Pete Broadbent of Spring Harvest Makes a Statement About Word Alive

UPDATE - Broadbent subsequently issued a further statment which acknowledged Steve Chalke was one factor in the split.Pete Broadbent, who leads the Spring Harvest Leadership Team, has now issued the following statement in response to my post on Spring Harvest and UCCF, and the official UCCF Statement. It is also interesting in light of Tom Wright’s statement about the atonement and Steve Chalke.Peter Broadbent’s StatementSpring Harvest, Keswick, and UCCF (the three partners in Word Alive) agreed … [Read more...]

The Atonement – N. T. Wright Attacks Both Sides of the Debate

UPDATE November 2008- Steve Chalke has expressed his views more fully in a chapter in The Atonement Debate, and I have posted a response to this.UPDATE #3In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 11th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 12th most widely read post was "The Toronto Blessing"—When the Church Seemed To Be Going Mad.This post examines possibly the most controversial article Wright has written. In it, I question his ability to criticize some who d … [Read more...]

Response from UCCF to the SPRING HARVEST Decision to End the Word Alive Bible Teaching Week After 14 Years

The UCCF has now issued a full statement about the end of Word Alive’s association with Spring Harvest, which I blogged about on Friday. Here is the full text:UCCF STATEMENTFor Immediate Release23 April 2007Response from UCCF to the SPRING HARVEST Decision to End the World Alive Bible Teaching Week After 14 YearsFor the past 14 years, the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship and Keswick Ministries have been delighted to partner Spring Harvest in organising Word Alive, one of Europe's t … [Read more...]

The Resurrection Empowered Life – Gazing on Jesus

As I explained last Sunday, I am determined, at least whilst spending the rest of the week blogging about the atonement, to spend Sundays on a journey exploring the implications of the resurrection of Jesus.I am writing this post one week before you will read it. These days I like to try and get ahead of myself in my blogging as much as possible. This morning I awoke earlier than usual. The house was quiet, and I felt God drawing me to meet Him in His Word in a similar way to that John Piper … [Read more...]

Word Alive and Spring Harvest to Separate After 15 Years Because of the Atonement

UPDATE November 2008- Steve Chalke has expressed his views more fully in a chapter in The Atonement Debate, and I have posted a response to this.____________________FURTHER UPDATEFull statements have now been issued by UCCF and Keswick, as well as Pete Broadbent of Spring Harvest, who also made a further statment. N.T. Wright has weighed into the atonement debate offering clear support to Steve Chalke. Also, Dave Bish is doing a great job of collecting blog posts about this into one … [Read more...]

The Atonement – The Terrible Problem of Sin

In the last post in this series on the atonement, we examined some wrong ideas about the cross. Today we will simply list some verses for us to meditate on which address the terrible problem of sin.This series is based on teaching I first gave at Jubilee Church. If you want a sneak preview of what is coming you can download the audio (you may need to right click and save to your PC) or listen online here: Today I want us to spend some time thinking about the following verses. Go away and look … [Read more...]

The Atonement – Wrong Ideas About the Cross

In the last post in this series on the atonement, we raised the question — Is it right to say God punished Jesus? We will return to that issue, but today we will look at some of the wrong theories of what essentially happened at the cross.This series is based on teaching I first gave at Jubilee Church. If you want a sneak preview of what is coming, you can download the audio (you may need to right click and save to your PC) or listen online here:There are a number of theories about the cross w … [Read more...]

The Atonement – Should We Disagree With John Stott?

In a helpful article which seeks to put the current atonement debate into context, Mark Meynell introduces a quote from John Stott in the following way: “. . . the Bible surely causes us to say that at the cross, God is saving us from himself by himself. The Cross is a Trinitarian endeavour driven by God the Trinity’s righteousness and justice, and his merciful desire to justify (cf Romans 3:25-26). To paraphrase John Stott, the cross is God’s self-satisfaction by his self-substitution. Conse … [Read more...]

The Resurrection Empowered LIfe

I have been thinking a lot about the resurrection this past week — which might surprise you given my blog’s current focus on the atonement. The sermon I preached on Easter Sunday wasn’t, for me, a “normal” sermon. I felt more conscious than usual of a sense of being specifically commissioned by God to preach on a particular subject — the resurrection. This happened to me in a similar manner to that which Martyn Lloyd-Jones described as happening to him: “. . . one morning while dressing, quite su … [Read more...]

The Atonement – Packer on Penal Substitution

This morning on his blog, Al Mohler reminded us of Jim Packer's eloquent defense (in 1973) of penal substitution in a post entitled "The Logic of Penal Substitution." In light of my ongoing series on the atonement, this is well worth the read. Mohler says this about Packer's historic lecture: "Packer starts by describing that the penal substitutionary understanding of the atonement 'by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the world-wide evangelical fraternity.' It is noteworthy that Packer … [Read more...]


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