Jonathan Edwards on Unconditional Election

Jonathan Edwards masterfully argues that it is necessary that God determined that at least one individual would be saved, or else there would have been the risk that Jesus work would have been done in vain. The implication of this argument is of course that once you have accepted that at least one person was chose effectually by God to be saved, it is surely easy to believe that all Chrisitans were in fact chosen by God before the foundation of the world without anything in us cause him to be … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Total Depravity

I am planning on sharing some short quotes from Jonathan Edwards on the five points of Calvinism. Here is the first on the "T" of the so-called "TULIP". He simply defines Total depravity: . . . the Calvinistic doctrine of the total depravity and corruption of man's nature, whereby his heart is wholly under the power of sin, and he is utterly unable, without the interposition of sovereign grace, savingly to love God, believe in Christ, or do anything that is truly good and acceptable in God's … [Read more...]

John Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

John Piper shares some interesting perspectives on the fullness of the holy Spirit in a sermon he gave last november. It is intruiging how he endeavours to sidestep the issue of identifying baptism with the Holy Spirit as either conversion or a second blessing. Piper seems keener that we are all open to more infusions of the Holy Spirit whatever our theological position. He is discussing John 1:25-34Jesus immerses people in the Spirit. That’s what the word baptize means. There are pictures in t … [Read more...]

Hugh Palmer at Jubilee London on 1 Corinthians 2

Yesterday, the Rector of All Souls (who follows in John Stott's shoes) joined us at Jubilee Church, London, my home church. His sermon was greatly enjoyed by our church, again demonstrating the unity that is ours around the gospel.The video is now available below in four parts, or you can download the mp3 or video files.<br> <p>Your browser does not support … [Read more...]

Is This A Conservative Evangelical Blog?

Well, this blogger is back, and as you can tell from the title of this post having an identity crisis. In fact, I should warn you that I am still not in fact fully back blogging. Until my book is actually ready to submit to my publishers, I plan on continuing to mostly limit my posting to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and this post like the following was written a while back.I have been thinking for some while about definitions. I have always been happy to first of all label myself as a … [Read more...]

Together At Butlins Session 4 – Terry Virgo

We are now drawing to a close of our weekend together, although there will still be swimming, and other activities this afternoon. I was pleased yesterday to get a fastest lap time on the gokarts of 21.150. If any of my readers were here and got a faster time, do feel free to let me know!Terry came to speak to us again on Jonah 2 and 3. Perhaps the key verse in this passage is God's word coming again to Jonah. God is glorious and holy but gives people a second chance repeatedly in the Bible. … [Read more...]

Together at Butlins 3 – Terry Virgo

Terry began by giving a report about his trip to Australia and New Zealand which really helped to put his talk into the context of a movement that spans the globe and is on a mission together. It was so exciting to realize how small we are here in this conference even though we are here with 3600 people on a site that is fully booked. This conference is a local one just for a part of the UK. Across the UK and across the world other similar conferences are happening and groups of churches are … [Read more...]

The Integrity of the Word of God

As a scientist, I have been raised with the idea that there is, indeed, such a thing as absolute truth. Either something has mass or it doesn’t. Either I will fall down because of gravity or float because I am in space. How can theology be any different? Give me someone who absolutely rejects the message of the Bible and the existence of its God any day over someone who tries to blur boundaries and talk about the “spiritual meaning” of events that they believe are basically lies. Quite simply, it … [Read more...]

Four Dangers of Preaching Slowly Through a Book of the Bible

I should say up front that this is an illusion. I may seem to be back from my blogging break over Christmas and the New Year, but the truth is, I am not. I need all my spare time at the moment to work on my book. So I'm planning to share some extracts from a series of posts I wrote previously on preaching. I have set up my blog to do this entirely automatically every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy this series. Please, also, remember to pray for me as I am … [Read more...]

Buy Yourself A New Year’s Present

It's the New Year, and maybe you have some Christmas money left. You could do a lot worse than treating yourself to something that will help you in your Bible study. Obviously, at the top of my list would be a Logos Bible Software package, which, as always, is available via that link on my website here offering a 25% discount. Logos now offers the same packages for Mac, and they will also very soon be available by following the above link with the same discount.I am really enjoying using … [Read more...]