Apologetics

  • ‘Immediately’
  • ‘Unapologetic’
  • “I am the light of the world” – sermon notes
  • 16 bad atheist arguments
  • Apologetics and World View
  • April fools?
  • Bias confirmation
  • Biblical rationale for apologetics
  • Biblical teaching on war
  • Boghossian vs McGrew: faith and evidence
  • Christ’s resurrection – Unbelievable?
  • Christian missionaries – a story of oppression?
  • Contending for the faith
  • Craig, Strobel, Wilson, Denison, and Hitchens debate God’s Existence
  • Disappointed with Jesus
  • Does religion lead to violence?
  • Evidentialist and presuppositionalist apologetics
  • Exodus 12:37 – How many Israelites left Egypt?
  • Explanation, Explanation, Explanation
  • Extra-terrestrial life: theological perspective
  • Fideism
  • Five things science cannot account for
  • Genesis or evolution: do we have to choose?
  • God’s ‘two books’
  • Historical difficulties in the New Testament
  • History is not bunk
  • Hume and the argument from design
  • If Jesus is the answer, what is the question?
  • Is religious belief just a matter of cultural conditioning?
  • Jesus’ apologetic methods
  • Love Your Logic
  • MY truth versus THE truth
  • Myths and stories
  • Once again: the legendary Wilberforce-Huxley encounter
  • Presuppositionalist apologetics
  • Science and scientism
  • Stephen Law: anything but God
  • Tactics
  • The blind men and the elephant
  • The body – a story of repression
  • The destruction of the Canaanites
  • The Gospels and eyewitness testimony – the use of names
  • The historical reliability of the Gospels
  • The influence of theology on science
  • The Lewis ‘Trilemma’ revisited
  • The Parable of the Three Rings
  • The Sceptic’s Annotated Bible
  • The teleological argument
  • The television mind
  • The Virgin Birth
  • Thinking about natural disasters
  • What should we do with Christianity’s exclusive truth claims?
  • Where is God in a coronavirus world?
  • Where is God in a messed-up world? – notes of a talk
  • Atonement

  • ‘A ransom for many’ – sermon notes
  • ‘God is love, and…’
  • A demonised boy healed – sermon notes
  • Atonement – a many-faceted diamond
  • Atonement: theories or images?
  • Biblical foundations of penal substitution 1 – Exodus 12
  • Biblical Foundations of Penal Substitution 2 – Leviticus 16
  • Biblical foundations of penal substitution 3 – Isaiah 53
  • Biblical foundations of penal substitution 4 – Mark
  • Biblical foundations of penal substitution 6 – Romans
  • Biblical Foundations of Penal Substitution 7 – Galatians
  • Can guilt be transferred?
  • Carson on ‘The Lost Message of Jesus’
  • Giles Fraser: “The Death of Christ was not a Sacrifice”
  • Glorying in the Cross of Christ
  • How can God forgive us?
  • Images of salvation
  • Is healing in the atonement?
  • Justification – a peripheral doctrine?
  • Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34 – Jesus’ cry of dereliction
  • Must God punish sin?
  • Objections to Penal Substitution 1 – Bible
  • Objections to Penal Substitution 2 – Culture
  • Objections to penal substitution 3 – violence
  • Objections to penal substitution 4 – justice
  • Objections to penal substitution 5 – God
  • Objections to penal substitution 6 – the Christian life
  • On trial – sermon notes
  • Paul’s view of the Cross
  • Reconciliation
  • Redemption
  • Satisfaction for sin
  • The centrality of the Cross
  • The Cross in the Book of Acts
  • The Day the Revolution Began
  • The doctrine of the atonement
  • The excellency of knowing Christ crucified
  • The Passover – sermon notes
  • The self-substitution of God
  • The Significance of the Last Supper
  • The triumph of the Cross
  • We must preach Jesus
  • Why boast in the Cross of Christ?
  • Why did Christ die?
  • Bible

  • ‘The Sin of Certainty’ – 2
  • “Aha” moments that challenged beliefs about the Bible
  • An evangelical approach to the Bible
  • Approaching Bible ‘contradictions’
  • Are the Gospels reliable?
