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The Glory of the Cross: The great crescendo of the gospel

By James Philip
February 2009 | Review by David Bugden


The Glory of the Cross takes us through a series of meditations on the last hours of Jesus life, from the Last Supper to Calvary. James Philip, Scottish theologian and pastor, brings unusually perceptive insight into Christ's fierce, costly love. This book is intended to be read in both personal devotion and together with others. A blend of doctrinal instruction and pastoral application, poetically and intelligently written

  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
  • ISBN: 978-1619707580
  • Pages: 48
  • Price: £2.79
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Here is a little gem! In the foreword Sinclair Ferguson speaks of his debt to the author for more than four decades. I too can identify with that, having enjoyed using his Bible reading notes over many years and occasionally sat under his ministry.

James Philip’s exposition of the Word and its pastoral application are a great joy — evident in this little book, which is based on some of his sermons. He describes the final 24 hours of the Lord Jesus’ life on earth as ‘a holy of holies’ in Scripture and it is these hours that the book covers.

We are encouraged to ‘walk through these hours … with a deep sense of awe and reverence’ (p.4). We are provided with much more than a detailed historical record of Christ’s death — there is also an explanation of what happened and why it needed to happen. We are brought afresh to the wonder and glory of the cross.

This superb book ends by quoting ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’. May this small publication cheer the author in his increasing infirmity and prove a blessing to many readers.

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