NWA10 – Hugh Palmer on 1 Thessalonians, part 4

Here are my notes from the final session I attended at New Word Alive, except for the bloggers' session:Everyone needs a theology. Many people see all kinds of negative connotations to that word, e.g. that it is “heavy.”  It is not doctrine instead of experience. It is not theology instead of how to live life better. We can’t leave theology to the experts. God doesn’t want understanding to be locked away in some ivory tower. We must live in the good of it. Without theology I am at the me … [Read more...]

NWA10 – Hugh Palmer on 1 Thessalonians, part three

In the third session on Thessalonians, Hugh honed right in on our purity. He urged all of us listening to make a decision to stop playing games with God. He warned us that if we reject the teaching on sexual purity we are not rejecting our preacher, or even Paul, but God himself.But as Hugh explains, Paul begins by saying, "Be what you have been made by God." We start with the gospel, but then must live in light of what God has done to us in saving us.God intends for us to be transformed.  … [Read more...]

NWA10 – Hugh Palmer on 1 Thessalonians part two

One of the features of New Word Alive is the series of Bible readings which, over the course of each morning, covers a book. This year Hugh Palmer is covering 1 Thessalonians. I missed the opening session which focused on how the word was being twisted and assaulted in Paul’s day.Hugh began by speaking of the intolerance against Christians happening right now in the UK, the likes of which we would never have imagined. Christianity and British culture have drifted apart. Hugh said that he h … [Read more...]

Hugh Palmer on The Parable of the Nobleman – Luke 19

There are obvious traces of Jesus’ own story here. It is not an entirely original account, however. It is likely that it was loosely based on something that would be very familiar to Jesus’ hearers. Herod had gone to Rome to persuade the emperor to make him King. The Jews had send a delegation to protest. He had returned as king and massacred hundreds at the first Passover. This is a tale with lessons for the return of the King. 1. How to be a looser in the long run: Be a rebel in the short run. … [Read more...]

Hugh Palmer Video Interview

Hugh Palmer was kind enough to record the following interview with me and Tope Koleoso while he was with us last Sunday. It was a lot of fun, and we spoke about how he felt folowing in John Stott's shoes, the similarities and differences between All Souls and Jubilee Church, and how it is the gospel that allows us to unite. You can watch it online here or download the mp3. … [Read more...]

Hugh Palmer at Jubilee London on 1 Corinthians 2

Yesterday, the Rector of All Souls (who follows in John Stott's shoes) joined us at Jubilee Church, London, my home church. His sermon was greatly enjoyed by our church, again demonstrating the unity that is ours around the gospel.The video is now available below in four parts, or you can download the mp3 or video files.<br> <p>Your browser does not support … [Read more...]

Is This A Conservative Evangelical Blog?

Well, this blogger is back, and as you can tell from the title of this post having an identity crisis. In fact, I should warn you that I am still not in fact fully back blogging. Until my book is actually ready to submit to my publishers, I plan on continuing to mostly limit my posting to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and this post like the following was written a while back.I have been thinking for some while about definitions. I have always been happy to first of all label myself as a … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Hugh Palmer

The following interview with Hugh Palmer took place at New Word Alive 2008. I have already published the audio version, which is available here. AdrianI’m here with Hugh Palmer.HughHello!AdrianSo, Hugh, can I just say first of all what a fantastic week this has been—to go from a standing start to . . . how many people are here?HughPretty much 4,000.AdrianAnd it was all sold out within a matter of weeks, wasn’t it?HughYes. The site was sold out, and then we sold the best part of a thousand event p … [Read more...]

NWA08 – Hugh Palmer on Treasuring Christ and the Call to Service

Earlier today I interviewed Hugh Palmer. Tonight, in typical wry self-depreciating humor, he began his talk by saying that we would be moving from the American passion we saw demonstrated last night, to the British understatement we could expect to experience now.He began by telling us that we don't tell people the gospel for one of two reasons—either because we don't believe the gospel or because we don't love them. Hugh says he still struggles with evangelism and is looking for a third option, … [Read more...]

NWA08 – Interview with Hugh Palmer

UPDATEThe full text of this interview can be read here.One of the busiest men on site is Hugh Palmer, who is the host this week and the chair of New Word Alive. I was able to grab him for just a few minutes walking from one part of the site to another.Hugh is the minister of All Souls Langham Place where John Stott was based. Hugh shares his vision for this conference, and speaks about what will happen next year. You can download the audio here. … [Read more...]