For thousands of years God’s Word has radically impacted lives, communities and even societies.
In 2017 we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, when Martin Luther asserted that his conscience was ‘captive’ to that Word. At Keswick 2017 we’ll see how this powerful Word brings life, reveals Christ and motivates mission. By God’s Spirit it will captivate our hearts and minds, and transform our lives, families and churches.
We are delighted that Ivor Poobalan is able to join us for Bible Readings on Hebrews. In the evening celebrations, inspired by the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation which heralded a fresh awareness of the power and sufficiency of the Word of God, we will be looking at striking images for the Word of God. We are pleased to welcome Elaine Duncan and Andy Prime to come and speak, and that Nick Tucker, who helps lead our Youth Work, can also join us. In the afternoons, we have a special series for the Word@2:30, unpacking the five ‘solas’, the five ‘alones’ that formed the backbone of the Reformation. We are thrilled to be able to welcome Dan Strange to speak, as he applies these great Reformation truths to our hearts and lives.
You will enjoy a great set of seminars designed to help you earth the Word in your life. Three examples to whet our appetites. Matthew Sleeman will be focusing on 1 Peter in our School of Biblical Studies; Sharon Dirckx will be tackling some of the barriers to hearing God’s word, including questions around suffering; Andy Prime will be unpacking the practical wisdom of the book of Proverbs and how we might teach it. We will have the opportunity to hear about the many opportunities we can engage with in making God’s Word known in and from the UK.
Week 3 will again feature our creative arts track, Keswick Unconventional. Come and explore the Word of God through music, drama, comedy and much more. Everyone is welcome!
Sundays at Keswick
Please join us for our All Age Service at 10.30am in the Main Tent or visit one of the many local churches to hear one of our Convention speakers.
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri. 9.30–10.30am
More info. to follow soon.
Why the Reformation still matters, Mike Reeve
Mon – Fri. 11.15am–12.30pm
Hebrews, Ivor Poobalan
Hebrews 1:1 – 2:18: Paying careful attention to the message
Hebrews 4:12 – 5:10: Approaching the throne of grace with confidence
Hebrews 10:19 – 39: Spurring each other to love and good works
Hebrews 12:1 – 24: Running the race with perseverance
Hebrews 12:28 –13:17: Worshipping God acceptably
Sat – Fri. 7.30–9.00pm
Rain (Deut 32:2; 32:1-14), James Robson
Food (Deut 8:3; 8:1-10), Elaine Duncan
Anchor (Heb 6:19; 6:1-20), Andy Prime
Light (Ps 119:105; 119:105-112), Elaine Duncan
Mirror (James 1:23; 1:1-27), Andy Prime
Seed (Mark 4:14; 4:1-20), Jonathan Lamb
Sword (Eph 6:17; 6:10-20), Nick Tucker
Mon – Fri. 2.30–3.30pm
Reformation Solas, Dan Strange
‘Captive to God’s Word’, (Sola Scriptura),
‘Nothing in my hand I bring’(Sola Gratia)
‘Leaning my whole weight on Him’, (Sola Fide)
‘In Christ alone’, (Solus Christus)
‘Living for God’s glory’, (Soli Deo Gloria)
Bible Reading Speaker
Principal Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka since 1998. Graduate of London School of Theology (BA Hons), Trinity International University, Illinois (ThM in OT & Semitic Languages), University of Cape Town, South Africa (PhD). From 1983-1993 I served as a youth pastor of the Kollupitiya Methodist Church, Sri Lanka. Married to Denisa for 27 years and we are parents to two daughters, Anisha and Serena. Enjoy family, preaching, teaching (Seminary and Sunday School), singing, song-writing, youth-guidance, rugby, and Sri Lankan cricket.
Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and has a Ph.D. in brain imaging. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts, and has appeared on BBC Songs of Praise and BBC Radio. Sharon’s areas of interest include the interaction of belief in God with science and with suffering, the latter of which is the subject of her book, “Why?”. Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two children.
Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology, UK. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is the author of numerous books including: Why the Reformation Still Matters, The Unquenchable Flame, The Good God, and Christ our Life. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters.
Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He speaks widely throughout the UK and internationally, on issues relating to faith and culture. He is the author of several books: his latest, “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist” is a witty and very readable response to New Atheism. Andy also holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and has 20 years' experience sharing the Gospel with Muslims.
Andy is a graduate from Oak Hill College and was an Associate Pastor at Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh. In September 2014, he joined 20schemes to become a church planter in Gracemount, Edinburgh. He is married to Sarah, and they have a son called Reuben and a beagle called Sanka.
Bruce Kuhn performed on Broadway (Les Miserables) and in repertory theatres, and now tours his solo shows Luke, Acts, Tales of Tolstoy, and Marcus (Mark’s Gospel in Dutch) worldwide. He also partners with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) to train others to tell the events of the Bible the way an eyewitness would. Students of his three month Word by Heart school learn a Gospel in their heart language, and there are plans to start schools on four continents. He has performed for many conferences, including Urbana, and Keswick, and has taught his storytelling course in nineteen countries and two seminaries: Regent College in Vancouver as an Artist in Residence and Oxford University (Wycliffe Hall). He is father to Frits and Juliette, and husband to Hetty, a landscape artist.
