Friday, 25 March 2011

Mark Driscoll on hell, sermon preview


Driscoll on hell as the wrath of God in effect; spoken with clarity, conviction and compassion.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Elephant Room - James Macdonald video

'What this video, and some of the other recent Gospel Coalition videos do offer though, is a real, robust, discussion. A willingness to land a few punches, and take a few, that we might see who’s position can take the strain and stay standing. Another good example of this is Driscoll, Harris and Francis Chan discussing Chan’s decision to leave Cornerstone which relates to my blog post here.

I’ve found this willingness to disagree and debate, in the context of Christian love and genuine mutual respect very refreshing. Modelling this kind of robust yet gracious discussion could prove to be a real blessing to the church. I’m not convinced that ministers are well enough equipped to deal with such discussions with their own deacons\elders. We may not end holding hands and singing Kumbaya but our relationships can be strengthened by such dialogues, if they are handled well.'

I blogged this some time ago, and still think that these guys- agreed on the gospel- but holding different convictions on other matters can model how to disagree and debate well. That's why I was encouraged to hear about this:


Elephant Room from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Bashir on Bell- even more powerful than the interview

I don't want to turn this blog into an endless discussion about Rob Bell. I want to speak more about what I'm for than what I'm against. But I must share this link. Martin Bashir on the importance of courageous truth-telling, this is really powerful, Bashir pulls no punches:

Monday, 14 March 2011

Love Wins: DeYoung review

Kevin DeYoung has now read and reviewed Rob Bell's Love Wins. He summarises by saying:

"Here’s the gist: Hell is what we create for ourselves when we reject God’s love. Hell is both a present reality for those who resist God and a future reality for those who die unready for God’s love. Hell is what we make of heaven when we cannot accept the good news of God’s forgiveness and mercy. But hell is not forever. God will have his way. How can his good purposes fail? Every sinner will turn to God and realize he has already been reconciled to God, in this life or in the next. There will be no eternal conscious torment. God says no to injustice in the age to come, but he does not pour out wrath (we bring the temporary suffering upon ourselves), and he certainly does not punish for eternity. In the end, love wins.
Bell correctly notes (many times) that God is love. He also observes that Jesus is Jewish, the resurrection is important, and the phrase “personal relationship with God” is not in the Bible. He usually makes his argument by referencing Scripture. He is easy to read and obviously feels very deeply for those who have been wronged or seem to be on the outside looking in.
Unfortunately, beyond this, there are dozens of problems with Love Wins. The theology is heterodox. The history is inaccurate. The impact on souls is devastating. And the use of Scripture is indefensible. Worst of all, Love Wins demeans the cross and misrepresents God’s character."

Read the full review on Kevin DeYoung's blog here
Download the pdf here

Tim Challies review here

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Today's grace is sufficient...

Today’s Grace is sufficient to sustain you as you face today’s trial.

"When I was a little girl, " I said, "I went to my father and said,
"Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ."
"Tell me," said father,
"When you take a train trip to Amsterdam,
when do I give you the money for the ticket?
Three weeks before?"
"No, daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train."
"That is right," my father said, "and so it is with God's strength.
Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.
He will supply all you need – just in time…"

Corrie Ten Boom

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Friday, 11 March 2011

Revival Radio

Very much looking forward to being interviewed on Revival Radio this evening at 10pm (GMT).

You can find out more about Revival Radio, and listen online here.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Today's grace is sufficient...

Today’s Grace is sufficient to sustain you as you face today’s trial

Sustaining Grace
 "Not grace to bar what is not bliss,
Nor flight from all distress, but this;
The grace that orders our trouble and pain,
And then, in the darkness is there to sustain."

John Piper

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Saturday, 5 March 2011

John Newton on the Lord's Day

“By one hour's intimate access to the throne of grace, where the Lord causes His glory to pass before the soul that seeks Him you may acquire more true spiritual knowledge and comfort than a day's or a week's converse with the best of men, or the most”

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Martyn Lloyd Jones interview

Happy St David's day to my Welsh friends. What better way to celebrate than by watching this MLJ interview!?