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March 2019
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Teaching Ruth & Esther (Proclamation Trust)

This helpful aid for Bible study leaders and preachers will certainly remove any thought that these two very different Biblical books are strictly for ladies’ meetings. Boaz and Mordecai are shown to play as significant a part as Ruth and Esther. This handy-sized resource does not claim to be a commentary, but it will certainly be a most useful guide to understanding the historical background, local customs and main thrust of the individual narratives. It does not skirt over some of the more difficult passages either. The author’s main concern is to show how these biblical books do not merely illustrate but foreshadow the gospel...

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March 2019
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The Christian Mind: Escaping Futility (Banner Mini-Guides)

The Banner of Truth are producing a series of mini-guides concerning major themes and issues related to the Christian faith. They are to serve as a taster to their various subjects, enlarging the understanding but also stimulating a desire to go further. Bill Edgar has written about the Christian mind. He challenges the idea that Christians do not use their minds, and encourages us to engage thoughtfully with all areas of life, such as science, history and the arts. He outlines the limitations of reason and helpfully analyses the noetic effects of sin – the fact that sin affects our ways of thinking and not...

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March 2019
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A Face Like A Flint

The title is inspired by Mark 10:32, where Jesus’ disciples were awestruck by the single-minded manner in which he made his way toward Jerusalem. Jeremy Walker describes movingly how the Lord Jesus recognised and embraced his identity as the Son of Man (Daniel 7). He knew and understood the Old Testament Scriptures which foretold the Messiah’s sufferings, but pressed on, resolved to glorify God, save his people, and win joy for himself. The book shows that the determination seen in Christ is the same spirit in which salvation is obtained and pursued by the believer. Meditations on Psalm 119:30-21 move into challenging application. Have you...

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March 2019
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The Grace of Shame: 7 Ways the Church Has Failed to Love Homosexuals

By God’s grace, the authors’ church ministry has led a large number of homosexuals to repentance and godly living. This change has involved more than simply abstaining from prohibited sexual activities, but a turning from the sin of ‘effeminacy’ (1 Cor 6:9-10) in every part of life. Whether or not one agrees with their description of ideal masculinity (and many will not), the principle is that the homosexual must be called to reject his or her homosexuality and positively embrace their God-given sexual identity as male or female. The Grace of Shame demonstrates how easily conservative evangelicals have given ground on this issue in the...

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March 2019
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Can We Trust the Gospels?

This is almost unique as an apologetic resource. Christians usually must choose between big books which are scholarly or popular books which are simplistic. This book presents robust arguments that ordinary people can follow. In eight digestible chapters Williams serves up the cream of recent apologetics on the gospels. He does not attack straw men or fight yesterday’s apologetic battles. Being both Bible scholar and personal evangelist, Williams knows the kind of objections currently heard on the streets, or popularised on Youtube. He not only rebuts the scepticism of men like Bart Ehrman but exposes flaws in their reasoning, demonstrating that it is the sceptic...

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