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…

Preaching Mark (and Job)

Our publishing friends at The Good Book Company have a great mission strapline  – “Opening up the Bible” – and they’ve produced a whole range of resources aimed at exactly that. One of their titles is the ‘Pray, Prepare, Preach’ series which, for many years, has been helping pastors and Bible teachers all over the…

Let the Bible Speak

Do we really need another book on preaching? There are so many good books on the market: Helm’s Expositional Preaching, Piper’s The Supremacy of God in Preaching, Keller’s recent Preaching. So why has iServe Africa brought out yet another? Tuned to the East African context. Many of the good books on preaching are from the…

The Word of His Grace

“Acts is a great book! It describes the most exciting phase in the history of the church, with wonderful pioneering work being done by courageous men and women, under the direct inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Miracles and healing combine with powerful preaching and an intensity of relationships that makes us think that…

I Believe In Preaching…

The word ‘Preaching’ has become unpopular in today’s world – ‘Don’t you start preaching to me!’ has become a common refrain when the conversation turns to issues of morality. Why this negative view? Because we have forgotten the power of true preaching; what preaching we do hear is often deadly and dull. It is shallow.…

Why read? (4)

“What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is lack of reading. I scarce ever knew a preacher who read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in preaching does not increase. It is just the same as…

What sort of books do we need?

  This endorsement in the front of a book I read recently really caught my eye: Fair, keenly observant, startlingly honest, this book is replete with careful exegetical work. Verses are not merely cited; they are considered in context… The result is a book that is nuanced an clear, useful and enjoyable to read, and…