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November 2011
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Hymns row

Worship Hymns row Another leading minister in the Free Church of Scotland has tendered his resignation, following that Church’s decision, in 2010, to allow congregations to sing hymns instead of metrical psalms only. Rev. Donald Macdonald, from Lewis, has preached for nearly 47 years and has been a past moderator of the Free Church.…

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November 2011
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EMW looks ahead

Event  EMW looks ahead Churches in Machynlleth, Llandudno, Gower, Welshpool and Bala are considering how to extend outreach in their areas, the latest Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) newsletter has said. The decision follows the encouragement given when, in November 2010, six churches across the Llanelli-Swansea area met to pray and make inroads into…

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Proclaiming Christ

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November 2011
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Proclaiming Christ

Proclaiming Christ  Emmanuel Church, Salisbury, played host to a two-day event on 16-17 September, when the 15th Salisbury Conference took place. Dr Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at Southern Baptist Seminary,Louisville,Kentucky, spoke on key times in Christian mission under the title ‘Proclaiming Christ to the world’. The four meetings were…

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Article

November 2011
Nicaragua

God’s miracle school

Joyce Gaudern, a retired teacher from Ripon, has visited Nicaragua three times since 2007 and has helped home-school Joshua and Esther, children of Barry and Susana Davis. Barry and Susana are British/Korean missionaries who founded Carazo Christian Academy. Joyce had the privilege of observing the school’s progress first-hand. Carazo Christian Academy (CCA) in Nicaragua,…

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November 2011
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Faith and politics

Faith and politics  Flamboyant former minister and practising Roman Catholic Ann Widdecombe has claimed faith gets too much of a bad press. The former Employment and Home Office minister was speaking on the topic of Faith and Politics at theUniversityofLeicesteron 26 October. The Provost Derek Hole Public Lecture is an annual free lecture by…

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Samuel Rutherford

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

Samuel Rutherford

Samuel Rutherford A seventeenth-century Englishman once listened to some well-known preachers in Scotland. Of them he said, ‘I came to Irvine, and heard a well-favoured, proper old man, with a long beard, and that man [David Dickson] showed me all my heart. Then I went to St Andrews, where I heard a sweet, majestic…

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Christian Heritage Trust

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November 2011
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Christian Heritage Trust

Media  Christian Heritage Trust          The Christian Heritage Trust has recently secured Providence Chapel, Rowley Regis, nearBirmingham, for its heritage project. This arrangement grants the trust a 20-year lease at a peppercorn rent, on condition that more than £17,000 worth of vital renovation work is carried out on the chapel. The present, small, faithful congregation…

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Article

November 2011
Germany

Delayed justice

Delayed justice  The Associated Press (AP) has reported that prosecutors have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards. These might now be charged under a new precedent set by the conviction of retired US autoworker John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk, now 91, was deported from the USA to Germany in 2009 to…

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The Rev. John Eddison (1916-2011)

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

The Rev. John Eddison (1916-2011)

The Rev. John Eddison (1916-2011) Robert John Buchanan Eddison was born in the middle of World War 1, the son of the Rev. F. W. Eddison who ten years before had been domestic chaplain to Handley Moule, Bishop of Durham. As a boy at Wellington College, Berkshire, John was a school prefect and a…

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Salt in Scotland

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November 2011
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Salt in Scotland

Conference  Salt in Scotland  Scotland has seen its latest Salt Youth Conference take place, held at Penicuik, where 40 young people were challenged about sanctification, suffering, sacrifice and missionary endeavour. Phil Arthur, Ali McLachlan and Conrad Pomeroy spoke during the conference. Mr McLachlan said, ‘It is a privilege to see young people serious about…

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November 2011
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Medicine war

Medicine war  The NHS has come under criticism for spending nearly £25m a year on supplies of Cipralex, an expensive anti-depressant drug. However, an investigation commissioned by The Independent and carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, discovered the difference in content and effectiveness to the older anti-depressant drug Cipramil was negligible. The…

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Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

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November 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts I don’t know if it’s the same where you live, but here the council seems to have a particular fondness for removing trees. It’s heartbreaking to see a 200-300-year-old oak tree or mature chestnut cut down and obliterated in a day. Sometimes a whole row of trees…

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November 2011
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Family values

Family values  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the majority of Britons are still opposed to gay marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples. As reported in the Daily Mail, the ONS data showed more than 50 per cent believed homosexual marriages should not be allowed and two thirds think…

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November 2011
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Primal Anglicans

Church of England Primal Anglicans The Global South Primates (GSP) has claimed the Anglican Communion lacks moral authority, is dysfunctional and has yielded to secularism. In its communiqué, which followed the GSP’s visit toChinain September, the group said: ‘It grieves us deeply to observe many Anglican churches in the West yielding to secular pressure…

