Friday, June 18, 2004

Passionate about the word

Christian Union Staff training this week - on supervising RELAY (recent graduates on our discipleship training in student context) and teaching the bible.

Tough challenges from Marcus Honeysett to dynamic effective God glorifying discipleship and to not making the Bible bland when we teach it, instead to teach to the glory of God, with passion not to simply pass on information but to build faith and joy rooted in the truth in God's Word!

Recommend reading John Piper's The Supremacy of God in Preaching

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Felt needs

"if it was my job to meet felt needs was it would take no holy spirit, no gospel, I know what your felt needs are, I can make you feel really good by stroking them... you're all vain, if I tell you, you look really nice you look this morning you'll like me and come back to this church and probably give, if I tell you you're smart and intelligent we'd grow a big church. It's easy to meet felt needs takes no holy spirit, no god, no gospel. What's the hardest thing in the world is to wake the dead is the hardest thing, to open the eyes of the blind, to give ears to the deaf,..." (John Piper, 14th Dec 2003, to his own congregation).

Monday, June 14, 2004

Cross

Had a good weekend down at Romsey Baptist Church which is a great venue. I did two of the talks (on 1 Cor 1 and Galatians 6) which are above, and Steve Philpott did the others. Girls weekend ran parallel to us at Above Bar Church Southampton.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Holiday in Jura



Jura, Scotland. Wonderful Holiday. Hours from anywhere. Time stands still. And yet I'll look to heaven, even the nicest bits of this fallen world aren't a patch on the place that I'm living for.