Two types of leadership

Many people say that leadership is simply a case of having followers. But it seems to me that there are definitely two types of follower, and hence two types of leader. I am talking about Christian circles here, but I think that a similar point could be made in the wider world too.The first kind of follower is one who simply reads, listens to, or watches another, and is affected by them.  Sometimes the changes produced will be profound and deep, even life-changing, other times the effects … [Read more...]

The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler


Are you a reluctant leader? Or do you lack convictions, yet pursue leadership anyway? Al Mohler will help you become one of the rounded leaders the church so desperately needs. The Conviction to Lead is now available to purchase. This book grabbed my attention early on with its bold claim, "Let me warn you right up front--my goal is to change the way you think about leadership. I do not aim merely to add one more voice to the conversation; I want to fundamentally change the way leadership is … [Read more...]

Disagreeing with Frank Viola on Baptism with the Holy Spirit


I love Frank Viola and really rate his writings, but it surprises me how often it seems to me like people I totally respect seem to apply different rules of interpretation to usual when it comes to issues connected with the Holy Spirit. So far in his first post on baptism with the Holy Spirit he begins by mentioning people being coached to "speak in tongues" which is surely something everybody can agree is totally wrong!Secondly he seems to assume that everyone who believes in the baptism … [Read more...]

Desiring God share Tope Koleoso’s story

Today on the Desiring God Blog, the man I am honored to call my pastor is profiled. In a very engaging article you can read of his upbringing in Africa, move to the the UK and the remarkable things that God has accomplished through him. In February Tope will be preaching at the Desiring God conference. I plan on accompanying him, and I would urge my American readers to come along to what looks like it will be a fantastic event. Here is an extract from the DGM article: Reminiscent of Tope’s c … [Read more...]

Evangelicals – Heirs of the Reformation


I wish you all a Happy Reformation day. This video below from John Piper explains why almost 500 years later Evangelicals should still grateful to God for the Reformation, and very much recognize ourselves as heir of that move of God.Much as I love my Catholic friends, and as much as they have indeed themselves reformed (especially since Vatican II) I am very much a Protestant. To me, the Reformation very much lies at the heart of the Evangelical movement. Of course Catholics can be … [Read more...]

What is an Evangelical?

Evangelist Billy Graham preaches one Sunday to more than 40,000 worshipers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (UCLA

In this post,  I offer a meaning of Evangelical, but this must be read in conjunction with my post "What is a Christian?" I do not claim in this post to be outlining the boundary markers of Christianity.  Evangelicalism is a part of the broader Christian movement. I also do not claim any special authority to lay out these principles which are not new to me.  It is true that Evangelicalism can be hard to define.  But this is I believe because it is more about attitudes than doctrinal sta … [Read more...]

What is a Christian?


I believe it is very important that we broaden our definition of Christian, but at the same time narrow our definition of Evangelical. Very often people confuse the two these days. The Evangelical movement has always been a movement within the wider Christian movement. Often it has been accused of believing that only other Evangelicals are really Christians. It is no wonder then, that some today do not like it when people suggest they are probably not an Evangelical. The latest in a long line of … [Read more...]

Still Not Professionals: hear Tope Koleoso at Desiring God


I am thrilled that John Piper has announced the line up for his 2013 conference Still Not Professionals, and my pastor Tope Koleoso will be one of the main speakers. I plan to accompany Tope, so I hope to look forward to meeting many of you there.   … [Read more...]

Legalism vs liberalism which is worse?

Legalism is possibly more dangerous than liberalism, so fight for grace! Grace is absolutely foundational to the Christian walk, and should be a massive emphasis for us, as anybody who has been around this site for a long time, or for that matter a church belonging to the family of churches I am glad to be a part of, will most likely realize.  The Christian's relationship to law and grace has been emphasized thanks to the ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones who's excellent work on Romans impacted so m … [Read more...]

Complementarian and Egalitarian Bible verses

I'm not planning today to go through the arguments for and against egalitarianism or complementarianism. I thought instead that as a follow up to my "spectrum" post I would share some of the key Scripture passages that people on both sides of this debate believe are important in our understanding of this debate. If you can think of any other crucial passages I have left out, do let me know in the comments section below, via Twitter, or email.As I mentioned yesterday, I will discussing this … [Read more...]