Q and A time with Eddy Leo and Terry Virgo

After last week's videos from Eddy Leo and Terry Virgo, you may have a lot of questions.  If so, perhaps some of them were answered for you in this Q and A time:Download the mp3 … [Read more...]

What is the fivefold ministry? How do apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers function?

Terry Virgo has spent decades planting churches and releasing ministries to support and strengthen the body so all can carry out the works of ministry. This fantastic video is his wisdom distilled into a single session. Here are a few highlights to draw you in to watch the rest:"The shepherd is a key biblical picture. Relational. Belonging" "The shepherds, overseers, elders, bishops, pastors are all interchangeable words for those responsible to care for the flock." "Jeremiah tells us … [Read more...]

Plagiarism Principles for Pastors after the Mark Driscoll controversy

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There are some controversies online that I chose to sit out deliberately. In recent weeks there has been one such raging on the subject of plagiarism. Certain accusations were made about Mark Driscoll in a radio interview online which was then withdrawn from the Internet, whilst some "citation errors" were then acknowledged by Mars Hill. The use of research assistants and even ghost writers by a number of well-known pastors  has also been discussed. I am not interested in commenting on the … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Five Points: towards a deeper experience of God’s grace

Piper explains in this short video why he has written his latest short book on Calvinism. Whether you are a Calvinist or not, this little book will help you understand what this leading Reformed preacher believes, and why it has comforted him over the years.  He is know dusty dry theologian, but a passionate pastor. “I do not begin as a Calvinist and defend a system. I begin as a Bible-believing Christian who wants to put the Bible above all systems of thought. But over the years — many years of … [Read more...]

John Piper’s approach to charismatic abuses

Further to his previous comments on Strange Fire, John Piper has released two audio clips that speak about his response to charismatic abuses. You will enjoy these, I am sure. I know I did. … [Read more...]

“I’m not saying that everyone in the charismatic movement is not Christian” John MacArthur

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I am very keen to be fair to Dr John MacArthur. And so I want to acknowledge that in a recent Q and A online at GTY he states clearly that he does not believe all charismatics are unsaved. He claims he "never said that" though I have previously collected a bunch of quotes that do say precisely that. He doesn't regret or apologize for those quotes in this audio. I think that he tends to think of the Charismatic movement in the main as being unsaved, although he sees some exceptions to that rule. … [Read more...]

VIDEO: MacArthur consigns charismatics to hell and likens them to Mormons

I had only read a partial transcript of this portion of the Strange Fire conference before, as during the event I watched some sessions live and read transcripts of others. Someone recently sent me a link to this YouTube clip and I was again shocked and horrified. I really feel that more than almost anything else this clip demonstrates the reason for my concern about MacArthur's comments in the conference and book.I keep thinking I am done with all this, and then new things are said, or new … [Read more...]

Women in various religions

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This morning here at the Global Faith Forum there was a conversation between three women representing the three Abrahamic faiths. I have interweaved my notes of the session which had a lot of back and forth.The first woman was Dr Nia Mackay. She is a Muslim, and originally from Indonesia. She grew up in a family that encouraged children to think. and was taught that whatever you do should be for the love of God. She was shocked to hear that some women in Islamic countries were not allowed to … [Read more...]

A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew walked into a church in Texas . . .

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I am here in Texas, in the heart of the Bible Belt. I have met here not just one Muslim, Christian and Jew but a number, and I believe there are Buddhists here also. The speaker list is quite impressive.I’ve already realized that this Global Faith Forum is going to be unlike any other event I have ever attended. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some very interesting people already. These are just some of them:A Christian who is serving in Iraq to help in the provision of specialist hea … [Read more...]

John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference

Just a couple of hours ago John Piper has posted the following to SoundCloud. Highlights below.Piper strongly affirms that he has benefited from MacArthur's ministry Piper confirms that he does indeed advocate obedience to 1 Corinthians 12:31, "earnestly desire the higher gifts," 1 Corinthians14:1, "earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy," and 1 Corinthians 14:39, "earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues," and personally … [Read more...]


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