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...]

The danger of stressing only God’s love or his wrath

Just a few bullet point thoughts for a Sunday afternoon for you:Those who stress only God's love will always become liberals. Those who stress only His wrath will be angry, legalistic, fundamentalists. If you stress only God's love will relate to him as a genial Father Christmas. If only his wrath you will fear him as an angry headmaster. When you see love and wrath together you will rejoice with trembling, love God but fear him, and take refuge in him to escape his justice. The Cross … [Read more...]

A Wedding Sermon

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Pastors often find that special occasion sermons are harder to write and deliver than regular ones. I know that I was much more nervous myself about preaching for the marriage of a couple in our church last week than I am about preaching on Sundays. So, here is a set of notes on a passage that is sometimes reached for at a time like this. Hopefully if you are struggling for an idea for a wedding sermon yourself, this may spark some thoughts in you.On the third day there was a wedding at … [Read more...]

LIVE WEBCHAT – “Fail” Is our Pastoral system broken?

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J.R.Briggs is joining me right here on the blog for a live web chat on his new book Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. This is part of the sponsored Book Club feature here on Patheos.As the video trailer at the bottom of this post points out the statistics for the success of the USA pastoral ministry is devastating. Brigg's book focusses on how we can cope with ministry failure personally, and we do discuss this, we also discuss, "Is our Pastoral system itself … [Read more...]

UK 300 conference: Developing an Evangelism Culture

Developing an Evangelism Culture with Rice Broocks and Tope KoleosoThis Autumn, the 300 Leadership conference  which is run by Jubilee Church London, will be on Saturday October 11th from 9am to 3pm. Our guest speaker will be Rice Broocks. My pastor, Tope Koleoso will also be sharing a session.The topic we will be dealing with is "Developing A Culture of Evangelism."  Our goal is to help church leadership teams build an environment where engaging unbe … [Read more...]

A bit of happiness on a Monday morning

So it's Monday morning. Another week begins. Do you choose weariness and despair, or hope and joy? Last week's news both in the Church, and in the World was pretty miserable, I think we can all agree on that.You can imagine then how welcome it was on Sunday to hear at Jubilee a sermon on happiness. Christians have the source of true happiness that is not dependent on happenings.Sometimes it takes an anthem from the secular world to express things that really should be our domain. But, … [Read more...]

My thoughts on the latest round of Mark Driscoll and Acts 29 controversy

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As most of you may have heard by now, Acts 29 has removed Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from their network of churches, stating,  “It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not co … [Read more...]

One hundred years ago today the dream of human progress died

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The Victorian era was the time of great advance. Continual industrial revolution. Civilisation. As the 20th Century began, mankind was full of hope. The bold notion grew that the Human Spirit would itself evolve and leave behind its savage impulses.Then, one fateful day a war began so terrible that it was called the Great War, and touted as the war to end all wars. Europe, so long seen as the seedbed of democracy and civilization descended into barbarity.And just in Britain almost … [Read more...]

The problem of good

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This article from Ann Voskamp is so helpful, and so important. I encourage you to read it all. Ann is a gift to the global Church and she is really onto something in her writings. So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden.Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate.And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron.“Why is there all this loveliness?”She wants to k … [Read more...]

Hope Reborn now available on Amazon UK

I would really appreciate it if you are a Facebook user if you would like and share this post on your own page. You can now pre-order Hope Reborn from both Amazon Uk and the Hope Reborn website.Read the free sample chapter Post by Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus. … [Read more...]


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