Bibliophilia (30.06.201)

Book Reviews Marcus Honeysett comes late to the party but suitably attired with this insightful review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins, ‘The questions Bell raises therefore are not just about Hell. They are about whether the God of the Bible is good. His conclusions – and the way he arrives at them – are disturbingly poor, but I can’t help but resonate with the questions he wants us to grapple with.’ Jeremy has reviewed The End of Growth by Richard Heinberg, ‘The End of Growth is likely to be the…

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Book Review: Facedown

Face down is the appropriate response to a revelation of who God is. It combines fear, respect, adoration, humility and in this short book by Matt Redman (just 116 pages in pocket size format) shows why. Full of insight and truth, this exploration of worship and more importantly who we worship and why face down is an appropriate action stirs the heart and reminds you of the great mystery of Christian worship. Redman looks at who God is, what Christ has done, how creation responds, how we respond in our lives (mission) and…

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I link therefore I am (29.06.2011)

Here’s a good reason to get rid of your car. £3000 a year. Great quote from Chris Wright on the worst thing about idols Trevor Saxby has a good post on simplicity in the early church What are the role and place of apostles in today’s church (if any)? Dave Devenish explains Some more bursting of the ego of government from Yes Minister, courtesy of Mark Meynell

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Jesus said ‘go’

I love how every now and then two very different people from two very different places will blog something very similar. For me it brings a little emphasis, a little highlighting to blog reading, makes me pay a bit more attention and ask God what He might be saying to me. (HT: Charles Crosland) Then this from Brian Mowrey, ‘we (Jubilee Church St Louis) have spent more money on evangelism in the past, yet were less effective at reaching the lost and adding them into our community than we are…

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Jesus said 'go'

I love how every now and then two very different people from two very different places will blog something very similar. For me it brings a little emphasis, a little highlighting to blog reading, makes me pay a bit more attention and ask God what He might be saying to me. (HT: Charles Crosland) Then this from Brian Mowrey, ‘we (Jubilee Church St Louis) have spent more money on evangelism in the past, yet were less effective at reaching the lost and adding them into our community than we are…

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Be baptised

I am a thoroughly convinced credo-baptist (believer’s baptism) and I’m almost as convinced that infant baptism does more harm than good when applied indiscriminately (as seems to be the case in the UK), as I indicated yesterday. Today then I’m going to call on the services of well respected Bible scholar Craig Blomberg to help make the case for being baptised. “Although theologians continue to discuss what might be implied by household baptisms in the New Testament and to what extent parallels between circumcision as the initiatory rite in the old…

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I link therefore I am (28.06.2011)

I appreciated this reflection on the life and witness of peace campaigner Brian Haw Tim Keller engages with the thinking of Lloyd-Jones on the place and practice of preaching This is a good example of learning to think biblically as The Urban Pastor wonders whether Christian teachers should strike? Too often I find myself drawn into debates that are not for me primary issues, Kevin DeYoung reflects on when we get secondary issues out of whack Lastly, Tim Harford shows why failure is a necessary part of leadership

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Two percent

Over the last few days at Hope Church we’ve been challenged and burdened by statistics. The facts are these: there are around 15,000 people in our area and there are around 300 regular churchgoers. That’s 2%. It’s compounded by the census information which says around 70% think they’re Christians. That last fact I blame almost entirely on infant baptism but the church as a whole must take responsibility for allowing such great nominal and token faith to take root. In our area of 15,000 people there is 1 Catholic church, 1…

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