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August 2012
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Farewell

Farewell Thornton Heath Evangelical Church, London, was packed on Sunday 1 July, as members and friends gave a fond farewell to Robert and Helen Jeffery.     Mr Jeffery, who recently graduated from the London Theological Seminary, has worked at the church seven years in various roles, latterly as ministerial assistant.     The family has…

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Sport

Sport Sport’s power to galvanise friendships and foster community spirit is at threat from big business and government intervention, a report has found.     A 64-page report from religious think-tank Theos found that the UK populace believes sport has the power to make us ‘good, peaceful, prosperous and healthy’ — one of the reasons…

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission

The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) made exciting progress during 2014

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for…

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Full of sap in old age

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Full of sap in old age

Full of sap in old age There are all sorts of different views about growing old, and most of them are pessimistic. That is understandable, because old age generally brings physical and intellectual decline in many different forms, and limitations and losses that permeate the whole of life. In a fallen world this is…

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August 2012
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Higgs boson

Higgs boson Scientists in Cern, Switzerland, believe their 45-year hunt for the so-called ‘God particle’ has ended after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments reportedly uncovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.    The Higgs boson experiments aim to explain how matter attracts mass to itself and thereby allowing for the creation or…

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August 2012
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Kindle

Kindle A Newcastle hotel has replaced traditional hard-copy Bibles in guest rooms with Kindles pre-loaded with an electronic version.    According to an MSNBC news report, the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle has gone digital across its 148 rooms, and guests can request a copy of the Kindle for the duration of their stay.    Adam Munday,…

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August 2012
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Egypt and Syria

Egypt and Syria Release International has called on William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, to keep human and religious rights at the forefront of any talks with Egyptian and Syrian authorities.    According to Release’s new director Colin King, Christians in Egypt fear increased persecution following the popular vote for an Islamist President-elect, while Christians…

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East Midlands Churches Day

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August 2012
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East Midlands Churches Day

East Midlands Churches Day On Saturday 16 June, East Midlands Churches Day (EMCD) played host to ‘the best finger-licking hog roast’, a Christian bookstall, a testimony from a converted former trainee Catholic priest and a seminar session on ‘Union with Christ’.    The EMCD was held at Brockington College on the outskirts of Leicester. It is…

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August 2012
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Life long mission

Life long mission The recognition of marriage as a lifelong union is being eroded in the midst of the current debate on same-sex marriage, Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, has said.    Speaking at the trust’s annual conference in central London on 23 June, Mr Wells noted that leading homosexual lobby group…

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Rev. Eric J. Alldritt

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August 2012
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Rev. Eric J. Alldritt

Rev. Eric J. Alldritt My pastoral responsibility at Lake Road Congregational Church is now ended. This church in Keswick began in 1654 and since then has, by the grace of God, maintained a witness to the Reformed faith of our founding fathers.     The work declined in the closing decade of the twentieth century…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – There was no Sunday like it!

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

THE GREAT EJECTION – There was no Sunday like it!

THE GREAT EJECTION There was no Sunday like it! Estimates vary but it seems that, including those ejected before 1662 and some who jumped rather than waiting to be pushed, nearly 2,000 ministers and others were silenced or ejected. There will always be some vagueness about the figure, as some changed their minds. A.…

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Scottish Reformed Conference

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August 2012
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Scottish Reformed Conference

Scottish Reformed Conference The 23rd annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place on the second Saturday of May, in Hamilton College.     Large numbers of people, including many families with children of all ages, joined to enjoy a day of fellowship and three fine expositions from our two guest speakers.     Steven Lawson is…

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Open-Air Mission

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August 2012
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Open-Air Mission

Open-Air Mission Some 125 years ago, on Monday 3 October 1887, the annual meetings of the Open-Air Mission took place at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. The preacher that day was the greatly esteemed pastor of the church, Charles Spurgeon. The title he gave to his message was ‘Winning souls for Christ’.     We…

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August 2012
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BMA conference

BMA conference Christian groups have welcomed decisions made by the British Medical Association Annual Representative Meeting over motions on abortion and euthanasia.     According to Dr Peter Saunders, head of the Christian Medical Fellowship, Motion 328, proposed by the Harrogate division, called for the meeting to support the universal availability of non-directive counselling for…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4)

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4) From the 1790s onwards, the Clapham Sect networked both inside and outside Parliament to bring about the end of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade. The Clapham Sect was largely comprised of wealthy, evangelical Anglican laymen, of whom the most famous was William…

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Christ our great High Priest

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August 2012
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Christ our great High Priest

Christ our great High Priest In 1941 Winston Churchill stood before an eager audience at an all-boys school in war-torn England and spoke these famous words: ‘Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in’. Churchill’s words echo the thrust…

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Lowestoft outreach

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August 2012
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Lowestoft outreach

Lowestoft outreach An estimated 340,000 people attended Lowestoft’s 2012 Sea Front Air Festival in June. On the first day, Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church ran a Good News stand on the promenade.     Once again, some passers-by asked specifically for our new mid-year pocket calendar, having used the previous ones.    These provided a good…

