One of the key factors for growth and outreach in the church is what we call Persuasive Preaching….Some people call this apologetic preaching but I don’t think that communicates what we are talking about. I gave a talk at this at FOCL a while ago. All of us who are preachers need to think about how we can preach ‘persuasively’…. Here is a short video … Continue reading Persuasive Preaching
Modern society tends to be presented with two assumed opposites with regard to the relationship between Christianity and society. On the one hand it is assumed that society should be secular and that religion should be at the level of a private club. The alternative to this is assumed to be a kind of Christian theocracy where the church runs the State and pastors have … Continue reading How does Good Theology Lead to Good Society, Law and Politics?
On Sunday I had the joy of being interviewed on the CrossPolitic programme – You can watch the whole programme here – (my part begins around the 26 minute mark). I throughly enjoyed talking to these guys (although drinking malt from a mug is almost beyond the pale!) and hope it is the beginning of a fruitful relationship, but I suspect that they might … Continue reading CrossPolitic and Keller the Cultural Communist
It was a real joy to be back preaching on Sunday – In looking at Romans 7:1-6 and the difference between written Law and the Gospel of the Spirit. I began with Marlon Brando, continued with Jordan Peterson, and ended with Martin Luther – “ We must ask God for divine grace, so that we may become new in spirit, willing and doing all good works … Continue reading Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.
Many non-Christians have ethics but are also frightened that we are seeking to impose our strict ethical system upon them, while at the same time being hypocrites ourselves. For that reason, many Christians tend to shy away from ethics when seeking to communicate the gospel. This session looks like we are avoiding the traps of morality and accusations of political power-seeking whilst we are still … Continue reading Persuasive Ethics
Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson are probably the most influential Christian leaders in my life and ministry. It was therefore a joy to hear them both on this video speaking about ministry and life. (If you don’t wish to watch the whole ceremony Tim Keller begins at around the 27 minute mark- Sinclair at the one hour 27 ). Tim Keller always has this … Continue reading Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson on Christian Ministry
How Should we use the Means of Grace in our Evangelism? Continue reading How can Christians Reach Out to Non-Believers?
I was saddened to hear of the death of Stephen Hawking – I had recently read a biography of him – as well as watching the sanitised airbrushed Hollywood version of his life – The Theory of Everything. Brilliant mind though he was, he allowed his atheist upbringing and prejudice to distort his reasoning. None more so than his claim in The Times from 8 years … Continue reading Hawkings Haverings – Answering Stephen Hawkings Atheist Claims
A discussion on feminism, leadership, gender, marriage, preaching, the Bible and the church…with Nick Franks on his vlog….I hope you enjoy it…value your comments (feel free to let me know where I am wrong!)… This is an old book but I would still highly recommend it… Continue reading A Discussion on Christian Feminism
Why is it essential that we use the ‘ordinary means of grace’ for evangelism? Why Is Secularism Becoming More Aggressive? Continue reading How Should we use the Means of Grace in our Evangelism?