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Learning to Lament  – Part 5

Learning to Lament – Part 5

Learning to Lament part 5. Being Hopeful (Read Lamentations 3:1-39). I have said the difference between crying, which is human, and lamenting, which is Christian, is that crying is without hope, whereas Lament is hopeful. Lament is prayer.  It is directed toward God,...

Learning to Lament Part 4

Learning to Lament Part 4

Learning to Lament part 4 Being Honest   In the last blog, we looked at truth and honesty; where truth is the objective doctrinal, theological, biblical reality of who God is.  The God who has revealed himself and his attributes to us in his word.  His completely...

Learning to Lament Part 3

Learning to Lament Part 3

Learning to Lament Part 3 Being Realistic (Truth and Honesty) The ceaseless passage of time that makes up our lives, is often likened to water flowing under a bridge.  “Lots of water has passed under the bridge since … ”.  Sometimes they are peaceful, “when peace like...

Learning to Lament

Learning to Lament

This series of articles was birthed when our brother Tommie Van Der Walt asked me to write an article on pastoring the suffering.  Perhaps he considered me qualified as a result of the grief and suffering we as a family have experienced.  In January 2008, my...

Learning To Lamet Part 2

Learning To Lamet Part 2

  “To cry is human, to lament is Christian” (Mark Vroegop). But what is lament, and how is different to crying?  We all cry for various reasons in this broken and painful world, and many tears are common to Christians and non-Christians alike. The tears shed when...

To My Fellow Tired African Christian

To My Fellow Tired African Christian

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile" - Romans 1:16 (NIV) "Ya, the Gospel is great and all, but we need more than that! This message of Salvation isn't...

A Culture of Evangelism

A Culture of Evangelism

When we think of personal evangelism, we need to think of it as any spiritual discipline. We need to practice it and make it part of our daily routine just as we make reading the Bible and prayer part of our daily lives. Each person is tasked with the responsibility...

The Pastor and Self-Discipline

The Pastor and Self-Discipline

What are the marks of false teachers? What are the characteristics of men who stand against the kingdom of God? Peter describes them as those who “follow their sensuality” (2 Peter 2:2). They revel in the daytime (2 Peter 2:13). Their stomach is a controlling factor...

Spiritual Disciplines for Pastors

Spiritual Disciplines for Pastors

When I first began my stint in ministry, as an intern in a Church in Nairobi, we were constantly reminded that being in the ministry was like working in a kitchen. The minister labors to produce spiritual food and then serves it to a congregation. Then we were given a...

DISCIPLE-MAKING FOR KING JESUS

DISCIPLE-MAKING FOR KING JESUS

We live in a world of ever-increasing isolation and individualism. Coming to a church gathering is itself an act of defiance to the prevailing culture where we’re encouraged to do what we want when we want. But to gather as a church, we must. Why? Because, as Mark...