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Rev Dr Nick Needham is a Baptist minister from London. He holds the degrees of BD and PhD from the University of Edinburgh.
Nick joined the teaching staff of Highland Theological College in 1999. Since 2004 he has also been the minister of Inverness Reformed Baptist Church.
He has taught in Scotland at Edinburgh University and the Scottish Baptist College, as well as in Africa. He has also published a number of books.

Historical

September 2019
Articles > Historical

Theodore Beza (1519–1605)

Theodore Beza is probably unknown, or not well-known outside of scholarly circles. This is a great pity, given his gigantic stature in the history of the Reformed faith. Beza was John Calvin’s most illustrious personal disciple, and indeed Calvin’s successor as the spiritual leader of the Reformed ‘capital city’ of Geneva. Born five hundred…

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February 2018
Articles > Personal view

PERSONAL VIEW: Was Eden a Garden Temple? (2)

The fate of the earthly creation is bound up with the life of Adam. As long as Adam stands, the world stands; when Adam falls, the world falls. It’s therefore not incredible or fantastic to see Adam as the priestly mediator between God and his earthly creation. The world has its relationship with God…

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January 2018
Articles > Personal view

Personal View: Was Eden a Garden Temple? (1)

In ET August 2017, Paul Smith argued his personal view against this scriptural interpretation. Here, Nick Needham presents an alternative point of view. There’s good evidence in Scripture that the Garden of Eden was the first temple and Adam the first priest. The New Bible Dictionary defines a temple (using general theory derived from…

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February 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘On this rock’ (2)

A fourth reason (continued from ET, January 2016) for not taking the Roman Catholic view that Peter was the first pope of Rome, is the rejection of this idea by a majority of the early Church Fathers. It is demonstrably not the case that everyone used to believe in the Roman view of Peter and…

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January 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘On this rock’ (1)

The question of the church’s foundation is a crucial one. On what is the church of Jesus Christ built? What forms her basis, giving her stability and security? Biblically, there is, in fact, more than one answer to this question about the foundation of the church. But one particular answer that has attracted much…

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Review – Augustine of Hippo – a life – Henry Chadwick – Oxford University Press

Article

January 2010
Book

Review – Augustine of Hippo – a life – Henry Chadwick – Oxford University Press

Augustine of Hippo - a life   Henry Chadwick Oxford University Press; 177 pages; £12.99; ISBN: 978-0-19-956830-7   Augustine was the greatest of the Latin-speaking fathers of the early church, and Henry Chadwick was arguably the greatest church historian our country produced in the 20th century. After his recent death, a manuscript book on…

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Through Western eyes

Article

July 2008
Cults and other religions

Through Western eyes

Through Western eyes Nick Needham (this page) and Georgi Viazovski (p.29) review Robert Letham's recent book, Through Western eyes. Eastern Orthodoxy: a Reformed perspective (Christian Focus; Mentor; 2007). Eastern Orthodoxy is an unknown quantity to most British Evangelicals. We tend to lump Orthodoxy together with Roman Catholicism as a religion of ritualism and works-righteousness. To remedy…

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