Thanksgiving Sermon : The Importance of Gratitude

This sermon from Tope Koleoso was very warmly received at the time. Oddly, it was preached entirely by coincidence on the Thanksgiving weekend as Tope felt prompted to preach on gratefulness. I am thrilled that it is one of his sermons that is the most visited sermon page on this blog, in spite of the fact that all that is available is a link to the mp3 file. I want to give tribute to my pastor, and thank him for all of his love and behind-the-scenes support of this blog. Tope Koleoso, my … [Read more...]

What is a Reformed Charismatic?

UPDATESI have posted more about definitions of a Reformed position, and degrees of being a charismatic elsewhere.In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 7th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 8th most-read post was my interview with C. J. Mahaney, who heads up Sovereign Grace Ministries.In this post I endeavor to explain that curious phenomenon—a charismatic Calvinist or "reformed charismatic." There was a time when we were considered an o … [Read more...]

Talk to Josh Harris about courtship and dating

Josh Harris Blogs about his recent sermon on dating. It would be great for a bunch of you intrepid readers to pop over to his site and tell him what you think of it- he links to where you can download it for free. I would be interested in his reply to some of the questions we discussed here a few weeks back.Josh defines courtship not as a list of rules but "a purposeful relationship where a man and a woman are intentionally considering marriage"Lets show Josh how much of an impact his blog could … [Read more...]

Are you jealous of Josh Harris?

Challies Dot Com has a great post where he confesses to being jealous of my fellow reformed charismatic Josh Harris.The humour Tim begins with tempts me to begin my brief response with what I hope is a humorous comment of my own: "Tim you need to realise that since God dispenses grace sovereignly he just chose Josh to be more 'jamy' than you in this department. As a good reformed person why are you like clay answering back to your maker......"On a slightly serious note, I sometimes think we … [Read more...]

Cartoons of CJ Mahaney and other great reformers

Hall of Contemporary Reformers has some great cartoons of great modern theologians. The one that I like best is his caricature of CJ Mahaney- I think he captures him wonderfully! … [Read more...]

Tim is growing to love the ESV

Tim has a great post where he is being the Tim we all love. He shares his thoughts from his reading of the ESV Old Testament, and shows in detail the weakness of some of the other translations. He concludes:"As I indicated earlier, I was grateful this morning that I have access to such a solid translation of Scripture. While I do not know Hebrew, I still have access to an accurate translation of the author's original words, complete with the phrases, words and metaphors that set one author … [Read more...]

Here's praying that the charismatic vs cessationist debate will enhance our Blogging community

Blogging is a format that permits the formation of community that crosses the boundaries we feel in the real world.The so-called on coming storm of the cessationist vs charismatic debate in some ways proves it. For, whilst I think Rob somewhat overstates his point, he is I hope and pray correct in his prediction. There is a real sense of community and trust among many theobloggers. Such trust leads me to be convinced that seriously and respectfully disagreeing with each other about something so … [Read more...]

Convergence or divergence over spirtual gifts and cessationism?

Challies nails his colours to the mast on the charisma debate, making it clear where he stands in a review of a book by Sam Storms which advocates a convergence of Reformed people and Charismatics. As one who has already converged I think I would find this book interesting. Here's what Tim said:"While I admire much of Storms' ministry and have benefited greatly from reading some of his previous writings, and this book was useful in helping me understand how charismatic teachings are blended with … [Read more...]

What are your favorite preaching podcasts?

A growing number of churches are podcasting their sermons. I wonder how many of my readers have got into the trend already. It is a much easier way of staying on track of what sermons are available for you to listen to. It would be great if some of my readers could share their favorite sermon podcasts. If you are new to the idea of podcasting simply follow one of the following links, and download itunes if you dont already have it.My own three fravorite sermon podcasts at the moment are- … [Read more...]

Why not have a noisy time?

Have just been listening to a great talk from Terry Virgo on fanning into flame the gift of God. The whole talk is well worth listening to. Towards the end of the message, he reminded us of the need to sing to God in our own time, and also to follow Paul's example who said he prayed in tongues more than anyone.Too often we speak of quiet times. I am increasingly convinced that I need to have more and more noisy times with our God. Think I might head off and have one right now..... … [Read more...]