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The Song

The Church is the bride of Christ. Please be careful how you speak to His wife." Dave Campbell, Life in the Spirit conference.

Over the last few years I've been working my way through what Barry Webb calls the 'Five Festal Garments'. I've spent time in Esther and Ruth and Lamentations this week with members of my team. I'm especially struck this week by the fresh stuff I've seen - this was probably the start of my fourth run at Ruth and the middle of the 8th on Esther and I'm seeing all sorts of fresh stuff. Ruth is so rooted into God's story once you start pursuing the Moab connection rather than just viewing Ruth as any Gentile - and Esther is increasingly clear to me as a story with a Christian shape, one that starts to make sense once you pursue the Amalekite connections. Lamentations is still a 1st attempt but I'm enjoying pioneering with Tuck. I've also spent time in Ecclesiastes though not since the Autumn - I think I preached on it t…

Funky Pancake

FunkyPancake has an eye for the mundane:

Review: The Reason for God

Earlier this month Tim Keller's The Reason for God was published. It's a God-Delusion size book on 'belief in an Age of Skepticism'.

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Keller opens by examining what he considers to be the top seven questions people ask today about Christianity and belief in God. A brief intermission deals with what is Christianity and sufficient reasons to believe. The second half more directly outlines the core beliefs of Christianity.

Keller writes, like he speaks, with clarity and well considered argument. The book feels like being in dialogue with him. He's careful to show the implications of his argument, both when they advance his cause and where they don't necessarily prove anything. Keller writes out of his experience, peppering his arguments with personal stories of people he has discussed these things with.

He admits to leaning heavily on Jonathan Edwards and C.S. Lewis which is no bad combination for anyone to drink from. This book has a…

The self-movement of God

Prozac doesn't work. So said yesterday's headlines. They lead a story that didn't say that. The story was that most people don't need Prozac, because a placebo is at least as helpful to combat their depresssion. Depression, on some scale, is certainly widespread.
Which is peculiar because the evolutionary biologists who killed god, pride themselves on telling us how we're the most advanced generation to have ever lived - seems being advanced isn't a very happy thing. For all our progress we still want to look for meaning. And when they tell us there is no god, we're left to look inside ourselves - to search for the hero within. Except most of us don't have a hero within. Some look outside themselves for discovery and triumph - but most of us can't attain that so we're left to enter the X-Factor and have our mediocrity exposed.

And then along comes the Reformed/Conservative/Evangelical saying 'God not only exists but he's angry with his wor…


This is coming with me today:
John Piper - How my pastoral ministry shapes my pulpit ministry (ht: Titus2Talk )

Adrian Reynolds reports on how much I stink. Which is a good thing. He observes a reaction to my talk:

"I rarely want to use physical violence on people,
I could even remain numb around paedophiles at court but he made me so angry".

This rather stunned me. I think I was compassionate and gentle in my speaking, but people really don't like talk of the cross and of wrath.

Train people to do mission work to our dying culture!

Maurice McCracken writes:...what we want to do in UCCF is train people to do mission work to our dying culture! I want to immerse them in the Bible AND in pioneering missionary work, mentoring and frontier mission on Britain’s campuses. I do not want to have a “theological upper hand” card played at me to trump that so someone who could be an effective campus missionary can move chairs, when I’m quite sure that taking a year off secular work for a year of training on Relay will not be wasted, whatever they go on to do. Is it just possible, that apprentice-ships can sometimes be (not always, dear reader, lest you think I am over-generalising) a middle class way to deal with the deaconing that needs done in our churches – “we are all too busy to serve the church, so throw a bit of money to get a graduate in to do it”.

A very accute observation on the middle-class church scene. I, like Mo, see young graduates flocking to be paid pennies to clean toilets and move chairs (and get very good …

Don't waste your life

"I will not simply be sovereign triumph of God’s grace over their rebellious will."analyzed, I will be adored. I will not simply be pondered, I will be proclaimed. My sovereignty is not simply to be scrutinized, it is to be heralded. It is not grist for the mill of controversy, it is gospel for sinners who know that their only hope is the sovereign triumph of God’s grace over their rebellious will."
John Piper on why he quit being a professor to be a preacher

At the weekend someone asked me whether I think I'lll keep on doing the kind of work I'm doing now. Quotes like the above, from John Piper in 1979, are at the root of my answer. An answer which is basically yes. Contexts may change. And it'd be godly to do some other kind of work. Who knows, I may end up otherwise employed... but I have an itch that doesn't go away that is convinced of the priority of getting God's word open with people - proclaiming and heralding the glory of God. I'm happy o…

