The heavens opened

Christopher Rowland has argued (The Open Heaven, 1982; The Mystery of God, 2009) that the essential element of apocalyptic is ‘the disclosure of heavenly knowledge’. It is an unveiling where the heavens are opened and transcendent mystery is divinely disclosed. Apocalyptic literature is full of secrets, visions, ascents, angels, the glory of the heavenly tabernacle and throne room. Visiting the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Nairobi a couple of weeks ago it was…

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[New Video] Are you passionate about the Gospel?

In case you haven’t already seen it, here is the new YouTube video introducing iServe Africa… …. Interested in being an apprentice? We’re recruiting now for Sept. 2016. Interested in the new ex-cans programme? Contact us. Interested in investing in this unique work raising servant leaders? Details on our partnership page or give securely online outside Kenya to the Crosslinks iServe Africa Project. Conversation TeamiServe Africa is an indigenous Kenyan…

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Outward-looking

In his preface to the revised (2004) edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Pastor Mark Dever has a very interesting potential ‘tenth mark’: “If I had to add one more mark to what you’re about to read, it wouldn’t be missions or prayer or worship; but it would touch on all of those things. I think that I would add that we want our congregations to be outward-looking. We…

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The Church: lessons and warnings

Mark Noll writing about the state of the Western Church at the beginning of the 16th century but with a warning for us today: “The persistent fascination for over two centuries with political power, wealth, dynastic influence, and temporal advantage eventually began to tell on the entire church. The specific difficulty was persistent inattention to the questions that are most basic to the Christian life: What must I do to…

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We are dust

As a follow up to the material from the last MTC on Self Care 101 and as a preparation for some of the material we’ll be looking at in next month’s MTC on the Book of Job and remaining steadfast long term, the video below is a very helpful interview with our friend and elder brother Christopher Ash.   Conversation TeamiServe Africa is an indigenous Kenyan gospel-driven organisation that exists to…

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What is this expository preaching thing?

If you hang around iServe Africa a bit you might (hopefully) notice that we have a passion for faithful Bible teaching – ‘faithful’ not in the sense of turning up every week but faithful to the Bible text – what you see (on the page) is what you get (in the sermon). This is often called ‘expository preaching’ but that can lead to some misunderstandings… For one thing ‘expository’ is an…

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Recruiting begins: no job offer

We’ve just started recruiting for the August intake. But this is not a job offer. There is no salary. No impressive title. This is a call to servant-hearted, mission-minded, Jesus-loving students finishing university who want to serve others without counting the cost, to go outside their comfort zone and unlearn self-sufficiency, to be humbled, to become more servant-hearted, more mission-minded, to know more of the gospel and so love Jesus…

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Scratching the surface

Increasingly aware that we’re only touching on some very big topics in these Training Wednesdays but exciting nonetheless to paddle at the edges of some big oceans and sense something of the vastness and complexity and beauty of some of these subjects – the person of the Spirit, the highs and lows of Christendom, the plan of God to display his glory in the church… The Spirit (session 5) The Church [session…

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