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November 2011
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Evolutionary myths

  The secular lobby has been pushing its ideas increasingly into our national curriculum. It is now relentlessly campaigning against faith schools.   And the humanists are seeking to get rid of God — everywhere. A campaign to stamp out creationism, launched by such bodies as the British Humanist Association (BHA), has gathered over…

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Reaching Muslims

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November 2011
Cults and other religions

Reaching Muslims

Reaching Muslims A website for Muslim evangelism has been launched by Word of Hope Ministries to help create a forum for amicable Christian-Muslim discussion and apologetics. According to author E. Higham, co-founder of Word of Hope Ministries, the website www.Jesus-Islam.org aims to break down the barriers between the religions and present the truths of…

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November 2011
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Carry the torch

Carry the Torch  On Saturday 17 September, more than 1000 church leaders and delegated representatives gathered at Wembley stadium for a special day of prayer, called Carry the Torch. Organised by Hugh Osgood and Jonathan Oloyede, chairman and convenor respectively for Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP), the aim was to gather church leaders…

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November 2011
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Sporting legend

Sporting legend  Christian rugby hero Euan Murray hit the headlines by sitting out a match with Argentina which was being held on a Sunday. The Glasgow-born prop has taken a stand against working on a Sunday — following in the footsteps of fellow Scotsman Eric Liddell — and questioned whether Rugbyworld cup matches needed…

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Article

November 2011
Nigeria

Lagos update

Mission:Nigeria  Lagos update  Despite a terrible fire earlier this year, the work of Sovereign Grace Bible Church,Lagos, is being blessed by God. According to Pastor Tony Okoroh, the church has witnessed God directing an average of three new visitors each month to morning worship services over the past three months. He said, ‘The need…

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November 2011
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Nobel award

Nobel awardThe scientists who discovered that the universe was expanding at an ever-increasing rate have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics.US Saul Permutter received half of the £934,000 prize money, while a team of two other US scientists, conducting similar work during the 1990s, shared the other half.The discovery, during the late 1990s,…

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The dark days are here

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November 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The dark days are here

The dark days are here Each autumn, here in the UK, we gain an extra hour in bed when the clock is turned back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. Whilst the extra hour of rest is very welcome, this season of the year is not the favourite of many. The evenings…

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Living half a life?

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November 2011
News > Youth Features

Living half a life?

Youth Feature Living half a life? I recently heard a lady sing about losing her lover. How does she cope? She answers that she’s ‘learnt to live half a life’. Unfortunately, that phrase is an insightful summary of the spiritual condition of many Christians. A lot of us feel spiritually empty. We exist rather…

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Italy – outreach in Mantova

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November 2011
Italy

Italy – outreach in Mantova

Italy — outreach in Mantova In September, the Sola Grazia church organised a five-day evangelistic outreach during the National Book Fair (Festival della letteratura) in Mantova. 110,000 people came to the event from all overItalyand from other countries. The church received much help from a Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) team, along with several…

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Article

November 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Cloning

Cloning  Human embryos have been used to create colonies of embryonic stem cells, according to an MSNBC report. Referring to an article in USjournal Nature, the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory claims to have created two lines of cells by using cloning technology. According to the report, this ‘accomplishment’ moves science closer to…

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Italy’s greatest problem

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November 2011
Italy

Italy’s greatest problem

Italy’s greatest problem Italy was once home to one of the greatest empires ever seen. It also once had an impressive role in the history of Christendom, and yet, as we fast forward to 2011, there are now nearly as many Jehovah’s Witnesses there as Protestant evangelicals. Where did it go wrong? More importantly,…

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T. C. Hammond (1877-1961)

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November 2011
Articles > Historical

T. C. Hammond (1877-1961)

T. C. Hammond (1877-1961) At the age of 13 he started work as a railway clerk in Cork, Ireland. Forty-six years later he became an outstanding principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. But there is much more to the remarkable life of T. C. Hammond. ‘Tommy’ Hammond was born into a Protestant family…

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News

November 2011
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End poor housing

Environment End poor housing International Christian charity Habitat for Humanity is calling for urgent public support in improving housing conditions worldwide as the death toll through poor housing rises. According to the World Health Organisation, inadequate housing is responsible for more than 100,000 annual deaths in Europe alone. The health consequences of inadequate housing…

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November 2011
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Marriage

Marriage Bishop of Manchester Rt Rev. Nigel McCulloch has called on Conservative party members and politicians to make marriage more viable to Britons. Speaking at a fringe event, organised by traditionalist group Cornerstone during the Conservative party conference, the Anglican bishop called on the Government to do more to promote marriage. Explaining his understanding…

