We grieve, but not in the same way as those who have no hope

This is going to be a very personal post, full of reflections on the death just yesterday of my Father-in-Law. But before I get into that, being me, I have to begin with a very important point of Bible understanding.  For I know that many Christians feel secretly guilty for the fact they are grieving.  They ask themselves, "why am I crying when I know that my loved one has gone to a better place?"I hope to reassure all of my readers who are currently in mourning, and every single one of you w … [Read more...]

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise

This morning I want to remind you of a glorious simple truth. It is the foundation of all truly Christian hope. It is the very centre of the gospel. Merely to announce that we are sinners and one has died for us is not enough. It never has been. No matter how accurate your doctrine of the atonement is, or how clear your view of Scripture, until you have made resurrection the very bedrock on which your life is built you are not living the truly Christian life.Romans 10:9 makes it very plain. To … [Read more...]

Raised for our justification – 6 ways Jesus' resurrection is involved in our being declared righteous

Romans 4:25 states Jesus was "raised for our justification."  It was a verse that got under my skin when I was studying to write my book Raised With Christ (which from this week is now also available in Logos Bible Format!) In an abridged section from a whole chapter in my book which deals with this verse, here is what I said about this pivotal verse:WHAT DOES “RAISED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION” MEAN?In Romans 4:25 the Greek behind our English word “for” could mean either “because of” or “in order … [Read more...]

TODAY is Resurrection Sunday too

Did you have a great time at your church on Easter Sunday? Was there a sense of celebration in the air? Was there excitement? Joy? Maybe even a conscious awareness of the Spirit being poured out? Do you want to capture that vitality week after week? Then preach the resurrection every week. For the good news of Jesus' resurrection IS the Gospel proclamation. In the gospel is the power of God for salvation. And salvation is not just an intellectual response, it is a rebirth. In that rebirth, … [Read more...]

Bible by the Beach

As you are reading this I am with my family at the Bible By the Beach Conference where I am one of the speakers. A whole event focused on the resurrection. Worship. Teaching. Seminars. All near the beach! I should be in heaven! If you are there do come and say hi to me. I think the audio will be available online at some point. … [Read more...]

How do you frighten someone who has been raised from the dead?

This Easter Sunday let's remind ourselves that we truly have been raised with Christ! What joy will be ours on that great day when he returns! This short video is well worth watching, and features Ravi Zacharias: … [Read more...]

2000 people dance to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus

Here in the UK, it has just turned past midnight, meaning it is now Easter Sunday. What better way to begin to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus than to watch this fantastic video of more than 2000 people dancing for Jesus: … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

Resurrection: You ask me how I know he lives? He lives in me!

Ultimately, the persistence and growth throughout history of the largest movement the world has ever seen is the strongest evidence for the resurrection. Many millions of people have claimed that their lives have been transformed by Jesus and that they had a relationship with Jesus. Even today, testimonies of lives that have been changed continue to flabbergast the skeptic and give more faith to the believer.According to Robert Stein: [Another] witness to the resurrection is the … [Read more...]

Where Bob Roberts' life message and mine intersect

In a sermon from the series  The Christian's Duty in a Hostile World, John MacArthur connects two glorious truths: the centrality of Jesus' resurrection and that "faith cannot be removed or detached from the realm of real life."It is no great surprise to me that I enjoyed Bob's book so much,  or that he seems to be enjoying mine.  For while their subjects may seem disconnected at first glance, in reality they have everything to do with each other!The truth that lies behind Bob's view of bo … [Read more...]


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