AIDS and the Evangelical – a case study in compassion and social justice

I was ten when AIDS was first clinically observed. I remember that early attitudes to this, among the media and general population were revulsion and fear. There was a lot of ignorance. People worried that AIDS might be easy to catch. Even as a young man, as I became more aware of AIDs and how it was transmitted, I remember thinking that the human race were fortunate that this was not a more readily transmitted illness like, say flu. There… Read more

Attend this years Unbelievable? Conference: The UK’s leading apologetics event

Premier Christian Radio and Biola University present Unbelievable? The Conference 2014 – Reasonable faith in an uncertain world. We live in an uncertain world and a sceptical age! Now in its 4th year, Unbelievable? is the UK’s leading apologetics and evangelism conference. This year’s conference will help ordinary Christians like you be equipped to: Be confident in your faith and share it effectively Engage with atheism, Islam and other worldviews Give good reasons for God and the truth of Christianity More information at the… Read more

Lunch with Tim Chaddick, pastor of Reality LA

Yesterday I had the joy of meeting a new friend, Tim Chaddick. A group of us from Jubilee Church London met with a group from Reality LA. It is always encouraging to meet like-minded people who God is using to build his Kingdom. I have heard a lot of good things about what God is doing in this young, growing church. It was so good to meet all of them, and especialy Tim with whom I have corresponded with on email… Read more

Win a FREE complete set of Spurgeon sermons for Logos

Thanks to my friends at Logos Bible Software readers of this blog enjoy a 15% discount on base packages. Whats even better than a discount? “FREE!” I hear you shout! Well, one lucky reader in a week will receive a free copy of the fantastic complete set of Spurgeon Sermons for Logos Bible Software. If you are a pastor I can think of no better resource to do your own soul good as you prepare. Many have claimed that Spurgeon… Read more

LIVE interview with Michael L Brown on hypergrace

Today I was joined in a web conversation by Dr Michael Brown. Our focus was  his new book Hyper-grace. You can watch the video right here or listen to the audio. I’ve set it to start playback at 16:00, which is the point we start talking about Hyper-grace. If you do want to hear us reminiscing about how we first met as a result of the Strange Fire controversy just rewind to the beginning of the clip. Soundcloud doesn’t seem… Read more

A Fathers Day Sermon

Here is a sermon I preached today on Romans 8:14-19 and Galatians 4:3-7 You can listen to or download the sermon here: 1. A crisis of Fatherhood 1 in 4 families of children in the UK have only one parent living at home 90% of the time that is the mother Some people stigmatise single mothers. But don’t stigmatise the parent who stayed. Stigmatise the one who left! Many men desert their children. Fatherhood is the greatest delight of a… Read more

GUEST POST – The myth of the unhappy pagan

This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of 1 Thessalonians to Titus”, published this month by Monarch Books.  THE MYTH OF THE UNHAPPY PAGAN “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) You have probably heard the joke about the man who tried to get his sofa down the stairs of his apartment block. One of his neighbours saw him sweating and… Read more

The heavens declare the glory of God. The sky above proclaims his handiwork

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19)   Read more

What is relational Christianity?

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… Read more

How did the early church view baptism?

When it comes to the issue of baptism, there is not a little disagreement among Christians. I am, as many of you will know, a baptist. I believe that the Bible is clear about baptism. I think it is easy to demonstrate it is an initiatory act that is supposed to follow faith, and hence cannot be performed on infants. I believe that baptism is the primary way a new believer is commanded by Jesus himself to dedicate themself to… Read more

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