Mike Reeves - Psalm 42

Free Download: Mike Reeves, Psalm 42 - Cambridge CU Update: 26/2 - Very pertinent in light of recent Prozac news. Headlines that totally missed the point of the research. Research that says not that Prozac doesn't work for som, but that most people on Prozac would be just as well served by placebos or exercise. I.e. There are other cures. The ultimate being what Mike talks about from Psalm 42. Granted medication is needed for some people but the real long-term cure is the gospel. Not just what the wider world needs but what Christians need. Psalm 42 is the antidote to miserable Christians and happy-clappy shallow-smiley other-wise joyless Christians.

And you've got to love the big where Mike gets excited by the instructions for Musicians!

This is about the future. This is about now.

Joshua Harris writes:"Our calling as lovers of the Gospel is to equip the next generation to surpass us in faithfulness and effectiveness. Somewhere there’s a young man or woman praying for a mentor. Get ready. You could be God’s answer to that prayer."

Thats one of the reasons I've loved being involved in the Relay programme over many years. It's why I love investing in my staff team. Seeing the next generation step up to serve is incredibly exciting. So, I love that I'll spend... Tomorrow with Kenny.Wednesday with Su Ann. Thursday with Andy. Friday to Sunday with a whole host of first-time student leaders, sitting where I sat 10 years ago... And then next week interviewing for future staff. Exhilirating opportunities to open God's word with them, to do discipleship life-on-life, to get on with reaching this world with the gospel we love. This is about the future. This is about now.

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

The ongoing xmedia debate of my 'sadism' (cross/hell) talk at Exeter is starting to get to the heart of the issue. They say: "To interpret [hilasmos] as "God sent his son to die in our place so we wouldn’t be condemned to hell" is, again, to interpret what the Bible actually says to fit in with a specific doctrine. Throughout the works of the Church Fathers this word, hilasmos, refers to the mercy seat, to the cleansing of sins, to forgiveness, to healing, not to a violent and bloody punishment."

I'm offered an apology at the start of that post. Accepted.

It should be said that this issue is an old one, debated most recently between liberalism and evangelicalism. See Adrian Warnock on Steve Chalke for example.The debate here arises from a talk I gave on behalf of the Evangelical Christian Union at Exeter University.

This is a critique of me using the translation propitiation (as the ESV does) or it's meaning in the NIV footnotes 'the one who would…

Noah, his sin, his shame and his sons

Musings in Genesis and genealogies.
Before the flood we're told that hearts of all men are evil. We're also told of women marrying the sons of God and that producing the Nephilim - giants who will recur in the future of God's people, with enemies like Goliath and perhaps even Jezebel who try to wipe out God's kings.

After the flood, we're told again that the hearts of all men are evil. Humanity at this stage is only Noah and his family. Counted righteous by faith, yet still evil. So, it's not really surprising that when Noah gets into the Vineyard business he soon ends up drunk. God's new humanity are as sinful as his old humanity. Something more than a flood is required. And God has vowed (9v15) never to repeat the flood.

In comes Ham, who we're repeatedly reminded is the father of Canaan (18, 22, 24-25). Ham has the opportunity to cover Noah's sin (just as we need Christ to cover our sin with his righteousness?), but instead he gossips it to his …

What next? What before.

I've been pondering what to study next with my staff. So far we've eaten from Ecclesiastes, 2 Corinthians and Esther. Probably I'll revisit something I've studied before which means either some more of 2 Chronicles, Galatians, Jonah or Ruth...

And this makes me want to go back to Ruth cos I'd not bothered to explore the Moabite connection much before, other than it having been wrong for Naomi's sons to marry Moabite women:“If Ruth is ‘adopted’ as a daughter to Boaz, then her story becomes the reversal of the original story of Moab (Gen. 19).... (Peter Leithart, ht: the48files). Figures if genealogy is what unlocks the Book of Esther, why not the same with Ruth! Follow the threads......Esther and the Amalekite-Canaanites.... Israel and the Moabites... And then there is that big ol' table of nations in Genesis 10 - the fallout from Noah his sin, his shame and his sons. Ruth of course fits more obviously into the Bible storyline as part of the backstory of King …

Lloyd-Jones on the Spirit

Adrian Warnock quotes Lloyd-Jones on Baptism in the Spirit. I have to say I'm still somewhat in flux about my thinking on the Spirit in this area. Not so much what the Spirit of God works in us but in terms of the use of terms like baptism or filling etc. More study required on that. Adrian quotes...

