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Nathan Weston reflects on our three-day summer intensive, Leaders Who Last, at Oak Hill. The focus of the conference was resilience in ministry.

It was exactly the wrong time for this conference.

It’s late in the ministry year and I’m itching for a holiday – and yet there is so much more to do. Plans to make, people to meet, sermons to prepare, youth conferences on the horizon. How is it wise to give up three days of precious prep time and make the long trip down south to Oak Hill?

And what’s more, this promised to be that most dreaded of things, not just a conference, but an ‘interactive workshop with plenty of opportunities to practise and get feedback’. Not my cup of tea. Is it anyone’s?

And yet here I am, fresh from the long trip back home, giving thanks to God for a...

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Nathan Weston
Nathan Weston
14 July 2017

 
 

Last Friday evening was our annual Leaver’s BBQ, which follows the last student exam of the year – but not the marking, alas!

Given our last six months as a community, it was an especially poignant time. However, it was also a time of anticipation and expectation, as the removal vans now move into N14.

I always say that living and learning at Oak Hill is not time out of ministry, but a redirection of ministry for a time. Now this redirection comes to end, as these men and women go out to serve churches across the UK and indeed the world.

We captured some of their thoughts and reflections on their time at Oak Hill in the video above.

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
13 June 2017

 
 

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

 
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