From Dean Phillip Jensen of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, here is the next in a video series on spiritual gifts, titled “Loving Gifts: Seek to Prophesy”. In this one he talks about 1 Corinthians 14:26-40.
This short excerpt on “Miracles: An Obstacle to Belief?” is taken from the St. Helen’s Bishopsgate Tuesday Lunchtime sermon “You can’t expect me to believe in miracles” by Dr Andrew Sach. As a scientist and atheist, he had dismissed miracles as scientifically impossible, but later came to see them as strong evidence in favor of the claims of the Christian faith. The full talk can be seen and heard here. You may also be interested in seeing some short interviews with scientists who attend St Helen’s here.
Speaking at George Whitefield College in South Africa, Abp. Peter Jensen gave two excellent messages on the doctrine of conversion. Included in these is a warning about the danger of false conversion. (It is, unfortunately, very possible for there to be people with some degree of spiritual experience who remain unsaved.) These are excellent expositions – see what you think.
This week on the McAlvany Weekly Commentary podcast they are featuring an interview with Adam Fergusson, author of When Money Dies, a classic account of hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic. The notes say that “It deals with not only the economic impacts that hyperinflation had upon society in the Weimar Republic, but also the way that society itself changed. First published in 1975, When Money Dies was hailed as a cult classic in the wake of the Financial crisis of 2007-2010, with copies changing hands on eBay for up to $1000. As a result, When Money Dies was republished in July 2010, becoming an internet sensation after allegedly being commended by financier, Warren Buffett.” The podcast audio can be heard here and I would say if you follow economic trends it is very much worth hearing.
From St. Mary’s Church, Basingstoke in the United Kingdom, here are three sermons on Christian relationships – an area where we all need spiritual reinforcement of some kind!
Christian Relationships: Marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33) Clive Hawkins
Christian Relationships: Parents & Children (Ephesians 6:1-4) Mark Payne
Christian Relationships: Work (Ephesians 6:5-9) Mike Stevenson
Today I came across this rendition of the old hymn Be Thou My Vision by pianist and vocalist Chelsea Moon. This is very much worth hearing and I applaud her love for these old hymns.
I wanted to mention that if you would like an excellent devotional book about our Lord, The Names of Jesus by A.B. Simpson is now available on Amazon Kindle as a free book. Simpson was a Canadian minister and evangelist who spent years laboring in the United States and was the founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance – and I would compare him to such giants as A.W. Tozer in his piety.
In The Names of Jesus, Simpson writes about such names for our Lord as “The Wonderful”, “The First and the Last”, and “Christ Our Passover”. This is a sample of what he writes about the first of these:
This Counselor is wonderful in His patience and love. He is willing to take infinite trouble with us. Over and over again He teaches us the lessons we are so slow to learn. Over and over again He repairs our mistakes and lifts us up from our stumblings, saying to us, “How is it that you do not understand?” There is no difficulty too intricate for Him to unravel. There is no little detail of life too petty for Him to take an interest in. There is no toil too tedious for Him to go through with us. There is no tangle too involved for Him to unthread and loose. There is no complication of difficult circumstances too extreme for Him to be willing to take hold of and lead us gently out into the light. Even our stupidity and rebellion have not always provoked Him to leave us; but He waits, loves, and leads us, until at last He brings us into His perfect will and our hearts are ready to say, “Wonderful Counselor, patient Teacher, gentle Christ — who teaches like Him?
If you would like to read a biography of Simpson, here is a Google Books link to The Life of A.B. Simpson, by Albert Edward Thompson, which was published in 1920.
All of us are familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son, but often we don’t always think about the other son in that parable. Here is a sermon by the Rev. Jonathan Trebilco of St. Francis REC in Texas, titled The Other Lost Son, that teaches us lessons about that son; it is based on Luke 15:25-32. This is a message very much worth hearing, because Rev. Trebilco makes an excellent point: that the other son was just as lost as the Prodigal Son – for he was lost in the sin of self-righteousness. Indeed, as he says, “the elder brother’s road turned out to be the longer path, the difficult and long journey over the threshold to contradict his self-righteousness, to admit his need for his father’s grace; to accept his brother.” Highly recommended.
With the newest release of The Gospel Project for adults and students, titled The Story of God’s Kingdom, The Gospel Project and IVP have partnered to give you God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts! They are only offering this download to the first 5,000 people to sign up, so don’t miss out on this offer.
In God’s Big Picture, Vaughan Roberts shows how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. Each chapter progresses through the Bible, showing how the Scriptures are united around God and His rule.
Roberts will take you through Creation, Fall, Israel, the prophets, the exile, Jesus, the Church, and the coming Kingdom, all the while showing how the Bible itself tells one story – the story of our world. Most importantly, Roberts points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.
I’d say The Gospel Project is very much worth looking into as a Bible study resource for your church.