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November 2013
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Festival of Grace

The 14th annual Gaulby Festival of Grace was held at Gaulby Parish Church in Leicestershire, on Saturday 14 September.    Gaulby is a rarity in Leicestershire — a CofE parish where the doctrines of the English reformers are still upheld. It subscribes to the 39 Articles and uses the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.    The…

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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (2)

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November 2013
Articles > Historical

Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (2)

John Rowland, Daniel’s brother, seemed quite content to give Daniel every liberty (see October ET). So Llangeitho became the base for Daniel’s ministry and, for some 50 years (he died on 16 October 1790 — his 77th year), his congregation never went below 3000. This is an amazing fact, when it is remembered that…

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November 2013
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Poverty fight

The new Bishop of Durham designate has underlined his commitment to the fight against poverty.    Rt Rev. Paul Butler, currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and a former worker with UCCF and the Scripture Union, said that, during his tenure, he will support such things as food banks and credit unions.    His priorities include…

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November 2013
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Gay marriage

David Cameron has back-pedalled on alleged comments of regret over pushing his gay marriage agenda.    In a Daily Mail review of Matthew d’Ancona’s book In it together, Mr Cameron is alleged to have said he wouldn’t have pushed through gay marriage had he known beforehand how alienated grassroots members would feel.    According to the…

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November 2013
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Abortion scandal

The chief Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, has confirmed a decision that the state will not prosecute two doctors who carried out an abortion on the grounds of gender.    In a four-page letter, sent by the DPP on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to the Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve…

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November 2013
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WEST dedication

The new building at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (West) was packed with about 200 students, staff and supporters on 14 September for a dedication service marking the start of a new academic year.     The tone of the meeting was of thankfulness and praise to God. Most gratifying was the significant increase in…

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November 2013
Articles > Guest column

Cold-hearted mission

We all know the story of Jonah — the reluctant prophet tasked with taking a message of good news to his nation’s enemies. A reluctant prophet who comes good in the end — except he doesn’t; not really. The book ends as it begins, with a rebellious prophet whose heart is not really in…

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November 2013
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HOPE mission

Mission organisation HOPE is launching a HOPE 2014 mission year to encourage more people to take part in missions and to pray for opportunities to share the gospel across the world. A Mission Prayer Focus has been published by UCB for churches and individuals.

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November 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Reading C. S. Lewis

Back in my salad days when I was green in judgement, some 20 or more years ago, I remember telling a congregation, by way of application, not to bother to read anything by C. S. Lewis. I did not say he was of the devil or not a Christian, as some would maintain, but…

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November 2013
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Exmouth extension

On Saturday 21 September, Scott Drive Church, Exmouth, officially opened its new extension, comprising a disabled entrance ramp, new entrance foyer and new toilets, including disabled toilet.     Andy Paterson, director of mission for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, cut the ribbon to declare the extension open and addressed the various guests.    He…

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November 2013
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Controversy in the Kirk

On 20 May, the BBC news web site reported, ‘The Church of Scotland’s ruling General Assembly has voted to allow actively gay men and women to become ministers’.1 This vote has caused much confusion and this article hopes to make clear what has been going on. At the time of writing, the Kirk officially…

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November 2013
Articles > World Mission

Slavery must no longer be ignored!

Isn’t it about time that we started to pay more attention to where our clothing is made, who produces our food, why there is a glut of sex slaves and why they are getting younger? Who is profiting from the estimated $US32 billion annually, that an estimated 27 million actual slaves generate; and who…

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November 2013
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Female bishop

A woman has been ordained as the first female Anglican bishop in the predominantly Catholic Republic of Ireland. Rev. Pat Storey, a rector in Londonderry, was elected by the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.    The married mother of two, who grew up in Belfast and has been working for St…

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November 2013
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61st Free Church School in Theology

The 61st Free Church School in Theology was held from 2-5 September at Carronvale House in Larbert. The conference was, as always, a lively few days of fellowship, worship, prayer and theological discussion, prompted by a number of papers well up to the usual standard.    The School opened on the Monday evening with an…

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November 2013
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Stanton Lees Bible School

The 49th annual Bible School was held at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire, over August bank holiday weekend. Fine weather prevailed, encouraging many to explore the nearby moorland between meetings.    Eric Alldritt from Keswick spoke four times on the life of Elijah, drawing parallels between the godlessness of his day and ours. The living God…

