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All Reviews from May 2016

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May 2016

Opening Up Job

This volume aims to provide a working introduction to the book of Job. Much thought has gone into this publication and its layout. The book of Job is of perennial importance, dealing as it does with difficult questions faced by many. Opening up Job first places Job in his historical setting. To avoid getting…

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May 2016

The Star of Bethlehem

This little book aims to help those who are seeking the Saviour, as well as encourage believers. Although there are 62 printed pages, there are only 35 of reading material, divided among preface, introduction and ten chapters. At a price of £5, readers might feel short-changed. Burgess is well known for his excellent books…

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May 2016

Confessions of a Childless Mother

Parents may have always assumed children would come along one day. It may never have occurred that there would be a problem. This book, written by one who walked the path of childlessness with her husband Nick, invites us to understand something of its grief and pain. After many years of disappointment, investigations, raised…

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May 2016

Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

This is an exceptional piece of biblical theology. It presents a fascinating study of Leviticus and sets this central book of the Pentateuch within the context of the whole biblical revelation. The author demonstrates how the goal of God’s final redemption of his people in the new creation is life with God in his…

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May 2016

Revolutionary Sex

Subtitled ‘How the good news of Jesus changes everything’, this book is based on a series of talks given by the rector of St Helen’s Church in Bishopsgate, London. It is ‘revolutionary’ in that it counters the 1960s culture, that ‘we have become plastic people, for whom the contours of our identity can be…

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May 2016

Right to Die?

I have a serious reservation about this book. It is not the ambiguous title, nor the dismal cover. It is its structure. This Christian book consists of 10 chapters, but there is precious little that is distinctly Christian until chapter 7 (about halfway through). Even then, few Scripture references are made, with meagre exegesis…

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May 2016

Virtually Human: flourishing in a digital world

This title develops the principle that technology is not value-neutral, because God has not made the world value-neutral. Many features of the digital world, particularly social media, convey a worldview at odds with the Bible. For Christians grappling with Facebook and Twitter, this book is helpful. The book initially develops a theological framework. For…

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May 2016

Why read Church History?

This booklet is a masterly answer to this topical question. It is enhanced on its cover by four historical references — to Paul, Luther, George Whitefield and C. H. Spurgeon. Phil Arthur has an excellently trained mind and can write or speak with few words but in a judicious manner. His words often leave…

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May 2016

The courage to be Protestant

I bought this some years ago and regret having never read it until now. What changed me? The fact that next year is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic nailing of 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, initiating the Protestant Reformation. That led to my asking the really big…

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May 2016

The Baptist story: from English sect to global movement

This is a catch-all introduction to its subject, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. In this case, the strengths are more buttressed and the weaknesses less exaggerated, but all are present and correct. The three editors each take the reins for each of three particular periods, and then, presumably, combine for…

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May 2016

God and Politics

God and politics — Jesus’ vision for state, society, and government Mark Dever 10Publishing, 64 pages, £2.99 ISBN: 9781910587447 This 55 page booklet is an excellent exposition of Mark 12:13-17. The Pharisees and Herodians ask Jesus the entrapping question, ‘Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?’ Mark Dever affirms that Jesus’ reply, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and…

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May 2016

The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins

The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins.William VanDoodewaardReformation Heritage Books346 pages, £19.50ISBN: 978-1601783776 This book defends the literal approach to the first chapters of Genesis, including the six days and the creation of the first human beings, and provides a readable history of the interpretation of the creation accounts, down to the present.…

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May 2016

Ecumenical quest for a world federation — the churches’ contribution to marshal public support for world order and peace, 1919-1945 

This is an excellent work, which informs us of the past and gives us much to consider for the future. Erdmann writes of the era when World War I was approaching and a number of influential people gave thought to what could possibly abolish war and solve most of the world’s social ills. Following the…

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May 2016

Pray & protect — how to plan and safeguard churches and ministries in the context of terrorism

The title of this well produced, stapled booklet is exactly indicative of the content. The introduction identifies the aim as, ‘to build on the good practice of your church or organisation, but focus on one specific aspect of care and protection: guarding against a violent or terrorist attack from people who are hostile to…

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May 2016

Charles Williams: The third inkling

Why is this book so important? Because it is the definitive biography of a man who made a uniquely powerful impact on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, whose own influence on the modern world and modern Christianity is itself so significant. Charles Williams (1886-1945), as the book’s title says, was ‘the…

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