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I managed to sneak in a few hours at the Banner of Truth Ministers Conference in Leicester last week. I was unable to stay for more than a day, but heard a sweet sermon from Andrew Davies, what was for me a somewhat ungrounded disquisition on sin by the very engaging David Meredith, and a thought-...
I have extremely worrying news for certain friends: I may exist! Now, before you declare that this is worrying news for anyone with a modicum of sense, let me clarify things ever so slightly. It has been a matter of some concern for a while that I do not actually exist. But there are now some few...
Last weekend brought with it all the brouhaha that seems to be the sadly-increasing norm among evangelicals with regard to 'holy week' and Easter Sunday. Now, I will deny no man the opportunity to preach about the risen Christ on any day that he chooses. Furthermore, if there is a possibility in a...
Doing a little study this afternoon, I came across this illuminating section from B. B. Warfield on the parable of the prodigal son, and the danger of make it a definitive statement of the gospel. Given the parable's present popularity as a sort of quintessential gospel declaration and its...
Last Lord's day, despite the absence of a few, we had an encouragingly large congregation. By some standards, it was large. By others, pitifully small. By ours, with a visiting family of believers, and a number of visitors from the community, several for the first time, it was a joy. Over the pond...
A recent book enjoys the witty title, Saving Eutychus . The book itself is intended to encourage and assist preachers to preach engaging sermons in the hopes of preventing their congregations tumbling out of windows to their death, or something along those lines. Please understand that I am all for...
Kevin DeYoung's most recent book, Taking God at His Word , is now available at a discount of between 44% and 56% at Westminster Bookstore (also available at Amazon.com and - with a very ugly paperback cover only - at Amazon.co.uk ). I look forward to reading it with some confidence, because it's so...
The advertisement below (I apologise for the quality of the shot, but it was the best that could be managed under the circumstances), seen on the back of a bus in my region of the UK, was pointed out to me yesterday: Undoubtedly, next month there will an advertisement encouraging evangelical...
These fantastic four volumes from Reformation Heritage Books are now available at 50% off here .Get them while the deal lasts (one week only) at Westminster Bookstore .
You may not usually listen to Mortification of Spin .That's fine. But just give the first minute of this latest one a listen to hear Carl give every letter of the word marijuana it's full weight and value. I think it's fair to say that they have carried him outside his comfort zone for this one. (...
Over at Particular Voices , we are reminded from Isaac Watts' Discourse of the Love of God and the Use and Abuse of the Passions that, in trying to navigate the Biblical route between dead orthodoxy (which ought always to be, and is at root, a contradiction in terms) and mindless enthusiasm, and...
Because he still has those who offer to him . May God have mercy upon us.
Seen and heard at a conference: Seasoned saint: "Are you reading any of the older writers? Do you have any thoughts as to what you might read next?" Eager rookie: "Well, I just read John Owen on The Glory of Christ , and it was outstanding, and I thought I might just keep going and see if I can get...
I don't want to steal Rick Phillips' thunder , and I don't believe I will be trampling over his toes. However, I should also like to pick up on John Piper's lecture at Westminster, but from a different angle. Here are the twelve characteristics of the new Calvinism that Piper identified, as...
Many readers of this blog will doubtless know the name of Michael Haykin. In November last year, Michael reached his 60th birthday, and was presented with a festschrift to mark the occasion, The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality . It is a fine volume, and the hardback is...
I have recently been looking into and using Logos a little more (review on its way, I hope) and I thought I might draw attention to a few bits and pieces. For those who don't know, the Logos reader is free and you then just tack on the substance you want. In addition, when looking for new material...
I doubt that many readers of this blog would know a brother by the name of Johnny Farese. Johnny was born with spinal muscular atrophy. By the time I had the privilege of meeting him in person, he had been unable to sit up for about ten years. He was paralysed in both arms and legs, his body...
Just in case someone thinks that the observance of Lent is not the start of a slippery slope, consider the following sad case of a man who thought it did not matter much . . .
I know I have been here before , but it is that time of year when we hear of those noble spirits who will be relinquishing chocolate (Book of Additions, chapter 1, verse 28), smartphones (Second Letter to the Accretions, chapter 5, verse 3) and new tattoos (Superstitions of St. Jeff, chapter 24,...
I have just returned from a very pleasant week of fellowship and ministry among the Reformed Presbyterians in Northern Ireland. It was my privilege to preach at the Knockbracken Bible Week, as well as at a men's meeting beforehand, and to the students at the Reformed Theological College during one...
The Emergent project has had a reboot. It's got a new name (the CANA Initiative), a new website, the same weary rhetoric, and the usual suspects (although, if you look carefully, I was a little surprised to find Dracula alongside Rob Bell, Doug Pagitt, Brian Ballard, a liberal sprinkling of...
Anyone else hoping that Todd's reference to "Great Brittan" is somehow ironic? Scholarship . . . alive and well at Reformation21.
It was an article about a European film director, usually hymned to the skies as a master craftsman and genuine visionary. It led me to an extended synopsis of one of his more recent films. I will not go into details, but it was a blow-by-blow account of the plot, complete with spoilers. The film...
I have just seen two profoundly moving videos at Justin Taylor's blog . The second I have seen before: the Kimyal tribe of West Papua, Indonesia, receiving New Testaments in their own language for the first time. The first, equally telling, is much briefer, showing believers in China rushing to...
For those who might be in the vicinity of Bulkington in the UK (not far from Coventry and Leicester), I hope to be at Bulkington Congregational Church this coming Monday (Mon 03 Feb) at 7.30pm for the first of this year's church history lectures . My subject is "Wrestling: The Life of Andrew Fuller...
