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January 2015
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McMass

A group in the US has come up with a way to improve attendance at church services — by building McDonald’s franchises within churches. According to the Telegraph, the McMass group is currently raising funds to get the fast-food outlet inside church doors. According to Paul Di Lucca, creative director at church branding agency…

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January 2015
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Slavery

More than 13,000 people across the UK are believed to be victims of slavery, a Home Office report has revealed. In the 72-page Modern slavery strategy report, Theresa May MP, Home Secretary and Minister for Women, said the time had come for ‘concerted, co-ordinated action’. She said, ‘Working with a wide range of partners,…

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FIEC Leaders’ Conference

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January 2015
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FIEC Leaders’ Conference

Some might think that a conference run by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) for church leaders would be a bit predictable. That certainly was not the case with the 2014 conference. As we were about to leave John Stevens, FIEC national director, said, ‘God has done something special among us in the…

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January 2015
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Ethical bank helps Girl Guides

Girlguiding North Tyneside has opened its new residential outdoor centre and campsite, called Cheviot View, in the Northumberland National Park at Kirknewton. The new centre was built, thanks to fundraising efforts and a loan from Charity Bank. Girlguiding North Tyneside — the operating name of the North Tyneside Guide Association — raised £265,000 and…

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January 2015
Articles > World Mission

UKRAINE AND RUSSIA IN CONFLICT: WHAT SHOULD CHRISTIANS DO?

On the weekend of 3-5 October 2014, 51 Christians gathered for the 6th annual conference of Central Eurasian Partners (CEP) in Malenovice, Czech Republic.   The conference, held in English, comprised around ten nationalities, including Russian, Ukrainian, American, Slovakian, Polish and from the UK. It was a great source of encouragement as we shared…

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Seeking the Lord

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January 2015
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Seeking the Lord

Few conferences are as unfashionable as the Reformation and Revival Fellowship, and few as relevant. We believe in prayer and preaching, and that is what we get. The messages at Swanwick, in November 2014, can be summarised under a few grace-filled imperatives. Look! Graham Hind, MD of Evangelical Press, led us to Hebrews for…

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January 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Through winding paths (2)

The Bishop of Southwark invited me to be vicar of St Peter’s, Battersea. This was the Clapham Junction area of south London, with slum clearance, a new high-rise flat area and a large influx of immigrants (continued from ET December 2014). The church building could hold 1000, but there were about a dozen worshippers…

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January 2015
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Christian marriage

The church must do more to reach young men and disciple them, if it is to back up what it claims to believe about Christian marriage, a Cambridge think-tank has said. Citing studies which prove there are 50 per cent fewer men than women in the church, meaning that more than 2 million women…

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January 2015
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New building at Coventry

Saturday 11 October saw a service of thanksgiving for the opening of the new building of Lower Ford Street Baptist Church (LFSBC), in Coventry. The official opening had already taken place on 14 September, when the Lord Mayor of Coventry, the local MP, and those involved in the construction attended. The previous building, strategically…

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January 2015
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China’s millions

There are more professing Christians in China than professing Communists, statistics have suggested. In an article in The Economist, a shift towards democracy and capitalism has followed a quieter revolution, that of the rise of Christianity in the previously closed Communist country. The article claimed that churches were springing up across the country, despite…

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January 2015
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‘Indescribable tragedy’

A Christian advocacy organisation has welcomed a report endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, which has concluded that Christians are the ‘most persecuted religious minority in the world’. According to the report from Roman Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, the past two years have seen a period of serious decline…

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January 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Creeds and confessions

I once read a Christian magazine that had the statement, ‘No creed but Christ!’ While, at first glance, this seemed an impressive phrase, further examination confirmed it showed a lack of understanding of the vital place of creeds in churches today. Creeds are a confession or expression of the faith of believers. While they…

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January 2015
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Perth

On Saturday 18 October, Andrew Lolley was inducted to the pastorate of Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth. It was good to see the coming together of God’s purposes for this small church in the middle of Perth, and the desires of Mr Lolley and his wife, Jill, to serve the Lord in a…

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January 2015
Articles > Comment

