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March 2012
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Preacher cleared

Preacher cleared Christians could face increasing legal challenges over their faith, despite a court ruling that cleared a Christian street preacher of delivering a homophobic sermon.    In February, Mike Overd was cleared by Taunton Magistrates’ Court of hate crime charges brought against him by two gays, who claimed he targeted them with homophobic abuse.  …

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March 2012
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Intervention urged

Intervention urged An evangelical Syrian pastor has issued a plea to the international church to pray for Syrian Christians.    In a letter sent through MERF, he said, ‘The armed Islamist opposition in Syria have murdered more than 200 Christians in the city of Homs, including entire families with young children.     ‘These Islamic gangs…

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The Titanic – the facts and the lessons

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March 2012
News > Youth Features

The Titanic – the facts and the lessons

Youth Feature The Titanic — the facts and the lessons James Cameron’s epic three hour film, Titanic (released in 1997) in a short time grossed an unprecedented one billion dollars. It was also the first film to equal the 11 academy awards of Ben Hur.    Unfortunately, although it was up to then the most…

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March 2012
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Saudi oppression

Saudi oppression Thirty-five Ethiopian Christians are facing deportation from Saudi Arabia for ‘illicit mingling’, after they were arrested in a police raid on a private prayer meeting in one of their homes.     According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the 29 women and six men had gathered to pray at a house…

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New pastor for Morton Baptist

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March 2012
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New pastor for Morton Baptist

New pastor for Morton Baptist It was cold but sunny on 14 January, when more than 120 people gathered for the ordination of Jonathan Hunt and his induction to the pastorate of Morton Baptist Church.    We were glad to have the use of a video relay to the schoolroom as we could have filled…

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March 2012
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Sexual liberty

Sexual liberty A culture of sexual licence and promiscuity in the UK is costing the taxpayer approximately £100 billion a year, a paper by the Cambridge-based Jubilee Centre has claimed.    This is almost twice as much as alcohol abuse, smoking and obesity combined, the research claims.    In a paper entitled Free sex: who pays?…

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March 2012
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Christian scalded

Christian scalded A persecuted Iranian convert to Christianity, who fled to Turkey for asylum, has been attacked by his employer.    A report from Barnabas Fund revealed that Yousef Fallah Ranjbar suffered severe scalding on his back after his boss poured hot water over him because of his Christianity. Mr Ranjbar was also subjected to…

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March 2012
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Gay marriage

Gay marriage More than 120 Church of England clergy in London have spoken out against plans to make civil partnerships equal to marriage, sparking intense media coverage.    Speaking in response, Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester and current president of Christian ministry foundation Oxtrad, said, ‘We affirm the value of all friendships and strong…

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Martin Holdt (1941-2011)

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March 2012
Obituaries

Martin Holdt (1941-2011)

Martin Holdt (1941-2011) Martin Holdt, well-known as an evangelical and Reformed leader in South Africa was suddenly taken from us on the last day of 2011.     He preached at the Afrikaans church in Montana on Christmas Day. He felt unwell and was admitted to hospital for tests the next day and the following…

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March 2012
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Drug woes

Drug woes Cancer Research UK has renewed calls for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence to rethink its decision on a new prostate cancer drug.    As the charity marked the first decade since the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Cancer Research Campaign merged to form Cancer Research UK, it asked why…

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Speaking seriously and sensitively about hell

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Speaking seriously and sensitively about hell

Speaking seriously and sensitively about hell What is the preacher to do with hell and eternal punishment? In last month’s ET we noted that preachers must keep in mind several perspectives. For example, they need to read, listen to and learn from the great Christian apologists and apologetic preachers of our time. Scavenge for…

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March 2012
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Pub apologetics

Pub apologetics One would not naturally associate a crowded pub in Birmingham with a cerebral debate on intelligent design, but that is what happened at ‘Sceptics’ in Birmingham in January.     Andy McIntosh of ACM Creation and professor at Leeds University, said, ‘The organisers estimated 130 people were packed into the pub room, which…

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New pastors

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March 2012
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New pastors

New pastors Bryn-y-groes in Bala, Wales, played host once again to the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ New Pastors’ Conference, from 28-30 November 2011.    One delegate wrote: ‘When I was sent notification of this conference, I was immediately interested. The subject matter was centred upon “But God looks at the heart”. The aim was to…

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Andrew Vasey (1941–2011)

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March 2012
Obituaries

Andrew Vasey (1941–2011)

