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March 2013
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Christian Heritage Centre welcomes home-school group

Christian Heritage Centre welcomes home-school group A group of about 25 home-schooled children and their mothers spent the morning at the Heritage Centre, Bell End, Rowley Regis, one day at the end of January.    After light refreshments, the visit began with a brief, illustrated talk on the fact that, for nearly 2000 years, Christianity…

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March 2013
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Increasing persecution

Increasing persecution Outspoken Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has told a gathering of politicians and human rights organisation leaders that the influence of Islam and rising secularism are eroding freedom of belief across the world.    Earlier, the former bishop of Rochester, who is now president of charitable organisation Oxtrad, had said Christians needed to do more…

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March 2013
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Nine-a-Day

Nine-a-Day The Bible may be losing its influence among younger Christians, church leaders have warned.    Speakers, such as Chris Wright of the Langham Partnership, warned that, although there is an essential connection between becoming like Jesus and an ongoing immersion in the Bible, the vital, guiding light of Scripture could be losing its influence…

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March 2013
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Prison outreach

Christian Prison Resources (CPR) has announced there are now roughly 21 weekly Bible studies being held in various prisons from Dover to Liverpool.

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Gay marriage in primary schools

Article

March 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Gay marriage in primary schools

Gay marriage in primary schools If the Government finally succeeds in its attempt to redefine marriage, there could be far-reaching implications for the school curriculum and for teaching staff in both primary and secondary schools. According to a legal opinion prepared by John Bowers QC on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), schools…

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March 2013
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Conscience vote

Conscience vote In January, the House of Commons paved the way to smooth the passage of the Equal Marriage Bill by supporting an amendment that will protect ‘conscientious beliefs on marriage’.    The MPs voted 86 to 31 in favour of the amendment to the Equality Act, which will go some way to providing protection…

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March 2013
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Pastor for Parkside

Pastor for Parkside On 30 December 2012, after 17 years of faithful service, Roger Purdom retired as pastor of Parkside Evangelical Church, Littlehampton, and officially handed over the pastorate to Rory McClure.     Before coming to Littlehampton, Mr Purdom had been a headmaster, and his pastorate was also blessed with faithful service to Littlehampton’s schools.…

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Historical

March 2013
Articles > Historical

Arthur Hildersham: prince among puritans

Arthur Hildersham: prince among puritans 2013 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of this important figure, but Arthur Hildersham could to a great extent be considered a forgotten puritan. Since the 13-page account of his life compiled by Samuel Clarke in the seventeenth century (in his A general martyrologie and also his The…

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Article

March 2013
Sudan

Sudanese repatriation

Sudanese repatriation On the morning of Tuesday 18 December, a convoy of 33 buses and 35 trucks left Khartoum, taking some 1500 people and all their worldly possessions ‘home’ to South Sudan. For some of them, depending on which part they were going to, this was to be a four-day journey. I say ‘home’,…

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March 2013
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Eritrea

Eritrea More than 20 Christian leaders have been arrested in the Eritrean Capital, Asmara, Release International has reported.    According to Release, Eritrea has been targeting church leaders of various denominations, including the Full Gospel Church and Mesret Kristos (Mennonite) Church.    All those detained were arrested at home, prompting suggestions that this had been a…

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March 2013
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Day of shame

DAY OF SHAME The Commons vote on 5 February made Prime Minister David Cameron a happy man. By 400 to 175 — a majority of 225 — the House voted in favour of same-sex marriage. But Mr Cameron’s day of joy was surely a day of shame for our nation. The Prime Minister said,…

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Historical

March 2013
Articles > Historical

Robert Murray M’Cheyne — a bright light and an enduring influence

Robert Murray M’Cheyne — a bright light and an enduring influence From time to time, the Lord has raised up preachers with remarkable gifts, to exercise an uncommon impact in their own generation and afterwards. One such was Robert Murray M’Cheyne. His case is all the more remarkable given the very short period of…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (2)

Historical

March 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (2)

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (2) Two of the first leaders of Primitive Methodism were Hugh Bourne (February ET) and William Clowes. It would be difficult to find two men more different. Despite the fact that Clowes could trace his kinship on his mother’s side back to Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, he was…

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Reflecting on the cross

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March 2013
Articles > Guest column

