What is relational Christianity?

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When I was just four I became a part of a family of churches that was subsequently called Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo was the founder of that group. One of our rallying calls was a call to "relational Christianity." This call is as relevant now as it has ever been. A few days ago Terry posted a couple of tweets about this: You are welcome to church life shaped & formatted by business psychology and procedure. I prize brotherly love and comradeship always!— Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May 2 … [Read more...]

It’s not about the nail: hilarious marriage video

My wife showed me this video this morning. We both think this is both very funny and represents the reality of married life well. "Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen." Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what. Well worth a watch: … [Read more...]

The Gift of Today

You can watch this video as though it is just another youtube video. Or you can watch it with the sense of urgency that should come from considering the sense of terrible loss prompted by the recent mass shooting in the USA. Or for that matter, the same effect which should come on us whenever we consider any death.I was at a funeral on Friday when the father of a 31 year old daughter who had died suddenly said "The author of life has the right to decide its beginning and end . . . This death … [Read more...]

Huffington Post Live: Smug Married Club Debate

Tonight I was invited onto Huffington Post Live to debate attitudes to marriage from singles and attitudes to singles from marrieds. I think it was a very interesting discussion that shows the very different ways we all think.I think I shocked them when I told the guys not to treat women like urinals. I also said that marriage is actually really hard (though rewarding!), and unless you make a decision that it is for life it's unlikely to ever work. I told them marriage was like a death, but … [Read more...]

Complementarian and Egalitarian Bible verses

I'm not planning today to go through the arguments for and against egalitarianism or complementarianism. I thought instead that as a follow up to my "spectrum" post I would share some of the key Scripture passages that people on both sides of this debate believe are important in our understanding of this debate. If you can think of any other crucial passages I have left out, do let me know in the comments section below, via Twitter, or email.As I mentioned yesterday, I will discussing this … [Read more...]

A year on, and a return to the other country

I have had the pleasure of traveling fairly widely thanks to my job. I travel so often, and at times for such short periods, that I don't always mention on the blog when I am away. But there is one country that I tend to look forward to visiting more than almost any other. I am of course talking about the USA, often referred to affectionately by us Brits as "the other country".I look forward to my trips to the USA because I feel so at home there. I have so many friends there, and so many … [Read more...]

Bringing warmth to a fathers heart

One of my children came downstairs, after being in their room for ages yesterday, with the following list of verses. They had obviously spent a long time going thru a bible looking at highlighted verses and choosing, as they put it, their "favorite ones". I think its a pretty good list, actually, and I am grateful for the grace of God at work in this dear child of mine despite all their father's failings and imperfections. Nothing that I could hope to ever accomplish with the blog will be of … [Read more...]

15 years of marriage to the best woman on Earth for me

Mrs Warnock and I have enjoyed married life for 15 years today.  As I reflect on those years I thought I would share some of those thoughts with you.  Truth be told, marriage has been both the most challenging and the most rewarding thing I have ever done. As society seeks to destroy family life, it is crucial that we fight for a true understanding of something that reflects the heart of God himself. Through marriage I have become more aware of my own weaknesses and sin. I have grown i … [Read more...]

New John Piper sermon: The Gospel and racial harmony

This past Sunday it was a joy to have John Piper with us at Jubilee Church in London. He seemed to be very much at home with us, and was clearly enjoying preaching one of the very few sermons he will preach this year. We benefitted greatly from this talk as Jubilee continues to aim to break the rule some church growth experts lay down, which argues that a church will always tend towards being largely monocultural. I thank God for the racial harmony and multicolored growth that we have … [Read more...]

Christian Hedonism and Christian Marriage

The final post in my series interacting with John Piper is again on marriage. Seeking the happiness of yourself in the happiness of your wife is key to a joyful relationship. We look forward to hearing from John tomorrow, and in due time I will share notes and video of the sessions here. May all our marriages be informed by this quote:A husband and wife should pursue their own joy in the joy of each other. There is scarcely a more hedonistic passage in the Bible than Ephesians 5:25–30. This t … [Read more...]


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