...if you do not believe that it is possible for you to experience the Spirit of God bearing direct witness with your own spirit that you are a child of God, obviously you are quenching the Spirit. That is why so many Christian people are miserable and unhappy; they do not know anything about crying out, ‘Abba, Father’; or about ‘the Spirit of adoption’. God is a Being away in the far distance; they do not know Him as a loving Father; they do not know that they are His children. They may believe it intellectually, theoretically; but...Reflecting on my own experience, particularly as I've eaten the word of God in Galatians I've received some kind of experience that has helped me…

Amos 7 (part 2)

2. Can you avoid judgement by not listening to it?
This third cycle triggers this question, and the events of v10-16. A clash with the authorities. A new voice appears. It too seeks to avoid judgement. We're introduced, v10, to Amaziah the Priest of Bethel, Vicar at the Church of the Golden Calf. The Cow-priest. What’s significant about Bethel? At Bethel Jacob wrestled God for blessing – tragically now at Bethel God’s curse is falling on his people. It’s like the beaches of Thailand – heaven on earth on Christmas Day 2004. Hell on earth on Boxing Day.

Amos is charged with conspiracy. Why? For speaking the word of God. Reformer Martin Luther said he was accused of being a pestilent fellow who stirred up trouble. His crime? To revive the gospel! Those born of the Spirit are always persecuted. Same today? Claims that Jesus is Lord are probably not considered as political conspiracy, but rather as conspiracy against scientific progress or human freedom. The word of God always conflict…

One guiding principle in my role is this: I choose to be uncomplicated.

Neil Bennetts inputs on leadership : There is a big difference between ownership and freedom when it comes to responsibilities
Big leaders seem to take on the small things with as much enthusiasm as the big things.
One guiding principle in my role is this: I choose to be uncomplicated.Follow the link to read those in context.

Krish Kandiah on a mission

Evangelist and Evangelical Alliance Director of Church in Mission Krish Kandiah was at Southampton University Christian Union recently.
This is what Relay workers do what they grow up (Krish was one of the first year of Relay).. They also run ministries like Living Leadership, lead UCCF teams, lead churches, raise families and hold down regular jobs like most other people. Once a Relay always a Relay - passing on the baton of the gospel.
Christian Unions like Southampton operate as Mission Teams or Witnessing Communities to bring the good news about Jesus to students. One part of this is to hold a focussed week of events where big questions can be asked and answered and the good news about Jesus announced to people. This sits in the context of year round events and friendship evangelism.

Why do bad things happen to good people
Grill a Christian
Has science disproved God
How can a God of love send people to hell
What about other religions
How can we trust the Bible, isn't it full of contr…

Seven Days

1. Assorted elswheres:
Faith is nothing (ht: Scriv)
Preaching to those who aren't there (ht: Milton)
Did Jesus ask for Britain? (Pete cites Doug Wilson).
Sometimes he kills us to save us - award winning poetry by Karsten Piper

2. Grace night at Plymouth. How good is the gospel! 3. The Reason for God is looking really good so far. Tim Keller opens by engaging with common objections to the Christian faith, with brief Christian responses - and it looks like he'll go more directly at arguing for Christianity in the second half. Meanwhile, the guys at are still critiquing my last lunchbar talk - which is fine. I'm still learning and trying to engage more carefully questions and provide rigorous and careful answers. Keller should be useful, I've also valued James Sire's Why Good Arguments Fail recently, and I'm about to begin reading John Frame's Apologetics to the Glory of God. Lunchbars are particularly challenging - when you have big question and a…

Come and have breakfast

Terry Virgo on Proclamation Evangelism

From a feature article in NB, UCCF's free magazine. Available by contacting the UCCF office:

"When Luke records the growth of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles, he simply says that the word of the Lord grew, spread, prevailed and multiplied. He doesn't say converts multiplied but that the word did. Proclaimed truth was prevailing. It has power in itself"

