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Grace Notes By Dr Ken Baker
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A “grace note” is a music notation that the individual performer has to interpret for himself. Isn’t that amazing? Here’s the main melody (the composer seemed to say), and... More > sort the rest of it out for yourself! It’s like a parable for how to do life. There are general broad principles to follow, like the Ten Commandments, but the real fun comes in the grace notes, the extra bits that you learn to play by feel. The New Testament word is Charis. In modern Greek it’s the word for birthday present! Imagine that. Something you just don’t deserve at all, but which is rather nice and makes you smile inside. This is a prayer journal: that is to say, it’s a daily-collected random assortment of prayers, notes from books that I’m reading and reflections on my daily reading of the Bible. Some of these pieces made it into sermons, or even into magazine articles. Most languished in online blogs, until summoned into service into this little book of grace-notes. Hope you hear the song.< Less
What do these Stones Mean? By Dr Ken Baker
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The book of Joshua contains the ancient account of the People of Israel’s entry into the “Promised Land” after the death of Moses, under Joshua, the newly chosen leader, and the... More > settling of the land under their occupation. This is a devotional day-by-day study through the Biblical text, taking about a month, to ask the title question "What do these stones mean?" Joshua's stone marker was intended to provoke a few questions that this little book aims to answer:Who is God? Is He the same today? Can the promises to the people of Joshua be appropriated by the people of Jesus? Does God still move in power today?< Less
Laughter and Grace By Dr Ken Baker
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Laughter and Grace is a joyous look at a serious subject. The conversations of Jesus have proved life-changing for countless millions of readers. The words that Jesus said still have the power to... More > radicalise the religious, pinprick the pompous and scandalise the over-serious. "Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks," (John 7:46). Ken has spent many years examining, discussing and enjoying the words of Jesus. He has worked as lecturer, pastor and teacher –and even as a stand-up comedian- in all kinds of different environments. But there is one constant: in every situation, once the words of Jesus have been allowed to stand in their naked power, untrammelled by any denominational agenda or philosophical baggage…once they speak fresh, then they accomplish change. As Charles Wesley put it, so beautifully, “He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive.”< Less
The Company of Jesus By Dr Ken Baker
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This book is a study of the Gospel of Luke. More specifically, it is a study of the ecclesiology of that Gospel. It is written in an easy, devotional style and emerges from the ongoing life of... More > Ken’s local church family. It includes sermons, songs, prayers and poetry along with straightforward exposition of a Biblical text that characterises the life of the Company of Jesus as -in Ken’s words- “simple, mobile and urgent.”< Less
The Liberating Anointing By Dr Ken Baker
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“God must build our anointing strong, so He can lay His glory thick.” (Alisa Hope Wagner) But what is the Anointing? In this little book, the author examines Isaiah’s prophecy (in... More > chapter 61) and makes the challenge that the anointing that Jesus claimed for Himself at the beginning of His ministry is ours too, if we are in Christ. In Christ, we come into a wonderful new liberty of joy and praise. It’s the anointing, that breaks every last vestige of our old slave-chains As Steve Brown put it, so boisterously, "You ought to live your life with such freedom and joy that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation." As we consider the aspects of this empowerment, my God indeed “lay His glory thick”!< Less
Handling Grace By Dr Ken Baker
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This little book is a series of discussion starters designed to accompany the Theology Lectures of Elim Academy, Dublin. It is written from the conviction that theology should be... More > "hands-on" and accessible, street-level, and centered in Grace, rather than "laying down the law." As Pope Francis put it: "Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason."< Less
Friend of God By Dr Ken Baker
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A devotional study of the life of Abraham. The Bible calls Abraham the "Friend of God," a fitting title for one who walked closely with God, and who received many promises from God. This... More > book examines the idea that we can share that intimacy and claim those promises today. It's set out in easy-to-read style over thirty-one chapters so that the reader can make it a month of journeying with Abraham.< Less
Through Fire and Water: The Birth of Elim By Dr Ken Baker
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Through Fire and Water is the first of four novels based upon the life of Kathleen Bewley (née Kelly), charting her story from 1915 to 1923. This forms the context for giving an account of the... More > beginnings of the Elim movement and the wider story of Pentecostalism in Britain and Ireland. 2015 is the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Elim Movement, whose beginnings can be fairly traced to a single tent crusade in a field outside Monaghan town. Dr Baker tells the story from the context of twentieth century Irish history, amidst the pain of the First World War, the Partition of Ireland and the Belfast riots of the early 1920s.< Less
All that God Has for You By Dr Ken Baker
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Taking one Psalm for a whole month requires calm development of the skill of listening. But Ken's conviction is that God loves to speak to us. It requires a conscious recognition of one’s... More > prejudices and preconceived ideas, and then a dropping of one’s guard. God, you will find, is happy to work with us where we are. Hebrews begins with an acknowledgment that “In many and various ways” he spoke in times past. He speaks the same Word, but there are still many and various ways in the speaking. But the more I listen, the more He can say. The more He says, the more I am changed. Jim George once said: “If you need a guide for your ongoing relationship with God, read Psalms.”< Less
A Celtic Charismatic By Dr Ken Baker
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This book is a study of the spirituality of Patrick through his own writings, the Confession and the Letter. It is shaped as a series of thirty meditations which may be read in the course of a month,... More > including the author’s own reflections upon Patrick’s use of Scripture, and songs from the Carmina Gadelica. It is the author’s contention that Patrick can be fairly understood as A Celtic Charismatic, in his commitment to Scripture, his emphasis upon mission and in a lifestyle directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This book is intended as a conversation-starter, perhaps mostly with the Christians of Ireland, towards the recovery of a vital faith and vigorous response to the challenges of our day. “He who wants can laugh and jeer, but I shall not keep silent nor keep hidden the signs and wonders which have been shown to me by the Lord…”< Less