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…

Prayer… according to Jesus

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts” (attributed to Mother Teresa) There are a lot of different ideas of what prayer is or should be. For some, prayer is wordless contemplation. For some it is…

Dig deeper into the Gospels

Sometimes we think of the Gospels as ‘easy’ bits of the Bible.Anyone who has been through Sunday school can tell that Jesus walked on water, fed 5000 and told a parable about a sower. Is there really much more to it than that? The two authors, Andrew Sach and Tim Hiorns, help us to come…