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June 2013
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Lewis Christian Conference

The Lewis Christian Conference will hold two conferences in 2013. The first takes place from 5-8 July, when the speaker is Dr William Goligher, senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, since May 2011. The second is from 8-11 November, when the speaker is Dr Dale Ralph Davis, from Mississippi.      Mr Goligher previously…

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June 2013
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Cancer test

Cancerous tumours release into the bloodstream DNA that contains specific signals about the tumours, research has found.      According to a statement from Cancer Research UK, there is a growing hope that analysing these DNA fingerprints could provide a quick, simple ‘liquid biopsy’ to track tumours’ progress.      Earlier this year, researchers at the…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church Jesus built

‘And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). What is this ‘church’ to which our Lord refers in this famous verse? It is common for people to interpret ‘church’ here (ekklesia…

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June 2013
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Inaugural Toon Lecture

The former Bishop of Rochester, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, has given the first Toon Lecture, which was established in honour of the late Dr Peter Toon, who died in 2009.      Peter Toon was a Yorkshireman, Anglican minister, theologian and church historian. He served at various times as librarian at Latimer House in Oxford, curate…

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June 2013
Articles > World Mission

Response to the WEA report on Bible translation

  Victor Attallah responds to the WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) report which was commissioned after deep unease over moves to replace divine familial terms (like ‘Son of God’) perceived to be offensive when translating the bible into languages which will be used by Muslims. Wycliffe Bible Translators have committed to implementing the recommendations of…

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June 2013
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Birmingham Conference

Despite the adverse weather conditions, some 70 ministers, church workers and their wives gathered for the fourth annual Birmingham Conference. Although the snow came down heavily outside, hearts were warmed as God’s Word was faithfully preached over the two days. The speakers were Rev. John J. Murray (Inverness), Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi (Cheltenham) and Rev.…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A triune blessing

2 Corinthians 13:14 is one of the most often quoted verses in all the Scriptures. It reads, ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all’.   Many a public worship service has been and is closed with this benediction.…

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June 2013
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Arthur Hildersham commemoration

2013 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Arthur Hildersham, a celebrated puritan minister. On Wednesday 1 May, a lecture on him was held in St Helen’s Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.       Hildersham ministered at this church for over 40 years, in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and was buried there. Over…

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June 2013
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Nigerian integrity

A diplomatic controversy has erupted after the Nigerian UN representative refused to accept references that supported abortion and ‘reproductive rights’ in the Commission on Population and Development’s draft document.      Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s permanent representative at the UN and first chair of the UN Women Committee, had objected to the terms ‘sexual and reproductive…

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June 2013
News > Youth Features

Addictions

The dictionary defines ‘addict’ as ‘to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively’. It gives as one example — addicted to gambling. Usually we think of an addiction as being dominated by a drug such as alcohol or heroin, but obviously addictions can be psychological as well as spiritual. A couple of…

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June 2013
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Street pastors

Street Pastors Kingston is recruiting ambassadors to represent the team at local churches. It is also planning to attend farmers’ markets, speak in local services, attend Freshers’ Weeks events and hold its eight-year celebration at Surbiton Hill Methodist Church.      On 9 June, the group is holding a special Street Pastor Sunday, to celebrate…

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Article

June 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Immortality… but is it real?

Our life in this world is so tied up with death that our mortality has become a secret shadow that stalks us all our lives. It is the subject that no one discusses in polite conversation, but we all have a funeral at the back of our minds…our funeral. The resurrection of Jesus of…

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June 2013
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Wycliffe Bible Translators

Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) has issued a report outlining principles for translating the Bible, particularly with a Muslim readership in mind. This can be seen in full on its web site.      In a 33-page report, commissioned by WBT and overseen by Dr Robert Cooley and the World Evangelical Alliance’s (WEA) independent panel, WBT…

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June 2013
News > Youth Features

Yorkshire Camps

April saw the start of a new initiative to reach children and young people in Yorkshire. This county (population 5.5 million), with a rich Christian heritage, now has fewer Christians per head of population than Japan, and very few children have any contact with the Christian message.      Andy and Hannah Peace have been…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Instruments of praise?

