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February 2019
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John Newton (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)

Christian Biographies for Young Readers seek to introduce seven-to twelve-year-olds to some important characters from church history. This addition to the series is well researched and documented. The author takes care to set John Newton in his historical setting, explaining events and customs likely to be unfamiliar to modern readers. Illustrations are used on…

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February 2019
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The Pastor’s Soul

On the basis that pastors live and work under considerable pressure, this short and lucid book aims to offer them some of the help they so greatly need. The authors are both Baptist pastors in Louisville, Kentucky. They write with concern for the wellbeing of the pastor. They argue that it is not uncommon…

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February 2019
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The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith

This book aims to provide a simple expression of the core beliefs of the Christian faith. What better way to do this than to work systematically through the Apostles’ Creed? There has been a recent survey in order to answer the question: ‘How much do people in Britain today know about God, the Bible,…

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January 2019
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Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

Alister McGrath has written a masterly biography of the distinguished and influential Swiss theologian and professor, Emil Brunner (1889-1966). If you studied theology in the 1970s or 80s, Brunner’s name would have soon come up. Who then, was Emil Brunner? He was the dominant writer for the revolutionary new currents of German theology that…

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January 2019
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The Genesis of marriage – God’s Declaration, Drama and Purpose

Rick Shenk’s noble project is to elevate Christian marriage, reinstating its sacred character. Secularists may hijack the term ‘marriage’ but Christians must live by God’s revealed teaching. Destructive human meddling in this institution cannot change God’s original design. The blurb says the book is ‘stimulating and provocative’. I did find it exciting but also…

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January 2019
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The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church?

Tucked away in Chapter 25 of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is a reference to ‘the visible Church… out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation’. To lovers of Protestant theology, this statement may sound a little, well, Roman Catholic. However, The Ark of Safety demonstrates persuasively that, when understood correctly,…

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January 2019
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John G. Paton: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Seas

This is an excellent book. John Paton left his native Scottish soil and set sail with his wife and infant son for the mission field 160 years ago. His destination was the New Hebrides: a cluster of islands in the Pacific discovered by Captain Cook in the previous century. Tragically, one of Paton’s first…

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January 2019
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Scripture Reading to the end

Most of us will be familiar with the ministry of the Army Scripture Readers working under the auspices of SASRA (Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association). They have been faithfully witnessing for Christ for almost 200 years. Scripture Reading to the End is one of three books published in the 100th anniversary year of…

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