  • Barnabas – ‘Son of Encouragement’
  • Be a better tour guide
  • Christ and the Bible
  • Christ the theme of Scripture
  • Christian scholarship needs Christian faith
  • Evangelical Biblical Illiteracy
  • Figures of speech
  • Gospel spirituality
  • Great Texts of the Bible – Hebrews 13:8
  • How about preaching a Bible overview?
  • How does Christ rule his church?
  • How our view of the gospel affects our reading of Scripture
  • Inspiration and criticism
  • Inspired in the smallest detail
  • Interpretation of Old Testament narratives
  • Introduction to the Wisdom books
  • James Orr on ‘Inerrancy’
  • Jesus in the Proverbs
  • Misreading Scripture
  • N.T. Wright on Inspiration
  • Not cleverly invented stories – sermon notes
  • On loving the person and propositions of Jesus
  • On reading the Bible
  • On spiritualising
  • Problems with inerrancy
  • Pseudonymity
  • Quotes on the Bible
  • Rescuing the Bible from its friends
  • Satire
  • Scripture and tradition
  • Scripture as the word of God
  • Scripture: three steps forward, two steps back?
  • Seventy times seven – sermon notes
  • Significance of names in the Bible
  • Steve Chalke and the Bible
  • Synagogue worship
  • Taking it to extremes
  • Ten ways in which we subtly undermine the authority of Scripture
  • The authorship of the Pastoral Epistles
  • The Bible a Human Book
  • The Bible in Action
  • The Bible is not a book
  • The Bible vs. the Ikea Catalogue
  • The Christian and the Bible – sermon notes
  • The Codex Sinaiticus: rival to the Bible?
  • The incomparable Word of God
  • The Minor Prophets as a football team
  • The sufficiency of Scripture
  • The teacher
  • The tyranny of scholarship
  • The unity of the Bible – sermon notes
  • The waning influence of the Bible
  • The Word of God and revival
  • The world’s favourite Bible verses
  • Warnings
  • What about inerrancy?
  • What church-goers think of the Bible
  • What the word of God says about the word of God
  • Church

  • ‘A better story’ – 17
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 10
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 6
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 7
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 8
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 9
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – intro
  • A few thoughts on ‘modern words to old hymns’
  • Adelphopoiesis: ‘the making of brothers’
  • Against the tide – sermon notes
  • Characteristics of the church
  • Confirmation
  • Creeds
  • Dispute between Paul and Barnabas – sermon notes
  • Do we meet God in particular places?
  • Eavesdropping on Asia Minor 1
  • English Country Parsons
  • Establishing multiple congregations
  • Fault-lines in Evangelicalism
  • God does not live in houses
  • Grow your congregation in ethnic diversity
  • Introverts in the Church
  • Is church man enough?
  • Israel and the Church
  • John Stott on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
  • Matthew 18:20 – ‘Where two or three are gathered…’
  • Pastors, not priests
  • Paul and women’s ministry
  • Psalm 105:15 – ‘Touch not my anointed’
  • Quotes on the church
  • Should a Christian minister be paid?
  • Ten Reasons Why Churches Stall
  • The Bible and women’s ministry
  • The Biblical basis for women’s ministry
  • The church and the glory of God
  • The church of God
  • The Church’s failures
  • The good shepherd
  • The marks of a Spirit-filled church – sermon notes
  • The people of God: fulfilled in Christ
  • The temple: fulfilled in Christ
  • Wanted: Christian leaders
  • What has God done for the church? – sermon notes
  • What is a ‘congregation’?
  • What kind of church do we want to be? – sermon notes
  • What priesthood has the ministry?
  • What should we do with heretics?
  • Why are Protestants keeping quiet about Clerical Abuse?
  • Why do we go to Church?
  • Why does God bother with the church?
