The simple sermon that saved Charles Spurgeon


An unknown, unheralded, unremembered, unlearned substitute preacher impacted Victorian London, and the English speaking world beyond it more than he could ever have imagined.A young man, who happened into a small chapel, was arrested. These simple truths, spoken by a simple man who was never acclaimed during Spurgeon's life (several men claimed to be the preacher, but were not recognized, and it seems the real preacher was content to remain unacknowledged). These same words which … [Read more...]

Twenty differences between the Psalms and modern worship songs. 


Beware of presumption. We serve a holy God not a cuddly best mate.  There is a major difference between many modern worship music and the Psalms. Too many modern songs speak only of the love of God, and he is seen only as a gentle and loving friend.It's not that the worship songs are wrong. It's just that they can almost completely miss a different side of God's character. I want to explore that a little today before we focus in another post to an event that happened in 2 Samuel 6 which … [Read more...]

Leaders: remember the reason for your leadership 


There are two verses in 2 Samuel 5 which together make a very important point for every leader. Whether your leadership is at work, in the church, or at home, you do well to take notice of these verses. The first answers an important question: "how did David become a great King?" The answer is simple: because God was with him. It is God who raises up leaders. It is God who determines our positions. And it is God who grants success. This is a vital antidote to pride. "And David became greater … [Read more...]

The joy of being who God designed you to be. Or how to become a square peg in a square hole

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Many of us go through life feeling like a square peg in a round hole.If we have any sense of destiny at all we think of it as something out there, unreachable.We feel like King David probably did for many years: out of place, awaiting that sense of fulfilling our destiny.I'm not altogether sure which is harder: not knowing what it is you were put on earth to accomplish, or knowing what you think it is, but being unable to achieve it.David had known since he was a young boy out … [Read more...]

Don’t despise new beginnings. On battling bloggers block and going back to the Bible


I'm back.Truth is, over the last few months I have been struggling.Struggling with a new job, which I enjoy but has been demanding more of my time, effort, and emotional energy than I expected.Struggling to balance work with all the other demands on my time.Struggling to be all that I am meant to me.Feeling like a failure many days and in many ways.Struggling to find both the time and emotional space to write.Struggling to know what I want to say, when it feels like I … [Read more...]

Q and A on Evangelism and the Evangelist with Rice Broocks and Tope Koleoso


The final session of last years 300 Leaders was a Q and A, which I chaired. Watch Rice Broocks and Tope Koleoso answer questions on Evangelism and the Evangelist. You can also watch other 300 Leaders videos: … [Read more...]

300 Leaders: Evangelism and the Evangelist by Rice Broocks Session 3


This is the third session on Evangelism and the Evangelist by Rice Broocks from last years 300 Leaders Conference. … [Read more...]

Charles Spurgeon on Tithing


Lined up today toe to toe are two camps of people when it comes to giving. In the one corner are those who legalistically tithe, do so out of fear, and believe everyone must tithe because God demands it. In the other corner are those who say, "We are not under the law of tithing so we don't need to do it." Often these people either don't give to God's house at all, or give very small amounts.Spurgeon, as so often seems to sit right in the middle and challenges both groups. Read the whole … [Read more...]

300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist Session 2


This is session two from the 300 Leaders Conference where my friend Dr Rice Broocks was the speaker. … [Read more...]

300 Leaders: Rice Broocks on Evangelism and the Evangelist: Session 1


My friend Rice Broocks spoke at 300 leaders last year, and I haven't yet shared the sessions here. I encourage you to watch these important talks which address the vital place of evangelism in the modern church, and the missing gift of the Evangelist. Here is the first session: … [Read more...]