This is my story – Part Seven: My Church

As soon as Andrée and I got married, in the summer of 1995, we moved church, and later home, to be a part of what was then a tiny church plant in Enfield, North London. I had met the founding pastor, Colin Potter at a Newfrontiers conference, and as we planned to live in North London, felt that joining his new church was the best thing for us as a newly married couple.. The early days of the church plant were exciting, challenging, but at times it felt like it was slow moving.For a season we … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Six: My Marriage

Like many young men and women, I remember being quite anxious about finding my future life partner. I had no real serious relationships, until I had been at medical school for several years. Then there was a girl I dated for a few months, but to be honest I was not a very good boyfriend. We were both Christians, and yet didn’t see eye-to-eye on so many things. We ended up rowing a lot. After a while, I think we both came to realize that being “unequally yoked” doesn’t just refer to a Christian an … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Five: Moving to London

By the age of 18, I had a lot of the over-confidence of youth, but that was tinged with the realization that I had a lot to learn. As I left the safety of my parental home and launched out into London to study medicine, God had a plan to teach me one of the most important lessons of my life—one which every now and then I am reminded that I still do not fully live in the light of.My youthful enthusiasm for God was, at least in part, because I felt I could hold my own socially in a church e … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Four: My Teenage Years

I concluded the last section of my story by explaining that because of my father’s job relocation, we moved away from the church in which I had been so happy.For me, moving away from my friends and the church I had so loved was tough. Suddenly I discovered that there were actually churches that were different to the one in which I’d grown up. Well, to be fair, I had previously also been aware of the Anglican church that had been linked to my primary school—but the subtleties of the different … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Three: My Baptism and sense of call

As a young child, one of my favorite verses was the following: Acts 10:47—“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” My parents found themselves with no arguments left. I had received the Spirit just as they had. I was clearly a Christian. How could they stop me any longer from being baptized?I remember the day well. We had a temporary wooden baptistery with a plastic lining. I loved watching the pipes being used to fill and em … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Two: seeing the birth of a movement

I wonder if my father thought that what had happened the night I said I wanted to become a Christian had been real. I was so young; could I really understand it? Could this short conversation which ended in me praying really make such a difference to me? Could it be true that I had accepted Christ at such a young age?I do remember being in no doubt about it the next morning when I had an argument with a member of my family. I wanted us to tell my two year old sister, but this grown-up … [Read more...]

This is my story Part One: How I got born again

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For the next couple of weeks I am disconnecting from the Internet as I usually do around this time of year. I have scheduled some posts for you which works through my testimony.One of the things about a blog is that it is, by its very nature, a very personal thing. You meet not just a set of ideas, but a person. A few years ago I set about sharing the brief story of my life with you. In some ways it feels like a strange thing to do, which is probably why I never completed it!But, I do … [Read more...]

Request an evaluation copy of Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus

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The launch of  Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is just weeks away now.As the title suggests this short book aims to be a resource that you are going to want to give to people who want to become a Christian, or who need help to grow in their faith. But surely that includes ALL of us, as we never grow out of the gospel, and getting back to the basics is essential for us.We hope that this book will help you however long you have been a Christian to get the gospel b … [Read more...]

LIVE TV DEBATE: Does Modern day prophecy automatically weaken Sola Scriptura?

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My live TV debate vs Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick, a cessationist, is now available to view online at Part One and Part Two.My opponent argued that in 1 Corinthians 13 Paul meant that gifts will cease when the Bible was complete. I disagreed, saying they continue until Jesus returns.We both agreed with the concept of Sola Scriptura, in other words the sufficiency and finality of revelation found in the Bible and point to 2 Timothy 3:15-17: The sacred writings, which are able to make you wise … [Read more...]

Adrian’s top 20 posts and controversy in the church

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I thought I would share with you this summer my top twenty posts of all time (judged by traffic received since I moved to Patheos).  What is striking is that six out of the top ten are all about controversies in the church. I suppose it is inevitable that such things will draw the traffic. But, isn't it also a bit sad?I don't regret anything I said in these posts. And I am sure there will always be debate and controversies within the church. Isn't it just a little sad, however, that we all s … [Read more...]


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