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October 2018
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The Gospel-Shaped Life

Some readers may be familiar with Ian Hamilton’s earlier work, The Faith-Shaped Life — a series of 43 short pieces examining dimensions of our faith as believers in Jesus. The Gospel-Shaped Life follows the same pattern. It aims ‘to explore the multi-faceted character of the gospel and to show how the gospel comes to…

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September 2018
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The Doctor Who Became a Preacher: Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Banner Board Books)

This is a cracking little board book for reading to very young children. It shows how doctors help people who are sick, before relating how Martyn Lloyd-Jones chose to preach the good news instead, with many people coming to hear him. Blair Bailie’s bright and attractive illustrations cover eight double pages, including a brilliant…

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September 2018
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Small Town Jesus: Taking the gospel mission seriously in seemingly unimportant places

Small Town Jesus is problematic. Its premise is that Christian society regards small towns with disdain and irrelevance, which Griggs seeks to challenge. Interestingly, he never states his definition of a small town other than a place which lacks cinemas, coffee shops and restaurants. This comes across as patronising and implies class prejudice. Griggs…

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September 2018
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Paul: A Biography

This is the latest book from retired Anglican bishop, N. T. Wright. It is geared towards a popular rather than academic audience. There is much to commend. An overview of Paul’s life and thought is provided, synthesising Acts and the Pauline letters. Extra-biblical material is also utilised to enhance our understanding. This endeavour to…

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September 2018
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It Takes a Church to Raise a Parent: Creating a culture where parenting for faith can flourish

This book aims to show how the church can equip parents so they can ‘parent for faith’. I agree wholeheartedly with its focus on helping one another within a church context. When we become Christians, we are part of God’s family and have brothers and sisters of all ages and from all backgrounds. We…

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September 2018
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Primer Issue 05 – Coming Soon – How to live and lead in the light of the world to come

This volume of ‘Primer’ is an introduction to eschatological themes in five chapters. Stephen Witmer outlines various views on the coming of the kingdom, opting for the inaugurated eschatology model: the kingdom is both already here and still to come as well. John Stevens reviews the elements of biblical eschatology and discusses where evangelicals…

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September 2018
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Invest Your Disappointments: Going For Growth

Paul Mallard wrote an excellent book called Invest your suffering. Here he brings us another dose of realism in a readable book with much scriptural wisdom. It is written by a man seeking to apply a firm belief in God’s loving sovereignty to his people in a fallen world. Do we not all know…

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September 2018
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McCheyne’s Dundee

Many Christians have heard of Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-43). His reputation endures as a holy and prayerful man who was greatly used by God before his early death. McCheyne’s Dundee examines the final years of his life when he ministered at St Peter’s Church, Dundee. It addresses the question, ‘How could such a short…

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