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Making the Word flesh


In one of my presentations at a recent conference, I talked about the supremacy of God’s word, the word as the presence and power of God. As I concluded my session, the presenter of the next session arrived. Part way into his session, he happened to make the same point […]

Pentecostal Theology in Africa: Jesus

African Pentecostal Theology

Clifton Clarke has also written a book on African Christology so it’s not surprising that he wrote the chapter on christology in Pentecostal Theology in Africa. He argues that the Pentecostal understanding of Jesus is primarily that of Healer. The christology of Jesus as healer is a result of African […]

A Jacob storytelling sermon


Another preaching experiment, Genesis 32:24-29, for the campus congregation, 9 November 2014. A man stands alone by the river in the cold dark night His household possessions have already been sent ahead Even his wives and sons have gone ahead and he is alone now He is alone and he is afraid […]

City Wonder 14

'Entry into Jerusalem' by He Qi, 2006.

What do you make of this image? Where does it take you? City Wonder (introduction/all posts) is a series of visual meditations on the city, exploring themes like creativity, ecology and decay/renewal. Each image is a window into a realm or mindframe; an invitation to an ethos or concept; a meditation on histories […]

A Noah storytelling sermon

This is a transcript of my sermon to our campus English-language congregation, 13 July 2014 Today we will hear the story of Noah and the flood What is that story about? Judgement… Creation care… Many things undoubtedly… As we hear this story we will see that it is about Jesus… […]

The Great Commissions, plural


One of the highlights of Tim Tennent’s Invitation to World Missions is chapter 5, in which he discusses the Great Commissions — in the plural. In the Four Gospels, each writer records a final post-resurrection saying of Jesus, but each saying is different, and is even attributed to a different […]