  • Why they left the Episcopal Church
  • Why we need to be back in church (as soon as possible)
  • Women in ministry – some resources
  • Jesus Christ

  • ‘Behold the Lamb of God’
  • ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’
  • ‘If the church were Christian’ – 1
  • ‘In his name’
  • ‘In my Father’s house’ – sermon notes
  • ‘Jesus is Lord’
  • ‘You came from heaven to earth’
  • ‘The word of their testimony’
  • ‘Welcome me, welcome my people’ – sermon notes
  • “All authority”
  • “Do you love me?” – sermon notes
  • “This man receives sinners!”
  • 1 Peter 3:18-20 – Christ and the spirits in prison
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 – ‘God made Christ to be sin for us’
  • A day in the life of – sermon notes
  • A tale of two families – sermon notes
  • Adam and Christ – sermon notes
  • Beginning and continuing with Christ – sermon notes
  • Christ in all the Scriptures, but…
  • Christ is Isaac…Jacob…Joseph…
  • Christ the centre
  • Christ-centred preaching – some pitfalls
  • Christ’s divinity – acknowledged and denied
  • Completely, for ever – sermon notes
  • Discussion Starters, Matt 12:1-21, Mk 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11
  • Discussion Starters, Mt 1:1-17
  • Everlasting Father – sermon notes
  • Feeding five thousand – sermon notes
  • Feeding the five thousand – sermon notes
  • Five things you should know about Jesus – sermon notes
  • Good news! Jesus is just like you!
  • He shall see and be satisfied – an exposition
  • Heroes and villains
  • How do we get from the Old Testament to Jesus?
  • How the Old Testament deepens our love for Jesus
  • Interruptions
  • Jairus’ daughter raised – sermon notes
  • Jesus and the law
  • Jesus can keep you secure – sermon notes
  • Jesus in the Old Testament
  • Jesus in the Psalms
  • Jesus interrupted
  • Jesus is King
  • Jesus of judgement
  • Jesus, the ineligible bachelor
  • Jesus, the true and better
  • Jesus’ anguish in Gethsemane
  • Jesus’ innocency attested
  • Just like Jesus?
  • Kenosis theory
  • Love for Christ
  • Mark 1:41 – ‘Compassion’, or ‘anger/indignation’?
  • Marriage: antidote to loneliness
  • Matthew 2:23 – ‘Jesus would be called a Nazarene’
  • More? – sermon notes
  • Nicer than God?
  • Paul and the historical Jesus
  • Philippians 2:10 – ‘The name that is above every name’
  • Praying the Psalms in Christ
  • Preaching Christ
  • Preaching Christ from every theme of the Bible
  • Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
  • Prostitutes
  • Psalms: Prayer Book of the Bible
  • Questions asked by Jesus
  • Questions Jesus was asked
  • Richard Rohr’s ‘Universal Christ’
  • Six reasons why many Jews reject Jesus as Messiah
  • Some “I wills” of Christ
  • Spurgeon: a bee-line to Christ?
  • Stilling the storm – sermon notes
  • The ‘triumphal’ entry – sermon notes
  • The baptism of Jesus – sermon notes
  • The Boyhood of Jesus
  • The Good Shepherd – sermon notes
  • The grammar of Christology
  • The Last Adam
  • The lordship of Jesus
  • The obedience of Christ
  • The riches of Christ
  • The Transfiguration – sermon notes
  • The uniqueness of Christ
  • The uniqueness of Jesus Christ
  • The unsearchable riches of Christ
  • The water of life – sermon notes
  • The woman at the well – sermon notes
  • Walking on water – sermon notes
  • What did Jesus look like?
  • What happened next? – sermon notes
  • What if Jesus did not pray? – sermon notes
  • Who did Jesus think he was?
  • Why are there fewer miracles today?
  • Why did Jesus do nature miracles?
  • Why we preach Christ from the Old Testament
  • Will the real Jesus…? – sermon notes
  • Preaching

  • ‘Curbing a Frisky Theology’
  • A charge to preachers
  • Cardinal pre-requisites of the sermon
  • Classification of Sermons 1 – Sangster
  • Classification of Sermons 2 – Phelps
  • Communicating conviction
  • Contact!
