Dr Kenneth Ulmer on the pivotal role of prayer for a Christian leader

Today I am sharing the video from session 1 of the 300 Leaders conference where Dr Kenneth Ulmer was speaking: … [Read more...]

An interview with Dr Kenneth Ulmer: hear the testimony of a baptist turned charismatic

This week as an interlude from the Mental Health series, I want to share some video from when Dr Ulmer was with us.  He has been a personal prayer partner to Jack Hayford for many years now, and it was a real honor to interview him:  … [Read more...]

Hear Tope Koleoso in Toronto next Saturday on Growing a Church in both Word and Power of the Spirit

If you can get to Toronto on 1st June, I urge you to book into this day conference with Tope Koleoso. You won't be disappointed! For a taster of what is in store watch this clip from Tope's recent talk at the Desiring God Pastors conference: BOOK IN HERE. … [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...]

Ed Stetzer writes for CNN about Mental Illness and the Church

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Ed Stetzer is one of the most widely respected Christians in the West with a broad appeal that goes beyond most of our tribal boundaries. I have had the privilege of getting to know him personally a bit as well, so I was thrilled to read him speak about  his article at CNN Regarding Mental Illness on his own blog.  I have decided that I will highlight a couple of other articles on mental illness before returning to my own series, which so far includes two posts:Can a Christian get dep … [Read more...]

What are mental illnesses and disorders? What effects do they have?

In light of the terrible tragedy of the suicide of Matthew Warren, I am writing about a series of questions many Christian families and groups of friends will be discussing. The first post asked "Can a Christian get depression?"  Today I ask two related questions, "What are mental illnesses and disorders?" and "What effects do they have?"Mental illnesses and disorders are incredibly common. If your church is not grappling with the issues mental illnesses and disorders raise, it means either … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Final Pastoral Sermon – God Raised Your Great Shepherd from the Dead

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John Piper preached his last sermon as the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist church this Easter. And he very appropriately pointed to the Great Shepherd, who is the true pastor of us all.Surely this was a fitting end to a pastoral ministry with massive impact all over the world but its depth was felt most at Bethlehem:It’s Easter. And it’s the last day of my office as shepherd in this flock. We could not have chosen a better day to finish. God raised your Great Shepherd from the dead!The most imp … [Read more...]

Lex Loizides releases a new book for new Christians

Lex Loizides is a great friend of mine, and a very gifted church-based evangelist who has faithfully served God over several decades all over the world. His wisdom in helping new Christians in legendary. In this book Lex skillfully guides those beginning a lifetime of following Jesus. It makes the perfect gift for any one who just became a Christian.  You can get his book on  Kindle in the USA and UK stores:US amzn.to/XxjcBH UK amzn.to/11xtV24  … [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...]

Spurgeon: Prayer is vital for the success of ministry

Regular readers will know only too well that I have been looking afresh recently at the life and writings of Spurgeon, in preparation for a planned documentary for which a team of my friends are currently seeking crowd-sourced funding.  Reading Spurgeon afresh, it has struck me again just how much he has to teach us. God seems to have uniquely gifted him with great insight into a broad range of subjects, as I am sure you have already seen in the quotes I have shared over on Desiring God about … [Read more...]


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