Archive for February, 2010


Giving Ourselves ‘to the Utmost’

February 24, 2010

There is an undoubted physicality to preaching. 18th Century Baptist, John Gill, evidently knew this by experience:

“Far from being ‘grim’ and ‘high and dry’ when preaching, Gill was very emotional and pleading in his urgent delivery and gave himself to the utmost, often descending the pulpit stairs in exhaustion after his sermon was over. His kind hearers in the pews nearest the pulpit always took a supply of large handkerchiefs with them to the services. As their pastor warmed to the subject, he would sweat profusely and then his hearers would pass handkerchief after handkerchief up to the pulpit so that Gill could wipe his brow and face. A ‘normal’ sermon would be accompanied by three or four handkerchiefs being put to this use. Funeral services tried Gill the most and these were occasions when much laundering after the service!”

(John Gill and the Cause of God and Truth, Goerge M Ellla, p189)


Ryken Farwell

February 24, 2010

I found this very moving. And I’m sure something that will resonate with anyone who has ‘had’ to leave a church they love.


Conference Audio – 9 Marks

February 20, 2010

This will only be online for 60 days. The audio from the recent 9 marks workshop. A few of the links will take longer to go live.

Session 1  –  Questions about the Church (Mark Dever)

Session 1  – Q & A

Session 2 –  Preaching and Biblical Theology (Colin Adams)

Sesssion 2 – Q & A

Session 3 –  The Gospel and Evangelism (Mike Gilbart-Smith)

Session 3  – Q & A

Session 4 –  Church Membership & Discipline (Mark Dever)

Session 4 – Q & A

Session 5 – Church Leadership (Mike Gilbart-Smith)

Session 6 – Covenanting Together (Mark Dever)


That was fun…

February 17, 2010

Thanks everyone who worked their socks off to make 9 Marks Northern Ireland so profitable. Mark and Mike, you blessed us with your time and wisdom.  The following links will certainly be helpful to those who attended: 9 Marks website, 9 Marks e-journal, 9 Marks audio interviews, Mark’s sermons, Mike’s sermons.


Forget the Experts

February 13, 2010

“Let a good expositional ministry be established and watch what happens. Forget what the experts say. Watch hungry people have their lives transformed as the living God speaks to them through the power of His Word.”

(Dever, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church)


The Task Is Not Finished…

February 12, 2010

(HT: Paul Rees)


Dever….In Days

February 9, 2010

Really looking forward to having Mark Dever and Mike Gilbart Smith here in Northern Ireland next week (D.V). Pastor Dever is at Charlotte Chapel Edinburgh, this weekend. There is still opportunity to sign up for these 9marks workshops.

I recently enjoyed listening to these two talks by Mark:



…and this tour of his study….