What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? Terry Virgo on Romans 12

Above is an excellent sermon that Terry Virgo preached at Jubilee Church this past Sunday. Audio is also available to download. If you haven't already I would urge you to follow him on Twitter, and read his book Spirit-Filled Church. Here are a few bullet-point notes I took listening. Many think that if you become religious you take on many duties, but Christianity is not about what we must do but what Jesus has already done! In view of the mercies of God a response is called for, … [Read more...]

Q and A with Dr Kenneth Ulmer and Tope Koleoso on Prayer and the Pastor

I hosted a Q and A time with my own pastor Tope Koleoso and Dr Kenneth Ulmer during the 300 Leaders conference. … [Read more...]

An interview with Dr Kenneth Ulmer: hear the testimony of a baptist turned charismatic

This week as an interlude from the Mental Health series, I want to share some video from when Dr Ulmer was with us.  He has been a personal prayer partner to Jack Hayford for many years now, and it was a real honor to interview him:   … [Read more...]

Hear Tope Koleoso in Toronto next Saturday on Growing a Church in both Word and Power of the Spirit

If you can get to Toronto on 1st June, I urge you to book into this day conference with Tope Koleoso. You won't be disappointed! For a taster of what is in store watch this clip from Tope's recent talk at the Desiring God Pastors conference: BOOK IN HERE. … [Read more...]

Ed Stetzer writes for CNN about Mental Illness and the Church

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Ed Stetzer is one of the most widely respected Christians in the West with a broad appeal that goes beyond most of our tribal boundaries. I have had the privilege of getting to know him personally a bit as well, so I was thrilled to read him speak about  his article at CNN Regarding Mental Illness on his own blog.  I have decided that I will highlight a couple of other articles on mental illness before returning to my own series, which so far includes two posts: Can a Christian get … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Final Pastoral Sermon – God Raised Your Great Shepherd from the Dead

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John Piper preached his last sermon as the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist church this Easter. And he very appropriately pointed to the Great Shepherd, who is the true pastor of us all. Surely this was a fitting end to a pastoral ministry with massive impact all over the world but its depth was felt most at Bethlehem: It’s Easter. And it’s the last day of my office as shepherd in this flock. We could not have chosen a better day to finish. God raised your Great Shepherd from the dead!The … [Read more...]

Lex Loizides releases a new book for new Christians

Lex Loizides is a great friend of mine, and a very gifted church-based evangelist who has faithfully served God over several decades all over the world. His wisdom in helping new Christians in legendary. In this book Lex skillfully guides those beginning a lifetime of following Jesus. It makes the perfect gift for any one who just became a Christian.  You can get his book on  Kindle in the USA and UK stores: US amzn.to/XxjcBH UK amzn.to/11xtV24   … [Read more...]

Videos from Desiring God Pastors Conference

All of the videos of the talks at the recent Desiring God Conference for Pastors are now up online together with the audio and a songlist. I thought I would share the video from Tope's and the Q and A here, but the rest of them are all well worth viewing too. The event as a whole will have major reverberations in the lives of hundreds of pastors and their churches. Please pray for wisdom for everybody that was there to know how to implement what they learnt. Whether you are a pastor or not, I … [Read more...]

John Piper on George Herbert

Surgeons can do their works without words. Pastors can't. But the great aims of our work are not decisively brought about by our word but by God. But the way we use words matters. The content clarity and spirit in which we use words are critical. George Herbert emphasised the poetic nature of much of God's communication in the Bible. Paul planted. Apollos watered. God gave the growth. The way you plant and water makes a difference. Herbert chose preaching in a small church rather than an … [Read more...]

Tope Koleoso on Sovereign grace, spiritual gifts and the pastor

The shepherd has to know who to handle the sovereign grace of God and spiritual gifts. It can be done. It should be done. It must be done. These are not optional. Tope explained he is standing on the shoulders of men like Terry Virgo, Jack Hayford and John Piper. Why would anyone be hesitant, cautious, resistant to the Holy Spirit? It comes down to fear. I am careful not to despise prophecy but I do recognise nonsense. Sometimes people in the name of the Holy Spirit are hurtful, … [Read more...]