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April 2013

Thoughts Fixed and Affections Flaming

Thoughts fixed and affections flaming Nigel Faithfull Day One Publications 266 pages, £10.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-309-6 Star rating : 3 This book aims to introduce readers to Matthew Henry’s Exposition of the Bible by means of choice quotations from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. There is also a brief biographical sketch of Matthew Henry, and…

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Article

April 2013
Germany

Church planting in Berlin

In September 2012, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) began a monthly church planting Bible study in south west Berlin. However, any work of church planting rarely begins without preparatory work beforehand.

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News

April 2013
News

Nigeria

  Seven foreign hostages kidnapped last month by a Nigerian Islamist group from a construction firm’s compound have been killed, the Italian and Greek Foreign Ministries said on Sunday.      A news report from MSNBC reported that Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansaru claimed responsibility for killing the hostages, seized on 7 February in the northern…

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April 2013
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Leigh Park, Havant

When Glen Galbraith contacted Bethel Evangelical Free Church (EFC) early in 2012, members of Bethel EFC could hardly believe what they were being offered.    For about 15 years the church had been seeking a pastor, but had virtually given up because it was obvious the small congregation could not raise the funds to support…

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Seeing straight

Article

April 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Seeing straight

Seeing straight When we have impaired eyesight, many of us resort to wearing glasses, corrective lenses or LASIK surgery to undoubtedly improve our vision. But what happens when our spiritual lives become volatile because of an inability to see God? This impairment hampers our ability to earnestly seek him and trust him in our…

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Historical

April 2013
Articles > Historical

The grace of giving – John Cory (1)

The centenary of the death of William Booth, who founded the Salvation Army in 1878, was commemorated on 20 October 2012. Earlier, in 1861, William and his wife Catherine had set off on a gospel campaign in Cornwall. About 7000 souls were recorded as saved, but the local Methodists eventually banned them from their…

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News

April 2013
News

‘Irrelevant’ Bible

The majority of people hold the Bible in some respect, but think it has no importance to 21st century Christian life, a survey has found.      The recent 9aday campaign — initiated by the Langham Partnership and All Souls, Langham Place — conducted a survey among nearly 2000 UK adults.      Although Christians believe…

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News

April 2013
News

North of England

The first weekend in March saw 130 people attend the North of England Conference in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.    This was for local church pastors, elders, deacons, evangelists and men and women with significant roles, from those evangelical churches that assent to Affinity’s doctrinal basis.    There were five seminars from which to choose and one…

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Article

April 2013
Articles > Guest column

Fellow workers and fellow soldiers

Identifying with the church of the Lord Jesus Christ in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile towards Christianity takes courage and determination. As faith is privatised and pushed out of the public arena, it becomes increasingly challenging to live holy and Christ-honouring lives. Believers Serious religious decline in the nation together with things…

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April 2013
News

Eritrea

  At least 50 Christians have been arrested over the past 30 days in the Eritrean capital Asmara, Release International has claimed. Reports from the advocacy group’s partners claim that 30 arrests were made on January 20, at a worship meeting of the Philadelphia church, in a private home in the district of Mai…

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Comfort in troubled times

News

April 2013
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Comfort in troubled times

The Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, held a special meeting at the Bible Centre, Frederick Street, on 12 February.      There were both regular and new visitors. The minister, Pastor Roy Mohon, led the service and the speaker was Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS).      Dr Allen gave an address on…

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News

April 2013
News > Youth Features

‘Extraordinary fruit’

Pod Bhogal, Head of Communications at UCCF, brings news of much interest in the gospel from the 90 university CU mission weeks held during 2012/13.   Christian unions (CUs) are seeing extraordinary fruit as a result of their Spring mission weeks in 2013. Nearly 100 UCCF CUs have held an events week, in which…

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Article

April 2013
Articles > Comment

‘Gay Marriage’

Dear Sir, February 15th may be seen as the ultimate retribution. ‘The Age of Reason’ (1648–1789) idolised rational thought and set it above the authority of Scripture. One consequence of the revolt against authority was the tyranny and terror of the French Revolution. Now secularism is in revolt against reason itself. We might not…

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News

April 2013
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Pakistan

Hundreds of Christians have been left homeless in Pakistan after a mob of nearly 3000 Muslims, in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, torched their houses and shops and a church.      According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the riots broke out over a false blasphemy accusation against a Christian man.      It is…

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Article

April 2013
Obituaries

Harry Cherry (1917-2013)

