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Isaiah’s introduction to Isaiah

Dale Ralph Davis begins his commentary on Judges by explaining why he’s not going to give his own introduction: “…an excellent piece of work has already been done by the author of the book, and I am not capable of writing a better one. Indeed, I have a growing conviction that we would find far […]

Second year classes term 2 [1]

It’s been a good half term looking at gospel-driven sanctification, the letter of 1 Corinthians and thinking about other religions. Here are some of the notes and resources: Sanctification: Union with Christ Sanctification: Adoption Sanctification: Lordship, Law & Obedience Sanctification: Faith Sanctification: Spirit How to think about other religions Intro to Islam Intro to Buddhism […]

Captured by a better vision

Tim Chester, Captured by a better vision: Living porn-free, IVP, 2010, 169 pages. Reviewed by Kelvin Macharia: When it comes to sexual purity, the struggle is real. All around us we find sexually suggestive material, from the TV adverts to magazines and billboards. And social media, though helpful in some ways, has only made things […]

12 marks of humility

In a church staff meeting many years ago it was quite a common thing for the senior pastor to go around and ask us all to name a mark of humility. He felt (rightly) it was good practice for us to rehearse the hallmarks of gospel-wrought humility and have them at the front of our […]

Prayer is asking

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts.” (attributed to Mother Teresa) There are at least two big problems with the Mother Teresa definition. This is not the biblical definition of prayer. This is not even […]

Standing in Christ: Imara 2017

Last week was our April Ministry Training Week. It was Easter week and the approaching celebration of the sufferings and victorious resurrection of our Lord and Saviour brought a sharpness and shone a bright light on our time together. Fidel opened up the neglected book of Lamentations for us, we walked through the last chapters […]

When it seemed like your defeat

When you prayed beneath the trees, it was for me, O Lord; when you cried upon your knees, how could it be, O Lord? When in blood and sweat and tears you dismissed your final fears, when you faced the soldiers’ spears, you stood for me, O Lord. When their triumph looked complete, it was […]