A Christmas Sermon

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This week, I will be sharing some sermons that I preached earlier this year and didn't get round to posting on my blog.  I thought I would begin with a seasonal sermon that I preached just this morning at Jubilee Church's Wood Green site, The message was based on Luke 1:26-55. What is Christmas? -A happy time of year in the middle of the cold dark winter…celebrating with lights -A time where a lot of food is eaten A time where family comes together -A time where gifts are … [Read more...]

Healing Today

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MacArthur's argument against the gift of healing seen in his book Strange Fire is an interesting one to me. He seems to distinguish between the idea that God can and still does heal today in response to our prayers, and the concept of the gift of healing. (See James  5:14-15). He does this in several ways. Firstly, he believes that the "Gift" of healing was given exclusively to accredit the Apostles, something which as I said in a previous post, I just don't see as the case allowing for the … [Read more...]

To live is Christ, to die is gain

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I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service. I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy. He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

There will be an end to these troubles

I cant think of anything of greater help to us than to cling onto God’s promise of an end to suffering  during difficult times. Certainly mental illnesses can be among the hardest things for us to endure, whether we suffer from one ourselves, or it is a loved one. But again we realise that ultimately the solutions the Bible offers us speak to those of us who suffer mental illness and those who don't alike.  Hope is vital.  We must be able to believe that as we spoke about yesterday, Jesus … [Read more...]

An answer to the “Why does God allow Suffering?” question

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A few weeks ago now, I posted a surprising answer to the "Why me?" question. In that article I essentially make the point that one reason God allows suffering in our lives is so that we will be able to help others. But there are clearly other reasons, and we will never fully understand. One of the important reasons for us to grasp is expressed by Paul in what some have claimed is the finest chapter in the whole Bible, Romans 8: Behind every bad thing that happens to us, God is at work, … [Read more...]

How God can use 120 people to change the World

Somehow the personal tragedy Rick and Kay Warren face, compounded with the atrocity committed in Boston has brought into renewed focus for me how broken our world is. A viral illness has silenced me for a day or two but I am back now with a vengeance! Truth be told there is a great need for us to consider headlong how we can tackle brokeness of all forms as churches. Today, there is something that I want to say before I get back into my series on Mental Health which so far has included my most … [Read more...]

Can a Christian get depressed?

All over the English speaking world today, as a result of the tragic death of Rick and Kay Warren's son, many will be having conversations about mental illness. I thought I would write a short series of posts reflecting as a Christian psychiatrist on some of the questions people will inevitably ask. Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. The first question, today, is incredibly easy to answer. Can a Christian get depressed? The answer … [Read more...]

Rick Warren’s son takes his own life after a lifelong battle with mental illness

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The Christian and secular media are reporting the tragic news that Rick Warren's son has taken his own life after a lifelong battle with mental illness. The Warrens will be grieving and in terrible distress right now. Every Christian reading this should please offer a prayer of support on their behalf. At times like these the love of friends and family will be a great support to them, but will not take away the pain. Rick and Kay need the love of Jesus to be especially real to them at this … [Read more...]

A Good Friday Sermon

Other useful Easter resources: Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus' Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25) At Jubilee Church I preached yesterday's sermon.  Here are some notes from the sermon with some extra material woven in. Earlier today on Twitter somebody asked why people would wish each other a "happy" Good Friday. It begs the question why we even call the … [Read more...]

Tragedy and the Empty Tomb

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Phillip Yancey has written a very moving and helpful piece on untangling profound suffering, and how it actually can point us to a deeper, more profound faith, especially when seen through the lens of Jesus' death and resurrection. Entitled National Tragedy and the Empty Tomb, the whole thing is worthy of you reading it this Easter, but the following paragraph jumped out at me, speaking of Desmond Tutu's reaction to sitting through South Africa's Truth and Reconcilliation Commission … [Read more...]


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