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July 2020
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Clash of Visions: Populism and Elitism in New Testament Theology (Reformed Exegetical Doctrinal Studies series)

Robert Yarbrough wrote Clash of Visions in support of what he calls a ‘populist’ approach to the understanding of the New Testament, over against the ‘elitist’ approach which dominates much academic study of the Bible today. The elite, on Yarbrough’s definition, approach the Bible like any other book: they do not accept that it is divinely…

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July 2020
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Final Word: Why We Need the Bible

If a book can lead you to The Book, then surely it is a book worth reading! Final Word seeks to do just that, teaching the reader about why we need the Bible, and therefore leading them back to the Word of God itself. In a day and age where we are constantly bombarded with different…

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July 2020
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Worship or Entertainment?

Have you ever given serious thought to the principles behind what you sing? This is the challenge which Peter Masters issues in this revised and condensed edition of his well-known title, Worship in the Melting Pot. Written at a popular level, the book encourages its readers to move beyond proof texts to a more thorough…

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July 2020
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The Misted World of Genesis One

There have been so many books on the creation chapters of Genesis that there have to be compelling reasons to recommend another addition. When I started to read Michael Drake’s book, I must admit that, from my knowledge of the author’s background and writings, I expected it to be relevant and interesting, but I…

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June 2020
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A Tender Lion: The Life, Ministry, And Message Of J. C. Ryle

This substantial hardback purports to be the first intellectual biography of J. C. Ryle. While it traces a rough chronology of his life, it is primarily a study of the thought, writings, and ministerial activities of ‘the most popular and the most neglected evangelical Anglican of the Victorian era’ (p.xi). A noteworthy highlight is an…

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June 2020
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Facing Snarls and Scowls: Preaching through hostility, apathy, and adversity in church revitalization

This book is all about preaching through hostility, apathy, and adversity while trying to help the church regain its vision and focus. It’s written with the North American church in mind, but it will be useful to every pastor who ‘bunkers down’ in ministry for the long term. Every pastor will face times of…

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June 2020
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The Lord’s Supper: Answers to common questions

The book accomplishes exactly what it says on the cover. Although short, it is by no means shallow. Its chapters are punchy yet weighty, and the style of writing is both accessible and engaging. Written from a Reformed Presbyterian position, the views it expresses will be shared by all confessional Christians. Mathison deals persuasively…

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June 2020
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If I Could Speak: Letters from the Womb

Abortion statistics for the UK are eye-watering and outrageous. There are about 220,000 abortions per year. That is 25 every hour, of every day. At least one baby will have been murdered in the time taken to read this short review. But sometimes the statistics are not enough to capture our hearts. If I Could…

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