A new online resource
by David Jackman
Equipped to Preach the Word is a training course designed to develop faithful and effective preachers of the Bible. Click here for more.
The practice of personal Bible study seems sadly to be on the decline in many of our churches. So, as pastors, we need to be aware of good quality resources to stimulate the individual members of our congregations to pick up their Bibles for themselves, in order to develop their understanding and personal application of God's unchanging Word. One such excellent resource, out of Australia, is "A Better Way To Live" by British author, Graham Hooper.
Graham is a Consultant and former Senior Executive for a global infrastructure company. His work has taken him to more than 20 countries. Now retired and living in Melbourne, he speaks and writes regularly on matters relating to Christian faith in daily life. His first book, "Undivided: closing the faith life gap" was published by IVP in 2013.
Graham brings a life time of experience in the business world to bear on the central challenge of developing a life of wisdom and integrity amid all the pressures of contemporary life. The book comprises of 52 studies in Proverbs and Psalms which combine careful, thoughtful exposition of the Biblical text with reflections and applications to everyday life. Each of these studies is fresh, engaging, challenging and strengthening. In his Preface, Graham writes, "There is nothing quite so attractive and so powerful as a godly life .... a way of integrity, love and faithfulness; a way of worship, thankfulness and hope - a better way to live". That is exactly what these compelling studies portray. They can be used at whatever speed most suits the reader, and probably for many they could form a full 52 weeks of personal learning and development. He continues that the way of practical godliness is "better than the bleak emptiness of secular materialism; better than a vague spirituality which has no substance; better than mere formal religion .... it is about God calling us to live for him in a world that rejects his authority." This is a book of authentic spiritual strength and conviction. It has been forged through a life-time of experience and it is this connection to the realities of everyday life which makes it such a valuable tool. I have worked through the studies myself [DJ], with great enjoyment and profit. I would warmly recommend it to anyone as a valuable tool in helping us live 'better' for God before a watching world. It deserves a central place on every church bookstall. The book is published in Australia by Acorn Press, but is available on Amazon, Kindle and Book Depository.
Echoes of Exodus – Andrew Wilson and Alastair Roberts The message of Echoes of Exodus really reverberates. The basic premise is that the Exodus is the overture of the Bible, and its echo is heard throughout the entire Bible. In just 22 short chapters Wilson and Roberts write a delightful book explaining the symphonic nature of Scripture seen in the rich melody of the exodus. The book is divided into four main movements. Movement one hones in on the book of Exodus all the way through to Joshua. Movement two is the prequel to the Exodus looking at the exodus themes foreshadowed in the great events of Genesis particularly in the lives of Joseph, Jacob, Abraham & Noah, casting these seismic events as exodus-esque episodes. Movement three is a panoply of other Old Testament stories resonating with exodus themes, with an all star cast including, David, Absalom and Achan. Lastly in movement four the crescendo builds to show exodus in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and cascading out into the book of Acts. The finale of this movement shows that only at Christ’s return will the exodus truly end. This book is very readable, very thought provoking and brilliantly written. The chapters are short, the ideas are deep and, the questions at the end of each chapter help to consolidate the learning and stretch the reader. It is an ideal book to give to people to encourage them to mine deeply, unearthing the inexhaustible treasures of the Bible. Echoes of Exodus will help people in their personal devotions, thrill Bible study groups and be a wise guide to the preacher. It is clear, careful and captivating. Echoes of Exodus is beautifully set so the symphony of Scripture can sound from its pages into the hearts of the reader.
Belgian Bible Convention 2018
Friday 31st August 2018 –
Saturday 1st September 2018
The inaugural PT Belgian Bible Convention is designed to equip, enthuse and excite people in their Bible teaching ministry. It is for anyone involved in preaching and teaching the Bible in any capacity whether from the front at church, in Sunday School, amongst women or in small groups. We would love to see you.
The cost is
Friday & Saturday – 20 euros
Just Saturday – 15 euros
As well as teaching from the front, there will also be workshops, opportunities to pray, sing and share together as well as a great bookstore provided by 10ofthose. It is going to be a great couple of days and we would love to see you.
The Convention is hosted at iBC Brussels, - Lange Eikstraat 76-78, 1970, Wezembbek-Oppen, Belgium. There will be transport to and from Crainhem Station, details will be posted closer to the time.
Friday evening runs from 19:00 until 21:30 and Saturday from 10:00 until 16:30
For more information please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings are open now. Payment will be taken on the day.
Workshop for cross cultural preaching training 2018 (Level 1)
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Many Bible teachers and preachers around the world have benefited in the past from the 'Project Timothy' programme, whereby pastor-preachers have gone for a week or so on a regular basis to give Bible-training in the Majority world. Last year Neil Watkinson, our International Director, ran two well-received one-day training workshops for those interested in or involved with short-term cross-cultural expository ministry training events. This autumn there will be a repeat of this workshop (Level 1) plus an additional workshop (Level 2) building on Level 1. Please note that to be able to come to the Level 2 workshop, you will need to have attended last year's workshop, or the Level 1 workshop this year.
Wednesday 19 September 2018 - Level 1 workshop.
Wednesday 31 October 2018 - Level 2 workshop.
Both workshops will run for a whole day (9.30am-4.30pm) at Willcox House. Spaces will be limited, so please book soon. The cost of the training will be £10 for the day, which includes a sandwich lunch.
Started in 1991, PT Cornhill exists primarily to train preachers, as well as equipping men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts, such as youth/children's work and women's ministry. Click here for more details
We're gradually adding material from our archive. EMA 1993 featured Dick Lucas, Phillip Jensen, Don Carson, David Petersen and John Lennox for a mix of inspiring teaching, challenging exhortation and encouraging reports of gospel work. (Click the title, left, for the talks)