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Dementia from the Inside: A Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope

Are you likely to suffer from dementia? Good question. The unwelcome answer is ‘possibly’. The number of people with dementia in England and Wales is expected to rise to one million by 2021 and to two million by 2050. In 2018, dementia and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, continued as the leading cause…

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April 2020
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Opening up Ezekiel

This is a fine addition to Day One’s Opening Up commentary series. Andy Oliver paints a clear historical picture of the weighty biblical book of Ezekiel and steers the reader helpfully into a contextual understanding of it, showing its place in the Bible’s unfolding story. He sees the overarching theme of Ezekiel as ‘judgement…

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April 2020
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Ephesians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary)

Whenever a new commentary is published from the conservative viewpoint on a book of the Bible which is already well covered, there ought to be few issues of concern because there is so much literature with which to compare it. Practically speaking, I found the book’s layout useful, with chapters divided into ‘context’, ‘comment’,…

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March 2020
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Get Preaching: All-Age Services

Produced by Proclamation Trust Resources, this book encourages church leaders to gather their entire congregation — young and old — to hear the preaching of God’s word together on a regular basis. They base their case on the nature of the church as a family, rightly stating that ‘children are not the church of…

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March 2020
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Chosen in Christ: Revisiting the Contours of Predestination (Reformed Exegetical Doctrinal Studies series)

Those who have read any of Cornelis Venema’s previous writings on the covenant, justification, or eschatology will already know what to expect, and they will not be disappointed. Venema, who is President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies at the Mid-America Reformed Seminary, lives up to expectations with this title on a thorny subject. It’s…

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March 2020
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All Things New: Revelation as canonical capstone (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

Every commentator on the book of Revelation will refer to its richness in Old Testament allusion, but this book sets out specifically to expound the Apocalypse as the climax of prophetic revelation which brings the scriptural narrative concerning God, his people, and his purposes to its conclusion. The author writes, reminding us that John…

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March 2020
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SASRA Operation Salvation

Reading how God saved someone is usually encouraging. This book is particularly so because, in the words of Rev. Phil Hair, it is ‘a wonderfully moving, emotionally stirring, brutally honest, and sometimes hilariously funny life story, of God’s saving mercy’ (p.9). It also leaves you in no doubt of the reality of God’s salvation…

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March 2020
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Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort

Bob Godfrey is an outstanding theologian and church historian. This well-presented hardback stands in a line of top-class writings by him, this time on the Canons of Dort. The first chapter alone is of supreme value. Godfrey summarises the five points (articles) of Arminianism which were presented by the Remonstrants in 1610 in the…

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