Lunch with Tim Chaddick, pastor of Reality LA

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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 before.These guys get that we are living in a new era. An era of a global … [Read more...]

Tamasin Warnock’s charitable trip to South Africa

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My eldest daughter is now seventeen. I do not know what has happened to all those years!Next month we will be waving her off on a trip to South Africa. She will be spending three weeks of her summer renovating classrooms in a township school, and teaching children who have not had the fortunate upbringing she has. Some of the children may well be AIDs orphans.I am very proud of her. She is working with Hillcrest, and is expected to raise her own funds. Through quiz nights, cake … [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 was the greatest English speaking preacher the wold has ever known. … [Read more...]

LIVE interview with Michael L Brown on hypergrace

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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 to allow me to do the same thing as far as I can tell.If the … [Read more...]

A Fathers Day Sermon

Here is a sermon I preached today on Romans 8:14-19 and Galatians 4:3-7You can listen to or download the sermon here:1. A crisis of Fatherhood1 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 man’s life, but it is also his biggest c … [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 took pity on him but, if anything, it fe … [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?

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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 comradeship always!— Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May 2 … [Read more...]

How did the early church view baptism?

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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 God. I believe that it requires much water and is to be performed by … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why doesn’t the Bible condemn slavery?

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This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians”, published this month by Monarch Books. You can visit Phil Moore Books or follow him on Twitter.WHY DOESN’T THE NEW TESTAMENT CONDEMN SLAVERY? “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5) William Knibb, a British missionary to colonial Jamaica, wrote home: “The cursed blast … [Read more...]

Did Rosberg Cheat? What Hamilton and Formula One should do about it

I don't think I have ever written on here about my favourite sport: Formula One. But this weekend has left me a little disturbed. So far this year for those of us who had got bored of the domination of Red Bull, the success of Mercedes has been a blessed relief. Right now, most fans don't care that Mercedes are dominating even more than Red Bull did over the last few years, nor that they look like they may achieve the  most dominant season in the history of Formula One. Partly this is because it … [Read more...]

God and the Gay Christian – a round up of critiques

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This month on the Patheos book club a new book by Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian has been featured.  A number of Patheos bloggers here have responded very positively to the book (see the book club page for links).There was also a web chat where this book was welcomed as an important contribution to the current debate on how Christians should view homosexuality.As an example of how some bloggers are viewing this, here is one of the book's endorsements: "God and the Gay … [Read more...]


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