Singleness is not about living for yourself

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Following on from yesterdays guest post about singleness, I thought I would share John Piper's perspective:Paul was so completely committed to a life of celibacy that he longed for everyone to have it. But the reason he loved the single life is exactly the opposite of why many people today love singleness and will even break up marriages in order to be single again. Today singleness is cherished by many because it brings maximum freedom for self-realization. You pull your own strings. No one … [Read more...]

9 Key Trends in the UK Church

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John Stevens is the national director at FIEC (The UK's Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). He reports on nine key trends he observed as he participated in a recent UK church movement leaders event led by Terry Virgo: Growing Christmas Carol Services Effective Evangelistic Outreach through Christians Against Poverty and Foodbanks Proliferation of Multi-Site Churches Remembering the Needs of the Global Church The Christian Situation in the United States Is Not … [Read more...]

Adrian and his pastor, Tope Koleoso on TBN’s Praise the Lord

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This episode of Praise the Lord was filmed in TBN UK's new London studio. It is the only time that I have ever been interviewed alongside my dear friend, brother, and pastor, Tope Koleoso.We spoke about what God has been doing at Jubilee Church these past twenty years, and the source of real hope. Lou Fellingham was the worship leader.Resources mentioned If you are interested in getting bulk copies of Hope Reborn, you can get them at a good discount at hopereborn.com. Lou Fellingham's … [Read more...]

A word for every preacher this weekend

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More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in "urgent prayer for Gods presence." We may excuse the spiritual poverty of our preaching in many ways, but the true secret will be found in the lack of urgent prayer for God’s presence in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are preachers innumerable who can deliver m … [Read more...]

“The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching.”

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I have been very slowly working my way through E. M. Bounds' Complete Works On Prayer. It is packed full of passages which, like the quote I will share below, challenge me profoundly. But Bounds has a way of convicting me without leaving me feeling condemned.We have a choice when we read passages like the one that follows. We can either dismiss them, saying the authors lived in a different time, and that the pace of modern life prevents us from really praying as they did. Or we can make a … [Read more...]

Piper responds to Patheos authors’ disagreement over Romans 7

John Piper has responded to what he calls our "gracious demurring" on the man of Romans 7 during the conference here and here, and my previous post on the subject.I love that he took the time to explain his position further, and that we are all able to discuss these matters as brothers and friends.  He is totally right when he says: I doubt that when it comes to a positive description of what the Christian life should be, and what it normally is, the three of us would differ significantly. I … [Read more...]

“The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

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E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don't also reject the way God works by raising up men to do his work: We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for … [Read more...]

Could Piper be wrong about the man in Romans 7 and does it matter?

The three sessions in Romans with John Piper yesterday were food for the soul. They were enjoyable, engaging, and illuminating. In fact they were life-changing.  Nothing I am going to say in this article should in an way take away from that. And I would urge everyone reading this article to take the time to watch the entire series of five talks from this conference online. Three of them are available already:Scripture: The Kindling of Christian Hedonism Free from Judgment, Fighting Sin, … [Read more...]

How I realized I don’t love the Bible as much as I need to

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When you are listening to a sermon, sometimes you should write copious notes. Other times you should just capture a few key thoughts. Other times you should just listen as the Spirit of God drives the Word home to you. Last night here at DGNatCon was one such night for me.In fact I believe it was Lloyd-Jones who once said that he was disappointed if people weren’t writing notes at the beginning of his sermon, but that he believed he had failed in his task if by the end they had not all put t … [Read more...]

“People are often saved through a fragment of truth. What comes next is vital” Terry Virgo

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One of the most fatal errors in church ministry would be to assume that people who respond to the gospel on a Sunday morning or at an evangelistic meeting fully understand what they are doing. For many of them, the response is an emotional one to a piece of truth that resonated with them. To simply assume that the person is now a Christian and needs no further help would be foolish indeed. In an ideal world such people will be followed up personally, but sometimes that simply can't happen. Our … [Read more...]


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