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Matthew’s Genealogy Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

In this video performance from The Gospel Coalition’s ‘Songs of Hope’ Advent concert (which premiered Dec. 6, 2020), Poor Bishop Hooper performs their song “Christ”—a beautiful take on the genealogy of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s Gospel (1:1–17). The song is from Poor Bishop Hooper’s Advent project, Firstborn, which includes music, illustrations, videos, and writing—including a 48-page study on the lineage of Jesus. Why is the genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel important? Here’s what Tim Keller said in a 2016 interview with TGC: Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus does a lot of work. First, it roots Jesus in history. The gospel doesn’t begin...

It started in the United States. Then it crossed the Atlantic to Nigeria. Now it’s migrated south to Zambia. I’m talking about spiritual junk food disguised as born-again Christianity. But as pastor Conrad Mbewe explains in this interview with Don Carson, this particular strand of Pentecostalism in Africa more closely resembles traditional African spiritualism than biblical gospel preaching.

Watch to learn from Mbewe about the changes in African evangelicalism from the late 1970s and early 1980s to today. Vague notions of spiritual deliverance offer no suitable substitute for doctrinal preaching, he argues.