Over recent decades, some kind of musical experience has become a major component of evangelical worship — in the form of either a small classical ensemble or, more usually, a worship group or ‘band’.   Many welcome this change as a means of revitalising worship and attracting outsiders. As Iain Murray reminds us, however,…

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June 2013
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Prison update

The work among Welsh prisons is showing signs of blessing, a newsletter from Daylight Prison Trust has said. The latest letter highlighted the increased numbers of men attending Christianity Explored courses and a Discipleship Bible study in Cardiff.      The newsletter said, ‘Also give thanks that prisoners are sharing what they have learned with…

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Historical

June 2013
Articles > Historical

Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation?

The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes!’ Almighty God, in his Word, speaks clearly that Christians can be certain they are saved and be sure of their unchanging status in Christ.   Our actual experience seems so different though, since we easily follow fickle feelings and look away from the finished work of Christ as…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s abounding mercy

Samson’s story (Judges 13 – 16) is one of tremendous physical strength, but also of tragic moral weakness. Yet the major tragedy that overtook this outstanding man was crowned by the tremendous mercy of God.   His physical feats, recorded in sacred history, were unique. His tremendous strength was dazzlingly displayed when he killed…

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June 2013
Articles > Guest column

Christian community – seeking contentment without complacency

Christian reflection on community is often an exercise in romanticism. By viewing the early Christian community of Acts 2 through rose-coloured glasses, we imagine a homogenous cloister of haloed saints meeting all of each other’s expectations, living as one big happy family.   Buzzword   By projecting this inaccurate, abstract ideal on our own…

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June 2013
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Port Harcourt update

Christian work in south Nigeria has seen significant growth and challenges. According to Pastor Ani Ekpo, some of these outposts in Akwa Ibom State — one of which has become a Reformed Grace Baptist Church, about 200km from Port Harcourt — have been meeting a lot of opposition from Charismatic churches.      At Abak,…

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June 2013
China

China’s tears

The early church history course came to a memorable end. The final session concerned the rise of Islam and its effects on the churches of North Africa and the Middle East in the seventh to eleventh centuries.      We looked at the terrible legacy of the Crusades in terms of the lasting bitterness which…

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Article

June 2013
France

A week of outreach organised by ‘La Voix des Prophètes’ (Voice of the Prophets) in Paris.

About 110 young people between the ages of  15 and 25 were on the team. During the week there were more than 500 significant conversations! Over 900 Bibles were distributed. More than 500 copies of the booklet ‘Cher Abdullah’ and the CD ‘Chemin vers le ciel’ (testimonies of Christians from Muslim backgrounds) distributed. We…

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June 2013
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Libya

A violent, radical Islamist tide is posing a ‘threat to post-Arab Spring Libya’, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo has warned. The international director of charity Barnabas Fund said this had ‘menacing implications for Christians in North Africa and beyond’. He pointed to reports earlier this year, in which a church building in the eastern Libyan city…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Reaching your 70th birthday

‘The length of our days is seventy years … and we fly away’ (Psalm 90:10).   The Facebook entries of young Christian people often reveal angst at leaving their teenage years, or twenties and thirties, behind. The formative periods of their lives are passed, never to be relived again. I found the passing of…

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June 2013
Obituaries

Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013)

Christian author Edith Schaeffer, co-founder of L’Abri Fellowship, has died at the age of  98. The author of 17 books, and widow of pastor and author Francis Schaeffer, she was born in 1914 to missionary parents in Wenzhou, China.      She met her husband-to-be at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, in 1932.…

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June 2013
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YOIs failing

Schools in the UK may be excluding ‘problem’ children illegally. A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England has suggested that several hundred schools in England may be excluding children illegally, affecting thousands of children every year.      The research also found that 88 per cent of young men aged 15-18 in Young Offenders’…

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June 2013
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Sinn Fein proposal defeated

A motion brought by Sinn Fein to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has been defeated by 53 votes to 42.      According to a BBC report, 50 unionist MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) and three Alliance members voted against the measure. Those in support included 37 nationalist and three unionist members.     …

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June 2013
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Banner of Truth

