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...]

Saved through union with our risen savior

Someone recently shared a quote online from my book Raised With Christ. I thought I'd share it with you as a not-too-subtle reminder to consider buying someone a book about Easter this Christmas!Salvation is not merely a case of believing in something that happened thousands of years ago.  We are not saved by a belief.  We are saved by union with a person.  We cannot separate the propitiatory work of Christ from Christ himself.  We are saved not only by believing the fact that Christ died for … [Read more...]

A Glimpse of Eternity – Ian McCormack “The Jellyfish Man”

Last Sunday, Jubilee Church London had the real blessing of Ian McCormack visiting us to share his testimony. It truly is a remarkable story of being declared dead, an encounter with Jesus, a dramatic resurrection, and a transformed life. A while ago I had lunch with this man, and a kinder, gentler man I have never met. Many responded to the gospel at the end of this testimony at Jubilee. Only eternity will tell the full effects of this man's life story which he has told so many times now. Watch … [Read more...]

Future Glory – Final Part of a Sermon on John 2

3. Future gloryI am deliberately going to break every rule of exegesis and take a verse wholly out of context hear because I believe the balance of scripture tells us that God always keeps the best wine till lastIts a Glory that improves with age…its like wine we can taste.Jesus first miracle water to wine. That wine speaks of joy. One way tap into joy=== holys spirit peace and joy in the SpiritGeorge Whitefield as he preached on this miracle. "Whilst I am thinking, and only s … [Read more...]

The Glory Revealed – Part Two of a Sermon on John 2

This is the second part of my notes from which I preached the above sermon.2. Glory revealed / Active Glory: When the glory is present and powerful. A moment comes. A crisis in their lives. They know Jesus. And yet does something amazing. Provides wine. Takes away their shame before it really happens. Powerful thing when glory is active. Doing signs and wonders Still does them today.How does it happen? How do we connect to glory? Lets see how it happened this time, and we will see a … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo: Speak with confidence about the central things

Terry Virgo is continuing to share his series of video interviews with his son. Today I share here another video which addresses Terry's view of the Bible. Here is an extract from his words about things we must preach boldly and clearly: Present God in his person and character. Present Jesus without any disguise. We need the authentic Jesus. The fact that he is God and man. Be very clear about the trinity and these unchanging realities about God. People say he didn't actually rise from the … [Read more...]

Debating the resurrection with a liberal pastor

During my blogging break I appeared on Premier Christian Radio's Unbelievable?. I joined in a conversation with a church leader about whether the physical resurrection of Jesus really matters. It was refreshing to meet someone who did not believe in Jesus bodily resurrection , who unlike many neoliberals today, was at least willing to call himself a liberal. I encourage you to  Listen here and look at some of the other programs. … [Read more...]