  • Contemplations from Corinth’s pulpit
  • Dare to be a…..Nehemiah?
  • Don’t keep it (too) simple, stupid
  • Every sermon needs a ‘ministry statement’
  • George Whitefield and devotion to Christ
  • Gladstone clever, or Disraeli clever?
  • Hearing the word with profit
  • In praise of Powerpoint, v2
  • In the mood
  • Make ’em laugh?
  • Modes of persuasion: ethos, pathos, logos
  • Of the preaching of the word
  • On preaching the theology of Tom Wright
  • Painting with words
  • Pointers for young preachers
  • Preach your own sermon (please)
  • Preacher, guard your character
  • Preachers and their preaching – John Stott
  • Preachers and their preaching – Phillips Brooks
  • Preachers and their preaching – Simon Ponsonby
  • Preachers and their preaching – C.H. Spurgeon
  • Preaching and revival
  • Preaching assessment criteria
  • Preaching is not merely explaining
  • Preaching to the ‘fuzzy faithful’
  • Preaching. Discuss.
  • Puritan preaching priorities
  • Purpose-driven preaching
  • Purposeful preaching
  • Quotes on preaching
  • Sermon hearers
  • Sermon Illustrations
  • Simplicity in preaching
  • Spurgeon on Earnestness in the Christian Ministry
  • Teach like Jesus
  • Textual preaching
  • That’s not what I call preaching 2
  • That’s not what I call preaching 3
  • The ‘preacherhood of all believers’
  • The 500 word manuscript
  • The art of sermon application
  • The case against preaching
  • The Ministry of the Word
  • The use of imagination in preaching
  • The use of imagination in preaching
  • Top tips for preaching to a camera
  • What difference does it make?
  • What good shall men get by hearing of sermons?
  • What is preaching?
  • When is the sermon the low point in the service?
  • Why your sermons shouldn’t be too short, or too long
  • Wise thoughts on sermon preparation
  • Sermon Notes

  • ‘Be strong in the Lord’ – sermon notes
  • ‘Who am I to…’ – sermon notes
  • ‘Words can never hurt me…?’ – sermon notes
  • “Be strong” – sermon notes
  • “I thank God for you” – sermon notes
  • “If the world hates you…” – sermon notes
  • “Not to be served, but to serve” – sermon notes
  • “What will this child be?” – sermon notes
  • A brand plucked from the fire – sermon notes
  • A day to remember – sermon notes
  • A still small voice – sermon notes
  • An ordinary Christian life – sermon notes
  • Ananias and Sapphira – sermon notes
  • Babylon – sermon notes
  • Be obedient – sermon notes
  • Christian unity: God’s part and ours – sermon notes
  • Contempt of court – sermon notes
  • David and Bathsheba – sermon notes
  • David and Mephibosheth – sermon notes
  • Don’t give up! – sermon notes
  • Don’t miss out – sermon notes
  • Elijah and the prophets of Baal – sermon notes
  • Fishers of men – sermon notes
  • From bad to worse – sermon notes
  • Future perfect – a sermon notes
  • God rescues – sermon notes
  • God’s covenant with Abraham – sermon notes
  • Godisnowhere – sermon notes
  • Hagar and Ishmael: does God really care?
