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...]

Prayer – the Pastor’s Priority? The People’s pleasure? Join us at 300 Leaders!

I find the following quote on prayer from Spurgeon striking, much as the last one I shared.  It depresses me therefore how hard I often find it to pray myself. I am grateful to God that I am slowly learning. I don't hesitate to admit that the person who has taught me most about this is my own pastor, Tope Koleoso. He touched on the importance of prayer in his well-received talk at this years Desiring God conference. I am therefore thrilled that the next 300 Leaders event will feature Tope and K … [Read more...]

Cleansing the Temple – a sermon by Dr Kenneth Ulmer

In the second service on Sunday, Dr Ulmer preached from Matthew 21. He began by asking is your church God's house. He spoke about how man has made it into what it should not be. He urged that churches be known as a house of prayer, so that they would become a house of power, and as a result a house of praise. … [Read more...]

Dr Kenneth Ulmer on the Great Call, Great Commission: Glorify, Go, Wait, Be

Last Sunday at Jubilee Church London we were really blessed to hear from Dr Kenneth Ulmer as a visiting preacher. He preached two completely different sermons from two different passages at our two services. In this first message he began in John 17 focussing on the call we all have on our lives to glorify God. He stressed that each of us have things to do to "accomplish the work" God has set for us as individuals. He then moved to Matthew 28 where he spoke about what framework it is we work … [Read more...]

300 Leaders – Dave Devenish and Mike Betts

Yesterday I promised to blog about the two other speakers at the next 300 Leaders conference. Dave Devenish should be no stranger to regular readers of this blog, as I have serialised a chapter of his outstanding book Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission, and interviewed him. His is a remarkable man who gave up a successful career in international banking to serve Jesus. Content to minister alongside Terry Virgo, he has been a massive part of what God has been doing through Newfrontiers for … [Read more...]

Guest post: Roadblocks to Being Charismatic by Terry Virgo

The Reformed, Charismatic & Missional conference, put on by Acts29 and Newfrontiers was a great success this year.  The speakers for the weekend included Terry Virgo, Jeff Vanderstelt and Eliot Grudem.  Confluence author Bryan Mowrey got a chance to sit down with each of these leaders and ask some questions a lot of people have been asking.In this video, Bryan speaks with Terry Virgo about roadblocks he has hit in helping people fully embrace charismatic gifts in life and leadership . … [Read more...]

Popular posts: John Piper interviews Rick Warren on doctrine and The Purpose Driven Life

During Adrian's month away from the blog, he has hand-picked a selection of the most popular posts of the year so far to re-run.  Today we feature, John Piper's interview with Rick Warren on doctrine and The Purpose Driven Life.John Piper and Rick Warren are friends who come from slightly different wings of the modern church.  It was great to see them discuss what unites them.  As I keep saying, we have enough true enemies of the gospel at work today that all who love the age-old truths of the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A pioneering woman, pt 3

A pioneering woman, pt 3 By Claire MustersHere is the third part of my interview with Wendy Virgo.As you have both grown in your ministry, to the local church and internationally, has your understanding of any issues changed over the years? Have your approaches changed at all?I think that principles do not change, but the ways they are applied must be flexible. As we have got involved in church planting in other countries we have had to learn a lot about cross-cultural issues; we had … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A pioneering woman, pt 2

A pioneering woman, pt 2 By Claire MustersHere is the second part of my interview with Wendy Virgo.How did you juggle supporting your husband and being involved in ministry while you raised such a large family? What were the biggest challenges?Very early in our marriage, Terry and I redefined what we meant by “ministry”. Everything in our lives was to be seen as under the umbrella of serving God; there was no distinction between “sacred” and “secular”. So my ministry to God included loving … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A pioneering woman, pt 1

A pioneering woman, pt 1 By Claire Musters Wendy Virgo has always had a pioneering spirit. She married Terry in 1968 and they moved to a small town on the south coast called Seaford. At that stage, they had no idea that eventually the work that began there would spread to hundreds of churches in 60 nations around the world. I had the privilege of interviewing Wendy Virgo in the run up to the last Newfrontiers International Brighton Leaders’ Conference. I asked her about various different points i … [Read more...]


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