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Waddesdon Hill

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November 2011
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Waddesdon Hill

Event  Waddesdon Hill            On 3 September, Aylesbury witnessed the fifth annual service at the Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel at Waddesdon Hill. It was attended by a good congregation from as far afield asCumbria, Tyne and Wear, Cheshire, Sussexand London, not to mention those from the local area who attend each year. A number…

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Go Teach

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November 2011
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Go Teach

Youth Go Teach                                  One of the leading producers of visual aids for the Go Teach Sunday school materials, Val Shenton, has retired from her official position. For more than 34 years, Val guided the production of visual aids for Go Teach and, at a recent occasion to celebrate her immense contribution to its development,…

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November 2011
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Last dance

Last dance  A long running battle between the people of Bedfordand a nightclub has ended, with the local council denying the nightclub the right to allow lap dancing at its venue. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), Bedford council threw out an application made on behalf of the ‘Saints and sinners’ nightclub to…

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Assistant at Aigburth

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November 2011
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Assistant at Aigburth

Induction Assistant at Aigburth  11 September 2011 marked a milestone in the life of Aigburth Community Church (ACC), Liverpool, as Ralph Cunnington was commissioned as assistant pastor. ACC held its first Sunday meeting three years ago, and became independent from Christ Church, Liverpool, two years ago. Mr Cunnington was formerly a lecturer in law…

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Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

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November 2011
Philippines

Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

Compassionate ministry Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines We carefully stepped out of the canoe into the filthy flood waters on the small street leading to higher ground. As we waded through them, we were not reassured to be told that these waters also flowed out of a local cemetery 40 yards away. We were…

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The Colloquy of Poissy

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

The Colloquy of Poissy

The Colloquy of Poissy Over the weekend of 10-11 September 2011, the town of Poissy, near Paris, commemorated the first official ecumenical debate to be held in France — 450 years ago. It is called the Colloquy of Poissy and was a debate between Roman Catholics and Protestants lasting from 9 September to 14…

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November 2011
People

Meet the ministers

Meet the ministers Pastor Stan K. Evers reflects on 40 years of ‘full-time’ Christian service My father was taken as a prisoner of war. He was assumed dead, so it was a shock for my mother when he returned home. I was one of the results of his homecoming! I was born at home…

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Reaching out to Myanmar

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November 2011
Burma

Reaching out to Myanmar

Reaching out to Myanmar We believe that our lives are in the hands of our sovereign God, yet often this cannot readily be seen until one looks back. I served God in Kos (Greece) for four years. During that time, I met a young man called David*. He is a pastor involved in church…

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News

November 2011
News

Mission

 Finding out  Some months after the work of Girl Crusaders’ Union (GCU) finished officially, the GCU headquarters at31 Catherine Place, Westminster, has been sold for £2.5m. The money is being divided between several evangelistic endeavours, with a focus on reaching young people. The buyer is Delfina Foundation, a secular art foundation based next door…

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November 2011
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Gospel preaching

Gospel preaching  A preacher, reflecting on the difficulty of preaching the gospel faithfully and effectively, wrote these words in his journal: ‘Oh what need of the powerful presence of the Holy Ghost, without whom a free Saviour will, and must, be a Saviour despised and rejected of men! ‘How hard it is to unite…

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Yorkshire ‘concert of prayer’

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November 2011
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Yorkshire ‘concert of prayer’

Events  Yorkshire ‘concert of prayer’  In December 2010, the Yorkshire Reformed Ministers’ Fraternal issued a call to prayer to Yorkshire churches for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our churches and nation. A united gathering was convened in Leedson Saturday, 26 March 2011. It was a rich encouragement when about 120 people came…

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November 2011
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Film release

Film release  A film banned earlier this year for being too horrific for UK cinema has now been given the go-ahead by nearly all members of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).                              Horror film The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), previously rejected because it was sexually violent and potentially obscene, was given…

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In the school of prayer

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November 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of prayer

In the school of prayer I was more than 6,000 miles from home, with no international telephone and I had just pulled a telegram from my pigeon-hole which read, ‘Father seriously ill. Taken to London hospital by ambulance’. It was 18 months since I had last seen my parents at their Sussexhome and it…

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Sanctification – its basis

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November 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Sanctification – its basis

Sanctification — its basis In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes to ‘the church of God … to those sanctified [not “who will be sanctified”] in Christ Jesus … enriched in every way — in all your speaking and in all your knowledge’ (1:2,5). We know that there were problems in Corinth,…

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November 2011
Articles > Guest column

Hector Morrison – Coping with Christians

Guest Column        Hector Morrison  COPING WITH CHRISTIANS  How do you cope with Christians who are ‘a pain in the neck’, who make life difficult for you? I wonder how many of us have struck on the way exemplified by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9?  He gives thanks to God for them! Even though there…

