Month: June 2011

Tweet Jesus

On Tuesday I was privileged to join a host of Counties evangelists at their training day in Maidenhead. My reason for being there was to teach 2 sessions on the opportunities and dangers that social networking presents to evangelists and gospel ministers. It’s the first time that I’ve ever been asked to teach on this subject so it was a welcome challenge to get to grips with.

Both sessions were well received and I was asked at the end if I’d be willing to share my notes. Therefore I’ve posted the notes from session 2 below. Furthermore, I have also posted the audio of both sessions in their entirety (minus Q&A at the end). The audio quality is a bit sketchy cos I recorded it on my iPhone.

Hope you find it all helpful.


Opportunities to embrace

  • Simplicity
  • Connectivity to friends/family etc.
  • Resourcing
  • Networking
  • Prayer
  • Finger on the Pulse of Culture
  • Publicity
  • Encouragement
  • Celebration
  • Gospel proclamation

Dangers to acknowledge

  • Narcissism
  • Voyeurism
  • Gossip
  • Jealousy/bitterness/cynicism
  • Anti-Social habits
  • Life-controlling habits
  • Sabotage of Sabbath
  • Cultivation of Pride
  • Wasting time and life
  • Once its out there – it’s out there!
  • Make you content with shallow superficiality
  • Temptation to follow ungodly links
  • Easy to misinterpret
  • Replaces intimacy with God
  • Living in relationship with distant friends not local church
  • Tweeting in rage

Helpful Pointers & Questions

1. Don’t tweet it straight away – Stop. Think. Pray.
– Why does this need to be tweeted?

2. Tweet more about the glory of God, the power of the gospel and the truth of scripture than about yourself?
Who does this glorify?

3. Seek to edify and encourage others.
– Who does this help?

4. Ask your wife/another trusted friend about tweet content and use of time
– How am I doing with this?

5. Don’t tweet in anger/frustration
– Will I regret this in the morning?

6. Take a day off each week and regular twitter sabbaticals
– Can I stop?

7. Be wise in who you follow and who follows you
– Is this person going to encourage me and others toward or away from Jesus?

8. Make prayer and scripture the book-ends of your day
– Who’s voice is loudest in my life?

Scriptures to Consider

“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
– Matthew 12v34

‘Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
– Psalm 119v37

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
– Matthew 5v29-30

“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
– Ephesians 5v4

“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
– Proverbs 10v19

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.”
– Ecclesiastes 5v2-3

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
– 1Thessalonians 5v11

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
– Proverbs 17v27-28

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
– Psalm 19v14



A Soldier’s Story

It’s a privilege to call this man a friend and a brother, as well as a co-pastor.

I respect James for speaking so humbly and so truthfully about his life.

I give credit to Andy Toovey for creating such a compelling film.

Above all I give glory to Jesus for His epic, saving grace!


Last Man Standing

I’m speaking at a pretty radical conference in Cardiff on Friday…and it’s unlike any that I’ve ever preached at before (see flyer below).

Here’s an extract of the email invitation I received:

Last Man Standing began as a facebook group with some guys in london who basically set the challenge of who can not wank for the longest, hence the name last man standing. However the facebook group has grown much larger and it was realised that it is a great resource for guys to be accountable and to post helpful resources for each other. It’s also allowed guys to build more honest relationships with each other by catapulting the issues of purity into our conciousness. The group is now really about pointing each other to Christ our example so that we can be men of purity and integrity who can stand for Christ.

Now while I have to state that this is the first time I’ve ever received a preaching invite with the ‘W’ word in it (not a word I use myself), I believe this to be a timely and incredibly important conference to be involved with. In my experience as a man, a friend and a pastor, I would identify sexual sin as the number one cause of shame, frustration and failure amongst Christian men (see stats in previous post).

I therefore count it a privilege to be asked to address a room full of young men on this matter. It’s my intention to open the Bible and teach without compromise the truth about sexual sin, pomography, masturbation etc. and what God has to say about it all. However, it’s also my intention to preach extravagant grace for those who have fallen, and to exalt the Holy Spirit as the source of power who can and will help us to stand in this area.

By God’s grace I’m buzzin’ that I am able to teach on this subject from a long-standing position of freedom and victory. However, I’d really value your prayers as sexual sin is all I seem to be teaching on at the moment (both at church and further afield) and Satan would love to tempt me to fall and expose me as a hypocrite.

Cheers peeps.

P-O-R-N Statistics

I mentioned on Twitter last week that I was researching internet pomography (spelt wrong deliberately to avoid spam). I was amazed by how many of my Twitter friends and followers were keen for me to share what I came up with for their own sermons, talks, research etc., so as promised – here’s what I discovered:

  • Every second, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pomography and $3,075.64 is being spent on pomography
  • The pomography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink
  • There are 4.2 million pomographic websites, which is 12% of all the websites on the internet
  • Every day there are 68 million (25% of the total) search engine requests for pomographic terms
  • The USA produces 89% of all pomographic web pages
  • 42.7% of internet users view pom
  • The average age of first exposure to pomography is 11 years old and 80% of 15-17 year olds have had multiple hard-core exposure
  • The 35-49 age group is the largest consumer of internet pomography
  • 47% of Christians say that pomography is a major problem in the home
  • 17% of women struggle with pomography addiction
  • Breakdown of male/female visitors to pomography sites – 72% – 28%
  • Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction – 10%
  • A quarter of men aged 18-24 are worried about the amount of pom they are watching on the internet.

(I can provide the various sources for these statistics if needed.)

If you’re interested, you can listen to the message I preached  on Lust & Adultery here. If you’re struggling with pomography can I encourage you to talk to your pastor or a trusted Christian friend, rather than fighting alone. I’d also highly recommend the book ‘Captured by a Better Vision‘ by Tim Chester.