27 January 2018

Getting into the Swing of 2018

Our Lord has brought us into a new year, and new opportunities abound.
In Kenya, Christmas season is often also wedding season. Since my last update, Jenny have attended three weddings; we had the privilege of being involved directly in two of them. It's such a joy to see the way the Lord is bringing people together to reflect his name and the gospel. Please keep these three new couples in prayer as they adjust to life together as one and seek to honor Christ through their loyal love for one another.
Emmanuel Baptist Church had the exciting opportunity to send out its first church planters earlier this month! Dan Huffstutler and Andy Matoke were officially commissioned from EBC to start a church in a nearby area called Karen. We're so happy to see God using these gifted men, and, while it's sad that we won't see them around EBC as regularly, it's an undeserved joy to participate like this in the progress of Christ's mission. Please pray for Dan and Andy, along with several EBC members who will be joining them, as they strive to reach this new area with the true grace of God.
Classes started again two weeks back. We kicked off with two Q and A lunches (pictured right), one on the sufficiency of the Scriptures and another on biblical church leadership. This term I'm teaching a unit called Introduction to Biblical Theology. The students are encouraged to summarize the message of the whole Bible in 100 words or less and to tell the big story of the Bible in 500 words or less. These projects lay a foundation for the students for a lifetime of studying the Word, fitting the pieces of the biblical puzzle together. Please pray that God would use our full schedule of classes to equip men for local church ministry.
Last week, Ekklesia Afrika, a ministry that promotes the health of churches through solid biblical materials, hosted a Charles Simeon Trust workshop to help pastors and others hone their skills in expository preaching. I had the privilege of working with one of several small groups who tackled the book of 2 Timothy to practice the principles taught in the course and to receive encouragement from the Word itself to, "Preach the Word!" Please pray that God would continue to provide such opportunities through this new ministry.

17 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

05 December 2017

28 November 2017

Conclusions, Conferences, and Christmas Prep

Classes for the second term of 2017 have come to a close. The deadline for our grading is fast approaching (just over 72 hours away)! My favorite class this term was our Old Testament Survey course. I'm looking forward to next year's Bible reading to revisit some of our conclusions in the class. Please pray for perseverance for students and teachers alike as we complete oral exams and some lingering assignments as well as assessments.
As the semester drew to a close we welcomed Dr. Steve Lawson to speak to us on the topic of the Reformation. I especially appreciated the way that Dr. Lawson used the lives of the reformers as a means to pointing to the gospel. These were deeply flawed men, no doubt, but God used them to reawaken an awareness of the good news of justification by faith alone and a commitment to the authority of the Scriptures over the lives and consciences of Christ's followers. We continue to pray that God would use our efforts to spark a similar fire of reformation here in Kenya and beyond.
The family and I enjoyed a long weekend after the busyness of the conferences to celebrate Thanksgiving and make some preparations for Christmas. We've begun our long anticipated advent readings from a familiar storybook Bible. Let's pray together that God's Spirit would grant us all a sense of wonder at the incarnation of Christ, especially rejoicing in the success of the Son's mission to earth and his victory over sin and death through the cross.