"The idea that there was once a time when straight proclamation evangelism was popularly in vogue doesn't bear investigation. Jesus himself was challenge by what authority he spoke and acted.... some have suggested that Christians need to display more humility, but sadly this sentiment is often misplaced. Certainly we should always show appropriate courtesy in presenting our message, but it would be wholy inappropriate to try and communicate humilty by expressing lack of certainty or personal doubt in the actually message we are communicating.... We need to be comprehensible and relevant. We must also sti…

Forum 08

Forum is a national student leaders conference held in September, gathering 700 students from across the Christian Unions. Featuring Bible teaching from John Piper, Graham Daniels, Keith Walker and Richard Cunningham plus creativity from Jo Mango, Delirious and The Mystery Tent

Download talks from Forum 2001-2007by Justin Mote, Vaughan Roberts, Rico Tice, Nigel Lee, Roger Carswell, Julian Hardyman, Terry Virgo, Graham Daniels, Hugh Palmer and Brother Andrew amongst many others.

Eight kings and the gospel

I was generously given a copy of Milton Vincent's The Gospel Primer this week. Not sure it's available in the UK yet but it's a helpful daily tool to get me preaching the gospel to myself. I'm loving this award winning poem by Karsten Piper: Luke 18:25. Read it, then check the reference. Sam Storms - Acts 20 & Jude, mp3s sounds like it'll be good on the iPod.

Studying the back end of 2 Chronicles today I was struck that there are eight kings mentioned between 35v20 and the end of the book (seven if you go with the slightly shorter ending and finish at v21, which I think I probably do, but anyway...)

Five kings of Israel all of whom fail to recognise the voice of God. Particularly tragic is the first, Josiah, who had previously read the entire law to God's people. His 18 year reign of reformation ends in shame as he dies a death like that of word-hater Ahab. Within 22 years the nation is forcibly removed into exile.

Three are foreign kings and they're all p…

Subjective Title

Call it a subjective sense of calling or call it prophecy... what's the difference?. Adrian rightly asks - are the differences just semantics? What is the difference between a subjective sense of calling that must be tested by Scripture and a 'prophecy' that must also be tested by Scripture. Reformed Charismatic CJ Mahaney adds his amen to Adrian's. So does this one.

The only danger we have is when what's subjective rises above what's objective. But which sane charismatics want to do that? We need to have scripture as the foundation under our feet, cherished in our hearts and ruling over our heads. We need to be saturated with the word of God. As Shudall says, we really don't have enough of God's word among us, and that lets subjectivity run riot. Keep experience governed by what God has said in his word and we're free to enjoy experience extensively.

Christians are blessed. Objectively. As in, Galatians 3v9 and 14, So then, those who are of faith are…


It's the much hyped indie-cool film of 2008. This years Little Miss Sunshine, Broken Flowers etc. So great was the hype that we watched National Treasure: Book of Secrets last week instead of seeing it. Sometimes you want mindless junk food cinema. This was much more satisfying than usual hollywood popcorn.

Michael Cera, JK Simmons and Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Alison Janney provide excellent support while Ellen Page steals the show as Juno MacGuff thanks her evident talent and Diablo Cody's script. Both Oscar nominated.

The other big unplanned pregnancy film of the year was Knocked Up. This is nothing like that. Where that went for quick laughs this goes for being clever and witty. Centre of attention is Juno MacGuff a "smart alec independent tomboy, cute, refreshing & fun to be around but not cool to date or be seen with" (IMDB review). Juno is almost too clever to be believed but the story is engaging and the performance is compelling and enjoyable. It&…

Humble Orthodoxy @ UCCF South West

On Monday and Tuesday this week we had the pleasure of having Nathan Smith from Grace Church Bristol join us for our spring Team Days.

I asked him to speak on the theme of Humble Orthodoxy, which was defined as a commitment to believe, live and represent the truth of God's word humbly.

That strikes me as very pertinent for us as a team. UCCF is known as a confessional movement, united in fellowship by a common commitment to the gospel. Covenanted together in ink by our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and his word.

It'd be easy for us to be proudly-orthodox. Other risks are of humble-non-orthodoxy or proud-non-orthodoxy. I long for us to be increasingly humbly-orthodoxy. And the same for the student leaders we serve - many of whom start out in leadership this month.

