The online Bible teaching ministry of John Brand

Uncategorized

This Day in HIS-story: June 14

1871 HT: Dan Graves GEORGE LESLIE MACKAY gave his heart to Christ when he was ten. In his college years he enthusiastically embraced the idea of becoming a missionary and asked the Presbyterian Church of Canada to send him to a foreign land. They had no missionary program at the time and considered him too young, but said they would consider it. …

This Day in HIS-story: June 12

1744  HT: Dan Graves DAVID BRAINERD lived only twenty-nine years, but his faith was responsible for two major events. He helped trigger the formation of Princeton University (as the College of New Jersey) and converted many Seneca and Delaware Indians to Christianity. His journal and diary also had a powerful influence after his death. Born…

Some Good News From Sudan

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my commitment to the Church in both Sudan and South Sudan. Both these nations have been ravaged by conflict and suffering for many years and the news, at least that portrayed by the secular media, is almost unrelentingly bad. There is no doubt that the suffering…

This Day in HIS-story: May 15

 1556 HT: Dan Graves John Knox’s Vision for Reformation When Knox first preached, his sermons consisted largely of fulminations against Roman Catholic practices. They gave his listeners something to protest against, but nothing to put in place of that which they were asked to discard. In 1556, after a visit to Geneva, Knox began to…

Pray for Sudan

Many readers of this blog will be aware of my long links with both Sudan and South Sudan. I spent several years travelling in and out of both Khartoum and Juba, before and after the South seceded, and still maintain links with believers in both countries, mainly through my dear friend Bishop John Kongi, who…

The Gospel

I have been done some preparatory work for a lecture on What is the Gospel? and have been struck by the variety of ways in which that word is used in the New Testament. The noun – euangelion – comes 96 times throughout the New Testament; three quarters of those occurrences being in Paul’s letters.…