July 14, 2024

Both presidential candidates are routinely described by the other party as being a threat to the existence of democracy.  Why are we surprised that someone took it upon themselves to try and remove one of them? It is time for the political temperature in the USA to be turned down. Read more

July 13, 2024

“Don’t say God loves the sinner,” say some Calvinists, "He only loves his predestined elect". But as Spurgeon said "Jesus did not die to make God love sinners, for he always did love them". As the Bible tells us: "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8, NIV) Read more

July 10, 2024

How well do pastors care for those with chronic unsolvable problems? Adrian talks with ⁠John Stevens⁠, a leading UK christian. They spoke about servant leadership, a phrase used by Sir Keir Starmer but which ought to be deeply rooted in Church leadership. The mature Christian or pastor ought not to be remote, strong, entrepreneurial and untouchable but rather someone who knows what it is to have human weaknesses and go through human sufferings, and yet to find Christ in the midst. If you are a pastor or church member who is struggling with feeling you are failing to meet the expectations you have put on yourself this discussion will serve you well. Read more

July 9, 2024

Today I welcome John Stevens the director of the UK’s Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches as a guest author.  He is writing about a Christian perspective on the  new Prime Minister’s speech outside Downing Street. Like Rishi Sunak this speech included a generous tribute to his opponent. Here are some excerpts from the speech: “Good afternoon… I have just returned from Buckingham Palace. Where I accepted an invitation from His Majesty the King. To form the next government of this... Read more

July 8, 2024

A peaceful transfer of power with no one denying the results.  Are you watching USA? Christians ought to pray for the success of our leaders. When it became clear that The Conservatives had lost the UK election, Rishi Sunak called Sir Keir Starmer and congratulated him, conceding defeat. The then spoke to the nation and apologised to the people of our country, acknowledging that the nation had sent a clear signal that the government must change. Read more

June 26, 2024

My guest Barnabas Piper grew up as a son of John Piper and with that surname came many expectations. Divorce wasn't one of them. But God wasn't finished with him. Now he is remarried and a pastor. A life restored, pain comforted, and turned into good for others Read more

June 26, 2024

F.F. Bruce wrote the following brief summary of Predestination, which is one of the five points of Calvinism.  In this quote he expresses well the idea we saw from Stott that God being in charge does not have to negate our responsiblity: Read more

June 24, 2024

Many people will abuse the sovereignty of God to minimise and deny our human responsibility. Others use our responsibility to minimise God's sovereignty.  This is a major part of the argument between Calvinists and Arminians. John Stott showed us in this quote that you do not have to deny one to defend the other: Read more

June 21, 2024

One of the hardest things about going through any form of suffering is the sense of being alone, isolated, and unseen.  In the following quote from preacher Charles Spurgeon, he explains that God sees, and God promises to be with us. Read more

June 17, 2024

Sunak's party may slip to third place in the results amidst moral vacuum. There was a lot of excitement in the UK at the end of last week because for the first time the Reform party led by "friend of Trump" Nigel Farage overtook the Conservative Party in an opinion poll. Read more

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