ET Comment ‘Code of Conduct’

In November 2014, the directors and editors of Evangelical Times adopted the ‘Code of conduct’ set out in this comment column. This voluntary code was agreed on after fruitful discussion involving a number of editors of Christian journals, under the helpful chairmanship of Peter Milsom of Affinity. It does not impinge on ET’s editorial…

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January 2015
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Religious Education today

Parliament must implement a review of religious education (RE) if it is to be balanced and broad, liberal think-tank the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education has said. Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chairman of the Accord Coalition, made his comments following a recommendation from Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, that the Department for Education…

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Madagascar

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January 2015
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Madagascar

My wife Alison and I arrived in Mandritsara, Madagascar, where a conference for 34 students at the local Baptist church was to take place. This is part of the training programme that the church and mission hospital runs for local Baptist pastors. They learned how to preach, from Genesis 12 to 25, starting with…

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January 2015
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Psychology and religion

Researchers at Coventry University have called for participants to take part in a study investigating the psychological make-up of people with religious and spiritual beliefs. The aim of the team, from the university’s faculty of health and life sciences, is to see whether some parts of the brain are involved in inclining some people…

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January 2015
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Christians and sport

One-tenth of Christians believe sport is an idol that many people in UK society worship, and only 25 per cent play any sport weekly, a poll has found. In an online poll of nearly 2000 adult Christians across the UK, commissioned by Christians in Sport, only 34 per cent believed that sport was a…

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January 2015
Articles > Historical

Memories of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

A lady who knew Dr Lloyd-Jones well has kindly supplied these personal memories of ‘the Doctor’ to Evangelical Times. Dr Lloyd-Jones did not use a ‘silver’ trumpet, but he sounded a very loud alarm in his ministry at Westminster Chapel, London. The Sunday morning service always began with a very earnest prayer, and normally followed…

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January 2015
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Ebola

International Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) has been using the ministry’s communication network to spread health information across West Africa. Abdoulaye Sangho, TWR’s international director for West and Central Africa, has been spearheading the project. He said, ‘TWR is very involved in the prevention of Ebola in West Africa. At the end of…

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January 2015
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London Theological Seminary

Last year, London Theological Seminary (LTS) had a special visit from Dr Bruce Ware, professor of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr Ware visited for three days of lectures on the subject of providence. He surveyed the providence of God as understood in process theism, classic Arminianism, open theism and the…

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Historical

January 2015
Articles > Historical

‘She’s game, boys!’ – Mary Slessor of Nigeria

On 13 January 1915, after almost 40 years of faithful service, 66-year-old Mary Slessor died of malaria fever near Calabar, Nigeria. On the centenary of her death we do well to remember this dynamic and inspiring redhead from the slums of Dundee.  Mary was born in 1848 in Aberdeen. Her shoemaker father, Robert, was…

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January 2015
Articles > World Mission

‘The noble army of martyrs’

George McConnell was born in Carrickfergus in 1864. He had seven brothers and three sisters. He was educated at the Model School on the Belfast Road. The family lived in various parts of Carrick, including Bessfield and Bridewell.   George attended St Nicholas’ church, where he was confirmed in the Christian faith. After leaving…

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January 2015
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XNA breakthrough

Artificial enzymes, which could help create therapeutic drugs for humans, have been created in a laboratory in the UK. According to a report in scientific journal Nature, the UK Medical Research Council team was able to build the enzymes out of artificial genetic material made in their laboratory. The team claims that the synthetic…

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January 2015
News > Youth Features

A contagious summer

‘Total depravity’, ‘foreknowledge’, ‘predestination’ and ‘justification’ might not be words we think teenagers keen to understand more about. However, during summer 2014, over 500 young people and youth leaders came together to consider their meaning, and much more, at various week-long Contagious youth conferences. The conferences, for 14-19-year-olds, met near Perth, Kidderminster and Ipswich…

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January 2015
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Truth 4 Youth