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August 2012
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Christian Tamils are afraid but have nowhere to complain, a spokesman for the Lanka Evangelical Fellowship of Churches has warned.    He said although the civil war came to an end three years ago, the situation in the country is far from normal, with hundreds of Tamils being rounded up from villages and…

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Hertford Town Church

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August 2012
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Hertford Town Church

Hertford Town Church     Saturday 16 June saw the ordination and induction of Hertford Town Church’s pastor, George Platt.     The church was founded by Charles Bancroft in his living room, just over 10 years ago. His desire was for Hertford to have a church ‘teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 28:31).   …

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August 2012
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St George’s Tron

St George’s Tron St George’s Tron church in Glasgow has become the first to split from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.    Media reports followed Rev. Dr William Philip’s announcement on St George’s web site after ‘more than 12 months of thought and prayer’.    According to Dr Philip, the vote…

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Malta Evangelical Library

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August 2012
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Malta Evangelical Library

Malta Evangelical Library The work started two millennia ago by the apostle Paul in Malta is not finished yet. The apostle must have preached Christ and the gospel of grace to the Maltese people, yet today many locals still do not know Christ in truth.     Thankfully, there are several local evangelical churches on…

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Penicuik Baptist Church

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August 2012
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Penicuik Baptist Church

Penicuik Baptist Church The members of Penicuik Baptist Church were greatly encouraged to see a full church when we celebrated our 40th anniversary on the weekend of 19-20 May. The guest speaker was Dr Sandy Roger.     Everyone was welcomed by the elder, Barry Garth, who gave a short history of the church. The work…

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August 2012
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School prayer

School prayer A Republican US governor from Mississippi called for the re-introduction of non-denominational school prayer.    In an article for online newspaper Huffington Post, Gregory Krist reported that Phil Bryant, Mississippi governor and a Methodist, advocated non-denominational school prayer in front of an audience of teenagers.    He told 300 students, ‘I don’t think it…

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‘She’s still my wife’

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘She’s still my wife’

‘She’s still my wife’ Recently Pat Robertson made news when he declared that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s is justifiable, because it is ‘a kind of death’ (http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2011/09/pat_robertson_s.html). The simplest thing I can say is that he didn’t get that teaching from the Bible. The very concept of Christian marriage rests upon a vow…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

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August 2012
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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

THE GREAT EJECTION The Book of Common Prayer (1662) Last year we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. This year the history buffs and antiquarians are in joyful mood because it is the 350th anniversary of that famously Anglican date — 1662. In these days of spiritual ignorance…

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August 2012
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Design award

Design award Pilgrim Gardens, the new housing complex for older Christians being built by the Pilgrims’ Friend Society (Christian providers of respite, residential, nursing and dementia care) in Leicester has won a prestigious Housing Design Award.     The award, Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) Award was announced on 21 June at…

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Is evangelistic preaching a lost art?

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August 2012
Articles > Guest column

Is evangelistic preaching a lost art?

Is evangelistic preaching a lost art? I am very concerned about the dearth of evangelistic preaching today. In many pulpits what is called evangelistic preaching is basically a gospel appeal to non-Christians tacked on at the end of sermons. But where are the sermons that from beginning to end are ‘reasoning and explaining and…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Great Ejection of 1662
Christian unity a fact

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christian unity a fact

Christian unity a fact John 17 records the prayer of our Lord Jesus before he went to the cross to die for our sins. This has sometimes been called ‘the high priestly prayer’ of the Saviour, because here he prays for all his followers. He prays for their security (v.11), joy (v.13), protection from…

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Letter to Paul the apostle

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August 2012
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Letter to Paul the apostle

ET COMMENT Letter to Paul the apostle My dear Paul, The Consolidated Liberal Churches of Asia Minor (CLAMs) have recently had passed to them a copy of your letter to the Galatians, along with a number of other letters written by you to churches in our area.     The Committee on Missions (COM) has directed…

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Don’t bank on it !

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August 2012
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Don’t bank on it !

Don’t bank on it ! The banks can’t keep out of the news. Not only are they ‘too big to fail’ but they are almost ‘too big to find guilty’, despite a new banking scandal breaking nearly every year since 2007. The latest scandal — the fixing of the rate at which banks lend…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – Nonconformists and 1662

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August 2012
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THE GREAT EJECTION – Nonconformists and 1662

THE GREAT EJECTION Nonconformists and 1662 I grew up on a housing estate in South Wales. When I was five years old, there was hardly a building on the estate very much older than I was. One hundred yards round the corner from my door, however, was a magnificent and much older nonconformist chapel…

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A new name

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A new name

A new name Emma Scrivener has written of her life-threatening experience of anorexia as a child and an adult. She says, ‘Although I sought and received professional medical help, it was my faith and a loving church community that finally changed my life’. Here is an extract from her book (with permission). I sat…

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Tough assignment in Niger

Tough assignment in Niger Alf Stephenson is the Gideons Regional Field Officer for West Africa. No stranger to East Africa, he had some surprises in store when he visited the west of the continent last November — not least a serious car crash. Having had the privilege of serving the Lord in 10 East…

