5th Most Read Post – Steve Chalke and "The Lost Message of Jesus"

No. 5 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on November 21, 2004. I felt like a lonely figure back in 2004 with my strong criticism of Steve Chalke's views on the atonement. I argued that his words were close to blasphemy at the time. John Piper would subsequently accuse Chalke directly of blaspheming, and Wayne Grudem would first agree, then modify his position to something similar to what I had said back in 2004.Many questions remain unanswered about this whole controversy, and … [Read more...]

6th Most Read Post – Dr. Wayne Grudem: Highlights and Reflections

No. 6 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on December 18, 2006, and was a summary of the highlights of my interview with Dr. Wayne Grudem, a man who is certainly a wonderful gift to the global Church! Other segments of this interview would have made the top 30 in their own right, as would my review of Dr. Grudem's supreme Systematic Theology. At times it looked like it would go on forever, but the Wayne Grudem interview is over. In this post I look back on the whole interview … [Read more...]

7th Most Read Post – What is a Reformed Charismatic?

No. 7 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on November 26, 2005, and endeavored to explain that curious phenomenon—a charismatic Calvinist or "reformed charismatic." There was a time when we were considered an oddity and people doubted our existence. Now, at least in England, reformed charismatics are on the ascendancy and many Christians are intrigued by us. With the resurgence of interest in things reformed and charismatic, I thought I'd post a bit on what I feel is a "reformed … [Read more...]

8th Most Read Post – Interview With C. J. Mahaney

No. 8 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on October 10, 2005, when I had the honor of interviewing C. J. Mahaney via e-mail.C. J. has, in recent years, been introduced to a new audience because of his friendship with Mark Dever and Company. I have known of him since the 1980's, and loved to listen to him live at early Newfrontiers Bible Weeks.In January 2008, C. J.began blogging at the Sovereign Grace Blog—C. J. Mahaney's View From the Cheap Seats and Other Stuff. The headlines … [Read more...]

9th Most Read Post – Thanksgiving Sermon on the Importance of Gratitude

No. 9 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on November 28, 2005, and simply linked to a sermon my pastor, Tope Koleoso, had preached on gratitude. Presumably it is a mark of the high percentage of my readers who are also preachers. It rates quite highly in a Google search for a "Thanksgiving Sermon."Tope's sermon was very warmly received at the time. Oddly, it was preached entirely by coincidence on the Thanksgiving weekend as he felt prompted to preach on gratefulness. I am … [Read more...]

10th Most Read Post – I Don't Want Balance! I Want It All!

We have now arrived at the countdown of the top ten most popular posts of all time with readers of this blog. No. 10 appeared on July 19, 2007, and of all the posts I have written, this one is probably my own personal favorite. It is a rallying call to a kind of Christianity that is not ashamed to embrace the best from many different backgrounds. The last four words of the above title are not new to me, but they are certainly resonating with me at the moment — "I Want It All!" Why should I have t … [Read more...]

11th Most Read Post – The Atonement: Wright Attacks Both Sides of the Debate

No. 11 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on April 23, 2007, and examined what is possibly the most controversial article Bishop Tom Wright has ever written. In it, I questioned his ability to criticize some who dismiss Penal Substitutionary Atonement while approving of Steve Chalke, stating his own support for a form of PSA, and decrying angrily the value of the book, Pierced For Our Transgressions. I posed a number of questions to Wright in private e-mails, and sadly, he … [Read more...]

12th Most Read Post – The Toronto Blessing – When The Church Seemed To Be Going Mad

No 12 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on May 15, 2005, and examined the events surrounding and subsequent to what came to be known as "The Toronto Blessing."I published this post from an article I had written many years prior to May of 2005. In some ways it was this article that first stirred the "writing bug" in me. I surveyed the historical events associated with "The Toronto Blessing," and also looked at some biblical and church history data. Some of my reformed friends … [Read more...]

13th Most Read Post – Tom Wright's Response to John Piper

No. 13 on the list of most read posts on this blog appeared on November 19, 2007, and was part of a series of posts on the debate between Bishop Tom Wright and John Piper over justification. Other parts of this series which would have made the top 30 in their own right include: John Piper, N. T. Wright, and Gracious DiscernmentJohn Piper: Is N. T. Wright Preaching Another Gospel?The series is summarized here: Piper on Wright Conclusion: What is Justification?The post is republished here in its … [Read more...]

14th Most Read Post – Summary of My Interview With Terry Virgo

No. 14 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on June 28, 2007, and was the summary post of an interview with the father of the family of churches of which I am thrilled to be a part, and a man I respect like few others alive today. Terry Virgo is that rare true gift of God to the global Church, a man who will leave the worldwhile Church in a far better state than he found it. His influence extends far beyond the 500 churches which are a part of Newfrontiers to the many thousands … [Read more...]