What is the Mission of the Church? Book Review

What is the church called to do, or rather what is the mission of the church? Is it discipleship or good deeds? As Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert resolve these two issues, they also want to make sense of the terms social justice, shalom and the great commission. DeYoung and Gilbert are both pastors, authors of different books and involved in mercy ministries. This book has been written for all…

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The Hole in our Holiness Book Review

“The Hole in our Holiness: Filling the gap between Gospel passion and pursuit of Godliness” is a book written by Kevin DeYoung. Kevin is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, an assistant professor at RTS and an author. One might expect a book about holiness to be heavy on finger pointing towards certain levels that one has not attained especially on matters of sexual purity.…

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What Women Really Need

In a world where so much is on offer, I wonder what women want. Not actually what they want but what they really need. “What will satisfy our deepest longings? In this engaging collection of personal stories and thought-provoking articles, women share their insights into the significance of Jesus and the impact he can make in every woman’s life.” “This is why I found this book to be of great help.…

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Book Review: The Transforming Power of the Gospel

The Transforming Power of the Gospel is a book written by Jerry Bridges. Bridges was an author, speaker and staff member of The Navigators. In the book, Jerry Bridges aims at helping readers to become more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Sharing his own story in the journey of becoming more like Christ, Jerry shows the two extremes that Christians tend to fall into. On one extreme, one…

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Book review – “God’s Big Picture: Tracing the story line of the Bible.”

This book has been written by Vaughan Roberts who is a founder member of 9:38 and is on the leadership team of the Proclamation Trust. I had always struggled with thoughts that the Old Testament is outdated and irrelevant to a 21st Century Christian. I thought that there is no need to read the Old Testament and even if I was reading I would only choose passages that looked appealing and…

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Book Review: Show Them Jesus

I have been brought up in a Pentecostal church and happened to be entitled ‘teacher Morris’ because I was teaching Sunday school in my local church. At that time I thought that children need to be taught Christian behavior, ‘churchy’ experiences and being able to master Bible stories so that they can live a good life which is what is happening in many churches. It is after I joined apprenticeship…

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Book Review: Gaining the World, Losing the Soul

“Gaining the World, Losing the Soul: How the prosperity gospel distorts the good news” is a book written by three authors: Maura M, Mbugua K and Piper J. The authors aim to show the harm prosperity gospel has had on the true gospel; how it has robbed, distorted, corrupted, sugarcoated and misinterpreted the true meaning of the gospel. It has reduced God to the level of a mere sugar daddy.…

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Book Review:  How to Read the Bible for All its Worth

How to Read the Bible for All its Worth is written by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart. Gordon is a professor of New Testament at Regent College and Stuart a professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The purpose of this book is to help the reader become a better Bible interpreter. The authors focus on good interpretation of the text, what the text originally meant (exegesis) and…

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Book Review -Counterfeit Gods

Counterfeit Gods is a book written by Timothy Keller. Tim is an American pastor, theologian, and Christian apologist. He is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Counterfeit Gods talks about the empty promises of money, sex, and power, and the Only Hope that matters. It focuses on the idols we (human beings) have in our hearts that hinder us from acknowledging God as the only…

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Book review – “Dig deeper; Tools to unearth the Bible’s Treasure”

This is a book review by one of our apprentices, Ben Kinuthia. He is based in Deliverance Church, Maseno. He helps in the church administration as well as reaching out to students in schools nearby for fellowship and Bible studies.  I have always struggled reading books but Dig Deeper by Andrew Sach and Nigel Beynon has been a cultivating piece of work that has kept me glued for nearly three months,…

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