Parenting Against the Tide

A handbook for 21st century parenting. There are many books on parenting by self-appointed experts who give us a bucketful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Ann Benton’s parenting book is different. It is full of not just home truths but biblical truths. It is a handbook in the mode of a manual…

First Timothy: The church of the living God

Modernity makes the happiness and self-actualization of the individual into an absolute… The expressive individualism of modern culture has deeply eroded loyalty to institutions and communities. Individuals are now “spiritual consumers” who will go to church only if (and as long as) its worship and public speaking are immediately riveting and attractive… We see this…

My Katie

Continuing the Reformation spirit from October… Martin Luther declared of Galatians, in one of his Table Talks: “I have betrothed myself to it. It is my Katie von Bora.” Katie was of course his beloved wife. So this is high praise for a letter, even by the standards of a man who avoided understated language…

The astonishing wisdom of Christ

In the first edition of our Mark study guides in the Watumishi wa Yesu series there was unfortunately a missing session on Mark 11:27-12:17. Our sincere apologies for that. Please find below a PDF copy of that session which you may like to print and insert. For those who haven’t purchased the study guides you…

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…