Al Mohler gives Narnia the thumbs up!

Aslan Is On the Move on Film says Al:Like many admirers of Lewis' work, I harbored deep suspicions that the movie would not be faithful to the book. After all, the movie world has robbed and pillaged many of history's greatest works of literature. Furthermore, given the unmistakable Christian allusions in Lewis' work, The Chronicles of Narnia would be particularly susceptible to cinematic subversion.Those fears were unfounded. The film is a tour de force, combining faithfulness to Lewis' story … [Read more...]

Healing the charismatic rift?

Many many thanks to Justin Taylor who in a private email pointed me to an article by Vern Sheridan Poythress. Although bizzarely titled "Modern Spiritual Gifts as Analogous to Apostolic Gifts: Affirming Extraordinary Works of the Spirit within Cessationist Theology" I found next to nothing in this article that I disagreed with. If this article is cessationism then I am a cessationist. To me though it seems to be firmly on the charismatic side of the fence since the article argued for a … [Read more...]

Apostles are meant for today- Challies wheels out the big guns in the charismatic debate

Challies has brought in the big guns and is interviewing Dr Sam Waldron and Dr Wayne Grudem on the subject of cessationism/charismaticism. Today, Sam Waldron has an interesting argument which is essentially a cascade argument:The people we read in my doctoral program (and at the same time these people that would assume that cessationism was nonsensical and not even discussable) would in almost the same breath admit or assume that Apostles no longer exist in the church today ("big A" Apostles). … [Read more...]

Josh Harris is jealous of Tim Challies

Josh Harris has a list of links to blogs on his main website. I was greatly honoured to find myself included in such a list and loved the comment about Tim Challies, which I suspect is a reference to Tim's post on being jealous of Josh for being discipled by CJ. Anyway Josh has chosen some great blogs- anyone want to nominate any of these for the last warnie of the year?Between Two Worlds: a blog by Justin Taylor that I find consistently useful, provoking and informative.Rebelution: my … [Read more...]

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...]


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