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We’re on the winning side!

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February 2013
Articles > Comment

We’re on the winning side!

We’re on the winning side! In Genesis 12, Abram was told that a great nation would descend from him and that the world would be blessed through him. Those promises have been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.     All believers are grafted into the spiritual Israel (Romans 11:16-18). We’re part of God’s family…

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February 2013
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Sea level scare

Sea level scare Melting glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland may push up global sea levels more than three feet by the end of this century, a study in Nature climate change journal has found.    As reported by MSNBC, the study said such a rise in the seas would displace millions of people from low-lying…

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It’s contagious!

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February 2013
News > Youth Features

It’s contagious!

It’s contagious! In 2000, three experienced Christian youth workers — Ian Fry, Trevor Pearce and Pete Woodcock — arranged a week-long conference for young people aged 14 to 19. The aim was to give young people and leaders an opportunity to give significant time to study God’s Word, to discuss it, hear it preached…

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February 2013
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Sunday working

Sunday working A Christian children’s worker has lost her appeal against her former employers, who changed their stance and forced her to work on a Sunday.    Celestina Mba, former employee at London-based Brightwell Children’s Home, was told by an employment appeals tribunal that her employer was justified in not accommodating her Christian observance of…

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February 2013
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Hungry children

Hungry children UK children are coming to school hungry, either because their parents are too poor to help or because children are suffering from neglect, a study has shown. According to the Children’s Society, nearly half of teachers are seeing hungry children coming into school.     The report, Food for thought: a survey on…

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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

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February 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2) The title implies that our churches are not as spiritually healthy as they should be. Among other things, church leaders should seek to strengthen the prayer life of their churches. This might mean preaching a series of sermons on prayer. There are many aspects of prayer…

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February 2013
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Nicklinson euthanasia case can be appealed

Care Not Killing (CNK) has condemned a decision that will allow a High Court ruling to be appealed. Alistair Thompson, spokesman for CNK, said he was disappointed by news that the decision by the High Court last year to reject the Tony Nicklinson case can be appealed. He said, ‘No one who followed Mr…

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God’s great faithfulness

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February 2013
Evangelistic

God’s great faithfulness

God’s great faithfulness ‘I don’t want to go’. That is what I said about Sunday school when I was a child. Even so, I went along regularly. I frequently find myself singing, humming or whistling one of the songs I learnt there. The words come so comfortably into my mind: ‘Jesus loves me this…

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February 2013
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Typhoon Bopha

Typhoon Bopha The clear-up operation is still ongoing in the Philippines after Typhoon Bopha ripped through part of the country, leaving more than 1000 dead, hundreds missing and thousands homeless.    Various news reports state that government and large aid agencies have been seeking to deal with the relief efforts, but the task is enormous…

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Westminster Conference 2012

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February 2013
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Westminster Conference 2012

Westminster Conference 2012 More than 100 Westminster Conference attendees enjoyed an intellectual and spiritual repast over 4-5 December. For the second year running, the conference met in the comfortable, conveniently situated premises of Regent Hall (Salvation Army), Oxford Street.     For 2012 the necessary focus was the Great Ejection of 1662 and issues flowing…

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February 2013
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Nine-a-Day

Nine-a-Day The Langham Partnership, brainchild of the late Rev. John Stott, has launched a special campaign to encourage Christians to become more like the Lord Jesus Christ. The campaign is called ‘9-a-day: Becoming like Jesus’ and will run online until July.     According to a statement from the Langham Partnership, ‘Christlikeness, or becoming like…

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February 2013
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Gays fight CofE lock

Gays fight CofE lock A homosexual couple in Essex has mounted a legal challenge over the Government’s proposals at the end of last year to grant the Church of England exemption from conducting same-sex ‘marriages’.    According to a report from gay paper Pink news, Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow say the proposed legislation would result…

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Britain’s sunset Christianity

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February 2013
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Britain’s sunset Christianity

Britain’s sunset Christianity As the latest UK census figures show a steep decline in the number of those professing to be Christians, the challenge to believers must be to make known the gospel of Christ and to cry to God for his salvation. The number of people claiming to be Christian in England and…

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February 2013
News > Youth Features

The OAM trainee scheme

The OAM trainee scheme The words of the evangelist John Hawley were never so terrifying as when he turned to me in the middle of Oxford Cornmarket, saying, ‘Are you going to preach now, Simon?’ How is it possible for a nervy, stammering 17-year-old to stand up in Oxford city centre, with hundreds of…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1)

