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May 2018
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Christians in the Community of the Dome

Many court cases have taken place in recent years in which Christians, for various reasons, have fallen foul of the law. This has ranged from refusing to bake a cake with a message that goes against one’s convictions; to preaching in the open air, where someone has been offended and made a complaint; to refusing a shared room in a guest house due to the conviction that such rooms should only be let out to married couples. These cases have been wonderfully supported and defended in law by such Christian legal groups as the Christian Institute, Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre. The author,...

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May 2018
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Fatherhood – what it is and what it’s for

This is the second edition of a title originally published in 2004. The author, director of Matthias Media and father of five children, sets out to address the ‘fatherhood crisis’ by changing how we think about fatherhood. He observes that it is no accident that the appalling lack of responsibility shown by many fathers has grown in a culture where the child is viewed as a sub-set of the mother: a part of her body for her to dispose of as she wishes. With reference to Scripture, Payne demonstrates that a father has a unique role as the life-giver and the one who bears the...

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May 2018
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Change and Decay: Primitive Methodism from late Victorian Times till World War I

This book charts the progressive departure of Primitive Methodism from biblical orthodoxy around the turn of the 20th Century. A previous volume chronicled the rise of the movement a century earlier. The original Primitive Methodist leaders sought a return to the spirit and methods of John Wesley; today they would have been labelled as fundamentalists. By contrast, their successors elevated the ‘advances’ of the 19th Century, viewing substitutionary atonement as a ‘crude theory’, rejecting the authority and inerrancy of Scripture and aggressively promoting liberal doctrines. This book is thoroughly researched but depressing. The evidence, which is overwhelming, is drawn from the pages of various denominational magazines and...

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May 2018
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Where we are — the state of Britain now

Sir Roger Scruton is a political philosopher, university lecturer, public commentator, opera composer, wine critic and all-round good egg who likes to write two books every year. Scrutonia is his ‘world of farmers and philosophers, of Wagner and wine, of animals and Aristotle.’ He identifies as a ‘man of letters’. Where we are is Scruton’s ‘personal response to the Brexit decision’ (p.1). Beyond all those tangled economic and geopolitical arguments, Scruton maintains there is a greater issue at stake, ‘namely the question of identity: who are we, where are we, and what holds us together in a shared political order?’ (p.2). He believes that Western democracies are...

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May 2018
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Progress: Lifelong growth for gospel workers

The author of this book is the FIEC training director. This title is part of a series reproducing seminar teaching given at the FIEC ‘Hub’ conference. It is aimed at those in gospel ministry or church leaders pastoring such men. It intends to help these men progress in godliness and that such progress can and needs to be made. The teaching follows the concern that many seek to grow in knowledge and competence more than in godliness. In an age which often puts pragmatism above principle, this is sadly true. Moreover, misapplied teaching on grace can lead to neglect of personal growth in sanctification. To paraphrase,...

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May 2018
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The Reformation: What You Need To Know And Why

This small paperback from the Lausanne Movement is a work of two halves. First comes Michael Reeves’ introduction to the world-changing events of 500 years ago. The reader is led through Martin Luther’s protest against indulgences, his new understanding of the righteousness of God and the events that transpired at Worms and Wartburg. Thereafter comes the English martyrs and Bible translators, followed by John Calvin. Calvin’s support for the Reformation in France and elsewhere is highlighted, demonstrating the international nature of the movement. Reeves goes on to address the ‘Solas’ at the heart of the Reformation before closing with a call for the church to...

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May 2018
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Emotions: Mirrors of the Heart

This book seeks to encourage godly ways to manage emotions such as sadness, anxiety and anger. It warns against sinful responses to these feelings and is addressed to Christians who struggle in this area or who wish to better support others. Haddow makes it clear that, although Christians still wrestle with sinful desires or responses to life’s trials, God has provided salvation from sin by sending Jesus as a redeeming sacrifice. The rest of the book offers practical advice, proposing the systematic ‘tbH model’ (thoughts, behaviour and biology, heart). This model seeks to analyse the common responses to emotions, why these may be sinful and...

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