Reflecting on the cross

Guest Column Reflecting on the cross It takes courage to make a stand for Christ, particularly in the age in which we live. Other people expect our faith to be kept private and not affect the way we interact with those around us. The privatisation of faith will be a challenge to the people…

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March 2013
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No religious right yet

No religious right yet The UK is not following in the footsteps of the US and forging a ‘religious right’, the Theos think-tank has claimed.    In a 96-page report, Is there a religious right emerging in Britain?, author Andy Walton says such claims are inaccurate and inflammatory.    The report highlighted that recent high-profile campaigns,…

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Preaching eternal judgement (1)

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March 2013
Articles > Historical

Preaching eternal judgement (1)

Preaching eternal judgement (1) ‘Ranters’ was the name given to Primitive Methodist preachers, partly because they preached divine judgement and eternal punishment. But their beliefs were derived from the parent Wesleyan body. The same truths are to be heard today in any pulpit of any church or denomination loyal to the evangelical faith. In…

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March 2013
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Tax avoidance

Tax avoidance Ecumenical church leaders across Yorkshire have called on MPs and MEPs from all political parties to carry out concerted action to address the issue of tax justice.    Representatives of West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC) wrote to MPs during Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, and spoke of the experience of their churches, daily…

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March 2013
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Prison outreach

Prison outreach Christian Prison Resources (CPR) has announced there are now roughly 21 weekly Bible studies being held in various prisons from Dover to Liverpool.     According to its latest newsletter, CPR said it was ‘encouraged’ by the number of those who were professing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The newsletter said,…

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March 2013
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EA criticises Steve Chalke

EA criticises Steve Chalke The founder of the Oasis Trust and Faithworks, Rev. Steve Chalke, has been criticised by the Evangelical Alliance (EA), after Mr Chalke carried out a gay blessing in his church.     Quoted in Christianity magazine, Mr Chalke — whose controversial and heretical stand on penal substitution caused a stir a…

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March 2013
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Contraception by abortion

Contraception by abortion A hard-hitting BBC Panorama report has suggested abortions are being increasingly used as a form of extreme contraception, with more than one in five British women opting for abortions each year.    The programme cited statistics that showed 98 per cent of abortions are carried out on grounds that the continuation of…

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Review

March 2013
Reviews > Book

Love Wins: At the Heart of Life’s Big Questions

Part One (March 2013) ‘Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope’ … for everyone? Sadly many ministers responsible for conducting funerals commit a terrible, destructive sin, by providing a ‘sure and certain hope’ of heaven to grieving friends and relatives, when the evidence from the life of…

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March 2013
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Air cadets

Air cadets The Air Training Corps has announced its intention to provide an alternative, ‘non-religious’ oath for new members, that excludes any references to God.    Last month’s ET (p.7) reported that girl guiding and scouting organisations had already issued a public consultation on removing references to honouring God in their mottos. Now, the Air…

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Resisting Satan

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March 2013
Articles > Comment

Resisting Satan

Resisting Satan Christians live in constant danger from their spiritual adversary. In order to resist the devil successfully, it is vital that we are aware of his strategies. These include: Discouragement: This can defeat even the strongest saint. But David is our example, for he ‘encouraged himself in the Lord his God’ (1 Samuel 30:6)…

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Article

March 2013
Uganda

Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda

Festo turned his back on Christianity soon after his arrival at high school … He fell in with a group of lads untouched by the revival or Christian witness around them. He joined them in their escapades to the shops after dark and began to drink and smoke heavily…

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Sudanese repatriation

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March 2013
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Sudanese repatriation

Sudanese repatriation On the morning of Tuesday 18 December, a convoy of 33 buses and 35 trucks left Khartoum, taking some 1500 people and all their worldly possessions ‘home’ to South Sudan. For some of them, depending on which part they were going to, this was to be a four-day journey. I say ‘home’,…

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March 2013
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Pakistan

Pakistan A blasphemy law victim, with a death sentence over him, has been forced to wait a few more weeks for his appeal hearing.    Younis Masih, a victim of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws for more than seven years, is currently listed for an appeal from his death sentence and fine of RS100,000. His appeal was…

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Is Christ’s work unfinished?

Article

March 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is Christ’s work unfinished?

