God wants to bless you! Tope Koleoso in St Louis

You would think I hear Tope preaching enough, but here I am sitting in my host's house here in New Jersey watching some of this video from this morning's service in Jubilee Church St Louis where Tope was preaching. It's well worth watching, he preaches on how to receive God's blessing. God loves you and wants to, and is eager to bless you!Tope's main points were:Being blessed starts with obedience It is advanced by faith It involves sacrifice Is sustained by faith … [Read more...]

New Jersey, St Louis, and Minneapolis

I am very excited about my trip to the USA this week. God has been knitting my heart to a fantastic pastor of a thriving church in New Jersey, Kevin Brown and his wonderful family. I can smell the anointing that is on these folk and I'm thrilled to join them and Perfecting Church for the weekend and preach their.While I am preaching there, my pastor Tope Koleoso will be preaching at Jubilee Church, St Louis. I have spent some wonderful times in that church and have some great friends there. … [Read more...]

Spurgeon’s last words from his last sermon

I thought I would share the following which constitute the final words of the final sermon Spurgeon ever preached.  There are many other sermons that were published later than this in the published volumes, as they kept publishing them after his death.  These are fitting words to close such a remarkable ministry: Was he not a good Lord when he first took us into his army of salvation? What a curious crew they were that enlisted under David! “Every one that was in debt, and every one that was dis … [Read more...]

What Mark Driscoll likes about Joel Osteen

In the middle of an interview about Driscolls new book (which I reviewed here) is a fascinating aside from Driscoll, never one to pull his punches, about America's most prominent pastor, Joel Osteen, who many like to criticise:  "I am aware of the theological differences that exist between our tribe and Pastor Joel. I also know my Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a piñata, but there are worse things than being happy and encouraging at a time when the most common prescription m … [Read more...]

Facts about Spurgeon 121 years since his death

121 years ago today Spurgeon died. 100,000 people lined his funeral route to mourn the passing of one of the Victorian era's most significant public figures.  You could do a lot worse than signing up for a new email devotional that begins tomorrow which is a lightly edited version of one of his devotional books.It seems highly unlikely that Spurgeon will ever be surpassed either in his influence as a preacher, or in his unrivalled status as the most prolific and most-read christian author of … [Read more...]

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...]


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