Roho Mtakatifu ni nani?

And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2) For a disciple not to have heard about the Holy Spirit is Not A Good Thing. For those of us who want to emphasise (I think rightly) the priority of preaching Christ and him crucified and who see the Spirit’s role…

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Stand firm

A few resources from the end of the term of Training Wednesdays: Last session of Church History Turning Points – Lessons from Festo Kivengere & the East African Revival; Influence of Keswick Theology on the East African Revival; Andy Naselli’s research on Keswick theology of sanctification – pdfs and mp3s Personal finances – The topic no-one wants to talk about; 5 Best Personal Finance Tools; John Wesley method A few resources from…

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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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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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Against the world for the sake of the world

Been loving Piper’s 2005 conference message on Athanasius. Very well worth listening to or reading in full. But to whet your appetite, here are the lessons he draws out: Defending and explaining doctrine is for the sake of the gospel of Christ’s glory and our everlasting joy. Joyful courage is the calling of a faithful shepherd. If something is worth fighting for, it worth rejoicing over. Let us stand courageous and out-rejoice…

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Steadfast 24-7: the first three days

We started this ministry training week for the iServe Africa apprentices with the Garrisa massacre very much in our minds. With that background we are very aware that when we talk about these young people remaining ‘steadfast’ in the years to come we are not joking around. This is a very serious business. The world is a dangerous place in which to do the work of the Lord. We are…

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