This coming February, Truth 4 Youth is hosting a conference for young people, teenagers and their parents to engage with the issues of truth and discernment, as taught in the Bible. Speakers lined up are: Philip Bell, chief executive of Creation Ministries International; Dr Stephen Boreland, minister of Bethesda Free Church in Sunderland; Alan…

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January 2015
Articles > Historical

William Bedell 1571–1642

The history of Bible translation is full of adventurous lives: William Tyndale, Martin Luther and John Eliot, to name but a few. But perhaps there is no more strange and moving story of God’s providence in Bible translation work than William Bedell’s. William Bedell was an ordinary English rector of the seventeenth century, whose…

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January 2015
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Wester Ross

A former policeman from Berkshire is pastoring two Wester Ross congregations after accepting a role as part-time church worker. Ken Macdonald is preaching every Sunday evening in either Glenelg or Inverinate for the Free Church of Scotland (FCS), as well as developing links with the local community. The 47-year-old is married, with four children,…

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Kenyan atrocities

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January 2015
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Kenyan atrocities

In another attack targeting Christians, in the largely Muslim Mandera County close to the Somali border, Al-Shabaab militants shot dead 36 non-Muslim stone quarry workers just shortly after midnight on 2 December. Peter Nderitu, who hid in a trench until the attackers left, reported that around 50 armed assailants arrived at the camp where the…

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Historical

January 2015
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon in Wales (3)

On Wednesday, 26 June 1861, C. H. Spurgeon entered Merthyr, the ‘Ironopolis’ of Wales, with large crowds waiting to greet him at the Vale of Neath Station. By 1845, the nearby Dowlais ironworks had become the biggest in the world, with 18 blast furnaces and 8800 employees. The miners were expecting a larger figure,…

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January 2015
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Horrific crime in Pakistan

The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has put pressure on parliament to condemn the ‘barbaric’ deaths of a Christian man and his pregnant wife, who were burned in a bread oven in Pakistan. Dr Dave Landrum, director of advocacy for the EA, said the latest incident was a ‘clear misuse’ of the country’s blasphemy law in…

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January 2015
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Free Church School in Theology

The annual Free Church School in Theology met in Larbert in September 2014. The sessions were marked by a prayerful spirit, especially with the Scottish independence referendum falling on the final day of the gathering. The school heard a number of fine papers. Retired minister John J. Murray discussed the biblical teaching on heresy…

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January 2015
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EA Scotland speaks out

Evangelical Alliance Scotland has given a cautious welcome to policies announced by the new administration, under Nicola Sturgeon. Kieran Turner, spokesman for the Alliance, said, although he welcomed many policies that reflected some of the 38 recommendations outlined in the Alliance’s 2014 What kind of nation? manifesto, he called on the first minister to ensure…

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January 2015
News > Youth Features

New Year resolutions

Half of all UK adults are expected to make New Year resolutions in 2015. A 2014 survey found that, of those who make New Year resolutions, 47 per cent focus on self-improvement. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, get organised, stay healthy, save money and enjoy life to the fullest. This self-centred…

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January 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Maintaining the foolish practice – preaching as evangelism in the 21st century

It was to a church, struggling with theological and ecclesiological tensions, that Paul first described the practice of preaching as ‘foolishness’ (1 Corinthians 1:20-2:16). He called preaching ‘foolish’, because Greek philosophy was at that time communicated through a self-conscious form of oratory and public discourse. Surely, if the mysteries of the divine and the…

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January 2015
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Gendercide

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Bill that is seeking to clarify the law on sex-selective abortion. The Abortion (Sex-Selection) Ten Minute Rule Bill, which was brought by MP Fiona Bruce, was approved by 181 votes to 1, at the end of November. It was co-promoted by MPs Fiona MacTaggart, Kate Hoey,…

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January 2015
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Debtor lifeline

Christmas is over for another year, but the repercussions of holiday spending habits remain. 2013 research showed that UK consumers’ online expenditure exceeded £90 billion. Without careful planning, increased spending can entrap the unwary in debt. An estimated 8.8 million in the UK have severe debt problems. 83 per cent of these say they…

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January 2015
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That wall came tumbling down