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February 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1)

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1) Just over 200 years ago, in 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was officially established. How did this powerful movement for revival come into being? The earlier, Methodist revival of the eighteenth century had powerfully impacted society at large. Its call to repentance, emphasis upon the necessity of the…

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Royal recognition

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February 2013
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Royal recognition

Royal recognition On Monday 22 October, representatives of Christian charity ‘Caring For Life’ (CFL) attended an award ceremony for the Duke of York Community Initiative Award, at the Spa, Bridlington.    His Royal Highness the Duke of York founded the initiative in 1998, primarily and actively encouraging the development of community spirit, individual leadership and…

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February 2013
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Students in action

Students in action Students and young adults around the country will be urged to come to London from 22-25 February for a special event called Soundcheck 2013.        This event offers speakers, workshops, music and a ‘day of action’ to agitate for justice in food production around the world. The advertised speakers will be…

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‘We have a problem!’

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February 2013
Evangelistic

‘We have a problem!’

‘We have a problem!’ Hurried jottings are usually worthless. But, in December 2011, a little notebook fetched nearly £250,000 in an auction in Dallas. Jim Lovell, now aged 84, is famous enough in his own way, but that was not the reason for the exorbitant price. It was where he was when he scribbled…

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February 2013
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Rimsha Masih

Rimsha Masih The throwing out of the blasphemy case against Christian teenager Rimsha Masih, by a court in Pakistan, has set an important precedent, one politician has claimed.    According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the decision by Islamabad High Court to dismiss the case against vulnerable teenager Rimsha has sent out a more ‘positive…

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Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine

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February 2013
Ukraine

Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine

Church planting among Roma people in Ukraine Alexei Bezkorovaynyy shares his testimony as to how the Lord first saved him and now uses him in outreach to his own people My life was full of darkness and helplessness. Only God could save me from the grip of Satan. I accepted Christ in winter 2007.…

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William Carey, tongues and mission

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February 2013
Articles > Historical

William Carey, tongues and mission

William Carey, tongues and mission On 28 October 1800, William Carey baptised his first Indian convert in the river at Serampore. This happy event took place seven years after Carey landed in India. Not surprisingly, Carey and his fellow missionaries were overjoyed. The convert was a high caste Brahmin Hindu, a 35-year-old man called…

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February 2013
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Gay bishops

Gay bishops The House of Bishops and parliamentarians must not ‘salami slice’ Christian doctrine over the issue of gay marriage, members of the Anglican Mainstream have said.    In a public statement, signed by convenor Dr Philip Giddings and secretary Canon Dr Chris Sugden, the Anglican Mainstream said it was important to stick with biblical…

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The big interview

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February 2013
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview Over 20 years ago, Terry Ascott saw an opportunity to reach out to the Arab world with the gospel of Jesus Christ using satellite TV. But how do you design a schedule that’s going to speak to people of a different culture?   ET: What was SAT-7 like in the 90s?…

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God of peace

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February 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

God of peace

God of peace ‘Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all’ (2 Thessalonians 3:16). In this verse Paul is expressing his heart’s desire for the Christians at Thessalonica. He prays that they may know peace ‘at all times’ and…

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Bishop K. H. Ting of China (1915-2012)

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February 2013
Obituaries

Bishop K. H. Ting of China (1915-2012)

Bishop K. H. Ting of China (1915-2012) Ting’s life coincided with the rise, triumph and rule of the Communist Party in China. He was born in Shanghai in 1915 and went to the Anglican St John’s University there. Ordained in the Anglican Church in China in 1942, he confessed to having early on discarded…

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Irish Biblical Reformation Conference

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February 2013
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Irish Biblical Reformation Conference

Irish Biblical Reformation Conference The 2012 Irish Biblical Reformation Conference was held on Saturday 17 November, at Edenmore Golf Club, Magheralin. John Roberts of Day One spoke on ‘The importance of the Lord’s Day’.    In the first session, after reading from Exodus 20:1-26, he reflected on changes in society and the church with regard…

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Marriage census tells it all

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February 2013
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Marriage census tells it all

Marriage census tells it all For the first time since records began, fewer than half the people of marriageable age in England and Wales are married and living together. Figures released in December 2012 from the findings of the 2011 census show that only 46.6 per cent of over-16s are currently married and living…

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February 2013
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > China

Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) (1)

