John Piper on healing

John Piper has been getting us all in the mood for his pastor's conference next week by speaking about the gifts of the Spirit in short videos shared online.  Today I want to share the one on healing.  Here are some excerpts from it: "I dont see any reason that any [of the gifts] should in principle be eliminated from present experience, at least the possibility of God giving it at any time. So I would say, yes there is a gift of healing . . . the Holy Spirit gives them according to his s … [Read more...]

John Piper on prophecy

John Piper has been sharing a series of short videos on him speaking about the gifts of the Spirit. The first was on tongues. I now want to share what he had to say on prophecy. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite: "I have been significantly influenced by Wayne Grudem's book on prophecy . . .I think our tendency is to despise what the New Testament treats as prophecy . . . Prophecy in the New Testament doesn't seem to have the same scripture quality, inerrant, inspiration and authority … [Read more...]

John Piper on speaking in tongues

In a few days I will be braving the freezing cold of Minneapollis (or more likely sheltering inside all week!) to attend the Desiring God conference where my pastor, Tope Koleoso will be one of the main preachers. I hope to meet some of you there.  Piper has released some video of him speaking about spiritual gifts.  The first is on tongues, here are some extracts of what he says: "If you don't talk about these things they tend to fade into the background . . . I don't buy the pentecostal h … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on receiving the whole counsel of God

How easy is it for us to become lop sided in our faith? The answer is very easy! One of the goals I have always had in blogging is to expose myself and others to people who might emphasize different aspects of the truth to us in order that we might grasp the full counsel of God.  It is this idea that lays behind some of my "spectrum" posts (see for example my Arminocalvinist, Complementarian-egalitarian, and Charismatic - cessationist posts)Sometimes it may even be necessary to LISTEN to s … [Read more...]

Spurgeon e-mail devotional

I want to today introduce to my blog readership a new friend of mine, Stephen McCaskell.  We have a top secret project we are working on together that will be revealed shortly! Getting to know him I have been impressed with his entrepreneurial spirit, and his enthusiasm that a new generation should be introduced to the prince of preachers.  You can and should follow him on Twitter, join his Spurgeon Facebook page, read the Spurgeon quotes page he runs, as well as his new blog here on P … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and others on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

UPDATE: My recent interview with Sam Allberry, a conservative minister who also experiences same-sex attraction is worth a watch on this subject. I am increasingly convinced that how we choose to respond to this issue is the biggest challenge we will face in the next few years as churches in the West.I thought I would simply today catalogue some recent statements from various Christians about homosexuality. You will see that there is quite a spectrum of opinion represented here, as I have … [Read more...]

Read my Mohler Interview

This is a transcript of the interview I did with Al Mohler before Christmas on leadership. Thanks to Mandy Johnson for typing this up!Adrian:  Hello there!  My name is Adrian Warnock, I am here with Dr Albert Mohler and we are broadcasting live on the internet.  Thanks for joining me Al.Albert:  It’s great to be with you Adrian.  Thank you.Adrian:  We are obviously going to talk quite a bit about your book, but before we get to that I did not think we could let your briefing go by wit … [Read more...]

Who do you think you are? by Mark Driscoll

Driscoll has brought out a new book entitled ""Who do you think you are? Finding your true identity in Christ". I was honoured to be asked to write an endorsement for the book. Here is what I said:This is not a self-help book. It reminds you that your life is not about you, it's all about Jesus. Driscoll's latest book teaches Christians that true freedom can only be found in rejoicing in who you are in Jesus. Did you know that you are a saint? What an antidote to low self esteem! Forgiven? … [Read more...]

Video Interview with Al Mohler

This is a video interview I recorded with Dr Albert Mohler about his new book and his views on leadership.We spoke a bit about the ideas I wrote about in a post on of "influencers" and those with "authority" as there is perhaps some overlap with his concept of "Believers" and "Leaders".It was a fun interview, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did recording it! … [Read more...]

New book of Spurgeon quotes

I have recently got to know the bundle of productive energy that is Stephen McCaskell. He has compiled an excellent book of Spurgeon quotes categorized by subject and Bible reference. If you are looking for a Christmas present for a preacher, look no further, go BUY IT NOW! Here is what I said in my endorsement:This book will introduce a new generation to the prince of preachers. Many of these quotes are short enough to fit into a post on Twitter, but some are powerful enough to change the … [Read more...]