Humble Orthodoxy 1: Overview - Nathan Smith
Humble Orthodoxy 2: Believe - Nathan Smith
Humble Orthodoxy 3: Live - Nathan Smith
Humble Orthodoxy 4: Represent - Nathan Smith

PDF notes:
Humble Orthodoxy 1 - notes

Liveblogging from RUCU Mission

Not newsworthy by the standards of our culture, you're not likely to hear about it on BBC news. But this is the sort of thing that is really worth hearing about. And it's at least a part of why I love working with CUs. It's not all about events though what's better than than having faithful people echo Jesus' claim on his world. Beyond that most of the really good stuff happens in conversations that you can't see and can't quantify.... Ed's blogging from the mission week at Reading University

The self-defeating strategy of rule keeping

Galatians 4v8-5v1 - The self-defeating strategy of rule keeping - from Plymouth CU, 19 February.

I had the great pleasure of going down to Plymouth yesterday to preach Galatians for them. Grace-packed stuff.

My apologies to them, the talk was 37mins which is a bit longer than I was supposed to do. I do love the gospel though. A lot.

Rather than posting the script here I'll eventually include the material at - probably sometime in June at the pace I'm going.

UCCF Podcast with Mike Reeves

Set your heart a-singing

"God woos us back, allures us, by showing us his greatness in the Gospel. When I present it to people I want to be saying not only, you can be forgiven and justified but also, this God is so great, why worship something else. When I call Christians to full commitment to God, I'm not just preaching the cross as the place where you can be confident that your lack of commitment can be forgiven, I'm preaching as the place where you'll see that worshipping another God is just stupid and dead and swapping someone awesome and great and alive and righteous for things that are dead and cruel. Grace rocks. For not only allows us to come back if we want to, when we see it moves our foolish sinful hearts to come back and live in covenant with a brilliant stupendous, too great for me to explain in words, Husband. And that, my friends, has set my heart a-singing today."Mo McCracken, back at The Grace Academy

Amos 7 (part 1)

What to do with the word of God!

We avoid bad news at any cost. Other people's bad news is an industry called rolling 24 hour news. But our own bad news we don't like. Soon after moving to Exeter we got a parking ticket for parking opposite our house, What do you do with that? Ignore it or pay up? Likewise, an unpleasant exam result, bank statement or credit card bill. Even, the weather forecast. What do you do? Ignore it and hope it goes away, but then you go out and get wet. But, opinion is irrelevant. The question is – is it true?

How about "A loving God who judges". A loving God who has wrath seems inconceivable, which makes the word of God something to avoid. The good God will forgive me, that’s his job. So reasoned Catherine the great, among many others. Popular view? If there is a God then of course he’ll let us into his heaven. Well, me at least. And probably you. We’d prefer to load the Bible with our own ideas of a wrath-less god, but Amos 7 says take note. …

Seven Days

1. Turf Locks. How is it that we live in Devon? 2. Amos 7. Trembling at God's word. Also, tucking into Lamentations 3 with Andy on Thursday. Awesome.

3. Exmouth CU mission. Small scale. Good times.Question 1 - "Science is neutral. Discuss"Question 2 - "Time doesn't exist. Discuss"4. Scouting for girls. Fun. Escapist (i.e. my life sucks I wish I had the girl and was James Bond). Pop. Like Athlete mixed with the Beach Boys with too many E-numbers. Crazy rhymes. Don't miss the bonus track. Mixed well with a picnic in the Quantocks en route to Father-in-law's 60th birthday party.Seeing a proud father watching his son and daughter performing on stage. 5.I ♥ Newfrontiers. Seems that way.6. Going places. Meeting church workers on Tuesday, and then sadly not getting to the wednesday meeting because of the wonders of First Great Western helping me to incur a two hour delay on a 90minute journey. Here's to taking 2.5 hours to get to Taunton and having to t…

Destination: Jesusified

Meditations on 2 Corinthians 3v18. We’re doing mission but how does that work out? Are we just mission machines? Should you just be doing evangelism 24 hours a day… doesn’t seem to work that way does it! For a start you have a course to study… and God has made you to need to spend at least one third of your life asleep. That’s very inconvenient if you’re going to be an evangelism machine because that’s a lot of life apparently wasted. Lots of lost mission time. Thing is, you’re not an evangelism machine. You’re a human being. An image bearer of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1. Image-bearers
You and I are made in the image of God. And whilst that image has been badly marred by sin we’ve seen that we’re being transformed by the Spirit as we see Jesus in scripture back into that image. One glory-degree at a time. Our transformation and our mission have that as a destination.

a) People in relationship
Being image bearers means we are people in relationship. God is Father , Son and Holy…

Noah - Genesis 6-8 (Stu Alred)

Stu Alred preached on our first Sunday at Frontiers Church.
One of a number of things that morning that convinced us that we'd found our home.
Download: Noah was a man - 45mins..

