Ray Ortlund from Isaiah commentary P.371

‘We are so tolerant of our sins, especially if we maintain a superficial righteousness. But we’ve lost the radical edge of real Christianity in our generation. I hope we’re not beyond recovery. We may be. We’ve forgotten that Christianity is so contrary to our ingrained likes and dislikes, it requires nothing less than a transformation of religious conversion. We American Christians can’t just … [Read more...]

Just out of prison

I'm just relaxing after preaching at HMP Shotts. What a delight to be able to try and explain the wonder of the love of God to men who''ve known very little love in their lives. I'd ask you to pray for one man,Roshan an Indian from Dubai who has been awaiting an appeal for years but who has used his time well. He's a lovely fellow and it's always an encouragement to talk with. The other … [Read more...]

Advice to pastors from Scotty Smith

As Jack Miller taught me, live as close to Jesus as you can. Constantly preach the gospel to yourself. Walk closely with a “gospel posse”. Risk or rust for the rest of your life. Love one spouse well the rest of your life. Never be surprised to discover how broken the bride of Jesus is; how immature and selfish you can be; or how much God loves you in Jesus. Ache for heaven and serve in this … [Read more...]

Quote from Jim Philip on ITim.6:15-16

Why should it be strange to think of God as happy?' 'The reason why we do not do is that He has revealed himself in the Scriptures as so grimly in earnest dealing with sin that He has not had much time to laugh. But, when sin is finally destroyed as it will be , his true nature will surely become clear and evident. and his happiness will  shine forth as the glorious and riotous thing  it is. … [Read more...]

From www.worthilymagnify.com

Last week I spent a couple of days attending the National Worship Leader Conference, hosted by Worship Leader Magazine, featuring many well-known speakers and worship leaders. The conference was held about 15 minutes down the road from me, so it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m glad I went. I met some new people, heard some thought-provoking teaching, enjoyed some good meals and … [Read more...]

Why Legalistic Preaching Does Not Work by David Prince

Legalism is the pursuit of good works abstracted from faith in an effort to garner God’s favor and blessing. Moralism is the attempt to obey or impose the ethical commands of the Bible abstracted from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Much preaching in Christian churches is simply a collection of legalistic moralisms. Graeme Goldsworthy suggests that the reason this approach to preaching is prevalent … [Read more...]

Quote from John Leonard’s book ‘Get real, sharing your everyday faith every day’

Most of us are pretending — pretending we are good Christians, pretending our lives are together — but we never let the Gospel or others into the dark places of our lives, and we avoid going into the dark places in others’ lives. Both inside and outside the church people are looking for real and honest relationships, not hypocrisy. The Pharisees were content to pretend. … [Read more...]

For all my preacher friends – quote from Robert Capon

I think good preachers should be like bad kids. They ought to be naughty enough to tiptoe up on dozing congregations, steal their bottles of religion pills…and flush them all down the drain. The church, by and large, has drugged itself into thinking that proper human behavior is the key to its relationship with God. What preachers need to do is force it to go cold turkey with nothing but the word … [Read more...]

Sermon for ordination of elders

Lk.19:28-44 Jesus is on the road to Calvary – Luke tells us – ch.9:51 – he ’resolutely set out for Jerusalem’, all part of what he’d told the disciples – Mk.8:31 – ‘the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.’ So, on this Palm Sunday evening, we look at the story … [Read more...]

Reader’s Digest Christianity by Tullian Tchvidjian (used with his permission)

For a while, my parents were getting Reader’s Digest every month while I was growing up. Because they were stored in the bathrooms, they were widely read. In each and every issue there was an interview with some celebrity, usually an actor or an athlete. Reader’s Digest’s favorite kind of celebrity was the “self-made” variety: someone who had come from nothing, preferably a broken home in which … [Read more...]