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All articles from issue November 2017

November 2017

Looking for Love

Joanne Gilchrist has worked with Youth With A Mission in New Zealand and is now involved in youth work in England, particularly mentoring young women. Joanne clearly loves the Lord and has a high view of marriage. This book is written as a testimony to what God has done in her own life and as a guide for others. It is an honest and open account of her own obsession from her early teens with finding the ‘right man’ and of how God taught her that a relationship with him is more important than anything else. Even the best of Christian husbands cannot satisfy the...

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November 2017

WCS – Hebrews: The Name High over All

The letter to the Hebrews is a part of Scripture particularly rich in devotional subject matter. It is fitting, then, that this recent commentary in the Welwyn Commentary Series is warmly devotional in its style. In equal measure, it is reassuringly thorough and scholarly. The introduction deals with such matters as the authorship of Hebrews (Brooks’ opinion is that the writer remains unknown), date (before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70) and purpose. Brooks summarises the latter in these terms: ‘The great purpose of the writer in penning Hebrews is to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ in one aspect after another of his person...

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November 2017

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

In the 500th year since the onset of the Reformation, this book is timely. Its focus is on one particular aspect of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith, namely the concept of imputed righteousness. The title encapsulates this biblical truth, rooted in the reality of the two Adams: the first from the Garden of Eden and the last, Jesus Christ. It is also rooted in an understanding of covenant. Truly, ‘death in Adam’ is a reality, and ‘life in Christ’ is the only source of hope in this world of sin. J. V. Fesko handles the subject in three parts. First, he gives...

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November 2017

Confronting Porn

There is nothing new about sexual temptation. There have always been adulterers at large, seeking to lure their prey into sin. But since the advent of printed media, photographic imaging and film, adultery or fornication has appeared increasingly in print and on screen in the form of pornography. Technological advances present fresh challenges, with pornographic images more readily available than ever before. They may be viewed in private at the click of a mouse, without the embarrassment of needing to purchase a magazine. Since believers are not immune to such temptations, a ‘comprehensive guide for Christians struggling with porn and churches wanting to help them’...

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November 2017

What the Bible really says about The Days of Creation

In this small booklet, Simon Turpin (general manager and speaker for Answers in Genesis UK) sets out in simple terms some answers to common questions about Genesis 1-9. He gently shows the connection from Genesis to our need of Jesus Christ, while offering proofs of Jesus’ deity. Clearly asserting a literal 6-day creation, Turpin faithfully maintains biblical teaching. The chapters are brief and to the point, written in accessible language and concluding with a helpful verse to summarise the teaching. The booklet appears to be aimed at older children/teenagers from Christian homes. It may be useful to give to a non-Christian, but the book often...

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November 2017

Bible Studies – Work.Life – Finding purpose in your everyday

This is a helpful series of eight studies aimed at small groups. It lays out biblical principles and encourages a God-honouring attitude towards work. It would probably be best used with university student groups or a church’s men’s group, though the principles would be beneficial for all. The blurb states that, whatever your employment, ‘these studies will help you connect the biblical narrative to your work, your rest, and your calling.’ After an introductory study, which explores different attitudes to work, there are foundational studies on work before and after the Fall, with helpful insight from Ecclesiastes’ description of ‘meaninglessness’. Next is the crucial study...

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November 2017

How shall they hear?

This is a moving account of the life and ministry of a faithful preacher living in a rural context. John Mollitt speaks of his early days when he first preached to his twin brother. He outlines his conversion and call to preach, initially in the context of a Methodist circuit. His conversion resulted in his abandoning the temporary sympathy he had for liberal theology. During this time his career was in banking and the civil service. A suggestion was made to him by two well-known evangelical preachers that he should commit himself to full-time ministry. This was followed by an approach from the elders of...

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November 2017

The Decalogue

There are few sections of Holy Scripture that have received more attention than the Ten Commandments. What else could be written to add to the available resources? But, having read this volume, I humbly suggest it is a valuable addition to the existing corpus. Both the title and subtitle (‘Living as the people of God’) provide immediate clues to its value. The word ‘Decalogue’ picks up on language used to introduce God’s law (Exodus 20:1) as the ‘words’ God spoke. The focus of these words for the people of God, as a guide for living, picks up on the covenant language of Exodus 20:2. This...

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