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I fly to America tomorrow morning to participate in T4G (Click here for details) and to promote the work of 20schemes in Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi. Please pray for my, extremely busy, programme. One of the things I will be doing is blogging from the main teaching sessions about my impressions and also lessons we […]

A fourth threat to undermine a man’s ministry is a nonsupportive wife. It could also extend to the children, but particularly a nonsupportive wife, one who nags and battles a pastor as he tries to be faithful and loyal to the Lord and the church. If she is negative on the church or the people […]

Aubrey Malphurs, is his book, ‘Planting Growing Churches’ says this: ‘Christian leaders are godly persons (character) who know where they are going (vision) and have followers (influence)’ (p126) Character People need to be trustworthy if they are to succeed in ministry. Certainly, there are lots of good actors out there but, sooner or later, the […]

If you want to start a fight in a church, start a debate on the Doctrine of God’s Election. If you are not sure what that means then read how The Belgic Confession briefly summarises it: ‘We believe that all the posterity of Adam, being thus fallen into perdition and ruin by the sin of […]

When we look at the NT, and the book of Acts in particular, we see that the gospel spread and the church grew through the proclamation and teaching of the ‘Word of God’ (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20).That must be the basis for any and all ministry in our congregations – we must be ‘Word based’. […]

Very often I am asked what my ‘position’ is on social justice and the gospel. Usually, I will feign a quizzical look before asking said person, ‘what do you mean by that?’ Generally, what they mean is how do I balance ‘loving people and providing for their needs over and against preaching the gospel to […]

Much like the doctrine of election, the doctrine of depravity is yet another misunderstood, lampooned and oft criticised doctrine in many modern churches. Here is a working definition: The doctrine of total depravity asserts that people are by nature not inclined or even able to love God wholly with heart, mind, and strength, but rather […]

Sorry to break it you, folks, but there never were any good old days. These words were written by J. Gresham Machen in 1933 in response to growing concerns over the future of the church in the face of a worldwide depression and a growing liberal skepticism. The responsibility of the church in the new […]

This weekend the 20schemes team will be visiting the Highlands to talk about our work and how we can develop meaningful partnerships with our evangelical brothers and sisters in the north. Entitled: “Ministry In Hard Places” it would be great to see as many people as possible get along to hear about this new ministry in […]