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...]

Good News – the end of rules : blogging through Galatians

This mornings sermon on legalism and grace also addressed some of the issues on the atonement I have been speaking about. I would be interested to know what Richard and others would make of it. Here are my sermon notes, the audio is also available already-----------------------------------Good News- the end of rulesReligions the world over have one thing in common: rulesIf we are honest rules both attract us with their ability to give us certainty about what we should do and repel us because we … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo in the blogosphere and UCCF

For more information about Terry Virgo, follow the link as I have collected some informataion and sermons from around the web or see my interview with Terry Virgo.HT to Life On Wings who has been listening to Terry Virgo and two things stood out: "Quoting Mahesh Chavda on the Holy Spirit; 'I sensed the withdrawing of my dearest friend'. 'I HATE CHURCH THAT ISN'T CHURCH'."I have to ask myself, I have to ask you, is the Holy Spirit your dearest friend? O may God help me to make himself to be the … [Read more...]

Who Are Your Favorite Well-Known Living Preachers?

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 16th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 17th most-read post was my interview with Dr. Sam Storms.In this post I simply asked my readers to identify their favorite preachers, and listed my own as well. I saved all of the comments that were made to this post at that time and have now placed them at the end of this post. If you are interested in letting us know who your favorite preachers are, please e-mail your … [Read more...]

Around the sermon sites…..

Phil Johnson is preaching through Galatians whilst at the same site, Don Green is preaching on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Meanwhile, John Stott (yes he is still preaching!) and others from All Souls are preaching through the gospel of John. C.J.Mahaney, Josh Harris and the rest from covenant life church are preaching through Acts (as is a certain london church I know!). John Piper continues his long running Romans series, the notes for which are worth their weight in gold. Seven sessions … [Read more...]

Speak the whole gospel in love

Smart Christian is questioning those who want to hone the gospel down to its mere essentials and argues there is a danger in preaching a "reduced gospel". I am with him on this. I understand why some would want to say that the gospel is only about personal salvation, it seems much easier when we are talking to fellow believers. We can all be happy and say "Well that person says he trusts in Jesus so I can welcome him as a brother".But the bible doesnt single out parts of itself as being … [Read more...]

My favorite Christian authors – Terry Virgo

For more information on Terry Virgo, the leader of newfrontiers follow this link where I have collected a wealth of links from around the web or read my interview with Terry Virgo. Terry Virgo is a great hero of mine. I have been priviledged enough to meet him, and unlike many of our modern day Christian leaders he is incredibly humble and approachable. Having founded a network of newfrontiers churches that spans the globe he continues to be full of faith about the church.His autobiography, no … [Read more...]

Does the Future have a church

Terry Virgo is the founder of the group of churches I am thrilled to be a part of. If you are disatisfied with the state of the church today, this is a must-read book. I can't recommend it enough. Unfortunately it is yet to be published in the USA so if you want it, you will have to order if from Amazon UK- it will be well worth the wait believe me, and we in the UK are often ordering stuff from you guys! … [Read more...]

Prayer is not worrying aloud…..

....it is rather getting a clear view of Jesus.(quote adapted from Terry Virgo on 'The word of God and prayer' a talk at the Westminster chapel 'Preach the word' conference.) … [Read more...]

No well-worn Paths

For my unchurched friends (esp Mac- who seems to be softening in what he is saying). I can understand the fact that many of you feel that the church today is in a mess. But, there is no need to give up on it totally. In a great book No well-worn Paths by Terry Virgo, one man tells his story of disppointment with the church that lead him to help 300 churches to build biblically.Maybe there is a need for a massive church planting movement across the USA. I had imagined that you guys had … [Read more...]