What Title Should I Use For My Book?

UPDATE - Thanks for all your feedback emails and messages. I think I am down to five, the first for with the same subtitle. The last one could be a title on its own or could replace "Living in Light of the Resurrection" with one of the others.1. Raised with Christ - Living in Light of the Resurrection 2. Raised For Our Justification - Living in Light of the Resurrection 3. Raised For Our Salvation - Living in Light of the Resurrection 4. Raised To Save Us - Living in Light of the … [Read more...]

Will Heaven Really Be A Place On Earth?

Many Christians simplistically believe that when we die we will "go to heaven to be with Jesus forever." The truth is that 1 Corinthians 15 and other Scriptures make clear that we will one day be reunited with our bodies.From Revelation 21 it is clear that the heavenly city will descend from the skies and remain on earth. God will dwell with us on the new earth. So it would almost seem that heaven itself will invade earth, and that in some way we will be in heaven and earth simultaneously. This … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke and Neglect of the Resurrection

In his arguments against penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), Chalke parodies what its advocates believe, claiming that, according to those who hold to PSA, . . .it is Jesus’ death alone that becomes our “good news.” This approach reduces the whole gospel to a single sentence: "God is no longer angry with us because Jesus died in our place.” Indeed, that is exactly why evangelistic presentations based on penal substitution often do not even bother to mention the resurrection; for them it serves … [Read more...]

I Have a Book Contract With Crossway – Please Pray For Me

Lately I've become increasingly aware of the friendship and support I'm privileged to receive from my regular readers. These days it's usually a real joy to read my e-mails or log on to my blog's Facebook page. I can't thank you all enough for the encouragement I've received. The fact that a number of people seem to enjoy the things I share here still continues to surprise me.In recent months I have been coming to terms with an even bigger surprise. It was never one of my life's goals to … [Read more...]

SERMON – Living to Know Jesus (Philippians 3)

Yesterday I preached at Jubilee and thought, as usual, that I would share my notes and the audio here. But before I get to that, since it's Monday and my habit in "normal" times is to share a quote with you from Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones, this quote is a good one to begin with as, in many ways, it sets the scene for what I was preaching on. "What should we be seeking? We should always be seeking the Lord Jesus Christ himself, to know him, and know his love and to be witnesses for him and to … [Read more...]

C. J. Mahaney on the Resurrection

I have just been watching the following sermon by C.J. It is a great message to watch this Easter Saturday. … [Read more...]

An Easter Greeting

I wanted to share a brief video greeting with you this Easter, and to point you to three sermons I have preached that you might find interesting at this time of year. The first two are my Easter Sunday sermons preached the last two years. The third is not an Easter sermon, but it is about the resurrection.Have a great Easter, I will be back on Monday!Resurrection Hope—An Easter Sermon An Easter Message—The Jesus Who Polarizes People The Risen Jesus (Revelation 1) … [Read more...]

Review of the Blog – May to June 2007: More Atonement Wars and Terry Virgo

May was not as controversial a month as I reported yesterday that April had been. I continued with the following posts on the atonement and the resurrection throughout May and also into June. In fact, there were a few posts on the atonement which spilled into July, and I have listed them here also. If that's not enough for you on this vital subject, remember to look at my April review which lists a lot more!John Stott on the Atonement—The ConclusionTerry Virgo On the Results of the CrossC. J. M … [Read more...]

SERMON – The Risen Jesus (Revelation 1)

This morning I preached a sermon at Jubilee. The following are almost exactly the notes I used to preach from. In the meantime you can download the audio or listen to it right here.Imagine Jesus . . .Baby Jesus—weakness, stooping down, becoming one of us, close to us. OR, Jesus on the cross; suffering the wrath of God for us. Closest description of Jesus did NOT look like the cross, or a “gentle Galilean peasant,” or the baby Jesus.Consider the scene . . .The aging John—an island prisoner who has … [Read more...]

BOOK – Sam Storms Interprets Edwards' Classic on the Spirit

My buddy, Jesse, has recently completed a nine-part series of posts on Signs of the Spirit, in which Sam Storms interprets Jonathan Edwards' classic work on experiential Christianity, The Religious Affections. Here are the links:1. True spirituality is a hunger for God2. Public gathering, prayer, preaching, and singing3. You're not a Christian just because you...4. Sign 1) A new spiritual 'sense'5. Sign 2) A love for the things of God6. Experience, emotion, Edwards and public worship7. Signs … [Read more...]


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