  • He restores my soul – sermon notes
  • How long, O Lord? – sermon notes
  • I’m not eating that! – sermon notes
  • Is it worth it? – sermon notes
  • Jesus tempted – sermon notes
  • Joshua 101 – sermon notes
  • Josiah’s reforms – sermon notes
  • Judas’ story and Mary’s story – sermon notes
  • Just a bowl of soup! – sermon notes
  • Keep being obedient – sermon notes
  • Martha – sermon notes
  • Needed: constant renewal – sermon notes
  • Not ashamed – sermon notes
  • One who doubted – sermon notes
  • Out with the old, in with the new – sermon notes
  • Psalm 19 – sermon notes
  • Purpose, power, proclamation – sermon notes
  • Rainbow promise – sermon notes
  • Reasons to trust – sermon notes
  • Relationships – sermon notes
  • Ruth, Naomi and Boaz – sermon notes
  • Self-sufficient – sermon notes
  • Situation vacant – sermon notes
  • The Beatitudes – sermon notes (v1)
  • The Beatitudes – sermon notes (v2)
  • The Bread of Life – sermon notes
  • The call of Abram – sermon notes
  • The call of Levi – sermon notes
  • The dream of Nebuchadnezzar – sermon notes
  • The overture – sermon notes
  • The Parable of the Tenants – sermon notes
  • The Reduced Jonah
  • The rich young ruler – sermon notes 1
  • The Seven Seals – sermon notes
  • The sower- sermon notes
  • The sting in the tail – sermon notes
  • The sufferings and glory of Christ – sermon notes
  • The three horizons – sermon notes
  • The turning point – sermon notes
  • The two houses – sermon notes
  • The unsearchable riches of Christ – sermon notes
  • This bounteous God – sermon notes
  • Totally devoted – sermon notes
  • Two ways to live – sermon notes
  • Under the influence – sermon notes
  • What is God up to? – sermon notes
  • What time is it? – sermon notes
  • What’s in a name?
  • When Christians disagree – sermon notes
  • Work – sermon notes
  • Zechariah – sermon notes
  • Troublesome texts

  • 1 Corinthians 14:34 – ‘Women should be silent in the churches’
  • 1 Kings 20:30 – ‘The wall collapsed on 27,000 of them’
  • 1 Timothy 2:15 – ‘Saved through child-bearing’
  • 1 Timothy 2:4 – ‘God wants all people to be saved’
  • 1 Timothy 4:10 – ‘The Saviour of all people’
  • 2 Sam 24:1, 1 Chron 21:1 – Who incited David?
  • Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias and Sapphira
  • Acts 5:34-37 – a (minor) historical inaccuracy?
  • Galatians 3:17 – How much later?
  • Galatians 6:2 – ‘The law of Christ’
  • Genesis 3:16b – ‘Your desire shall be for your husband’
  • Genesis 5 – the ages of the antedeluvians
  • Genesis 6-8 – A worldwide flood?
  • Hebrews 12:1 – Who are these witnesses?
  • Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23 – “The virgin will conceive”
  • John 2:12 – Did Mary bear other children?
  • John 2:6 – symbol or history?
  • John 21:11 – One hundred and fifty three fish
  • John 3:16f – What is meant by ‘the world’?
  • John 4:44 – ‘His own country’
  • John 7:40-44 – Did John know about Jesus’ birthplace?
  • John 7:53-8:11 – The woman caught in adultery
  • Jonah – history or fiction?
  • Joshua 10 – Joshua’s ‘long day’
  • Joshua 6 – the fall of Jericho
  • Luke 2:1f – Quirinius and ‘the first registration’
  • Luke 2:8 – Shepherds: a despised class?
  • Luke 4:16-19 – An incomplete quotation?
  • Mark 12:41-44/Luke 21:1-4 – ‘The widow’s mite’
  • Mark 2:25f – ‘When Abiathar was high priest’
  • Mark 4:31 – ‘The smallest of all the seeds’?
  • Matthew 10:23 – ‘Before the Son of Man comes’
  • Matthew 12:40 – Three days and three nights
  • Matthew 16:18 – Peter the rock?
  • Matthew 2:1 – ‘Magi from the east’
  • Matthew 2:8f – Can God speak through astrology?
  • Matthew 21:7 – One animal or two?
  • Matthew 25:40 – ‘These brothers of mine’
  • Matthew 8:28 – Gadara or Gerasa?
  • Mt 1:1-17 and Lk 3:23-38 – the genealogies of Jesus
  • Mt 15:21-28/Mk 7:24-30 – Jesus and the Canaanite woman
  • Revelation 7:4 – The 144,000
  • Romans 1:18 – Wrath: personal or impersonal?
  • The Parable of the Sower – return from exile?
  • When did Jesus cleanse the Temple?