Most Christians are familiar with the story of Gladys Aylward, the diminutive London parlour maid and missionary to China, enshrined in Alan Burgess’ best-selling book The Small Woman and in the 1959 Hollywood film The inn of the sixth happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman. But there are many facets to Gladys’ story that are less…

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February 2013
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Girl Guide promise

Girl Guide promise The Girl Guides’ association, Girlguiding UK, is set to follow the example of the UK Scouts by consulting the public on whether to drop supposedly outdated wording in the Girl Guides’ promise.    The UK Scouts Association is already conducting a survey to see whether the wording of its old promise should…

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Life of Pi

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February 2013
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Life of Pi

Film review Life of Pi At the end of 2012 the feature film Life of Pi hit the cinema screens. It is based on a prize-winning book by Yann Martel, first published in Canada in 2001 after a series of rejections.     The book and film tell the unlikely story of Piscine Molitor ‘Pi’…

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Article

February 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Evaluating Christian views on origins (2)

Evaluating Christian views on origins (2) There are four views on origins popular among evangelical Christians — theistic evolution, old earth creationism, the gap (or ruin-restoration) theory and young earth creationism (see January 2013 ET). We should examine how compatible each of these views is with the Bible’s storyline. Theistic evolution is increasingly popular…

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Anne Bronte

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February 2013
Articles > Historical

Anne Bronte

Anne Bronte Every part of man’s mind should be made captive to the obedience of Christ. And that includes the imaginative faculty (2 Corinthians 10:5). Travel down the centuries and see John Bunyan in Bedford gaol. That crushing confinement fails to confine his mind. Escaping in spirit, he creates a world of wonder and…

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News

February 2013
News

Release report

Release report Egypt has been tipped as one of the hotspots for persecution against Christians during 2013, the latest report from Release International has found.    The country, which is the most populous in the Arab world, is tipped to see Christian persecution increase. During 2011-2012, it is estimated that up to 100,000 members of…

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Prayer — a biblical perspective

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February 2013
Reviews

Prayer — a biblical perspective

Prayer — a biblical perspective Eric J. AlexanderBanner of Truth, 91 pages, £5.75ISBN: 978-1848711495 Maintaining a consistent prayer life is something I struggle with personally, so I was pleased to be able to read a book on prayer as a willing patient as well as reviewer.    Because there are so many books on prayer…

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Christian usefulness

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February 2013
Articles > Guest column

Christian usefulness

Guest Column         John Rubens Christian usefulness Some years ago, a friend of mine decided to take early retirement from his secular employment and, having done so, promptly resigned as a deacon of his church. His argument was that it was now time to sit back and let others do the work in the church.…

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February 2013
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International students

International students The Government’s plans to reduce the number of international students in the UK could cost higher education centres up to £8bn, figures have shown.    Estimates of the financial loss to higher education runs between £4bn-£8bn, according to ‘Universities UK’, and this does not take into account everything else that international students bring…

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February 2013
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Edinburgh Bible College

Edinburgh Bible College ‘Do we really need another Bible college?’ That was the question asked of Rev. John Brand, when, at the prompting of a few church leaders, he was encouraged to set up Edinburgh Bible College in 2012. After all, there are several in the UK and some of them struggle with decreasing…

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Chatteris Community Church

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February 2013
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Chatteris Community Church

Chatteris Community Church     On 1 December, the Christmas lights were switched on in Chatteris and we met to acknowledge the leading of God in the creation of a more important light for Christ and the gospel of grace.    Roughly 60 people gathered to give thanks for the constitution of a new church based in…

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New Tribes Mission

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February 2013
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New Tribes Mission

New Tribes Mission More than a year after a wonderful conversion among the Siar people of Papua New Guinea, the new Siar church hosted a three-day conference for other tribes and tongues.    New Tribes Mission (NTM) missionary Aimee Hedrick, who with her husband works with the Tigak people, said, ‘Tigak believers have just returned…

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February 2013
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Human shields

Human shields The trouble in Syria has escalated even more. Minority groups there are ‘beleaguered’ and being used as human shields, according to a report from Barnabas Fund.    Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, chief executive of Barnabas Fund, which has been supplying food parcels to Christian neighbourhoods, said, ‘In … Hamadiya in the old city, there…

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Jesus is coming again!

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February 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus is coming again!