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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

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August 2012
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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet Communal violence is not new to Nigeria. In spite of this, the church has continued to grow — to 51.3 per cent of the population, according to Operation World. But, for several years now, Nigeria has been facing a new and growing threat from an extreme Muslim…

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Satan’s tactics

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Satan’s tactics

Satan’s tactics One of the features of church growth theory over the last few decades has been its preoccupation with the size of the local church. In our increasingly urban world, the gurus of church growth have exhorted us to renounce ‘smallness’ in favour of ‘bigness’. One of them has trumpeted ‘bigness’ as the…

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August 2012
Obituaries

Rev. Dr Richard France (1938–2012)

Rev. Dr Richard France  (1938–2012) On Sunday 10 June, More Parish Church held a memorial service for the life of Rev. Dick France, who went home to glory in February aged 73.    Dr France had a strong academic background, having written a doctoral thesis on Jesus and the Old Testament. He was called to…

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WEST Revival Conference

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August 2012
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WEST Revival Conference

WEST Revival Conference On 26 May, the same day as the arrival of the Olympic torch at Bryntirion, Christians from England, Wales and Scotland came for the 13th WEST Revival Conference.     Numbers were swelled by local people, particularly for the free evening sessions when more than 100 attended. Fellowship was sweet, with good…

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‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission

‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

‘Waft it on the rolling tide — Jesus saves’ ‘Attempt something so big, that, unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail’. This was the challenge I faced 16 years ago. I had reached my 63rd birthday and was told I had to retire from the missionary society I was serving. Asking who would be…

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Gardenstown

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August 2012
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Gardenstown

Gardenstown I am not long back from a weekend’s Bible teaching in Gardenstown where people from the local Church of Scotland were gathered in annual conference mode and to give thanks to God for their newly refurbished church premises.     As part of this tasteful refurbishment, two new banners were mounted on the wall…

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Review

August 2012

Setting our sights on Heaven

Setting our sights on Heaven Paul D Wolfe Banner of Truth Trust 194, £7.50 ISBN: 978-1-84871-143-3 Star Rating: 3 Setting our Sights on Heaven. What a marvelous subject to be writing on as a Christian author!Sinclair Ferguson in his ‘Foreword’ is sadly right, when he accurately diagnoses a problem faced by many contemporary churches.…

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August 2012

Joseph the Dream Interpreter

Joseph the Dream Interpreter Helen Clark Day One Publications 160, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-305-8 Star Rating: 4 This well presented book published by Day One is one of a series by Helen Clark. It follows the life of Joseph and although as Helen Clark states in her introduction; most people will have heard of Joseph…

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August 2012

Major Points from the Minor Prophets

Major Points from the Minor ProphetsJohn BlanchardEvangelical Press288, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-782-9Star Rating: 0 As the ‘clean pages’ in our Bibles they appear culturally foreign and remote from our modern Christian understanding. Some chapters can strike us as uncouth and inhospitable. But the author serves us superbly, becoming to the Minor Prophets what Lonely Planet is…

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August 2012
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Bitesize Biography – Thomas Cranmer

Bitesize Biography – Thomas Cranmer Colin Hamer Evangelical Press 128, £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-773-7 Star Rating: *** Colin Hamer has done a great service to the Christian public in making this book available. It is part of the excellent series, ‘Bitesize Biographies’. Little is available on the life of Cranmer, apart from Jasper Ridley’s rather…

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August 2012

Focus on the Bible – Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes The Philippians of the Old Testament William D. Barrick Christian Focus 240 pages £9.99 ISBN 978-1-84550-776-3   Surveying my bookshelves I notice that I possess more commentaries on Ecclesiastes than any other book of the Bible. Does this indicate that I have found this part of Scripture the most difficult to understand? Does…

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August 2012

Different by Design

Different by Design Carrie Sandom Christian Focus 240, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-782-4 Star Rating: 3/4 This book aims to clearly and straightforwardly explain the Bible’s teaching about God’s plan for the lives of men and women. The author uses the unfolding pattern of ‘salvation history’ to describe how His design ought to shape our lives.…

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August 2012

Doxology!

Doxology Exploring and enjoying the New Testament benedictions Stan K Evers Day One, 181 pages, £8   This is a rich little book.  In twenty-eight chapters the author takes each of the benedictions and doxologies in the New Testament and provides a heart-warming and stimulating exposition of each.  Helpful quotations from other writers are…

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August 2012

Robert Chapman: apostle of love

Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love Robert L Peterson Lewis and Roth Publishers 210pages, £4.64 (Kindle edition) ISBN: 978-0936083278 Star rating: 4 stars   A letter from overseas was once addressed simply to ‘R C Chapman, University of Love, England’; yet so well known was its intended recipient and his reputation that it was correctly…

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August 2012

The gospel focus of Charles Spurgeon

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon Steven J Lawson Reformation Trust 160 Pages, £6.92 ISBN: 978-1567692808 Star rating: 4 stars   Steven Lawson has spent the best part of forty years studying the life and ministry of the great Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon, and it shows in this latest addition to his excellent series…

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