More than 250 pastors, missionaries and ministry students gathered in Leicester, in April, for the 2013 Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference. Its theme was ‘The gospel: what it is and why it matters’.      At first sight this theme may seem rather elementary for a ministers’ conference. But while the gospel is elementary, it…

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June 2013
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Iran

An Iranian pastor has been warned that, unless he denies Christ and returns to Islam, he will not be released, even after he has served his sentence.      A report from the Barnabas Fund has called on Christians worldwide to pray for Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who is serving an eight-year prison sentence…

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Article

June 2013
France

Serving the Lord in Brittany

As a French and European history undergraduate student at Cardiff University, I spent the academic year 2011-2012 in Guingamp, Brittany.       This was my year abroad in France. From an academic point of view, its purpose was to improve my language skills and immerse myself in French culture. I was able to fulfil these…

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June 2013
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European resolution

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution to accommodate religious beliefs and safeguard Christians and members of other faiths in their employment.      In a resolution passed in April, it called on the 47 member states to accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere, by guaranteeing freedom of thought…

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June 2013
France

Praying for France

France today The population of France is around 65 million, 20% living in the Paris area.       Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education. Laws exist regulating religious practice and minority groups…

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June 2013
Obituaries

George Beverly Shea (1909-2013)

At the ripe age of 104, the former insurance clerk turned gospel singer George Beverly Shea went to be with the Lord. Often to be found at the Billy Graham crusades in the USA, the Canadian-born singer had been associated with the evangelist’s work for more than 50 years.      According to the New…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

Historical

June 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

In 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was formally established. It was John Crawfoot who had unintentionally invented this name, when he declared, ‘If you have deviated from the old usages, I have not. I still remain a primitive Methodist!’   Their first class ticket issued in 1812 bore the title, ‘The Society of the…

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A word to pastors

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June 2013
Articles > Comment

A word to pastors

Self-burial is one of the most effective methods of spreading the gospel. It is said that 19th century missionaries departing from Britain for distant shores would sometimes hold a funeral service before they left. They were going to serve for life and they didn’t expect to return.      Their 21st century equivalents don’t generally…

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June 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Global conflict over marriage

Global conflict Britain and the US are just two of many battlegrounds in today’s silent world war that surrounds the institution of marriage. It is a conflict that has engulfed the developed world since 2001.      A few weeks ago, New Zealand became the latest country to vote in favour of amending its definition of…

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June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A nation in crisis

Arguments from silence can be risky, but Scripture uses such an argument with devastating effect in Judges 17 – 21.   The narratives in these five chapters show the covenant community of Israel in complete moral collapse. But the intriguing thing is that the historian allows the events to speak largely for themselves. There…

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News

June 2013
News

Second marriages

People who marry a second time, after divorce or bereavement, have claimed their marriages are more stable, a survey by the Marriage Foundation has revealed.      According to a report from the think-tank, second marriages are more stable than first marriages, challenging the widely held belief that couples who remarry are doomed to repeat…

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June 2013
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Irish abortion law

The Irish government has published a draft bill on abortion, which has been branded ‘worse than Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act’, by a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).      Speaking after the publication of the bill, called ‘Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013’, Pat Buckley, Ireland’s SPUC representative,…

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June 2013
United Kingdom

Testimonies at Sidmouth

Testimonies at Sidmouth   From 8-14 April, a series of Parkinson-style interviews took place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sidmouth. Coming from the same county as the real Michael Parkinson, Yorkshireman and evangelist Roger Carswell interviewed a variety of inspirational Christians.       The first was Professor Stuart Burgess, head of engineering design at Bristol University,…

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June 2013
News

Evangelical Times newsletters

The ET newsletter is now being sent out once each month, in the middle of the month, to everyone who subscribes for it. This newsletter does not replace your usual monthly hard copy ET delivered to your church or by ordinary post (the normal ET is also available as online pdfs, to those specifically…

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Progress in Belarus

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June 2013
Belarus

Progress in Belarus

The Resurrection Evangelical Church in Ruba, Belarus, was established in 1995. Looking back, we recognise with gratitude that we have experienced God’s mercy and guidance since then. When my wife, Albina, and I first came to Ruba, after completing our course at the EMF Bible School in Welwyn, there was not a single evangelical…

