A Christian guide to reading books [review]

Kelvin Macharia reviews Lit! by Tony Reinke: Reading is not easy. It never has been, at least for me. And I know am not the only one. That’s why this book was written. It’s not a book for those heavy readers out there, no, it’s a book for people who struggle to read like myself.…

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…

Romans: the gospel our church needs

How do you get a church excited about supporting mission? How do you address ethnic tensions and division in a church? The Apostle Paul’s answer to both these questions is – the gospel of Jesus Christ. He knows that the best way to stir up and encourage and strengthen and unite and bless the church…

1 Thessalonians: Total Gospel

First Thessalonians is a fantastic letter to study in a small group or with a fellow believer. It is an encouraging letter – It is full of deep love and fatherly affection and intense longing. Paul has been unwillingly separated from the Thessalonians and he has been desperately concerned to hear how they are going…