Finding Refuge in God

Do you know where to run to when tragedy strikes? Do you have the remedy for your sin sick soul? Do you have a savior, a protector or a deliverer when tragedy overtakes you like a whirlwind? Or, when the storms of life are mercilessly in their fury threatening your security? Our lives are always in constant danger and great peril. The pastor tells us that the devil is out to get us and we tremble. The health officials tells us the mighty coronavirus is out there to get us and we cower in fear and get locked down in our places as if we are safe in our homes. There is trouble in the city and there is trouble in the country. There is nowhere to run and hide when the evil day falls on us because we realize that we had not prepared enough defenses for ourselves. Human efforts and wisdom all proves to be insufficient to give us the security and stronghold we need for the day of trouble. However, today I want to share with you some Good News. There is a shelter and a refuge, a bulwark that is never failing, somewhere you can find shelter under the shadow of the Almighty.

Theolophobia: Why We Don’t Trust Theological Education

Recently, I started working on my Capstone project, my final MDiv course at Carey Theological College, Canada. As I pondered on what I would want to do, I decided on coming up with a project that equips local church leadership to carry on the task of Christian education in their local churches. This was inspired … Continue reading Theolophobia: Why We Don’t Trust Theological Education

Foundations of Pastoral Care

Petersen, Bruce L. Foundations of Pastoral Care. Kansas City, Kansas: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2007. 321 pp. Petersen’s book was written to help pastors understand the importance of pastoral care. He believes that over the years, many people have lost the significance of the pastoral ministry and all that it encompasses. However, because … Continue reading Foundations of Pastoral Care

In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling

Lartey, Emmanuel Y. In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling. Second Edition. London and New York: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003. 194 pp. This book was written to bridge the gap that existed in pastoral care and counseling. Before Lartey's work, pastoral care and counseling had been assumed to be understood in … Continue reading In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling

The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World

Johnson, Darrell W. The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009. The glorious work of preaching should be understood in light of its divine significance. The Triune God has chosen to speak to humanity through the medium of spoken and written words and anticipates humanity to … Continue reading The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages

Robinson Haddon. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2000. Although an old book, Robinson’s text is filled with depth and content. Because the book was firstly written in 1980, one may be tempted to think that the book is no longer relevant to the contemporary preaching … Continue reading Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages

Ordination

The rite of ordination is of special importance to the church as attested to by the testimony of Scripture. According to the Bible, several meanings are applied to it such as “appoint,” “establish,” and “issue an order.” In its religious sense, the word ordain means “to invest officially with ministerial or priestly authority,” that is, … Continue reading Ordination

WordDeed: The Missing Factor in Most Churches Today

There is a great need today for the church to realize the full mission of God. Christopher Wright begins his book with this statement, “Mission is what the Bible is all about…”[1] Many believers today stagger in the mist of mission confusion, not because they are supposed to be confused, but because there has never … Continue reading WordDeed: The Missing Factor in Most Churches Today

The Second Coming of Christ and the Preparation of the Church

Sermon Transcript Preached at Passover Celebration 2020 Good morning saints. Today is our second day at this conference and I am hopeful that we are all enjoying our fellowship with one another in the presence of the Lord as we celebrate Christ, our Passover. Now, yesterday, we spoke about the significance of the Passover and … Continue reading The Second Coming of Christ and the Preparation of the Church