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January 2017
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PERSONAL VIEW: The single Christian and romance

Trevor A. Baker (Wigan) discusses issues arising out of Stuart Burgess’s book, God’s way for romance: getting back to biblical courtship, published by Day One (112 pages, £6.00; ISBN: 978-1-84625-497-0). There are three key problems with God’s way for romance: getting back to biblical courtship. First, the author seems to confuse Western cultural traditions with biblical teaching. For example, Dr Burgess appears to equate ‘marriage’ with a church ceremony (pp. 96-97) that involves saying vows taken from the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 60, 88). Throughout, he contrasts that with ‘relationship culture’, never distinguishing between casual sexual relationships and long-term committed relationships. Church marriage ceremonies...

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August 2013
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Holiday reading

2013 Books of the month January   February     March     April   May   June   July     August        

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August 2013
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Summer reading

In our increasingly busy lives it is often not possible to find time to reflect, meditate or concentrate on the bigger issues and more important questions of life — questions like the state of our relationship with Christ, or how we spend our time here on earth. Sometimes a week or two’s break is the only opportunity we have to really think. Biography Can books help? Christian biography is a great way to discover how the Lord has worked in the lives of others. Occasionally we might wish that biographers were less prone to hide their subjects’ warts, for they remind us we are all earthen...

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May 2013
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Universalism à la mode (2)

Rob Bell’s well-known book, Love wins, is supposedly about God’s love. He says, ‘I believe that Jesus’s story is first and foremost about the love of God for every single one of us’.   He states that ‘God’s love will eventually melt even the hardest hearts’. And it is easy to see where the book’s ‘universalist’ label comes from, as the author allows love to trump and even crush God’s other attributes.      To be fair, he does at least state that hell exists. However, as DeYoung says, we must be on our guard, since ‘bad theology usually sneaks in under the guise of familiar...

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Maximum impact
August 2011
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Maximum impact

Maximum impact Wayne MackP & R Publishing; 316 pages, £11.99ISBN: 978-1-59638-204-6 Subtitled ‘Living and loving for God’s glory’, this book is a clear, accessible exposition of 1 Corinthians chapter 13.     Wayne Mack is best known in the UK for his valuable contribution to the work on biblical counselling. Inevitably then, this kind of approach permeates through this particular volume. Consequently, it is packed with searching application to the believer’s life.     The average person (Christian and non-Christian alike) may simply think fondly of 1 Corinthians 13 as ‘the love chapter’ in the Bible (you may recall Tony Blair reading it at Lady Diana’s funeral)....

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A time to care: loving your elderly parents
August 2011
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A time to care: loving your elderly parents

A time to care: loving your elderly parents Emily AckermanInter-Varsity Press; 190 pages, £7.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-487-9 The changing relationship between adult children and ageing parents is challenging for all concerned. When we were young, our parents did everything for us.     Even in our early adult years, newly-retired parents with time on their hands may continue to do a lot for us. The shadows of serious illness, failing faculties and bereavement have yet to cross our paths. But as the years go by, things change — sometimes suddenly — bringing along new and unfamiliar trials.     Christians will want to respond in a godly way,...

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Adam ate with dinosaurs
August 2011
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Adam ate with dinosaurs

Adam ate with dinosaurs Christopher J. TokeleyAthena Press; 158 pages, £9.99; ISBN: 978-1-84748-708-7 This book has the worthy goal of helping Christians to think biblically about origins. The author claims no special background in science, but writes persuasively and enthusiastically, as someone who has informed himself whilst pursuing a career in international trade finance.     The book appears to be designed for non-technical Christian readers, who are left in no doubt about the message of the Bible. It reveals the truth about origins and warns us against adopting the Darwinian version of Earth history.    There are three broad sections to the book: the historical background...

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Wait till you see the butterfly
August 2011
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Wait till you see the butterfly

Wait till you see the butterfly Doreen TammingaBanner of Truth; 246 pages, £7.50; ISBN: 978-1-84871-101 Doreen Tamminga, a Canadian school teacher, originally wrote these short stories for The messenger, a magazine published by the Free Reformed Churches of North America. They are aimed at children growing up in Christian homes, or, at least, from a churched background, and assume a degree of biblical knowledge and doctrinal understanding.    Most of the stories deal with ordinary events and dilemmas in a child’s life, and while they are inevitably set in a slightly different culture to our own, most children in the UK should be able to relate...

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