Jesus is coming again! In the pages of history, there have been some remarkable days when God has visited this world. At Sinai, at the time of the giving of the law to Israel, God came with terrifying power and the people trembled (Exodus 19:16). At Bethlehem, he came in great humility to bring…

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News

February 2013
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India

India The brutal rape and death of a young woman in New Delhi, India, in December has raised the plight of poor women in the country across the globe, a mission organisation claims.    KP Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia (GFA), said the ‘long-time abuse that women in India endure has now been highlighted’.  …

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The golden verse

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February 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The golden verse

The golden verse ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28). I call this verse golden because it is of inestimable value to believers in all the situations of life. Only eternity will reveal how…

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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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February 2013
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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones In December 2012, a plaque was unveiled on the wall of the childhood home of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, at Llangeitho in rural Ceredigion. Dr Lloyd-Jones’s family moved from Cardiff to the village when he was a young boy to take over Siop yr Albion (Albion stores), which is still open today.…

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February 2013
News

Massive campaign for marriage

Massive campaign for marriage The Christian Institute reports that one million leaflets against the Government’s plans to redefine marriage are being sent to voters in marginal seats. This is part of a campaign to target 65 key MPs, to urge them to vote against any change to the meaning of marriage.    The Government intends…

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Historical

February 2013
Articles > Historical

Athanasius and suffering

Athanasius and suffering Can we really understand the intense suffering our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ go through, if we have not felt it ourselves? Perhaps the best way we can try is to go back in church history and read about times of brutal persecution for the faith of Jesus Christ.   …

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Review

February 2013

Pastor – Teachers of Old Princeton

Pastor – Teachers of Old Princeton Banner of Truth Trust 574, £17.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-161-7 Star Rating: 3 This book contains an interesting collection of articles (mostly funeral addresses) recounting the lives of the leading teachers at Princeton Theological Seminary in the 19th and early 20th Century, beginning with Archibald Alexander and ending with B…

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Review

February 2013

Prayer – A Biblical Perspective

Maintaining a consistent prayer life is something I struggle with personally, so I was pleased to be able to read a book on prayer as a willing patient as well as reviewer.    Because there are so many books on prayer out there, I was looking for something different and genuinely helpful. This I found…

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Review

February 2013

Gospel Church Government

This book is a little gem and will be particularly helpful to pastors, elders and church leaders. In ten clear chapters, with great biblical insight, it deals with so many key questions regarding the nature of a real church.     The chapter headings include: ‘Who belongs to the church?’, ‘How is a church formed?’,…

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Review

February 2013

Lifeline: How to know God from John 3:16

Lifeline – How to know God from John 3:16 Andrew Christofides Day One Publications 80 pages, £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-224-2 Star rating: 4 stars On reading the introduction and aims of this book I had a nagging thought. The book is aimed at those with little understanding of the gospel and, judging from its layout…

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Review

February 2013

The God who makes himself known

In this book, Dr Blackburn argues that the main theme of Exodus is God’s missionary purpose in the world. It is impossible to know God without his self-revelation in the Bible. In Exodus he shows his character, power and dependability to Israel, and also, through their experiences, to the surrounding nations.     The evidence…

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Review

February 2013

The death of the Saviour

This engaging book began life as a series of sermons given by the writer in his church, viewing the death of Christ from John’s account in John 19:13-32. The result is refreshingly interesting. He relates the events of Christ’s death to Old Testament prophecies and brings out applications throughout the book.    As the author…

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Review

February 2013
Reviews > Book

Travel with Bishop J C Ryle

This is a most worthy addition to the admirable series of travel guides published by Day One. The author Alan Munden, an Anglican minister, has packed an amazing amount of detailed information into such a small book. The size of the print may give older readers some eye strain, but that is inevitable in…

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Review

February 2013

Triple Jeopardy for the West

Triple Jeopardy for the West Michael Nazir-Ali Bloomsbury 160, £10.99 ISBN: 978-1-4411-1347-4 Star Rating: 3 Many people no longer think of Britain as a Christian country, yet Michael Nazir-Ali argues that Christians must counter the aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism that are encouraging many to believe that the Judeo-Christian ethic has now been…

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Review

February 2013

Ernest Kevan

Ernest Kevan was Principal of London Bible College (LBC) from 1946 to his death in 1965. He came from a Strict Baptist background and pastored churches of that persuasion for many years, before becoming involved with LBC.     This new biography by former LBC student Paul Brown, provides a fresh and insightful account of…

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Review

February 2013

Life of Pi

Life of Pi – Gary Brady Film review  At the end of 2012 the feature film Life of Pi hit the cinema screens. It is based on a prize-winning book by Yann Martel, first published in Canada in 2001 after a series of rejections.     The book and film tell the unlikely story of…

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