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News

November 2011
News

Evolutionary myths

Evolutionary mythsThe secular lobby has been pushing its ideas increasingly into our national curriculum. It is now relentlessly campaigning against faith schools. And the humanists are seeking to get rid of God – everywhere. A campaign to stamp out creationism, launched by such bodies as the British Humanist Association (BHA), has gathered over 12,500…

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News

November 2011
News

Abortion counselling

Liberal Democrat voters are the strongest supporters of independent abortion counselling, a poll from ComRes has found. The news, which comes shortly after an amendment from Nadine Dorris MP pushing for independent abortion advice to be promoted, showed 84 per cent of those voting for the LibDems in the 2010 election agreed with independent…

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Out of the shadows

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November 2011
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Out of the shadows

Out of the shadows Faith Cook, EP Books, 160 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 978-0-852-34749-2 If you enjoyed Stars in God’s sky, or any of Faith Cook’s other books featuring stories of ordinary people of extraordinary faith, this book will not disappoint. Most of the names of the nine biographies may be unfamiliar to many of…

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Article

November 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Rod Badams

FIEC  Rod Badams     Rod Badams is retiring on 11 November after 13 years as administrator of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FIEC). He previously worked for Christians at Work for 22 years, after 11 years in journalism. In his FIEC role, Rod was best known for his contributions to evangelical perspectives on current social…

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November 2011
Obituaries

Charles Colson (1931-2012)

Charles Colson (1931-2012) Former Nixon aide Charles ‘Chuck’ Colson, once described as an ‘evil genius’ by his political colleagues, died in April, aged 80.    Mr Colson, who was born in Boston, had been the key man during the Watergate years and spent several months in jail after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. However,…

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Review

November 2011
Reviews > Book

John Calvin – Man of God’s Word

John Calvin’s importance is cannot be overestimated. If one were to list the world’s one hundred most influential men in the last five hundred years, Calvin’s name would surely rank high on that list. So when a book appears on Calvin by a well respected author and publisher, we do well to sit up…

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Review

November 2011

Josiah’s Reformation

  Josiah’s Reformation Richard Sibbes Banner of Truth Trust 176 pages, £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-116-7 Star Rating: 4   Here is a little gem. Those expecting comment and application on the reforms implemented by godly king Josiah which led to the restoration of true worship in Judah will be surprised but not disappointed.       This…

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Review

November 2011

True Spirituality

Vaughan Roberts is Rector of St. Ebbe’s Oxford and on the leadership team of the Proclamation Trust. He has a gift for clear biblical exposition. ‘True Spirituality’ is a series of chapters on the various problems in the church at Corinth and the instruction Paul gives to the church in response to them. The…

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Review

November 2011

slugs & snails & puppy dogs’ tails

Slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails: Helping boys connect with God Carolyn Edwards IVP 192 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-184-474523-4 Star rating: 2   As a father of five boys and someone who is fully involved in work with children and young people I was not surprised to be asked to review this book…

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Review

November 2011

Out of the Shadows

If you enjoyed Stars in God’s Sky, or any of Faith Cook’s other books featuring stories of ordinary people of extraordinary faith, this book will not disappoint. Most of the names of the nine biographies will be unfamiliar to many of us but the situations are not, as each life offers hope, challenge, and…

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Review

November 2011

Fruitful Leaders – How to make, grow, love and keep them

Fruitful Leaders – How to make, grow, love and keep them Marcus Honeysett IVP 216, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-544-9 Star Rating: 2 As a pastor and therefore at least one sort of ‘leader’ I warmed to the sub-title of this book which promises to tell us not only how to make and grow leaders but…

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Review

November 2011

C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Early Sermons

C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Early Sermons Comp. Terence Peter Crosby Day One 320, £15.00 ISBN: 9781846252020 Star Rating: 3 Continuing the sterling work they are doing in recovering long unavailable Spurgeon resources, DayOne give us twenty eight of Spurgeon’s earliest sermons. Although most date from the New Park Street period of his ministry, all…

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Review

November 2011

Why God Won’t Go Away

In Why God Won’t Go Away McGrath provides an accessible introduction to the New Atheists and exposes the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their position.       In his opening two chapters he introduces us to this latest manifestation of atheism and its main protagonists, namely Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens,…

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Review

November 2011

The Sovereignty of God Debate

The title of this book, while not entirely inappropriate, is nevertheless a little misleading. It is not a book about Calvinism versus Arminianism. Rather, it is concerned with matters relating to what might be broadly termed ‘open theism’, and in particular with the question ‘Does God suffer?’ The book has its origins in lectures…

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