I DON'T WANT BALANCE, I WANT IT ALL!

UPDATE In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 10th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 11th most-read post was The Atonement—Wright Attacks Both Sides of the Debate.Of all the posts I have written, this one is probably my own personal favorite. It is a rallying call to a kind of Christianity that is not ashamed to embrace the best from many different backgrounds.***************The last four words of the above title are not new to me, but they are c … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Session 9: Terry Virgo on the Sin of Achan

Terry VirgoTerry is based at Church of Christ the King, Brighton, UK, and leads the Newfrontiers team. A well-known Bible teacher, Terry speaks at conferences around the world. He has written several books, including No Well-Worn Paths, Does the Future Have a Church?, God’s Lavish Grace, and his latest, The Tide is Turning. See also Andrew Fountain's notes from this talk, The Folly of Achan.There are a few traditions within the family of Newfrontiers. One of them is that the father of the m … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Seminar: Sam Poe and Guy Miller – Prophecy: The Battle for Team

Sam PoeSam serves on the Newfrontiers apostolic team in the USA. He and his wife, Marlene, have travelled widely, serving churches in the USA and other nations. In recent years they have been particularly involved in working together with a number of churches in Russia and the Ukraine. Sam and Marlene are presently based in Tacoma, Washington, USA, where they are part of a new church plant. Sam is also serving other churches related to Newfrontiers in that region as part of the apostolic … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Session 7: David Stroud on the Identity Markers of Newfrontiers

David StroudDavid Stroud leads ChristChurch, London, and the Newfrontiers UK team. He has been involved in leading churches for over fifteen years, and ChristChurch is the third church that he has planted. He is married to Philippa, who works as an adviser on issues of social justice in Westminster, and they have three children.See also Andrew Fountain's notes from this talk: Being Sure of Who We Are as a People.Dave Stroud spoke to us today about the identity markers of Newfrontiers.We must be … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Interview With Tom Shaw: Leader of Mobilise

At Together On A Mission, we also have a conference within a conference for students and those in their 20's. It was a real pleasure to interview Tom Shaw, a friend of mine, who heads up that conference. You can listen to that message right here or download it to your computer: … [Read more...]

Ruth Graham RIP

The much beloved wife of Billy Graham has died. There is lots of coverage on the CT BlogJustin Taylor says it well when he writes "I join others around the world in thanking God for a life well lived in quiet, unashamed, faithful service to the Lord and his kingdom."I am glad for the work of this couple who have represented Jesus well to the whole world for decades. I wonder if we will ever see their like again. It is astonishing to think of all that they did, and of the selfless way Ruth … [Read more...]

Adopt an Orphan – Be Missional

This from Anthony Bradley over at The Resurgence:America has nearly 115,000 orphaned kids in foster care waiting to be adopted. Some wonder how this is possible in a country with Christian families. Surely there are 115,000 missional families in America, right? Missional families, for example, embrace the redemptive mission of God and practice "true religion" in their local communities (James 1:27). Missional Christians in America could eliminate the foster care system tomorrow ..."Religion that … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo Preaches on Ephesians 4

It doesn't seem that long ago that Terry Virgo preached at the church I attend, and it blessed us so much — listening to him always seems to do that to me. It was great to be able download and listen to a sermon this evening entitled Becoming a Member of the Body, preached earlier this month by Terry Virgo at Christ Church London, which meets in a central London theatre.He preached on Ephesians 4, boldly dealing with the controversial issue of the continuation of "Ephesians Four Ministries," but … [Read more...]

9Marks Conference on Church Growth

9Marks has announced a conference entitled Gospel Growth vs. Church Growth. Here is the information from the website: Tuesday October 30 — Thursday November 1, 2007Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.About the conferenceIt's hard for pastors not to be mesmerized by church growth. Who doesn't want their congregation to grow? Who doesn't want to see numbers and budgets increasing year by year? And who isn't greatly interested when the latest growth model comes along, the latest research, t … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Liam Goligher on the Crisis in Evangelicalism, Part Four

UPDATE I have since also had filmed a video interview with Liam Goligher.This is the last post in my interview series with Liam Goligher. In previous posts we have addressed our distinctives, things that unite us, the atonement, and now to conclude, we will look at some very interesting comments Liam made about church government and structure. Towards the end of our time together, I asked Liam what he felt the current crisis in evangelicalism was teaching us about how we define evangelicalism. … [Read more...]


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