Remembering the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall should encourage today’s church to pray for those still in the shadow of other walls. When Brother Andrew of Christian mission organisation Open Doors was offered a piece of the Berlin Wall as a souvenir, he refused it. He reportedly said, ‘Why would…

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January 2015
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Water aid

International charity WaterAid has asked congregations to donate any savings made from giving up treats for Lent to bring clean drinking water to some of the world’s poorest communities. WaterAid’s Jars of Change appeal aims to raise money for children like eleven-year-old Frehiwot from the Ashalta community in Ethiopia, who often misses school to…

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January 2015
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Easter Ross

A Free Church of Scotland (FCS) congregation in Easter Ross has started to build an extension to its existing premises in Fearn. Most of the work is being undertaken by volunteers from Tain and Fearn, and the project is expected to be completed early in 2015. In the interim, a portacabin is being used.…

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January 2015
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India

In April 2015, a state-of-the-art school will be built in India, to lift 80 children from the dust to become ‘princes’, Roger Berrie, founder of ministry Morning Star has said. Mr Berrie, a member of Enderby Mission Church, Leicestershire, has been working to help the slum children of India for 19 years, after he first…

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Historical

January 2015
Articles > Historical

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his early relationship with Welsh evangelicals

Lloyd-Jones’s relationship with Welsh students and later with the Bala Conference pastors stands in sharp contrast to his relationship with evangelical pastors in Wales during the pre-war period. The former was a dynamic, warm and open relationship, while the latter was a more distant one. Lloyd-Jones explains why he had kept aloof from pre-war…

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January 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Keeping body and soul together

When the apostle Paul found himself in a Roman prison cell, approaching the end of his earthly life, he wrote the following request to my namesake Timothy: ‘When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments’ (2 Timothy 4:13). The request divides…

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Northern Ireland

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January 2015
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Northern Ireland

The Irish Biblical Reformation Conference was held on 8 November 2014 at Edenmore Golf Club, Magheralin, Northern Ireland. The guest preacher was Pastor Jeremy Walker of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley. He began by asking, ‘What is thechurch and what is a church?’, and ‘Who cares, and why should they care?’ The answer is that…

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Sacrificing sacrifice

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January 2015
Articles > Guest column

Sacrificing sacrifice

There are some trends in evangelical thinking that delight me; others create concern. I am still shocked by how quickly fads come, cause immense fascination and euphoria, and then disappear like a vapour. How much evangelical energy is wasted on these is beyond calculation. But, since I have been a Christian, I have noticed…

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EP Study Commentary – Ezra-Nehemiah

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January 2015

EP Study Commentary – Ezra-Nehemiah

Ezra-Nehemiah Gregory GoswellEP Books458 pages, £16.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-986-1 What do you do upon reaching the long genealogies featured heavily in Ezra and Nehemiah? It is tempting to hurry past them to reach the ‘meat’ of the books. For Gregory Goswell, however, in this EP Study Commentary, these are the glory of this section of…

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January 2015

Paradoxology

Paradoxology Krish KandiahHodder & Stoughton, 308 pages, £13.99ISBN: 978-1-444-74534-4Star rating: 4 This lively book aims to demonstrate to the average believer that wrestling with the conundrums of the Christian life is essential to spiritual growth. For example, why would the God who is everywhere invite his people to draw near? How could a moral…

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January 2015
Reviews > Book

Ecuador Adventure – Jim Elliot

Ecuador Adventure – Jim Elliot Colin D. Jones Day One Publications 64 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-420-8 It’s great to see new generations challenged to live wholeheartedly and sacrificially for Christ. The earlier this occurs, the better; before the course of life becomes settled and unhelpful habits take root. Jim Elliott, Ron Harris, Pete Fleming,…

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Opening up Revelation

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January 2015

Opening up Revelation

Opening up Revelation Roger Ellsworth Day One Publications 160, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-409-3 Star Rating: 4 The book of Revelation is often the resource of choice for those with fanciful and complicated theories about the end times. In contrast, Roger Ellsworth’s treatment of the book is a straightforward and sure-footed guide through the seals, trumpets…