  William Henry Cherry, known to many as ‘Harry’, was pastor of Halland Chapel from 1971-1989, and was known and loved widely for a dedicated Christian life that spanned 80 of his 95 years.      He was born in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, in 1917, educated in the village school, and matriculated in 1933 from…

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News

April 2013
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Sex education

  Lobby group the Campaign to Protect Children (C2PC) has been invited to meet with the Bishop of Oxford on 29 April to discuss the way that sexual education is being taught in schools.      The campaign group, which was launched in November 2012, has stated its aim as being ‘to make today’s disastrous…

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News

April 2013
News

Speaking out for the deaf

  Vulnerable and deprived children in an isolated area of Ogongo, Kenya, cannot easily speak out because they are deaf and come from a background of extreme poverty.      However, dedicated people in Kenya and Britain are helping to turn their plight around for a more hopeful future, at Lambwe Christian School for the…

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Historical

April 2013
Articles > Historical

Preaching and eternal judgement (2)

The doctrine of hell was once taken very seriously within Methodism. As already explained (March ET), ‘Eternal rewards and punishments’ appears in the Primitive Methodist minuted list of connexional doctrines. The traditional teaching of hell was strongly upheld by John and Charles Wesley during the eighteenth century. And later, in 1845, John Buckland was…

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Article

April 2013
Articles > World Mission

Strategic ministry

On the final evening of my second week in the Far East in January, the local co-ordinator made an announcement. We were told that we must strip our beds and wash the duvet covers, sheets and pillow cases before breakfast in the morning.      Next morning I duly complied. I filled a bucket with…

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Pure fellowship (2)

Article

April 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pure fellowship (2)

  Our churches must shine with the light of pure fellowship. We must have something real, living and satisfying to give others; otherwise what is the point of being the church? If we’re not going to be light to the lost, then let’s shut the doors; perhaps some churches should have closed years ago!…

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Historical

April 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (3)

The first Camp meeting took place at Mow Cop on 31 May 1807. William Clowes describes the scene: ‘The first day’s praying on Mow Hill presented at this period a most magnificent and sublime spectacle’. ‘Four preachers [were] simultaneously crying to sinners to flee from the wrath to come; thousands listening, affected by “thoughts…

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News

April 2013
News

Garment of praise

Release Women held two conferences during the first quarter of 2013, calling on women in the UK and Northern Ireland to learn and pray more for their sisters in the persecuted church.      In London, the Release Women heart2heart conference, held at St Barnabas Church, Woodside Park, was called ‘A garment of praise’. It…

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Article

April 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Eden Zoo

In a special way living organisms display something of God’s glory which it is right we should examine and proclaim.

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April 2013
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Francis of Across the Sea

The Vatican has elected its 265th pope - and the first one to come from the emerging market nations of Latin America.

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April 2013
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Israel

  Christian Palestinians risk being caught up in the ongoing war of attrition between Israeli forces and Muslim Palestinians, human rights organisation B’Tselem has warned.      The largely Christian community of Beit Jala, on the West Bank, is concerned that it will never see a harvest of the olives it has planted, as the…

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Article

April 2013
General

Missionalism

Have you noticed that the word ‘missional’ has recently entered the evangelical world? But what exactly does it mean? Put simply, ‘missionalism’ means adopting missionary thinking and practices, in order to bring the gospel to contemporary society. It especially requires new ways of ‘doing church’ to facilitate this outreach.

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News

April 2013
News

Bible series

  A five-part American docudrama called The Bible garnered 13.1 million viewers on cable, according to producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.      According to a report in Today, The Bible smote the competition — including the networks — and became cable’s most-watched programme this year.      Mr Burnett said, ‘Today, more people are…

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News

April 2013
News

Gay marriage

On Sunday 24 March, French campaign group ‘La Manif pour Tous’ held a demonstration in Trafalgar Square in London against same-sex marriage.      The UK-based French marriage supporters have been garnering support on both sides of the Channel to combat laws that seek to redefine marriage. The French government, just like the British government,…

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Article

April 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Perfect solution

  There is only one way to reconcile justice and mercy.   The notion of substitutionary sacrifice is written deep into our hearts. During the widespread Queensland floods of January 2011, a mother, Donna Rice, and her two sons, Blake (10) and Jordan (13), were caught in the family car as it was pummelled…

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News

April 2013
News

Hard lessons from history

It is 80 years since Dachau, the first concentration camp, was set up by the Nazis. But, as that particular horror fades from the living memory of those who survived and those who liberated, there is evidence of a gradual, chilling resurgence of Nazi-type ideology in Europe. March this year marked two occasions: the…

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Article

April 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Darwinism detrimental

New discoveries are emerging thick and fast in the wake of the recent debunking of the 'junk DNA' myth.