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June 2013
News

Andy Mac in America

The strong interest that some churches have shown in Creation ministry meant many people were drawn to hear Professor Andy McIntosh speak on creation during his recent tour in America.      Prof. McIntosh spent a valuable time in Ballston Lake Reformed Baptist Church and in Albany Baptist. He said, ‘Both churches have taken a…

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June 2013
News > Youth Features

Back to basics

There has never been a time when God’s Word has been so far from the minds of our nation’s youth as it is today. We live in a generation where society scoffs at the Bible and neglects the inspired Word of God.       There are all manner of assaults on the Scriptures and much…

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June 2013
News

Nine-A-Day

The Christian’s journey to Christlikeness may be long, but all it takes is one step at a time, walking in the Word of God, the latest Nine-A-Day blog has said.      Continuing the 2013 ‘Nine-a-Day’ campaign, initiated by All Soul’s Church, Langham Place, London, and the Langham Partnership, the latest post has drawn on…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Marriage and divorce (1)

Marriage was instituted by God to be monogamous (one man and one woman), heterosexual (one man and one woman), public (leaving and cleaving) and unitary (one flesh).   Such is the teaching of Genesis 2:24 — ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall…

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Review

June 2013

Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace Brian A Russell Grace Publications 240, £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-94646-286-5 Star Rating: 4 This book is subtitled ‘An explanation of the sovereignty of God and our experience of his saving grace’, which is a good description of its two main parts.      Part 1 deals with the ‘doctrines of grace’ or ‘five…

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Review

June 2013

This Brief Journey

This brief journey — loving and living the Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-127)Rhett Dodson Day One Publications, 128 pages, £6.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-354-6   To be a pilgrim — further reflections on the Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 128-134)128 pages, £6.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-355-3 Star rating: 4 From the time that I preached my first sermon, almost…

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Review

June 2013

The Hope in Hope Street

The Hope in Hope Street Gervase Charmley270 pages, £7.50, ISBN: 978-1-47926-112-3 Star Rating: 3 Having no connections with Stoke-on-Trent, I anticipated that this book, a record of the 200-year history of the church originally known as Hope Congregational Church, Hanley, would be of little interest to me.      However, I was agreeably surprised. It…

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Review

June 2013

Three years at war

Three years at warJosh FortuneDay One Publications224, £8.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-372-0Star Rating: 3 Invalided out of the army, Josh Fortune, a pastor’s son, became depressed and found himself far from God. Trying to forget that the mates he knew in Iraq are now heading out for Afghanistan, he goes out and gets drunk. Although he attends church and…

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Review

June 2013

Gospel Truth

Gospel truth Paul BarnettIVP, 224 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-594-4Star rating : 4   From time to time, Christians hear strident claims from the so-called New Atheists that Jesus never existed and the Gospel records are unreliable. Paul Barnett, in this scholarly but accessible book, reveals their ignorance and answers their arguments.      Actually, the…

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June 2013

Unreached

UnreachedTim ChesterIVP176, £9.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-603-3Star Rating: 4   This book by Tim Chester of ‘The Crowded House’ in Sheffield, is a product of the working group ‘Reaching the Unreached’, which is composed of those seeking to evangelise and plant churches in deprived areas.      It is written from a firmly Calvinistic base. It aims to…

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Review

June 2013

Joseph – His arms were made strong

Joseph: his arms were made strong David C. SearleBanner of Truth, 266 pages, £10.95ISBN: 978-1-84871-165-5Star rating : 4   Banner of Truth are to be commended for publishing this new work on the life and times of the patriarch Joseph.      Joseph: his arms were made strong comprises 18 chapters of insightful exposition and…

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June 2013

The conviction to lead

The Conviction to lead Albert MohlerBethany House228 pages, £22.99ISBN: 978-0-7642-1004-4Star Rating: 5 Books on Christian leadership are legion and few have anything new to say. This, however, is one of the few.      Some time ago now, Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, was responsible for rescuing that institution…

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