Leaders: Gentleness, not severity, will win you respect and love

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King David is an interesting character. His gentleness is evident in 2 Samuel 3. David says quite rightly towards the end, "These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I." (v39), His lack of severity is to be broadly welcomed, and yet there is perhaps a weak side to this very strength. His gentility leads to passivity. Just like in the previous chapter, King David seems like almost a passenger in this story. Could it be that he was too gentle?King David's attitude is starkly … [Read more...]

Adrian interviewed on Moody Radio by Janet Parshall

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Yesterday I was on Moody National Radio being interviewed by Janet Parshall. We spoke about the gospel, and how you can know what a Christian is. We had several callers who rang in with personal questions. It was a moving conversation at times. You can listen to the interview here:Listen to more programs by Janet Parshall here. … [Read more...]

 Don’t assume God’s guidance will open an easy path

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 Sometimes we can be so familiar with a story that we miss crucial details. As we get to 2 Samuel 2 most of us know what is coming: King Saul is dead, the age of King David has begun. And yet the transition is far from being that straightforward.David inquires of God what he should do. In response to God's reply he moves to Hebron. Judea immediately embraces him as king. David reaches out with magnimity to those who buried Saul. You might think that the reign of King David over the … [Read more...]

Singleness is not about living for yourself

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Following on from yesterdays guest post about singleness, I thought I would share John Piper's perspective:Paul was so completely committed to a life of celibacy that he longed for everyone to have it. But the reason he loved the single life is exactly the opposite of why many people today love singleness and will even break up marriages in order to be single again. Today singleness is cherished by many because it brings maximum freedom for self-realization. You pull your own strings. No one … [Read more...]

Guest post: Singleness is a gift, have you unwrapped it?

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Today is Valentines Day.In honor of the many faithful godly single people I know, I wanted to share a guest post that is of relevance to all of us, but especially those who face today without a partner.This article was written by someone who I am going to call Phoebe:“Singleness is a gift.”“Yes I’m sure it is Lord, for a few special (probably slightly odd) people but I’m not one of those chosen ones, no thank you.”I had read 1 Corinthians 7:71 and I knew that the bible declare … [Read more...]

Do not rejoice when your enemies fall

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Before Christmas we looked at the tragic end of Israel's first king, Saul. Today, I want us to spend a few moments contemplating the response of David to this news as seen in 2 Samuel 1.Saul had been a disaster for Israel and a deadly enemy towards David. We could easily forgive David if he had rejoiced at Saul's death.But instead David honors the office of King, the anointing of the Lord, and the image of God in every man. He chooses to grieve, and in his lament thinks of the best … [Read more...]

You Are Not Alone: Challenging the Christian Status Quo without selling out

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Frank Viola is an increasingly dear friend of mine, even though we have yet to meet in the flesh. I look forward to that day. I do not always agree with Frank on everything, but I trust you have friends like that too. But there is no doubt in my mind that in terms of diagnosing the many problems in the Established Church there are few who are generally as on the button as him.Today I wanted to share a handful of statements from a recent post of his which he simply entitled "You are not … [Read more...]

Adrian on Premier Christian Radio’s Drivetime

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I recently popped into Premier Christian Radio's drive time where they interviewed me about Hope Reborn, as well as Jubilee Church, and my work in psychiatry. You can listen to the interview on Premier's site here … [Read more...]

What is Baptism?

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Many new Christians ask about water baptism, and are unclear as to its significance. What follows is an extract from my book Hope Reborn and is used by permission of the publisher.When Peter was asked "What must we do to be saved?" his reply outlined four steps to begin your Christian journey. The first, repentance is often also described as believing in Jesus, and is explained in another section of the book entitled, How to Become a Christian.MAKE A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF YOUR NEW FAITH I … [Read more...]

The great porn experiment and how it changes brains

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A generation of young men are discovering what Internet Porn can do to their brains. But growing numbers of them are deciding to escape. This secular TEDx video is essential viewing for everyone concerned about this issue: … [Read more...]

9 Key Trends in the UK Church

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John Stevens is the national director at FIEC (The UK's Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). He reports on nine key trends he observed as he participated in a recent UK church movement leaders event led by Terry Virgo: Growing Christmas Carol Services Effective Evangelistic Outreach through Christians Against Poverty and Foodbanks Proliferation of Multi-Site Churches Remembering the Needs of the Global Church The Christian Situation in the United States Is Not … [Read more...]

Logos 6 Bible Software – A familiar friend continues to grow up

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I have used Logos Bible Software now for more years than I care to remember. I have bought far more books for this software than I have physical books. It is so much part of my study routine whenever I want to dig deep into the Bible that it is hard to imagine serious Bible study without it.I have tried some of the other software available, and there is no doubt in my mind that Logos is quite simply the best tool available to study the Scripture. If you buy Logos by following this link you … [Read more...]


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