Is Christ’s work unfinished? ‘The finished work of Christ’ is one of the dearest doctrines of all to Protestants (see January 2013 ET). When Christ died on the cross, he did everything necessary to save us eternally. His death has paid the full price for the eternal salvation of his people. ‘When Jesus therefore…

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March 2013
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Egypt

Egypt The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church has repeated his calls for the Egyptian government to show accountability and conduct proper investigations into the attacks on Christians in recent weeks.    In a bid to quell the rising violence, two years on from the uprisings in 2011, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church…

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March 2013
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Childcare reforms

Childcare reforms The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has welcomed reforms to the childcare system, claiming it will help ‘release the power of work’.    Speaking after the Government unveiled a package of reforms to help parents back into work, Christian Guy, managing director of CSJ, said, ‘The UK’s childcare system has for too long…

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March 2013
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Same-sex therapy

Same-sex therapy In January, a professional conduct inquiry into a complaint against therapist Dr Mike Davidson was prefaced by four leading figures debating the legitimacy of therapy for those with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.     Some professional regulatory bodies, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom…

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March 2013
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Identity search

Identity search Throughout February, All Soul’s, Langham Place, held a four-week course on identity — finding out ‘who we are in Christ’. According to a statement from All Soul’s, the question ‘Who am I?’ is ‘deep and fundamental’, but difficult to answer.    The statement said, ‘In 21st century culture, there are many different places…

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Gladys Aylward (1902-1970)  (2)

Historical

March 2013
Articles > Historical

Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) (2)

Gladys Aylward (1902-1970)  (2) Colin Nevin continues looking at the striking life of Gladys Aylward, whose village in China and grave in Taiwan he visited recently. It is now over 80 years since Gladys first made her intrepid missionary journey to Tienstin, in 1932. The Chinese language is difficult and broken into regional dialects.…

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News

March 2013
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Spurgeon’s College

Spurgeon’s College Spurgeon’s College has become one of the few theological colleges in Great Britain to be granted ‘Highly trusted sponsor status’ with the UK Border Agency.     According to a statement from the college, this status is ‘hugely beneficial’, because it is an essential government precondition for attracting non-EU based, foreign students.    Chris…

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Article

March 2013
Obituaries

Mrs Mari Jones (1915-2012)

Mrs Mari Jones (1915-2012)          One of the early pioneers of the work of the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW), Mari Jones (‘Anti Mari’), went home to glory last year. Mrs Jones had been present in the first EMW Welsh Conference in Bala in 1952, coming to help as a cook in…

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Carey Conference

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March 2013
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Carey Conference

Carey Conference It was a great blessing to be at the Carey Conference in Swanwick from 8-10 January this year and the rich ministry from Mike Reeves was deeply inspiring.     He spoke on the historical giants Athanasius, who resisted the Arian heresy and attack on the deity of Christ in his day; the…

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March 2013
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Teachers at risk

Teachers at risk     Nearly 10 per cent of all UK teachers face being disciplined or sacked if they defy the Prime Minister David Cameron over gay marriage, the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) has claimed.    According to a ComRes poll carried out during January, one in ten teachers said they will probably refuse to…

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Article

March 2013
Education

Christian Heritage Centre welcomes home-school group

A group of about 25 home-schooled children and their mothers spent the morning at the Heritage Centre, Bell End, Rowley Regis, one day at the end of January.

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Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

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March 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

Developing the spiritual life of the church (3) It is vital to restore true spirituality to its rightful place in the churches. In his book, The Puritans, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones continually emphasises that true Christianity is of the heart, not just the head. It is founded on biblical truth, of course, but it is…

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News

March 2013
News

Faith and finance

Faith and finance Ministers have warned the government that more needs to be done to make sure the banks behave correctly and are monitored properly. In a debate on the Banking Reform Bill, following Chancellor George Osborne’s strident remarks on “electrifying” a ring-fence around banking activity, former Conservative leadership candidate John Redwood asked, ‘If…

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Personal view: Have you considered ‘tent-making’?

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March 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Have you considered ‘tent-making’?

Personal view: Have you considered ‘tent-making’? Some readers of the recent ET correspondence concerning pastors and elders may have wondered if the discussion was relevant to them, since in their small church the prospect of a full-time ministry seems beyond their wildest dreams. But is it? The teaching of passages such as 1 Corinthians…

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Historical

March 2013
Articles > Historical

William Grimshaw remembered

250 years after the death of William Grimshaw, his biographer Faith Cook commemorates an unsung hero of the Evangelical Revival.

