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...]

Jesus the Evangelist: what his encounter with Nicodemus can teach us

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I just have one bit of unfinished business left from 2014. Here is a sermon I preached towards the end of the year, notes follow the video. After this, I will be on a fast from social media of all forms until the end of the month. Sometimes it is good to pull back from our commitments for a season. I will be back before you know it. In the meantime, you can read my most popular posts or review my 2014.Jesus meets a Religious Man John 3:1-20 Two types of people who are not true … [Read more...]

Top Posts during 2014

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In my last post I reviewed this year's blogging.  Now I want to share the articles that have been most popular on my site in the last twelve months. Many of these posts were written in previous years and thanks presumably to google continue to show remarkable levels of traffic. I plan on taking a break from blogging as 2015 begins, if you missed these posts, or would like to catch up on my year in the meantime follow the links:My thoughts on the latest round of Mark Driscoll and Acts 29 c … [Read more...]

The best and the worst of 2014

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It is hard to believe that 2014 is about to draw to an end. It is good for us to turn to a few days of reflection on what has been, of gratitude to God for his faithfulness, of expressing our regrets, and of giving voice to our hopes for 2015.The year on this blog began with me sharing content from Eddy Leo which included an interview and sessions from our 300 Leaders conference that had occurred in 2013. Eddy's impact on our church was real, and we continue to implement his helpful and … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

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As I write this it is just past midnight. The breakfast table is laid. The potatoes are pealed. We are just about to lay the presents out around and on the tree. And we wait for the kids to all be soundly asleep so "Father Christmas" can do his rounds.It is Christmas Day for us.May Jesus' presence be close to you this Christmas.May you have enjoyable rest time with your family.May you be well fed.May there be laughter.But among the happiness spare a thought for those … [Read more...]

The tragic end of the head and shoulders king

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1 Samuel 31 contains Saul's final act. The irony is clear. The man who towered head and shoulders over his contemporaries (1 Sam 9:2) is quite literally cut down to size as his head is removed from his shoulders.The regal first king of Israel is killed and his body is shamefully violated. His line is extinguished. And all along, the one warrior who could have helped him wasn't there directly because of Saul's previous attempts to murder him as a rival. The enemy King who had accepted David and … [Read more...]

Adrian and his pastor, Tope Koleoso on TBN’s Praise the Lord

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This episode of Praise the Lord was filmed in TBN UK's new London studio. It is the only time that I have ever been interviewed alongside my dear friend, brother, and pastor, Tope Koleoso.We spoke about what God has been doing at Jubilee Church these past twenty years, and the source of real hope. Lou Fellingham was the worship leader.Resources mentioned If you are interested in getting bulk copies of Hope Reborn, you can get them at a good discount at hopereborn.com. Lou Fellingham's … [Read more...]

How disaster can lead you back to the LORD

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In Scripture, being with the people of God implies being in the presence of God. David had been living away from both for some time. It seems clear that his relationship with God was weaker as a result. Certainly no mention of God is there for a few chapters. The fugitive David never looked less like a future king than at the beginning of 1 Samuel 30.He was resigned to sitting out the next great battle between the Philistines who had taken him in and his own people who had rejected him. It is … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on the need for Thanksgiving

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I found this quote in the Jonathan Edwards online library. It is rather apt as my American friends prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. This week we are focusing on  Edwards here at the Patheos Evangelical channel. As part of that my friend Frank Viola posted a great contribution "The Shocking Beliefs of Jonathan Edwards" that is well worth a read. Here then is Jonathan Edwards on thanksgiving.The godly, those who have that inestimable blessing, have cause to bless God which cannot be e … [Read more...]

A word for every preacher this weekend

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More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in "urgent prayer for Gods presence." We may excuse the spiritual poverty of our preaching in many ways, but the true secret will be found in the lack of urgent prayer for God’s presence in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are preachers innumerable who can deliver m … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the vital place of prayer

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I came across the following two quotes about Spurgeon's view of prayer on a website I was reading. They both struck me so strongly that I wanted to check the sources. Thanks to Logos Bible Software I was able to find the source of the first.But the second quote eludes me, as although it is often cited online and even in books, I've not been able to corroborate the veracity of the story. Anybody know where it comes from? A certain preacher, whose sermons converted men by scores, received a r … [Read more...]


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