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The last day and we were sent out with a great encouragement to ‘be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus’ as we seek to practice these things, preach the apostolic gospel, work hard, not cut corners, keep going and pass on the baton to others (2 Tim. 2:1-7). Thanks so much to […]

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Greg on 1 Samuel 13-15: The End of a Dynasty; The Waste of a Prince; The Rejection of a King. Applications: The choice we all face; The sin we all commit; The king we all need. Loved it.           Doug on ‘Twisted Tales’ – narrative nasties. What on earth is going on with the she-bears […]

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Mid-week and it feels like we’re warming up and going a bit deeper – in getting to know one another and in getting into the Word. Two areas I found really helpful yesterday: Preparation Read, read, read the passage and read, read, read the Bible. To understand the Bible we need to… understand the Bible. […]

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This is what it’s all about – Bibles open, reading, reading, reading again. “Noses in the text, knees on the floor” (Dick Lucas). Today was a reminder and challenge to me that gospel ministry is prayer and word ministry (Acts 6:4) – and that both are mainly unseen and hard work.  No-one knows if you’ve […]

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Thanks to all who’ve been praying for the pastors conference that started today in central Nairobi. Praise God that 38 attended, there was a good atmosphere, good food from God’s word and good physical food and conversation at the breaks. Personal highlights: From Philip’s Bible overview – Bible narratives are like episodes of the TV […]

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A good friend told me recently he was trying to lower the bar when it came to preaching in his church. And I completely agreed with him. My friend’s concern was that in his church – a sound, conservative evangelical, faithful Bible preaching church – Word ministry had become professionalised – certainly in the perception of […]

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Praise God the first Raising the Bar Kisumu kicked off today, numbers swelling from 20 booked 48 hours ago to 40 here for the beginning of the programme this afternoon. Sammy started us off with a wonderful overview of Acts, showing us very clearly that the camera focus throughout the book is on JESUS and that it’s not so […]

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Praise God we got off to a good start on the first day of the Raising the Bar conference. Pst Ken Mbugua kicked us off with a great start in 1 Corinthians: A Church Divided by Leaders Idolized called to Unite around Christ Crucified. We saw how Paul, completely differently from how we might write […]

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The fourth Raising the Bar conference will soon be here… Speakers for this year will include Greg Prior, Philip Sudell, Harrison Mungai, Sammy Gichanga, Mercy Ireri and myself. For a taste of last year’s conference see here. And for something on what we mean by ‘raising the bar’ see here. Register, spread the word, and pray […]

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Tim Chester and Steve Timis, Total Church: A radical reshaping around gospel and community, IVP: 2007. The thesis of Total Church is summed up well in the subtitle. It’s a thesis that has grown out of a) the authors’ reading of the Scriptures, b) their reacting against forms of contemporary evangelicalism that either forget the […]

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