C. J. Mahaney takes leave of absence after accusations from former leaders in Sovereign Grace

For many years I have personally benefitted from the ministry of C.J. Mahaney. I remember several sermons that have shaped my life, including ones on the following subjects: people God killed, the cross, humility, and suffering from the book of Job. I have had the privilege of meeting him on a couple of occasions. Both in private and in public he has always struck me as being a man who is passionately in love with Jesus, eternally grateful to God for saving him, intensely aware of the grace … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Adrian Warnock with Pete Greasley’s iPad

Watch on Vimeo (works on iPhone or iPad)This video says it all. And as a direct result, I bought myself an iPad on a business trip to the Newark area this week! … [Read more...]

Parenting Conference in the UK

The blogger in me is fighting what I know I really should be doing! I MUST basically shut down on blogging and allow some pre-planned posts to take over on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I really will do this, but not until tomorrow! As I have repeatedly told you, I do need the extra time to focus on my book, and I want to free up my blog editor's time to be able to read and comment on some of my early book drafts, too. So this really is the last post before the big lock-down.I'd like to … [Read more...]

WANTED – 1000 Reformed Charismatic Churches

In case the title of this post completely mystifys you and you have not heard of this group of Christians, I have written previously about them in “What is a Reformed Charismatic?”The phrase “1,000 reformed charismatic churches” has been going around in my head on and off for awhile now. Because several different applications of that number are running through my mind, I thought I’d share each of them with you here.The first thought I had was simply this: although often considered to be a small m … [Read more...]

Visiting Metro Life Church of Orlando

Today I visited Metro Life Church in Orlando, which is part of Sovereign Grace Ministries. This is the home church of blogger, Jesse Phillips, and is led by Danny Jones, Senior Pastor, who is a part of SGM’s apostolic team.The venue was very nice, and as the worship began I felt very comfortable, having been warmly welcomed. The worship time was upbeat, and the modern songs were carefully chosen for their rich theological content. There were several prophetic words—given mostly in the first per … [Read more...]

15th Most Read Post – Massive Collection of mp3 Messages Made Free

No. 15 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on August 22, 2007, and announced a major gift from Sovereign Grace Ministries to the global Church. Their vast collection of audio messages are now available online for free. If you have not already taken time to explore this treasure trove, shame on you! In order to encourage you to check out this fantastic collection, the post is reprinted here in its entirety: Carolyn McCulley just alerted us to the fact that the entire collection … [Read more...]

Massive Collection of MP3 Messages Made Free

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 15th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 16th most-read post asked my readers to share a list of their favorite well-known living preachers.In the post below I announced a major gift from Sovereign Grace Ministries to the global Church. Their vast collection of audio messages are now available online and are completely free to dowload. If you haven't already taken time to explore this treasure trove, shame on … [Read more...]

Christian Conference Reflections – New Attitude and Others

Tim Challies has served us all so well this year with his live-blogging of many of the major US reformed conferences. He has come to the end of a long spring season of live-blogging and posted reflections and comparisons of the various conferences. Here is a list of the conferences he has blogged the past few years, and it's impressive:Desiring God Conference 2005Desiring God Conference 2006Ligonier Conference 2007New Attitude 2007Resolved 2007Shepherd's Conference 2006Shepherd's Conference … [Read more...]

TRAVEL DIARY – Visiting Covenant Life Church

Having visited this church on Sunday, I can see why C.J. frequently describes his home church as "the dearest place on earth." Somehow I suspect if I, too, had been a part of this church for decades, then I would feel the same way. It was a real joy just to be able to pose as "guests" on a fairly typical Sunday morning, and even get to observe some baptisms.I know some of you will want to know what the church was like. Well, it is hard to put into words. What I can say is that their … [Read more...]