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May 2017

Ephesians — a Mentor expository commentary

Commentaries come in many sizes and formats, from the highly technical and exegetical to those of a more devotional character. This one falls into the category of expository reflections on the text of Ephesians and is one of the latest additions to the Mentor series of commentaries. There is no formal introduction to Ephesians…

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May 2017

Why Jesus?

In this short book, John Blanchard gives six reasons why Jesus is unique and the only one through whom we can have a saving relationship with God. ‘Back to the future’: this section covers the Old Testament prophecies that are fulfilled in Jesus; nobody else has fulfilled these prophecies. ‘Family news’ highlights how Jesus…

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May 2017

Destiny – learning to live by preparing to die

Ecclesiastes is perhaps the most startling and intriguing book of Scripture. In this series of consecutive studies, David Gibson draws lessons that follow the flow of thought in an uncompromising fashion, without trying to sanitise the hard-hitting original. Destiny is not a comprehensive commentary on Ecclesiastes. Some passages are passed over and several of the more puzzling…

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May 2017

A Scenic Route through the Old Testament

This is a new edition of a book originally published in 1994. I am pleased that it has been made available again. Many people, particularly new or young Christians, find the Old Testament daunting. They find it difficult to piece together the details of the historical accounts. They may struggle to link the poetic,…

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May 2017

Renewal

For bright young things contemplating a call to pastoral ministry, church planting is where it’s at. Alternatively, service in an already large and thriving work is often pursued. Why bother trying to turn around a dying church when you can start a new one? After all, isn’t the gospel about new births and fresh…

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May 2017
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C H Spurgeon’s Forgotten College Addresses

This book’s intriguing title conjures up images of a long forgotten manuscript recently discovered in a dusty attic. That’s not quite the case here, as all these addresses have seen the light of day in printed form in The Sword and Trowel. The fact that they have not been reprinted presumably indicates that successive…

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May 2017
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Jonathan Edwards & Transatlantic Print Culture

This is a must-read for every Edwards aficionado. It is a treasure trove of eighteenth-century publishing and the activities of booksellers. Some might be tempted to dismiss the garnered facts as mere minutiae, but we soon capture the theme undergirding this seminal and exciting work. Who could fail to be moved when reading about…

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May 2017

Deuteronomy: At Journey’s End

Ever since I heard Alec Motyer’s classic Bible readings on Amos in the early 1970s, I have devoured anything he wrote on the Old Testament. He continued to speak and write until the Lord called him home late last year. As well as being a great Old Testament scholar technically, he always approached the…

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