Rodger Barnette

by Rodger Barnette


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Integrating Education & Discipleship in Educational Programs

In our context in rural Kenya the vast majority of people we interact with self-identify as Christians. However, when asked to define and explain the gospel, there is often a lack of understanding of the depth and richness of God’s grace; coupled with a strong emphasis on keeping the law (legalism). In some individuals there is such an emphasis on legalism that legitimate questions arise regarding their relationship with Christ. As Christians we are called to share our joys and sorrows with each other. And to share, confess and repent (in community) of the many ways in which we evidence unbelief. It is so very tempting to hide the issues with which we struggle, so that others view us in a good “light”. We have found that as the depth and power of the Gospel is explored with trainees, it is crucial to model transparency and our own personal need for daily repentance.

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