Mark Driscoll encourages us to point people to Jesus

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The Gospel itself is more scandalous than any of the recent controversies that have embroiled Mark Driscoll.The Gospel is the scandal that God loves sinners like you and me.The Gospel is the scandal that he keeps loving us when we fall.The Gospel is the scandal that no matter how low you fall, Jesus can get under you and lift you up.The Gospel is the good news that God never gives up on you.As we learnt from Ann Voskamp, we should never get over the Gospel.Many religious … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Five: Moving to London

By the age of 18, I had a lot of the over-confidence of youth, but that was tinged with the realization that I had a lot to learn. As I left the safety of my parental home and launched out into London to study medicine, God had a plan to teach me one of the most important lessons of my life—one which every now and then I am reminded that I still do not fully live in the light of.My youthful enthusiasm for God was, at least in part, because I felt I could hold my own socially in a church e … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Three: My Baptism and sense of call

As a young child, one of my favorite verses was the following: Acts 10:47—“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” My parents found themselves with no arguments left. I had received the Spirit just as they had. I was clearly a Christian. How could they stop me any longer from being baptized?I remember the day well. We had a temporary wooden baptistery with a plastic lining. I loved watching the pipes being used to fill and em … [Read more...]

LIVE WEBCHAT – “Fail” Is our Pastoral system broken?

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J.R.Briggs is joining me right here on the blog for a live web chat on his new book Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. This is part of the sponsored Book Club feature here on Patheos.As the video trailer at the bottom of this post points out the statistics for the success of the USA pastoral ministry is devastating. Brigg's book focusses on how we can cope with ministry failure personally, and we do discuss this, we also discuss, "Is our Pastoral system itself … [Read more...]

UK 300 conference: Developing an Evangelism Culture

Developing an Evangelism Culture with Rice Broocks and Tope KoleosoThis Autumn, the 300 Leadership conference  which is run by Jubilee Church London, will be on Saturday October 11th from 9am to 3pm. Our guest speaker will be Rice Broocks. My pastor, Tope Koleoso will also be sharing a session.The topic we will be dealing with is "Developing A Culture of Evangelism."  Our goal is to help church leadership teams build an environment where engaging unbe … [Read more...]

My thoughts on the latest round of Mark Driscoll and Acts 29 controversy

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As most of you may have heard by now, Acts 29 has removed Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from their network of churches, stating,  “It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not co … [Read more...]

Introducing my new book, written with Tope Koleoeo

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I can now announce that my new book Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is available for you to pre-order.Please like Hope Reborn on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter.It has been a real delight to write this book with the man who I have called my friend, my brother, and my pastor for almost twenty years: Tope Koleoso.We wanted to produce a book to help people who want to become a Christian, or who want to find the way back after drifting away.We trust that … [Read more...]

Lunch with Tim Chaddick, pastor of Reality LA

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Yesterday I had the joy of meeting a new friend, Tim Chaddick. A group of us from Jubilee Church London met with a group from Reality LA. It is always encouraging to meet like-minded people who God is using to build his Kingdom. I have heard a lot of good things about what God is doing in this young, growing church. It was so good to meet all of them, and especialy Tim with whom I have corresponded with on email before.These guys get that we are living in a new era. An era of a global … [Read more...]

Win a FREE complete set of Spurgeon sermons for Logos

Thanks to my friends at Logos Bible Software readers of this blog enjoy a 15% discount on base packages.Whats even better than a discount? "FREE!" I hear you shout! Well, one lucky reader in a week will receive a free copy of the fantastic complete set of Spurgeon Sermons for Logos Bible Software. If you are a pastor I can think of no better resource to do your own soul good as you prepare. Many have claimed that Spurgeon was the greatest English speaking preacher the wold has ever known. … [Read more...]

What is relational Christianity?

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When I was just four I became a part of a family of churches that was subsequently called Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo was the founder of that group. One of our rallying calls was a call to "relational Christianity." This call is as relevant now as it has ever been. A few days ago Terry posted a couple of tweets about this: You are welcome to church life shaped & formatted by business psychology and procedure. I prize brotherly love and comradeship always!— Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May 2 … [Read more...]


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