Books every Christian should read : Recovering biblical manhood and womanhood

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (Edited By John Piper and Wayne Grudem) is essential reading to help you form your own position in what may be one of the most important debates in the church at the current time- how to respond to feminism. What I like about the book is it doesnt simply assume that a 1950s view is correct. Instead, examining from all kinds of angles the book attempts to do what it says on the tin. Preaching a view that says women … [Read more...]

Book review- The Feminist mistake

As part of a project with the diet of bookworms I have been reading The Feminist mistakeThe author does a good job of cateloguing the thought of secular and religious feminists. It is clear that to the author the last fify years is a story of how a biblical view of feminism has been erroded and replaced with a form of femminism that has more in common with paganism than christianity. I found the story this book portrays deeply disturbing, and there were parts of it I simply could not read- … [Read more...]

Preaching repentance and faith to believers and unbelievers

Blogotional: is insightful even for him with this quote "the reception of the gospel is not a one time event, but a lifetime journey."I think we are beginning to converge. Without wanting to speak for David from Jollyblogger too much I think it is fair to say that neither he nor I would measure our success in preaching by the numbers raising their hands on a sunday morning or joining an altar call. We do call people to make a public response, but what I am looking for is the evidence of a … [Read more...]

FINNEY'S experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit

This is probably the best description of what I call the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that I can find. For those (charismatic or otherwise!) who claim to have all that the Holy Spirit has to offer, I issue this as a challenge. Have you experienced a life changing effusion of the Holy Spirit of such intensity as the one described below? If like me you still long for more of the Holy Spirit, perhaps that prayer "More Lord!" is one of the most important we can pray. Heres Charles Finney's testimony … [Read more...]

"Why Did Jesus die?" my Alpha talk

This is the rough outline I used for last thursday's Alpha talk on "why did jesus die?" Just to make clear to anyone who thinks I am into the penal substitutionary view as an exclusive explanation of the cross, I have no problem with using the outline Alpha proposed (which is almost identical to this one)Why did Jesus Die?For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16 For all have sinned and fall short … [Read more...]

Do not deny the wrath of God or you deny the simple gospel

Blogcorner preacher: who links to an audio interview with John Piper on the wrath of God and why there can be no sense in the Gospel message. Those who doubt substitutionary atonement should listen to John as he once again explains the simple gospel. Piper also speaks to the glory of God, his sovereignty and the Tsunami. He says "this Tsunami was DESIGNED to lead the world to repentance" … [Read more...]

Penal substitution explained by John Piper

My hero John Piper has made his book defending the classical view of the atonement available for free online. I shall no doubt blog through that book. The blurb says"Does Christ's life-long record of perfect obedience to God get 'credited' to your account when you trust in Christ and are 'justified' by God? This has been the historic Protestant understanding of the 'imputation of Christ's righteousness,' but John Piper warns that we are in danger of losing this doctrine today, because of … [Read more...]

The implications of denying the simple gospel of penal substitution

Have just been reading Dabney on the atonement online. People wonder why many of us prefer theology by a bunch of dead guys to some of the modern stuff.Dabney catelogues many scriptural proofs of penal substitution and highlights Galatians 3:10-14 as one of the foremost texts: "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.' Now it is evident that no one is justified … [Read more...]

Preaching whilst open to the Spirits guidance- was Spurgeon a charismatic?

Spurgeon once more: "If you yield yourself thus unreservedly to the mind and will of God, by-and-by, when you get out into the ministry, you will sometimes be impelled to use a strange expression or to offer an odd prayer, which at the time may have a queer look even to yourself; but it will be all explained to you afterwards, when someone comes to tell you that he never understood the truth until you put it that day in such an unusual way. You will be more likely to feel this influence if you … [Read more...]

Is Arminianism really Catholicism?

Eric wonders why people call him by the name of his blog, and for me the answer is simple- when I hit "Blog This" thats the name which comes up! I am enjoying his blog a lot these days despite our differences. He has posts from a catholic background and it is great to not be interacting with a straw man. Most recently he has written a great posts which quotes wikkipaedia and suggests that catholicism and arminianism are essentially similar.The Arminians suggested five, anti-Calvinist … [Read more...]