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January 2015

Life in Christ

Life in Christ Jeremy Walker Reformation Heritage Books 144 pages, £11.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-274-8  An excellent book, ideal for the new Christian and any seeker! It could also be given to an unbeliever, as there is plenty to challenge such. It does not aim to be a typical discipleship book, but to point Christians to…

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Spiritual Warfare

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January 2015

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura Reformation Heritage Books 124, £13.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-284-7 Star Rating: 3   The aim of this book is shown by its title. Its objectives of being scriptural and balanced are well met. The authors maintain close attention to the scriptural text and follow a well-trodden path between the…

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Ready Steady Grow

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January 2015

Ready Steady Grow

Ready Steady GrowRay EvansIVP240, £10.99ISBN: 978-1-78359-113-8Star Rating: 4   Ready steady grow Ray Evans IVP 240 pages, £10.99 ISBN: 978-1-78359-113-8 Despite the title, this is not a ‘how-to’ manual on church growth. Rather, it is about overcoming obstacles which prevent churches from growing from one size category to another. The author identifies four of…

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January 2015

Systematics for God’s glory – God, creation, decrees and providence

Systematics for God’s glory: God, creation, decrees and providence Jonathan BayesCarey Printing Press, 256 pages£11.79, ISBN: 978-0-9876841-2-7 Christians need to be familiar with more than just the Bible’s stories and basic plot-lines. It is also vital to understand the teachings of Holy Scripture in a logical and systematic way. That is the purpose of…

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January 2015

Good News for the Public Square

Good news for the public square Timothy Laurence (Ed.)Lawyers Christian Fellowship126 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-0-9506454-3-8 The draining away of Christian convictions from public life and the corresponding influx of atheism and relativism has created a new environment for Christians in the West. For the first time in many generations, we are on the back…

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Titus for You

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January 2015

Titus for You

Titus for you Tim ChesterGood Book Company, 128 pages, £6.79ISBN: 978-1-90991-960-0 This book shows us the meaning of Paul’s letter to Titus and applies its teaching to 21st century believers. The author shows his heart for the gospel and his passion to make Bible teaching clear and life-changing. He uses simple but powerful language…

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January 2015

Bitesize Biography – Girolamo Savonarola

Bitesize Biography – Girolamo SavonarolaDouglas Bond & Douglas McComasEP Books144, £6.99ISBN: 978-1-78397-001-8Star Rating: 3 Girolamo Savonarola Douglas Bond & Douglas McComas EP Books, 144 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 978-1-78397-001-8 Prior to reading this book, the name Girolamo Savonarola was known to me, but the more I read, the more I realised how much more there was…

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January 2015

Open Your Bible – All-in-One Bible Guide

Open your Bible: the all-in-one Bible guide Martin Manser (Ed.)Creative 4 International, 848 pages, £28.49ISBN: 978-0-7554-8991-6 Big, well produced and colourful, this book grabs the attention. It ambitiously sets out to be a comprehensive, one-volume overview of Christian faith, practice and the Bible. A mammoth task for just one volume, the approach focuses on…

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January 2015

Parenting against the tide

Parenting against the tide Ann Benton EP Books 240, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-78397-035-3 Star Rating: 5   This is an excellent handbook for parents. Ann Benton writes with a wealth of experience — as a parent, teacher and school governor. She also writes with a clear-sighted passion to help other parents in the awesome task…

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January 2015

A Transforming Vision -The Lord’s Prayer as a Lens for Life

A transforming vision — the Lord’s Prayer as a lens for life William EdgarChristian Focus Publications192 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-369-7 Though books on the Lord’s Prayer are legion, this one enters the arena with an original slant. From the Church Fathers to the likes of J. I. Packer, treatments of this subject have tended to…

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January 2015

The Beauty & Glory of Christian Living

The Beauty & Glory of Christian Living Ed Joel R Beeke Reformation Heritage Books 180, £13.67 ISBN: 978-1-80178-335-6 Star Rating: 5   This is a balanced, well-produced treatment of living out the Christian life. The biblical imagery of a tree, beginning from its roots and growing up to full maturity, is used. We are…

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