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News

April 2013
News

Sudan

A systematic campaign of persecution has been escalating against Christians across Northern Sudan, Barnabas Fund has warned, especially since the mainly Christian South voted to secede from Sudan in January 2011. Barnabas Fund reminded prayer partners that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir had always made it clear that the North would become 100 per cent…

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The beginning of the birth pangs

Article

April 2013
Articles > Comment

The beginning of the birth pangs

  Heavy clouds hang over many Muslim-majority countries around the world. The devastating war in Syria has seen over 60,000 lives lost at the time of writing and, by the time you are reading this, there may well be 4 million people displaced internally and over 1 million externally.      The Syrian economy has…

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Article

April 2013
Obituaries

Canon Keith Weston (1926-2013)

Keith Weston, rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, from 1964-1985, has been called one of the foremost Bible expositors of his generation. While an Anglican by conviction, he ministered widely, not least through the Keswick Convention and UCCF.      His expository preaching was full of substance, while always remaining accessible and pastorally applied.     …

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News

April 2013
News

Slavery

  Modern-day slavery is alive and kicking — and rife in Britain, a report from the Centre for Social Justice has claimed.                 The 220-page report, called It happens here, was launched in March by the slavery working group, to highlight the unreported crisis of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.     …

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April 2013
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Letter to Archbishop Welby

  Outspoken bishop and Christian campaigner Michael Nazir-Ali has written to Archbishop Justin Welby to encourage him to put the message of Jesus Christ first.      In his open letter to the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali said, ‘It is an immense privilege to write to you about the future of our…

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News

April 2013
News

Widow’s mite

An 85-year-old woman who grew up with no water, gas or electricity at her home in Wales has been helping raise funds for children who have very little.      According to a statement from development charity Rope, Elsie Davies, 87, was reminded of her humble beginnings after her church said it was hoping to…

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Article

April 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Blind Bartimaeus

  Why did Jesus go through Jericho (Mark 10:46-52)? It was a city under a curse! (Joshua 6:26). Surely he did so for the same reason he came to this sin-cursed earth (Genesis 3:17): he knew that sinners needed him. A tax collector though wealthy needed something more than this world could give, as…

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News

April 2013
News

Gay rights

The Queen’s speech on the revised Commonwealth Charter is not a sign that Her Majesty is fighting for gay rights, despite what the Mail on Sunday (MoS) declared on its front page in March.      According to an article in the New Statesman, the Queen neither wrote the speech on the Commonwealth Charter nor…

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Historical

April 2013
Articles > Historical

William Grimshaw remembered

250 years after the death of William Grimshaw, his biographer Faith Cook commemorates an unsung hero of the Evangelical Revival. With any mention of the eighteenth-century Evangelical Revival, the names of George Whitefield, John and Charles Wesley, Howell Harris and others instantly spring to mind — instruments in God’s hands of that great work.…

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Article

April 2013
Obituaries

Dr Ralph P. Martin (1926-2013)

Ralph Martin, renowned biblical scholar, passed away earlier this year, through lymphoma, at the age of 87.      A statement from Fuller Theological Seminary, where Dr Martin had been professor of New Testament and director of the graduate studies programme, paid tribute to his work for the kingdom of Christ.      It said, ‘Dr…

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News

April 2013
News

Domestic violence

  Faith groups must lead the way in educating men and boys so that violence towards women is ended, Mandy Marshall has claimed.      The co-director of Christian campaign group Restored made the comment as she represented the Church of England at the UN Commission on the Status of Women last month.      In…

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Article

April 2013
Ethiopia

Creation ministry in Ethiopia

My week in Ethiopia in January was truly remarkable — I sensed that the Lord had graciously gone before and opened many doors of opportunity.

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Article

April 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I wash my hands of the matter’

To ‘wash one’s hands of a matter’ popularly refers to the wish to have nothing to do with or to abdicate all responsibility for something. The expression suggests you are ‘clean’ of a matter and not stained and soiled with ‘guilt on your hands’.      An exasperated parent may thus threaten a rebellious teenager…

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Historical

April 2013
Articles > Historical

Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda

  EP Books’ latest Bitesize Biography (Festo Kivengere, ISBN: 9780852348512) tells the gripping life story of the best known African evangelist of his day, whose powerful preaching impacted several African countries. It also describes how Festo Kivengere pleaded with Idi Amin for the lives of the innocent, when that ruthless dictator was on the…

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News

April 2013
News > Youth Features

‘Extraordinary fruit’ (example)

