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


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...]

A personal note on the planned Spurgeon Documentary


I wanted to share a bit more about the Spurgeon documentary we are currently seeking crowd-sourced funding for. Our goal is simple: we want to introduce Spurgeon to a new generation and encourage people to find out more about him. If we cover our costs, then the documentary will be made, and will at some stage be made available to stream free online.  Making it will involve a group of us taking annual leave and filming at some of the key sites in Spurgeon's life what we hope will be a … [Read more...]

Faithfully Pursuing Fruitfulness

This is taken from a guest post I have written this morning on the Desiring God Blog:One key aspect in how we faithfully pursue fruitfulness is what we are hoping for. After last week’s post on Spurgeon, I was asked by someone which of his books I would recommend to begin with if they’ve never read him before. I am tempted to just say, Any of them! But perhaps that’s not a very helpful answer! If you are wrestling with this issue of what our goals in ministry should be, then The Soul Winner w … [Read more...]

How carefully do you look? Can you beat the radiologists?


OK, I want you to imagine for a moment that you are a top radiologist, examining CT-scans for minute traces of possible cancer. Get yourself into that mindset, then examine this scan:So, what did you notice? Did you fixate on a couple of white dots and try to decide if they were cancer or not? Or, did you see the gorilla in the top right hand corner?If you missed the gorilla, you are actually in good company. 83% of all highly skilled, highly trained, highly focussed radiologists … [Read more...]

Don’t read the Puritans, read Spurgeon!

This post was a guest post about Spurgeon, surprisingly enough given my current interest in him over at Desiring God's fabulous blog. If you don't read that blog already, I urge you to do so. I must confess to having slightly overstated my point in the title of this post. I rejoice in the recent resurgence of interest in the Puritans, who have so much to teach us. Perhaps a better way to capture the thought propelling this post would be “Use Spurgeon to Create a Bridge to the World of the P … [Read more...]

“No God? I live in him!” Spurgeon’s divine experience

In this quote from Spurgeon he reveals a depth of spiritual experience that frankly surpasses that of the vast majority of Christians today, whether charismatic or cessationist. But surely we can and should all aspire to know something of the depths of experience he knew?"Beloved brethren and sisters in Christ, I think that you and I can say, that to us the surest fact in all the world is that there is a God. No God? I live in him. Tell a fish in the sea there is no water. No God? Tell a man … [Read more...]