This I call to mind

Back to Lamentations this morning with Tuck. Chapter 3. This is the centrepiece of the book, chapter 3 of 5 with 66 verses compared to the others with 22. All eyes are on this chapter which includes the most known verses in the book "great is your failfulness..."

This is a lament by a man who has suffered affliction, a man who has felt the weight of the rod of wrath. In the opening verses speak of appalling suffering. The suffering is relentless. The man wastes away (v4). He's pierced to the heart (v13). His life is bitter (v15). And the door is shut on his prayers. No wonder he says he's forgotten what happiness is (v17). His endurance is gone. His hope from the LORD has gone (v18). Barry Webb calls this section the eclipse of hope. Appropriate. It's a terrible scene. A distressing insight into the experience of enduring wrath. At this stage the affliction isn't attributed to the LORD, though the previous two laments have stated that explicitly. What if we ha…

The detonating effects of the word

In A Passion that shapes nations Charlie Cleverly tells the stories of Bilney, Tyndale and Wycliffe and others. Heroes gripped by the gospel who changed their generation and left a lasting impact. They did it by getting God’s word to us in our own language. Something we pretty much take for granted today. Thomas Bilney noted the extraordinary impact the Bible makes on people. The impact on himself.

<< “The Bible was older than the Church but it felt like new manna to starving souls. It had detonating effects. It did so exhilarate my heart, being before wounded with the guilt of my sins, and being almost in despair. Immediately I felt a marvellous comfort and quietness insomuch that my bruised bones leapt for joy” >>

In generation one of the Church getting the word of God out to people was the overwhelming priority of the apostles. Every day they taught and preached Jesus as the Christ. They acted strategically to keep that happening. And so - “the word of God continued to i…

The Christian Future of Great Britain?

Doug Wilson - the Christian Future of Great Britain.
(ht: David Field)

On another note, I've been reading Wilson's A Serrated Edge which is a great little book on satire in scripture. It's use isn't popular today because it's mistaken for arrogance, but rightly aimed it's a vital weapon against the idols we're so enamoured with.

The blessing you felt

I ♥ Galatians. Follow the link and find the beginings of some brief devotional musings on this letter that is bursting with the grace of God.

Things that are not here

Sam Allberry: How to read Narnia? - very helpful stuff and he's right, the brilliant Magicians Nephew does make sense if you read it later.

David Field: Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has been already in the ages before us.

David Field: Christians talking with muslims - some sanity in the midst of Canterburygate.

Tom Price: pursuit of humility - long but worth the read.

Lisa Francis at Myspace - listen and enjoy. Thanks to Scott for the reminder. Scott Taylor on West Ham and mission at Reading - man I miss those guys. Though, calling in at Exmouth, Bristol and Exeter missions in the last week has been very cool.

The All-Satisfying Object of Beauty

Mike Reeves on John Calvin

Mike Reeves on John Calvin (1)
Mike Reeves on John Calvin (2)
Mike Reeves on John Calvin (3)

Update: Feb 12th. I spent my train journeys today listening to these talks. Outstanding. Not least because they introduce Calvin the man and outline the shape of his Institutes - and the difference between 'Calvin' and 'Calvinism'. I found Mike's observation that the Institutes are structured around the shape of the Apostles Creed to be very helpful. And he's right - the Institutes are wonderfully warm evangelical theology.

Seven Days

1. Speaking for Jesus. Mission weeks at Exeter and Bristol. Students inviting friends to events. Living in front of their friends and sharing the good news with them. Richard Cunningham and Mike Cain's evangelistic preaching. Nice to have the boss staying with us for the week too.2. Shopping. For a holiday to rest in the summer. For a bigger table for hospitality. 3.Studying with Sibbes. Glorious Freedom and 2 Corinthians 3v18. This is how the universe works. This is how things really change. It's all about seeing. The sight of Christ is a transforming sight. And good times in the pages of Ezekiel - "They will know"4.Virgo. Those outstanding Forum talks on Romans 6 and 7. Grace unmeasured vast and free! The simple reality of what to do with sinning: "Stop it!"Recalled by the launch of on the iPod - Piper's biography of his father, and Tim Keller on hell.5. Starbucks. Park Street, Bristol with internet-sensation Andy over