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All articles from issue April 2019

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May 2019
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Called? Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry

It is a momentous thing for a man to feel that the Lord is calling him to gospel ministry. Michael A. Milton sets out to guide his readers through the various stages of responding to the Lord’s call. His work is full of practical advice, often drawn from Milton’s own experience. A theology of calling is sketched out. Several chapters are devoted to choosing a seminary and the privileges and pitfalls of seminary life. Attention is given to the early phase of gospel service after training has been completed. Then there is the matter of persevering in the work over the long haul. The work...

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May 2019
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The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World (TGC (Women’s Initiatives))

I was looking forward to reading this book as I thought I was quite good at hospitality. However, it put me firmly in my place! Nevertheless I did really enjoy reading it, it’s compelling and full of encouraging testimonies of God’s grace. The book is an autobiographical peek behind the curtains into Rosaria Butterfield’s home. The gospel comes with a house key – so the door is always open to friends, family, neighbours, strangers and foster children. During the average week many people will gather around the family table to enjoy food, fellowship and family devotions. She’ll be walking the dog with neighbours, feeding their...

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May 2019
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A Child’s First Book About Marriage: God’s Way is Always Best

How well are Christian parents teaching their children what God’s word says about marriage? Are they equipped to counter the homosexual rights propaganda which their children will be exposed to at school or through television? This short, colourful book describes the tender closeness of the ‘one flesh’ relationship between man and wife. It emphasises that, more than just love and romance, a marriage is forged by sacred vows which ‘help keep a couple together even when they don’t feel like loving each other’. It is shown that marriage is no human invention, but was created by God himself. Governments do not always recognise God’s laws...

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May 2019
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#TBH: Basic Challenges to Millennials Who Can’t Even

This book provides a balanced and biblical remedy to the issues that characterise the millennial generation (loosely defined as those people who reached adulthood in the twenty-first century). As well as challenging any readers born into that category, the book would also benefit believers seeking to evangelise that young generation. It will help them understand their worldview, their attitudes, their difficulties and how the word of God addresses them. Regan King doesn’t pull any punches when dealing with traits of millennials. Much of his analysis is spot on, much needed and readily identifiable. As a millennial myself, I was also challenged. It helped me see...

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May 2019
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Being a Christian: The Basics of Christian living

Someone in your church has just become a Christian. Now, what do you do? If you are looking for a book to give to them, then I can recommend this one. In eight concise chapters which are written in a popular style, our writer lays down eight basic things that every new believer needs to know. Chapter one is about identifying oneself as a Christian by living in a way that marks us out as being different, but the writer also encourages the reader to identify with Christ through baptism. Baptism can often be a neglected subject when one is dealing with new converts, so...

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April 2019
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Pure Church: Recovering God’s Plan for Local Churches

In Pure Church, eleven pastors or workers in ‘Grace Baptist’ churches or organisations set out their position on church order. Its chapters display a strong unity and put forward a cohesive vision for the life and polity of the local congregation. Those familiar with publications from 9Marks Ministries will recognise a heavy reliance on Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever, albeit translated for a British readership. A biblical case is presented for a defined membership roll, consisting of converted Christians who have received believer’s baptism, which is described as ‘the front door to the house of God’ (p.62). The Lord’s Supper is seen as a privilege...

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April 2019
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Adorned How to grow a Biblically beautiful church:An exegesis of Titus 2

Justin Huffman is an American pastor who trained at Reformed Theological Seminary. He has written this short and easy-to-read book to encourage churches to be healthy. The book draws out lessons from the second chapter of Titus and systematises them into a memorable and logical structure. It is not a commentary but rather is concerned to show that ‘Titus 2 contains a summary overview of life in a healthy local church’ (p.2). He uses a helpful illustration of a flower. Each chapter teaches one major truth for a healthy church and is represented by a part of the flower. The personal authority of Jesus is...

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April 2019
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Eighteenth Century Christian Leaders

This book is a collection of biographical sketches of evangelical preachers. The first two chapters explain the social and religious setting in which they lived and worked. We then read about J. C. Ryle’s Church of England heroes in the 18th century as if in descending order of greatness. George Whitefield and John Wesley are the titanic figures at the top of the list. Grimshaw, Romaine, Rowland and Berridge follow. Henry Venn and Samuel Walker head up the lower half of the list. James Hervey, Augustus Toplady and John Fletcher complete the evangelical collective presented by Ryle. Ryle himself belongs to the same line in...

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