I may have fallen victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is, "Never get involved in a land war in Asia," but only slightly less well known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!" Then further down the pecking order comes this one: "Never quote Owen in...
Though Carl reports that the arrival of a formal liturgy at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs is considered a surprise , if I remember John Owen correctly, he would probably be expecting it. I cannot recall the precise place (I may try to track it down, or someone might recall it - I vaguely...
I wonder if I might draw your attention to a series of volumes that ought to be known to church historians and historical theologians, and those who are interested in the same? The series is published by Reformation Heritage Books, and each volume so far has been compiled and introduced by James T...
A little while ago, a friend wrote an article entitled " My Ministry is Harder Than Yours (and Other Lies We Tell) ." The author, Mez McConnell, is a pastor in Edinburgh and one of the architects of 20schemes , a ministry seeking to establish gospel churches in some of the poorest communities in...
I hope that I will be able at some point to provide a review of Tom Nettles' excellent volume, Living for Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (pastors and preachers, you need this book, and can get it at Amazon.com , Amazon.co.uk , Westminster ). In the...
You may have heard Apple-adorers testifying of the usefulness of an application called PrayerMate. Now Google-gogglers can join in the fun, because PrayerMate has been made available for Android. Some warnings: PrayerMate will not give you a heart for prayer; it will not fight your battles against...
8 7. 8 7. D (Hyfrydol) Psalm 107 Oh give thanks to God our Saviour For his mercy rich and free; Sing his praise who find his favour, Rescued from the enemy. Every land gives up his chosen, Gathered up from east and west; North and south send forth his people, Each redeemed and fully blessed...
It happens a fair amount in December, and probably reaches its peak in the week between Christmas and the new year: we assure ourselves of all the things we will do once January begins - reverse the Christmas excesses, revive last year's undertakings, restore the things that are broken. We will...
I am always - well, sometimes - grieved to grieve Mr Levy. Clearly I have burdened an already burdened man, and in ways that I have not (on this occasion) intended. And so a little comeback on his pushback : I agree that evangelising can become just another stick to beat people with. In some...
11 11. 11 11 ( To God be the glory [ without refrain]) Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End; My Saviour, my Shepherd, my Lord, and my Friend; The Righteous, the Holy, to you we will bring Our prayers and our praises, a sweet offering. A Prophet revealing by Spirit and Word; A King all-triumphant with...
I do not often sympathise with Anglican vicars, but I did feel a mite of solidarity with the Reverend Simon Tatton-Brown of St Andrew's Church, Chippenham, Wilts., when I heard his unfortunate story . Caught short by the demands of a nativity address, he decided to regale his infant congregation...
At the risk of being trampled by the ireful in the latest slanging match over rap and hip-hop, I wonder if I might interject? It seems to me, watching from a distance and not trying to read every contribution, that the debate quickly escalates into absolute and swingeing declarations that fail to...
A couple of bits and pieces to recommend, either of which you might already have sampled, I hope to your edification. First, Antinomianism by Mark Jones ( Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk / Westminster ). We are not lacking expressions of the blunter forms of antinomianism in our day, but the phenomenon...
From time to time, in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the new school year, I receive enquiries about churches in particular places. They usually go something like this: "So-and-so has got a place to study this-or-that at such-and-such university in such-and-such a city. Do you know of any...
Thank you for following through this series on effective personal evangelism. For ease of reference, here are the links and topics: Introduction Love Tenacity Boldness Consistency Understanding Prayer Faith Experience Encouragement Summary This is not an exhaustive list, by any means, but I am...
Nearly there! So far we have surveyed the following marks of effective personal evangelism: love , tenacity , boldness , consistency , understanding , prayer , faith and experience . The ninth mark of the effective personal evangelist is encouragement . The personal evangelist needs support. Do you...
The Westminster Conference is taking place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December at Regent Hall on Oxford Street. This year, the topics are, I hope, particularly timely, speaking to current issues and pressing needs in the church of Christ, and bringing the wisdom and experience of the past to...
This day was the best that I have seen since I came to England. . . . After Dr. Twisse had begun with a brief prayer, Mr. Marshall prayed largely two hours, most divinely, confessing the sins of the members of the Assembly, in a wonderful, passionate, and prudent way. Afterwards, Mr. Arrowsmith...
As we move toward the end of this series, the marks of effective personal evangelism we have surveyed so far are love , tenacity , boldness , consistency , understanding , prayer and faith . The eighth mark of the effective personal evangelist is experience . If we engage in this kind of gospel...
A friend drew my attention to an Australian programme called Q&A in which four figures engage in a moderated discussion responding to audience questions (for British readers, think Question Time ; not sure what the American equivalent would be, if there is one). The panelists on this occasion...
The marks of effective personal evangelism we have surveyed so far are love , tenacity , boldness , consistency , understanding and prayer . The seventh mark of the effective personal evangelist is faith . With prayer is allied faith. Think of how the apostle speaks at the beginning of the letter...
In case you have not already picked it up, Steven Lawson's "Long Line of Godly Men" treatment of The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon is free on Kindle at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk .
While immensely thankful for the benefits of modern travel, there are elements of it that are not in the first rank of Walker enjoyments. I tend toward dislike of the experience of being herded and managed, with even the temperature of the environment sometimes being adjusted in order to prompt...
The marks of effective personal evangelism we have surveyed so far are love , tenacity , boldness , consistency and understanding . The sixth mark of the effective personal evangelist is prayer . The place of prayer in this list is not a marker of its relative insignificance. Could it be that one...
To date, we have looked briefly at love , tenacity , boldness and consistency as particular features of the effective personal evangelist. The fifth mark of the effective personal evangelist is understanding . We have said that we do not need special training - a degree course, or formal, academic...