Matt And Lou's Wedding

This morning it was my delight to be involved in the marriage of my good friends Matt and Lou. They chose to create their own vows based quite closely on the ones my own wife and I wrote back in 1995. So, the following words brought back good memories:Before God and before this congregation, I will ask you to declare your freedom and readiness to enter into the covenant of marriage. I will also ask your families and this congregation to affirm their willingness to support you today and in the … [Read more...]

Sexless Marriages Are Less Happy

In news that will be no surprise to more than half the population (ie every men, plus many women) a recent study has identified that having more sex leads to happier marriages. Here is an extract from an article on the subjectQ. Are couples in sexless marriages less happy than couples having sex?A. Generally, yes. There is a feedback relationship in most couples between happiness and having sex. Happy couples have more sex, and the more sex a couple has, the happier they report being. But keep … [Read more...]

John Piper's Biblical Antidote to Anger

Anger is very much associated with our sense of rights. We feel that we have been violated and "deserve" better treatment. The truth is, none of us deserve anything but hell. We build up for ourselves a mental picture of our ideal life, of what we want, so that it becomes an idol. When we don't get our own way, we start to throw our toys out of the pram and feel justified to be angry.James challenges these thoughts in 4:1-2: "What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Mark Driscoll on Missional Movements (Acts 1)

The audio of this message can be downloaded, or you can listen to it right here:More posts from this conference can be found on my TOAM08 label page. You can also download the mp3s of this week's talks by subscribing to the new Newfrontiers podcast, which will be an easy way for you to get access to the mp3s for free.Mark Driscoll began by thanking us again for having him, thanking us for the trust placed in him as someone we didn't know, but who had a reputation for being proactive, for the … [Read more...]

Please Be My Friend, But . . . Don't Ever Call Me Adrian Warlock!

Today I thought I'd tell you a little about an integrated approach I've set up to make use of the online social networking websites, and also to share with you some different ways you can access the content of this blog. Basically I have tried to ensure that a few of these sites will work together for me, that each of them, therefore, will offer you another way to follow the blog, and, where possible, point you to other material I think you should be reading before mine.Before I get into all of … [Read more...]

Review of the Blog – July to August: TULIP and Together On a Mission

Before going on a summer break, I ended with a post which expresses clearly the driving passion behind my life—I DON'T WANT BALANCE, I WANT IT ALL!Other than that, and the posts on the atonement I listed in yesterday's review, July was totally dominated (and rightly so) by Together On a Mission. This conference is a phenomena that you really ought to experience at least once in your life. The fact that next year we will have Mark Driscoll here in the UK as the main speaker is just one reason to c … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, Terry Virgo, and Shepherding God's People

Regular readers of my blog will remember that, together with my pastor, Tope Koleoso, we had the joy of being able to chat with Mark Driscoll when we went to Edinburgh to hear him preach live. We were deeply impressed with his graciousness and kindness to us. In this, he reminded me of a man who is one of my other living Christian heroes—Terry Virgo.I know that many people were disappointed not to be able to make it to Scotland to hear Mark. So I am delighted to relay an announcement from Terry V … [Read more...]

Driscoll on the Defeat of Shame and the Scotland MP3s

The MP3s of three talks from Mark Driscoll's recent visit to Scotland are now online. The first one is the only one I was there for, and for which I wrote notes.God's Plan for the Church in This City (right click to download MP3).Sex—A Study of the Good Bits from the Song of Solomon by Mark Driscoll (right click to download MP3).The Gospel We Preach—A Message for Leaders by Mark Driscoll (right click to download MP3).Driscoll is an important voice for the Church today. One thing he addressed in h … [Read more...]

A Time for War and a Time for Peace

Today is remembrance day. It is the day which we hope ended war forever in the main countries of Europe. It is a day for silence, contemplation, and gratitude. The thought that strikes me is that what is true of nations is also true of individuals. We war and fight with one another, and just as a small event all those years ago erupted into a major war that engulfed the globe, so in our personal relationships small disagreements can spread and sour entire families. In personal relationships, as … [Read more...]

Of Tone, Discernment, and the Charismatic Question

Phil Johnson has a second post answering my two-paragraph criticism of him. My schedule does not permit me to make a full reply as I am traveling on business. (All the posts you will see for the next few days were written before I left.) All I will say in reply, therefore, is this: Thank you, Phil, for sounding a much more conciliatory tone and for the acknowledgement that these issues are less important than the core of the Gospel, in which we both continue to delight in being united. You … [Read more...]


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