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Three Crosses: Two Reactions, One Response – TGC Africa

One Friday, mid-morning, over 2000 years ago, three men hang on three crosses atop Calvary hill. The one in the middle claimed to be the Son of God. In essence, he equated himself with God. Those either side of him were known criminals. The Bible tells us of a conversation. Put differently, in the Gospel... Read more

Love the Saints… and Everyone Else // Conrad Mbewe – TGC Africa

Conrad Mbewe continues his series in 2 Peter 1Christian, Grow Up!The focus is on a string of imperatives forspiritual growththat Peter delivers to all Christians. Of course the first step is tohave faith. But on this foundation we must build with quality materials in order to mature as Christians. Peter commands us toadd virtue to... Read more

TGC Podcast: Journey with John Flavel Toward Fearlessness

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Laura Powell: How you understand the word fear will shape our whole conversation. Now, it might not feel like a conversation because I’m the one doing all the talking, but I do plan... Read more

TGC Q&A: What Does God Say to Those Who Struggle with Addiction?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Mark Shaw: Hi. You’re listening to TGC Q&A, a podcast from The Gospel Coalition. And this is a biblical counseling series featuring hopeful answers to your questions on navigating fear, anxiety, ministry and... Read more

Whats Wrong with Consulting the Dead? – TGC Africa

When I was growing up, I regularly witnessed the dead being consulted. It is a reality of my background. This practice has been going on for centuries, sadly even in African Christian circles. This is what prompted me to write this article. Many questions around this tradition need answering: Do the dead influence the living?... Read more

COVID-19: Its Theological Root Cause – and Certain End – TGC Africa

Across the globe today, COVID-19 continues to ravage communities. People in various spheres of responsibility are still grappling with how to make sense of it and serious effort is being directed towards eradicating the disease. Yet even now – can we really say what caused Coronavirus? More importantly, can we say with confidence if it... Read more

Lean on God, Not The Odds: Coronavirus and Christ – TGC Africa

Coronavirus and Christ ‘Coronavirus and Christ’ is a book that was written by John Piper right towards the end of March 2020. That was at a point where the Coronavirus was spreading and spreading so much. And within a very short period, John Piper was able to write a book. It’s a book that has... Read more

The Anatomy of Sin: Sin is Systemic – TGC Africa

Sin corrupts the human heart, yes. But sin is also systemic. It corrupts institutions and cultures. It can be observed in oppressive structures like patriarchy. It can be so pervasive that we are oblivious to our participation. Or we can be aware and choose to deny, deflect or justify the abuse of power and privilege.... Read more

TGC Podcast: Discussing Death: A Pathway to Deeper Hope

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Matthew McCullough: So the title of today’s session is Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope, which is the title of a book that I wrote and was published, I guess it... Read more

The Truth About Superstition // Derrick Ntambi – TGC Africa

Superstitions have dominated cultures and societies throughout history. They have shaped common practice, especially morals. At other times, they have gone so far as to instil a fear of the supernatural. But what is a superstition? By definition, it is a ‘notion or belief maintained despite evidence to the contrary. African folklore is not exempt... Read more

TGC Podcast: Jackie Hill Perry on Gay Girl, Good God

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jackie Hill Perry: Before we begin. Let me pray. God, I just want to take this time seriously, saying that you’re real and you’re present and you’re big and you’re holy and you... Read more

Why I Cant Believe in Spirit Husbands and Spirit Wives – TGC Africa

There are some things that are just unbelievable when you first hear about them. But a greater shock comes upon discovering that almost everyone believes that those things are true. I recently experienced this kind of shock. For it was the first time I heard about the concept of ‘spirit husbands’ and ‘spirit wives.’ These... Read more

You May Have the Holy Spirit… You Still Need Training – TGC Africa

Theological study is an undervalued practice among many African pastors. Its worth in the life and upbuilding of the church is greatly understated. Many do not see the need for theological training in their spiritual oversight. The general belief is that if you are called and full of God’s Spirit, then you need not study.... Read more

TGC Q&A: What Does God Say to Those Who Struggle with Body Image?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Shanda Anderson: My name is Shanda Anderson, and I’m the director of clinical care at the Austin Stone Counseling Center. I’ve been in Austin since 2014, and in the heart of Stone biblical... Read more

Fixing the Leadership Deficit in Our Churches – TGC Africa

I am writing to agree with the recent article Dear pastor, why didnt you prepare me? For pastors should not only teach but also equip Christians, for all seasons. Shepherds are also trainers. My preferred viewpoint, however, is to frame the issue of preparing Christians within the broader context of mission. Christ commissioned the church... Read more

The Nonsense of Spirit Husbands and Spirit Wives – TGC Africa

There are some things that are just unbelievable when you first hear about them. But a greater shock comes upon discovering that almost everyone believes that those things are true. I recently experienced this kind of shock. For it was the first time I heard about the concept of ‘spirit husbands’ and ‘spirit wives.’ These... Read more

Do Africas Self-Styled Prophets Fear COVID-19? – TGC Africa

COVID-19 continues to deal unprecedented blows to our collective human existence, revealing our fragility. Even religion is not exempt from its complications. For the effects of the pandemic on religious activities have been monumental. Some of these effects have also revealed some surprises. One such surprise has been the activities of self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ in Africa.... Read more

TGC Q&A: How Do I Honor God When Marriage Gets Tough?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Josh Squires: Hi, you’re listening to TGC Q&A, a podcast from The Gospel Coalition. This is the biblical counseling series, featuring hopeful answers to your questions on navigating fear, anxiety, ministry, marriage, and... Read more

Why Deliverance Ministries Fail to Deliver – TGC Africa

If youve strolled beyond your own compound in Africa, you will notice church signposts that feature weekly programs on them. Most notable among these are: overnight services – typically on Fridays – weekly Bible studies and the so called “deliverance service.” In my experience, the last of these – deliverance services – is the most... Read more

How to Restore the Joy of Your Salvation // Roland Kalifungwa – TGC Africa

Do you long to delight more deeply in your salvation? Do you still have the joy that accompanied your original acceptance of saving grace in Christ? Are you exalting Christ and what he has done in your life? Or have rival joys drowned it out? In Psalm 51 King David shares the loss of his... Read more

TGC Podcast: Want to Read Great Literature? Start Here.

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Karen Swallow Prior: So, I’m here to talk about… Let’s see what’s the title of my talk. How, Why and What to Read, I think. I do want to tell you that I’ve... Read more