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Oak Hill’s third year students have been busy this term producing short video presentations as part of their work on the book of Isaiah. One of the videos unpacks the message of Isaiah by using Lego characters, and another uses live sketching, and each of them was produced by a team of four students working in collaboration.

Eric Ortlund, who teaches Old Testament Studies at Oak Hill, says that one of the goals of the Isaiah module is for students to see the shape of the book as a whole. ‘One of the ways they accomplish this goal is by presenting the book to the class as if they were in a church setting – for example, presenting the book to a youth group on a weekend away. Cramming all of Isaiah into a five-minute presentation is anything but easy, but our students did a fine job...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
19 May 2017

 
 
Photo of Charles Kimbangi holding his London Marathon vest

On 23rd August 2016 my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Just 31 days later, on 24th September 2016, he died. I was left stunned, confused, and devastated. I knew that death was real and that people die each day, but I had never lost someone so close to me. It was a surreal experience and for a long time it felt like I was in a dream and any moment I was going to wake up and my dad would be alive again.

I was also shocked at just how fast it happened and this left me asking questions: How did it happen so fast? Could it have been prevented? Why has this happened to him? All these questions were asked and many more.

However, in trying to understand pancreatic cancer better, I discovered that it is very hard to diagnose and that it currently has a 5 year survival rate of just 5...

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Charles Kimbangi
Charles Kimbangi
02 May 2017

 
 

On my recent visit to the United States to speak at The Gospel Coalition National Conference, I was really delighted to see a copy of The New City Catechism, which has just been published by Crossway. The catechism, which has only been available in app and online form until now, contains 52 questions and answers developed from the Reformation catechisms. It’s intended for use at home, in small groups and churches.

People often get confused by what a catechism is. They perhaps confuse it with Roman Catholicism, and don’t realise it’s part of an historic, biblical Christian faith. Throughout history, and particularly at times when we’ve seen theological, doctrinal and biblical illiteracy, the catechism has been a great servant of the church.

I believe we now we need to consider...

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Mel Lacy
Mel Lacy
28 April 2017

 
 
Image for the Leaders who last three-day summer intensive at Oak Hill

We’re currently taking bookings for a three-day summer intensive at Oak Hill in the middle of July this year (11-13 July). Leaders who last is designed specifically for pastors and teachers, and explores conflict and stress in church life and ministry. We’ll be asking: how can you grow and flourish under pressure rather than be overwhelmed by it?

Exploring the questions and offering positive resources will be Mark Pickles and Kirsty Birkett of Oak Hill, who are joined by Richard Garnett, an actor and communicator, and Lynne Wilson, a counsellor and conciliator. Follow the links to read more about their individual contributions to the three days.

Richard Garnett says: ’I don’t think there has ever been a time where people are more exhausted. Every day I work with clients in senior...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
27 April 2017

 
 
Image of the Reformation Theology book cover

After much waiting and anticipation, Matthew Barrett’s new book Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (Crossway) has just been released in the UK. Five hundred years ago, the Reformers were defending doctrines such as justification by faith alone, the authority of scripture, and God’s grace in salvation – some to the point of death. Many of these same essential doctrines are still being challenged today, and there has never been a more crucial time to hold fast to the enduring truth of scripture.

In Reformation Theology, Matthew Barrett has brought together a team of expert theologians and historians writing on key doctrines taught and defended by the Reformers centuries ago. With contributions from Michael Horton, Mark Thompson, Robert Kolb, Graham Cole, Peter Lillback, and...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
24 April 2017

 
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