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News

March 2013
News

Disability abortions

Disability abortions A cross-party parliamentary inquiry has been launched to review the law governing abortion on the grounds of disability.    It will be chaired by Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, who said, ‘This inquiry will examine evidence and establish whether there is room for a review of this legislation, bearing in mind both medical advances…

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Pure fellowship (1)

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March 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pure fellowship (1)

Pure fellowship (1) The apostle Paul was ever building fellowship in the churches and showing Christians how best to maintain unity. And why was he so set on united churches? I think he had the prayer of his Lord in mind: ‘And the glory which you gave me, I have given them, that they…

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The big interview — Safety first

Article

March 2013
Interviews

The big interview — Safety first

The big interview — Safety first Claudia Bell is a Safeguarding Advisor with the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS). She spoke recently with Sheila Marshall about keeping faith and secular environments safe for society’s most vulnerable. ET: How did you become a Christian? CB: My parents didn’t go to church but, when I…

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Article

March 2013
Russia

UNWANTED, but wanted by God

Anastasia is her name. ‘One day in church a man came up to me and told me about her’, said Alexander, who has been working with OM Russia’s ministry Children at Risk for several months now.     Together with his wife Alexander also works to organise Christian camps and this year they decided to…

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Review

March 2013

Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Despair

Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Despair Baruch Maoz Crossbooks 184 pages, £9.17 ISBN: 978-1-46270-619-8 Star rating: 3 stars Describing itself as ‘a devotional commentary’, the able pen of Baruch Maoz — using his own translation of the prophet Malachi — guides us carefully and honestly through the last book of the Old Testament.…

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Review

March 2013

Evangelicals and Culture

Evangelicals and Culture Doreen M. Rosman James Clark & Co Ltd 200 pages, £19.50 ISBN: 978-0-2276-8034-6 Star Rating: 2 stars   What were our evangelical ancestors like 200 years ago? Not so much in terms of their church life and beliefs, but what were they like at home and in society? The common view…

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Review

March 2013

The Reformation Experience

The Reformation Experience: Living through the turbulent 16th century Eric Ives Lion 320 pages, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-7459-5277-2 Star rating: 3 stars   The ‘turbulent’ in the sub-title of this book might well be applied to those recent historians whose debates concerning the events and significance of the Reformation have at times been rather heated.…

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Review

March 2013

A Passionate Faith

A Passionate Faith- What Makes an Evangelical? Richard Turnbull Lion Monarch 176 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-85424-901-2 Star Rating: 3 stars   Richard Turnbull has written a very helpful account of the spiritual and devotional life which characterizes authentic Evangelicalism. His subtitle, What Makes an Evangelical? demonstrates his recognition that there is more to being a…

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Review

March 2013

A new name

A new name Emma Scrivener IVP 160 pages, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-586-9 Star Rating: 4   This book traces the journey of the writer through twenty years of anorexia. She writes with remarkable honesty and deep insight which has been gained painfully. There is gentle humour combined with stark reality. It is the story of…

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Review

March 2013

Pure Joy – Rediscover your conscience

Pure Joy – Rediscover your conscience Christopher Ash IVP 208 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-585-2 Star Rating: 4   I have on my bookshelves, still unread it has to be said, a copy of Hallesby’s book entitled Conscience, published back in 1933, but I know of no other book devoted to this important yet complex…

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Review

March 2013

emotions – living life in colour

Emotions (living life in colour) Graham Beynon IVP 184 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-589-0 Star Rating: 4 stars   ‘The first challenge to us is to feel more. Some of us, because of our Christian upbringing or Christian culture, have been taught to suppress emotions. That usually goes hand in hand with thinking of emotions…

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Review

March 2013

A Mouth Full of Fire

A Mouth Full of Fire Andrew G Shead Apollos (IVP) 328 pages, £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-596-8 Star Rating: 2   In this book Andrew Shead seeks to build a theology of the Word of God from the many references in the book of Jeremiah both to the Word and (for Shead, an important distinction) to…

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Review

March 2013

Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement

Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement Alister Chapman Oxford University Press, 222 pages, £35.00 ISBN: 978-0-19-977397-8 Star Rating: 4 stars   On any reckoning, John Stott is a central figure in twentieth-century evangelicalism. Following his death in July 2011, it is inevitable that analysis of his life and work will begin in…

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