Pod Bhogal, Head of Communications at UCCF, brings news of much interest in the gospel from the 90 university CU mission weeks held during 2012/13.   Christian unions (CUs) are seeing extraordinary fruit as a result of their Spring mission weeks in 2013. Nearly 100 UCCF CUs have held an events week, in which…

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Article

April 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

No ordinary man — no ordinary day

  It was all in a day’s work; three more criminals to receive their just deserts.   There would doubtless be the usual anger, curses, agonised faces, screams of torment and, of course, the jeering crowd. And the day would end, as it always did, with the lifeless bodies taken down from their crosses,…

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News

April 2013
News

Catholicism in crisis

  The Catholic Church is still investigating Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against him by priests.      Outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, earlier this year and is conducting an investigation into the…

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News

April 2013
News

Scottish salt

Scottish salt   In February, South Glasgow Baptist Church made an excellent day of ministry possible as it played host to the Salt — ‘serious about loving truth’ — Youth Conference.      Mr McLachlan, general secretary of Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) Scotland said, ‘We aimed that the rubber of biblical teaching would hit the…

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Review

April 2013

The explicit gospel

The explicit gospel Matt Chandler IVP 240, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-578-4 Star Rating: 4 This is an excellent and thought-provoking book. It has amusing illustrations, yet pulls no punches in its desire to show the riches of the gospel. Matt Chandler wants every Christian, and certainly every preacher and teacher, to be absolutely clear in their…

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Review

April 2013

You, Your Family and the Internet

  You, Your Family and the Internet—What Every Christian in the Digital Age Ought to Know David Clark Day One 108 pages, £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-340-9 Star Rating: 4   David Clark has spent over 30 years working with computer technologies and at least that long as a Christian leader. He has written a readable…

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Review

April 2013

God is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards

God is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards William M. Schweitzer T&T Clark 208, £60.00 ISBN: 978-0567195227 Star Rating: 5 Maximum This book is based on theological research conducted by the author, before he became the church planting minister at Gateshead Presbyterian Church. In that, he is…

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Review

April 2013

Connected

Connected Sam Allberry IVP 176, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-588-3 Star Rating: 5 I received this just before Christmas and was not really looking forward to reviewing a book on the Trinity, especially during the busy Christmas period. However, I am now glad that I did, for this is a truly exceptional book, dealing with the…

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Review

April 2013

The Perfect Saviour

The perfect Saviour — key themes in Hebrews Edited by Jonathon Griffiths IVP, 175 pages, £ 8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-538-8 Star Rating: 3   This book is not a commentary as such, but rather a treatment of eight important themes in the epistle to the Hebrews. The editor and the seven other contributors correctly view…

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Review

April 2013

Faith, Hope & the Global Economy

Faith, Hope & the Global EconomyRichard HigginsonIVP256, £9.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-580-7Star Rating: 3 The author is an evangelical Christian with theological and business qualifications. He writes following the global financial crisis and banking, business and political scandals.      He writes passionately, urging Christians in business to be salt and light and not ‘Sunday Christians’. He appeals to Christians as consumers…

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Review

April 2013

True Feelings

True feelings — perspectives on emotions in Christian life and ministry Michael P. Jensen (ed.) Apollos (IVP), 288 pages, 14.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-593-7 Star Rating: 3   There is much expression of emotion in the Bible — for example, the text for the sermon with which this book opens: ‘I yearn for you all with…

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Review

April 2013

Life in the Big Story

Life in the Big Story Heidi Johnston IVP 192, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-579-1 Star Rating: 4 stars   This is a challenging but heart-warming book. It sets the context for the Christian life and is subtitled ‘Your place in God’s unfolding plan’.      Using Deuteronomy as a base, it challenges readers to examine their life…

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Review

April 2013

The Real Lord’s Prayer

The Real Lord’s PrayerIan S McNaughtonDay One Publications208, £8.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-296-9Star Rating: 4 John 17 is one of the key chapters of Scripture. We learn what Jesus desired, what he prayed for, and therefore what he receives, for us, his church.      Ian McNaughton’s commentary is a verse-by-verse, usually phrase-by-phrase, exposition of this chapter. He…

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Review

April 2013

Opening up Isaiah

Opening up Isaiah Andrew Thomson Day One Publications 160, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-352-2 Star Rating: 3 After the Book of Psalms, the prophecy of Isaiah is the longest book in the Old Testament. So, in approaching Andrew Thomson’s commentary, I wondered how he was going to pack an overview of this magnificent prophecy into 160…

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