"God is the gospel" by John Piper : book review

With this book Piper raises the bar. It is clearly his argument that Joy in God is the goal of the gospel itself. He really did mean it when he said the chief purpose of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever. Now, he makes plain that it is God himself who makes the gospel good news. Before we get into the review proper, why not Read the Introduction and Chapter 1Listen to the Audio introduction by John Piper Piper's book opens as follows:From the first sin in the Garden of Eden to the … [Read more...]

Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Piper back in 1984 said some remarkable things about the Holy Spirit. which I think are of great interest and are surprisingly consistent with the veiws on the Holy Spirit I have quoted and outlined previously. Saying things like this Piper could almost be confused for a member of the charismatic church I attendNow the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. … [Read more...]

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit as a distinct experience and speaking in tongues

Blogotional disagrees with my thoughts on the Holy Spirit:"Adrain does a wonderful job earlier in his post of defending his assertions scripturally, but here I see no such back up. Save for the the Acts account of Pentecost, I see no evidence of a conscious and separate experience marking receipt of the Holy Spirit. Further I see no evidence that such an event will 'usually' be accompanied with tongues or prophecy."As far as both points, I think a swift perusal of the use of the word Spirit in … [Read more...]

Assorted thoughts on the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

This post is a gathering into one place of as many thoughts, verses and quotes on the Holy Spirit as I can find from my blog. I have posted much if not all of this before but here it all is together....Just to kick of with, I believe that the HS is given:1. To assure us of salvation2. To empower us to live godly lives since, "PRINT ON A PAGE CAN NEVER MAKE US HOLY ON ITS OWN."3. To make us more evangelistic (cf the boldness of Acts 2) 4. To give us giftsGal 3:13ff Christ redeemed us from the … [Read more...]

God's Will and the fruit of the Spirit.

Good morning, I know for some of you it's good afternoon. The blogosphere is a little slow this morning, well, except for politics.One story I want to highlight is at The Christian Mind and is about learning the Will of God for our lives. Jollyblogger also highlights it and has some additional thoughts.Question for discussion: Does anyone ever get concerned with God's Will when it comes to blogging?I'm studying and writing this morning so I will leave you with the passage that I am working … [Read more...]

The gospel in one passage- penal substution clearly defined

With all the recent challenges on the gospel, a passage in 2 Corinthians 5 is becomming ever more precious to me. The key verse is 21, but I will here set it in context. This passage alone seems to me to demolish N.T.Wright's new perspectives on Paul as well as Steve Chalkes criticisms of the penal substitution view of the atonement:Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us … [Read more...]

Evangelicalism RIP – killed by its friends?

Blogotional did a great job of bringing together my call for us to learn from any corner we can with pyromaniacs concerns about the decline of the concept of evangelical as in any way useful as a definition.One of the things that Phil and I spoke of minutes before the first london bombers was what we termed an evangelical war over doctrine which was being fought by theological 'terrorists'. Up till now I havent wanted to share that term as recent events made it seem inappropriate. Imagine my … [Read more...]

Who Are Your Favorite Well-Known Living Preachers?

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 16th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 17th most-read post was my interview with Dr. Sam Storms.In this post I simply asked my readers to identify their favorite preachers, and listed my own as well. I saved all of the comments that were made to this post at that time and have now placed them at the end of this post. If you are interested in letting us know who your favorite preachers are, please e-mail your … [Read more...]

What is Reformed or Calvinist theology- a book review of a modern defence of Calvinism

R.C Sprouls book "What is Reformed Theology is the best available simple explanation of Reformed Theology I have seen. You may have never heard of Reformed theology or youmay have rejected out of court what you believe Calvinism stands for. The truth is that despite its current neglect the theology Sproul so clearly explains in this book has been immensely influential in the centuries since the reformation. Sproul explains what the so-called "solas" mean, and outlines each of the so-called "five … [Read more...]

Gender and bible translations links

Thanks to all my commentators for a bunch more links on the issue of gender. So in no particular order if you want to follow up on my previous posts on gender and bible translation here are some resources. This might also go some way towards answering David Warnock's call for reasons to trust the ESV.My own cursory glance makes me feel that no one translation has probably got this totally right, or at least they havent got it right for when gender neutral pronouns and the use of words like "man" … [Read more...]