Elaine is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society, having previously worked with Scripture Union Scotland and UCCF. The focus of Elaine’s work has always been to encourage people to know God better as they interact with his Word. Her involvement with national events such as the Keswick Convention and Spring Harvest Word Alive has been an expression of this. Elaine says fresh air, exercise, good coffee, stimulating friends and food go into making a good day! Elaine is originally from Cumbria. She now lives in Glasgow, works in Edinburgh and supports the Scottish rugby team!
Revd Dr James Robson is Ministry Director for Keswick Ministries. Before joining the organisation, he served as Senior Tutor and Tutor in Old Testament and Hebrew, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Previously he taught at Oak Hill College, London. His passion is that the whole of the Bible should shape the whole of the church to the glory of God. His most recent book was Honey from the Rock: Deuteronomy for the People of God, published by IVP. He is married to Bridget, and has two teenage daughters. He enjoys golf, mountain-biking, hill-walking, growing vegetables and armchair cricket.
Jonathan is minister-at-large for Keswick Ministries, supporting the work in the UK and often speaking at other Keswicks around the world. He previously served as CEO of Keswick Ministries and has served on the charity’s Council (Board of Trustees). He is the author, with Ian Randall, of ‘Knowing God Better: the vision of the Keswick movement’, and has also published a Keswick Foundations title ‘Preaching Matters: encountering the living God’ (IVP). He also serves as a Vice President of IFES.
Matthew teaches New Testament at Oak Hill College, and is passionate about teaching the Bible to people of all ages and experiences – especially the book of Acts. His life goal is to follow 2 Timothy 2:2 by being a faithful disciple, discipler and a discipler of disciplers. If he lives to see West Brom win a trophy, that will be a bonus.
Mel Lacy teaches at Oakhill College, and is thrilled to be involved with the formation and training of men and women to serve in the local church to facilitate the passing on of the great truths of God to the next generation. Her vision is to see young people equipped to share their faith with those around them, she has been involved in biblical youth and children’s ministry and training for many years. Mel has served as a deacon in the Church of Ireland, and more recently as a youth minister in St John’s, Knutsford, Cheshire.
Peter Maiden retired from the role of International Director of Operation Mobilisation in August 2013. He now serves as International Director Emeritus. His new role gives more time for preaching and teaching which today is his main ministry role. He serves Keswick Ministries as minister-at-large. Peter enjoys family life with his wife Win, their three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Tom is married to Anna, they have 3 children and Clemmie the dog. Tom is the Associate Minister of St John’s and St Andrew’s in Yeovil, Somerset as well as chaplain for the 6th Form College. He has been coming to Keswick since he was a teenager, traces his call to ministry back to the Youth Tent and leads the Children’s work in week 2. He is passionate about telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.
Singer, songwriter, realist and dreamer. Nicki Rogers' heart and music takes you through the duality of life without allowing questioning or pain to detract from hope or beauty. Her music is drawn from the complexities of life – faith and doubt, joy and sadness, the subliminal and the sublime.
Nicki is passionate about God, life and music – all three are inextricably linked for her and she questions and explores them as only someone who believes in all three and has been disappointed with all three, can.
Her voice has been described as “beautiful…healing…ethereal… crazy unbelievable” and comparisons have been drawn with Tori Amos, Nicole Norderman and even Kate Bush. She is an Indy Music Award finalist and regularly performs all over the UK and Europe.
Jez Carr is curate for All Souls St Margarets in South West London. Prior to getting ordained, he worked in a variety of roles in the music and recording industries. He is passionate about helping artistic Christians follow Jesus faithfully.
Richard Everett is an actor, playwright and screenwriter. He is the author of 7 published stage plays including the much-acclaimed “Entertaining Angels” which originally starred Penelope Keith on a sell-out UK national tour and has since had over 100 productions worldwide. He has 200 children’s animation scripts to his credit as well as 2 feature films, 3 plays for BBC radio 4, and a published collection of award winning sketches and meditations entitled ‘Sound Bites ’. Richard also runs drama workshops for the L’Arche Community of adults with Special Needs.
Bryn is an acclaimed slide guitarist and singer songwriter who has been delighting audiences with his own unique brand of rock, country and gospel blues for over 35 years.
Bryn came to London from Lancashire in the late sixties and joined “Les Fleur de Lys” a motown/soul band which became house band for Atlantic Records in England. He left the band in '69 and travelled to California; from there he toured extensively in the US in various American bands and was a founder member of Wolfgang, a band put together and managed by the legendary Bill Graham, appearing on bills with Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and others. In 1973 he returned to England and was signed to Island Records where he made his first LP, “Let The Days Go By”.
Held in high regard by many commentators as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC Radio’s Bob Harris, Iain Anderson & Frank Hennessy are all fans), his music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic, forged amongst the landscapes and atmosphere of his native Ulster and now adopted home in Northumberland. A natural story teller through song, many reviewers have placed Gareth’s performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition. Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, the attention to musical detail is evident throughout his now extensive back catalogue (7 solo & 3 collaborative albums) playing a variety of instruments and featuring a keen sense of melody woven around a rich, distinctive voice.
Music will be led by
Lewis and his band regularly lead music at various Christian conferences around the UK and have served at Keswick for nearly 10 years as part of the youth programme. Lewis is passionate about writing music to commend the Christian worldview, and his album ‘Behind the Treeline’ is a collection of songs from the last few years doing evangelism among students. Lewis and his wife Susie live in Oxford where they both until recently served with the work of UCCF running the graduate discipleship programme ‘Relay’.
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