Andrew Vasey (1941–2011) Andrew Vasey went to be with his Saviour on 17 December, aged 70.     He was born on a farm in Bradbury, moving to nearby Darlington as a child, where he lived for the rest of his life. He began attending Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church as a teenager and was…

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March 2012
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Ploughing for God

Ploughing for God More than 200,000 people visited the three-day National Ploughing Championship in Athy, Co. Kildare, and this presented a wonderful gospel opportunity.     According to Matt Tuttlebee, member of the southern region committee of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland, the 80-year-old competition also played host to more than 1100 trade…

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The pain train

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March 2012
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The pain train

The pain train Youth for Christ (YFC) has been encouraged after teaming up with a professional American football star to run a four-week long mission in High Wycombe.    Zack Follett, a 24-year-old Detroit Lions starting linebacker and born-again Christian, was forced into retirement in August last year because of a serious neck injury. However,…

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John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson

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March 2012
Articles > Historical

John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson

John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson These two nineteenth century missionary trail-blazers lived almost nomadic existences for an extensive part of their lives, travelling thousands miles across the expanses of Scandinavia and Russia. They were driven on by holy compulsion to spread the gospel through the translation, publishing and distribution of Bibles and tracts, in…

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March 2012
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Prayer vigil

Prayer vigil Release International has staged a procession and prayer vigil at the North Korean embassy in London. The organisation has also handed in a petition that shows widespread support for Christians persecuted for their faith.    Release International stated the procession and prayer vigil signified the death of freedom in North Korea under the…

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March 2012
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Songburst

Songburst WEST has launched an event called Songburst, which the Bible school hopes will become a regular slot in coming years.    Running from 23-27 July, Songburst will be a blend of Bible teaching, workshops and performance, designed for Christian musicians who wish to enhance their skills and increase their understanding of their role in…

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Redressing the balance

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March 2012
Israel

Redressing the balance

Redressing the balance Israel is a fascinating, frustrating, friendly and sometimes plain mad place to live! The fascination comes from living within the pages of the Bible. The frustration arises from Middle Eastern attitudes to life. The madness stems from the clash of cultures between Arabs and Jews, and the rightward shift of Israeli…

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Shall we unite with Rome?

Shall we unite with Rome? Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council was convened by Pope John XXIII, ET features W. J. Grier’s far-sighted evaluation of Vatican II, first published by the British Evangelical Council in 1965 and reprinted here in full, by kind permission of Affinity. This month the author traces tensions between…

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Fresh, passionate and urgent prayer

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March 2012
Articles > Comment

Fresh, passionate and urgent prayer

Fresh, passionate and urgent prayer In Acts 4, the Christians are living in a fresh experience of Christ. Some have seen the risen Lord and the day of Pentecost is fresh in their minds.     Most are recent converts, ‘first generation’ Christians. Their lives have been freshly and wonderfully transformed by a living and…

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March 2012
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Pro-life campaign

Pro-life campaign Pro-life campaigners Andy Stephenson and Kathryn Sloane entered a ‘not guilty’ plea in January at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, after being arrested for a demonstration outside an abortion clinic in Brighton on 22 June 2011.    They are being prosecuted under Section 5 of the Public Order Act for holding signs showing the effects…

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A spotless bride – the holiness of the church

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

A spotless bride – the holiness of the church

A spotless bride — the holiness of the church Institutions are in trouble these days and professionals are suspect. The political, legal, financial, educational and even charitable realms of the western world are crumbling. A lack of moral integrity is at the core of this disintegration. This is sad to admit, but it is…

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‘He couldn’t lace his boots’

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘He couldn’t lace his boots’

‘He couldn’t lace his boots’ The expression ‘He couldn’t lace his boots’ is used when one person is compared less favourably with another. Think, for instance, of the occasions when you meet an older man who is convinced that the football era of his youth was the greatest ever. He might say with nostalgia,…

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A unique feature

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March 2012
Articles > Guest column

A unique feature

A unique feature When I joined the staff of the Bible College where I now serve as principal, I was delighted to find that the training course included — and still includes —what may well be a unique feature in UK Bible college training: memorising Scripture. I have long felt that this is one…

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Reformation Christianity

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March 2012
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Reformation Christianity

Reformation Christianity     A conference for men called ‘Reformation Christianity for today’ was held at Bawtry Hall conference centre, near Doncaster, from 11-12 November. This is the fourth time it has been held. It was previously called ‘A defence of Calvinism’.     The two main speakers were Dr Kevin Bidwell (Sheffield Presbyterian) and Brian…

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March 2012
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Homophobia

Homophobia A trial in Derby in January found three Muslim men guilty of hate crimes after distributing graphically violent literature that called for homosexuals to be killed.    Ihjaz Ali, 42, Kabir Ahmed, 28, and Razwan Javed, 28, were found guilty of breaching hate crime legislation by distributing the leaflets outside a mosque and posting…

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Is healing promised in the atonement?

