial 19:30-32In the above verse we see a classic example of God commanding us to do something we simply cannot. When I read this recently everything inside me yelled out "but I C … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Perseverance of the Saints

Jonathan Edwards teaches the doctrine of perseverance in this passage, which is about as far removed from the easy believism most understand when they say "once saved always saved" as you can get. " . . .as soon as ever a soul has put forth one act of faith towards Jesus, it becomes interested in his righteousness, and so in all the benefits that are purchased by it. The soul is thenceforward united to Christ, and Christ is his and all that he has. When a soul has believed in Christ, God stands … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Irresistible Grace

The shocking nature of the doctrine that God's grace is irresistible was hammered home to me by this quote. If this notion does not make you grateful to God that YOU should be so blessed by him, I don't know what will. . . .the Calvinistical notion of sovereign and arbitrary grace, whereby some, with the very same sincerity of endeavors and the same degree of endeavors and the same use of means, shall have the success which is denied others; and although all things are exactly equal in both … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Limited Atonement

There is none of the five points of calvinism that are associated with more confusion than the one commonly called Limited Atonment or particular atonement. The problem comes because we do not tend to understand exactly what Calvinists have historically meant by this point, nor do we understand the alternatives on either side. Logic can be very treacherous when it comes to doctrinal understanding. So, in the following quote from Edwards we will find him steering a middle ground between two … [Read more...]