The Offence of the Cross or Why the day Jesus died is called Good Friday

It is astonishing that at the heart of the Christian message of good news lies a death. Of course this good news is only so because of the resurrection, as I argue in my book, but today lets remember the horror of the cross, and how that very shocking nature of the death of our Lord, compels us to pay attention:Mark Driscoll writes,The curious paradox of the atoning death of a bloody Jesus rising above the plane of human history with a mocking crown of thorns is that he is offensive in an … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

Is There a Second Chance for Salvation After Death? – Mark Driscoll on hell

In a recent sermon on Heaven and Hell based on the shocking parable of the Rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16. Driscoll was at his pastoral and passionate best. His love for his hearers, and desire to warn them of important truth is very clearly seen in this talk. I think it is one of his best sermons. He speaks about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, and how between heaven and hell, "a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass . . may not be able, and none may … [Read more...]

Leadership coaching interview with Mark Driscoll and Terry Virgo

Imagine if you will two of the great giants of our day, Driscoll and Virgo, sitting in a lounge chatting about leadership. Interested? You should be! Every Christian is meant to be a leader, at least of himself or herself! Preferably of others too. You may not have a position of official leadership, but you are meant to be an influencer. In this video Driscoll explores some areas that have struck him whenever he has been in a Newfrontiers context. It is good to see a man who has been as … [Read more...]

Entrusted with the Gospel

Appropriately enough given what we were speaking about yesterday, this month an important new book was released by Crossway. Entrusted with the Gospel is based on expositions of 2 Timothy and has a broad range of contributors. Here is what I said about it, I encourage you to go buy a copy and read it! Here is what I said about it: “Piper, Ryken, Driscoll, Copeland, Chapell, and Duncan are very different people, but they are all proven champions of the unchanging gospel of Jesus. This book w … [Read more...]

Redeem: Cities 2010 Driscoll, Stroud, Chester

In November you can hear Driscoll, Stroud and Chester talk about God's culture-transforming heart here in the UK.   Visit their website for more information or watch the video below:  Redeemer Central | Redeem:Cities 2010. … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

Top Twenty Five Videos

This weekend I thought I would share a list of my top Twenty Five videos ordered by total number of views. As you can see, one of my Chandler videos has already jumped in above Mark Driscoll in second place. Terry's fantastic sermon on prayer is way ahead of that one even, however. I enjoyed filming or watching all of these videos. Why not watch one or two you have missed?1Elijah Prays For Rain Tue Jun 23, 20092Matt Chandler on being a reformed charismatic without much of a … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Mark Driscoll speaks about his book "Doctrine"

The following video follows on from my recent interview with Driscoll where we focused on the resurrection. In this session we explore some areas of his latest book, Doctrine, that stood out to me, or where I had questions for him:Mark Driscoll and Adrian Warnock talk about Doctrine from Adrian Warnock on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Book Review – Sweetheart by Mark Driscoll

Very unusually today, I interrupt my working day to bring you some perfect lunch time reading I found on my break which is very apt and timely.  The following review of a forthcoming Mark Driscoll book entitled Sweetheart was posted today at Word and Spirit. The following extract makes very interesting reading: In this book, Driscoll explores what it means to be a "real man", lamenting the fact that too many Christian guys have got completely the wrong idea about how they should behave. He … [Read more...]


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