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is healing promised in the atonement?

Is healing promised in the atonement? ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:5).     Great controversy has often arisen over this verse. Some believe wholeheartedly that physical healing is here guaranteed…

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March 2012
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John Stott memorial service

John Stott memorial service Hundreds of people gathered in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on Friday 13 January, to thank God for the life of Rev. John Stott, who died last year at the age of 90. The former Rector of All Souls and founder of both the Langham Partnership and Institute for Contemporary Christianity…

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Learning to say ‘No’

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March 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Learning to say ‘No’

Learning to say ‘No’ Generally speaking, parents don’t like to hear their children say ‘No’. It usually indicates rebellion or at least disobedience. Whether it is used in connection with eating their vegetables or cleaning up their room, an answer of ‘No’ can be a refusal to obey the parent.     The same is…

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March 2012
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Study day

Study day The John Owen Centre (JOC) is bringing its Doctrine Study Day to Sheffield, Bradford-on-Avon and Belfast.     The third study day on the doctrine of Scripture has already stopped off at Guildford, and is due to hit Sheffield on 8 March, Bradford-on-Avon on 14 March and Belfast on 29 March. These are…

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March 2012
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Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee The royal celebrations this year focus on an international figurehead, who declared only three months ago: ‘God sent into the world a unique person — neither a philosopher, nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive’. ‘Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith.…

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March 2012
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Messy marriages

Messy marriages Christians are happier in their marriages and better at staying married than non-Christians, despite admitting their marital life can be ‘messy’, a study has found.    How’s the family?, the latest report in the Evangelical Alliance’s 21st Century Evangelicals series, showed that Christians are much better at protecting their marriage, with the credit for this…

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Preparing to be an amazing old person

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March 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Preparing to be an amazing old person

Preparing to be an amazing old person It’s not uncommon for God to use older people. Take Caleb, who fought giants as an octogenarian. Or Moses, who led a cantankerous people up to the promised land, aged 120. Remember Anna, the widow, who served God with prayers at the temple in Jerusalem. God delights…

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March 2012
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Sharia law

Sharia law Children as young as nine are being forced into marriages in Islington, despite a bill brought in by Baroness Cox last year to protect young girls against this aspect of Sharia law.     In a report by local paper Islington tribune, the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) revealed that at…

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New start in Hanney

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March 2012
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New start in Hanney

New start in Hanney Sunday 8 January was an exciting day for all at Abbey Baptist Church, Abingdon. The fellowship had the joy of setting apart 39 of our members to form a new church in the village of Hanney, about eight miles from Abingdon.    The new church had its first meetings as an…

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March 2012
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Military schools

Military schools David Cameron has been urged to back the development of a network of military schools to help tackle educational failure in the UK’s poorest communities.     The report, Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and outcomes and revitalising our armed forces, published by think-tank ResPublica, asks the Prime Minister to recognise and harness the…

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March 2012
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God can’t heal: ASA

God can’t heal: ASA The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered a group of Christians in Bath not to make any claims which state or imply that God can heal through prayer.    Registered Christian trust, the ‘Healing on the Streets — Bath’ (HOTS) team, have been praying for the public outside Bath Abbey for…

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Guarding the gospel

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Guarding the gospel

Guarding the gospel Gospel preachers need to be keenly aware of popular gospel perversions in order to safeguard the message they preach. For example, an awareness of past gospel perversions alerts us to similar dangers today. In New Testament times, these were already at work. Paul was keenly aware of antinomian tendencies when he…

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March 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Five reasons preachers should preach on hell

Five reasons preachers should preach on hell 1. It’s in the Bible As difficult as the subject is, pastors must proclaim the whole counsel of God. 2. It acts as ballast for their ministries It’s easy for pastors to drift off track by making a good thing the main thing. Preaching hell reminds us…

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Article

March 2012
Obituaries

John Pollock (1924-2012)

