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All Reviews from April 2017

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April 2017

Every promise of your Word­ — the gospel according to Joshua

The result of a lifetime’s study, this book is heart-warming, searching and readable. The author’s years of preaching through Joshua are clearly discernible in the structure of each chapter. As well as making warm application of the text, he shows consistent attention to those details that anticipate the final triumph of God’s kingdom, through…

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April 2017

James MacGregor: Preacher, Theologian & Defender of the Faith

This book will interest those who enjoy Christian biographies or follow church history. It focuses on theological issues as well as the life of its subject. Indeed, Macgregor was primarily a theologian, and the title aptly sums him up. He was born in Scotland in humble circumstances, but became professor of theology at possibly…

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April 2017

Primer – How Far We Fell (Issue 2) – the doctrine of sin

Primer is a new journal published twice a year by the FIEC. Each issue focuses on one subject with different authors providing analysis from various angles. The journal is aimed primarily at church leaders, to help them engage with significant theological issues, but any Christian keen to wrestle with such topics would benefit from…

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April 2017

Trail Blazers – Ulrich Zwingli – Shepherd Warrior

‘They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul’. So exclaimed Ulrich Zwingli, as he was dying on the battlefield, fighting for the Protestant cause. Born a few weeks after Luther and 25 years before Calvin, he was a diligent student, whose books were his friends. He became an accomplished musician, poet…

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April 2017

Does Christianity Really Work?

This is a book about apologetics (arguments defending the Christian faith). It is the second of a projected 10-volume series, entitled ‘The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered’, which aims to address major questions raised by sceptics. Questions include, ‘Why is there evil in the world (and so much of it)?’ ‘Hasn’t science shown that…

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April 2017

Talking Points: Transgender

Vaughan Roberts’ latest book is a good introduction to a topic that has hit our culture like a juggernaut. At just 64-pages, it is a quick read. Chapter 1 defines terms. What does ‘transgender’ actually mean? Is it sexual? Chapter 2 looks at why our culture has moved so quickly from a ‘yuk!’ reaction…

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April 2017

2000 Years of Christ’s power. Volume 4: The age of religious conflict 16th to 18th century

This instructive account of the sad divisions that occurred in the church provides warnings about schism and its consequences. It is a must for ministers and academics, capturing the story of the church after Luther and Calvin. The first chapter (heavy reading in places) describes the divisions that occurred within the Lutheran church and…

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April 2017

Thirty Thousand Days – the journey home to God

As I began to read the preface of this book, I was reminded of A.W. Tozer’s The pursuit of God. At first I felt overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the writing. Gradually, I began to appreciate its thrust and, by the end, was thankful for the expert writing and zeal of the author.…

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April 2017

How can I remember and practice the Bible

This booklet in the ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ series is written by an associate professor of systematic theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the US. The stated purpose of the series is to inform the mind, warm the affections and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace. This particular booklet provides practical suggestions…

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April 2017

The Beauty and Glory of God’s Word

‘Without the Word of God, we have no light. Christ is our light, and we cannot trust Christ apart from the Word of the Lord. Unless we are expositing a word from the Lord, no preacher has the authority to say anything about hell, heaven, or the way to escape the one and enter…

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April 2017

8 Women of Faith

This is a superb book by Professor Michael Haykin on eight Christian women selected from across the history of the Reformation and post-Reformation church. Each mini-biography is well researched, thoroughly referenced, and presented in an edifying and devotional way. To read Haykin on any of these women — Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Baxter, Anne…

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