Colossians: Christ Alone

The trigger and the theology of the Reformation On 31 October 1517 a sheet of paper was nailed to a church door in what is now Germany. The content of the sheet was a protest against the sale of get-out-of-purgatory papal indulgences. But it was the big bold theology behind the protest that was set…

Don’t Waste Your Life [review]

iServe Africa apprentice Alice Akello reviews John Piper’s modern classic: In my search for meaning and purpose, I found Don’t Waste Your Life, a book that has set me on fire for the glory of God centered at the cross of Christ.  Nothing else seems to make sense but this single passion stirred within me…

Christian Leaders of the Eighteen Century

Gold dust! J.C. Ryle’s, Christian Leaders of the 18th Century (originally published in the 19th century as Christian Leaders of the Last Century) might sound a bit dull, dry and dusty but if you’ve read it you’ll know it is gripping, inspiring, fantastically relevant stuff.  It’s the story of the English and Welsh revivals of the mid 18thcentury told mainly through brief biographies…

Why we don’t read

We have no leisure to read. It’s not a new excuse. Augustine, 1600 years ago said to himself as he began to wake up spiritually: Let us search the more diligently, and let us not despair…  until the clear truth be discovered. But where and when shall it be sought? …we have no leisure to read. Where are we…

Spurgeon: The early years

Spurgeon was exceptional in practically every way. A pastor at the age of 17, he had preached 600 sermons before he was 20. Once he had moved to be pastor of a church in London (aged 19) he was soon preaching to congregations of up to 10,000. At the age of 22 he founded a…

The Doctrine and Practice of Holiness

There is a real danger that Christians can fall into extremes when considering holiness. Some so emphasise the sovereign grace of God that they neglect the quest of Holiness. Some have believed that perfection may be attained in this life, but burn out in the attempt to achieve it. Erroll Hulse approaches the subject as…