John Pollock (1924-2012) Christian author and biographer Rev. Dr John Charles Pollock passed into glory on 6 January, at South Molton Community Hospital, Devon, aged 88. He was taken ill on a walking holiday in Scotland and died after a short illness. The funeral service was held at St Peter’s Church, Rose Ash, in…

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On the Silk Road

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March 2012
Pakistan

On the Silk Road

On the Silk Road The southern branch of this ancient trading highway carried silks from China, in exchange for precious stones and spices from India. Today the route is as busy as ever, as gaily painted heavy trucks transport goods to the Chinese border and hundreds of little Suzuki taxis weave in and out…

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Ignited in Scotland

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March 2012
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Ignited in Scotland

Ignited in Scotland     Most likely, the words ‘Grace Baptist’ and ‘Scotland’ have seldom been combined in your hearing or reading. Though Baptists in Scotland were Calvinistic and thriving from the beginning, the reverses of the last century have been heartbreaking. Only pockets of such believers exist today.     In a country noted for…

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Fossils and the Flood

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March 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Fossils and the Flood

Fossils and the Flood Ever since I was a boy I have loved fossils — collecting them, handling them, studying them. There is something magical about splitting open a rock on the beach to find a beautifully preserved ammonite inside. Fossils are the remains or traces of animals and plants that lived in the…

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March 2012
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Prayer ruling dispute

Prayer ruling dispute Ministers of Parliament and senior figures in the Church of England have condemned a High Court ruling that overturned a local council’s right to pray at the start of meetings.    Speaking to the BBC after the High Court ruled that Devon-based Bideford Town Council acted unlawfully by allowing prayers to be…

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Review

March 2012

Voice of Nonconformity

Voice of Nonconformity Keith A. Ives Lutterworth Press 324, £23.00 ISBN: 978-0-7188-9222-7 Star Rating: 3 William Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923) founded the British Weekly in 1886, a periodical which described itself as ‘a journal of Christian and social progress’, and remained its editor until his death. The British Weekly was intended to be religious publishing’s answer…

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March 2012

Hearing the Spirit – Knowing the Father through the Son

Hearing the Spirit – Knowing the Father through the Son Christopher Ash Christian Focus Publications 176, £0.00 ISBN: 978-1-84550-725-1 Star Rating: This book focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit specifically in relation to the written word of God (the Bible).  One of the primary concerns of the author is to challenge those…

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March 2012

At a Given Moment – Faith Matters in Healthcare Encounters

At a Given Moment – Faith Matters in Healthcare Encounters Graham McAll Christian Medical Fellowship 182, £8.00 ISBN: 978-0-906747-41-4 Star Rating: 0 This is a very readable book which is written by an experienced GP for Christians in all the health-care professions. It has a particular focus on the more long-term relationship of GPs with…

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March 2012

Opening up 1 Chronicles and Opening up 2 Chronicles

Opening up 1 Chronicles Andrew Thomson Day One Publications 128, £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-289-1 Star Rating: 3 Also 2 Chronicles 128 pages, 84625-290-7      Unless we are experts in the Old Testament I suspect that we tend to bypass the books of the Chronicles.  After all they are buried about a third of the…

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Opening up 2 Chronicles

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March 2012

Opening up 2 Chronicles

Opening up 2 ChroniclesAndrew ThomsonDay One Publishers128, £5.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-290-7Star Rating: 0 This in included in my review of 1 Chronicles also by Andrew Thompson available here.

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March 2012

Taking Hold of God

Taking Hold of God Edited by Joel R. Beeke and Brian G. Najapfour Reformation Heritage Books 267, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-60178-1208 Star Rating: 5 I would describe this book as being probably the best book on prayer for a generation. It is both challenging and encouraging, laying out in detail the many aspect of prayer,…

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Review

March 2012

Operation World – The definitive prayer guide to every nation

    Operation World – The definitive prayer guide to every nation Completely revised – 7th Edition Jason Mandryk WEC International and Biblica Publishing 978 pages £12.30 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-85078-861-4 Paperback ISBN 978-1-85078-861-1   The last edition of OW was published in 2001. The concept of a volume like this began when the famous…

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March 2012

On Giants’ Shoulders

On Giants’ Shoulders – Introducing great theologians – from Luther to Barth Michael Reeves IVP 170 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-495-4 Due to an error this book was only given 1 star in the Evangelical Times newspaper we apologize for this error. The reviewer (Mostyn Roberts) rates it “three stars” subject to the comments in his…

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