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The rest of faith

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November 2013
Articles > Comment

The rest of faith

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that there is an incessant, persistent restlessness that characterises the wicked of this world. He says that ‘the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt’ (Isaiah 57:20).     What a powerful picture this is! Many of you, like me,…

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November 2013
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SOAS exhibition

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone with an exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery (Brunei Gallery), 22 October 2013 – 22 March 2014. The exhibition will bring together, for the first time, rarely seen letters, photographs,…

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November 2013
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Church of Scotland

It is claimed that the Kirk ‘may stop weddings’ over gay marriage, after some members of the Church of Scotland told members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) they may no longer perform marriages.    Rev. Alan Hamilton told the Equal Opportunities Committee that, if plans to redefine marriage go ahead, north of the border, the…

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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Worshipful worship

Discussions about the form of worship are often polarised into opposition between services dominated by music on the one hand and the fear of formalism on the other. The word liturgy makes most evangelicals shudder as it suggests deadness and smacks of Anglicanism. Saying ‘our church has no liturgy’ hides the fact that we…

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November 2013
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Lewis conference

The Lewis Christian Conference committee has organised a conference between Friday 8 and Monday 11 November this year.     The speaker will be Dr Dale Ralph Davis, who is the retired teaching pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr Davis was previously professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, in Jackson,…

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November 2013
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Heathrow worker

A former Heathrow worker, who lost her job because of claims that she was ‘anti-Islam’, has challenged her unfair dismissal at an employment appeal tribunal. In October, Nohad Halawi stood before the tribunal to get an official confirmation that she has employment rights — so that she can pursue an unfair dismissal grievance. Ms…

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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Amish (3) anachronism or example?

The image that most people have of the Amish is of a people driving horse-drawn buggies, rejecting tractors in favour of horses on their farms, and wearing plain clothing — the men with wide brimmed hats and beards and the women in bonnets. These are the Old Order Amish, who chose to reject the…

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November 2013
Articles > World Mission

Who can track a tract?

Over a century ago, the founder of the Hawes Creamery (famous for Wensleydale Cheese) was a teenager when he noticed a piece of paper on the street in Hawes. Inquisitively, he picked it up, read it and was converted to Christ. The discarded tract had done its work. James Hudson Taylor, pioneer missionary to…

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November 2013
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Edible housing

Housing charity Shelter has launched the Great Gingerbread House Sale, to get Britain’s community and youth groups baking to support its emergency Christmas appeal. According to data from Shelter, 80,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas — enough to fill more than 300 primary schools. Money raised from the sale of…

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November 2013
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New pastor at La Villiaze, Guernsey

On Saturday 31 August, Tim Berry was inducted as the pastor of La Villiaze Evangelical Congregational Church in Guernsey.     Around 80 people attended, including visitors from various parts of the UK. Mr Berry and his wife, Dorcas, had previously been members at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire. Robert Yerby, La Villiaze’s church secretary, welcomed…

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November 2013
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Increasing oppression

The Christian Legal Centre has claimed that freedom of speech in this country is being removed, after the third Christian street preacher in three months was arrested for open-air preaching.    Tony Miano was arrested in July; Robbie Hughes was arrested in Basildon in September; and, later in September, Australian pastor Josh Williamson was arrested…

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November 2013
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Wilberforce Publications

Christian campaigner Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has announced he is launching a publishing house to help Christians ‘take a stand’.    Called Wilberforce Publications, the new house will help provide literature and materials to enable Christians to face the challenges of the secular world.    Two authors have already published books with Wilberforce Publications: lawyer John Scriven…

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November 2013
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Peshawar atrocity

The double suicide bombing at a church in Peshawar has ‘broken the hearts of God’s people in Pakistan’, Release International says.    The bombings, which took place a few weeks ago, are said to be the worst on Christians in Pakistan for many years. The scale of the atrocity has appalled Christians and Muslims alike,…

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November 2013
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European petition

‘One of Us’, a cross-Europe campaign to protect human embryos from destruction, has exceeded its 1 million signature target.     According to CARE, this is ‘great news and it is encouraging to know that there are so many people across the EU who want to see an end to EU financing of activities involving…

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November 2013
Articles > Historical

Two Bibles in Ireland

The failure of the Reformation in Ireland was arguably the single most important event in Irish history. The Bible in the vernacular was one of the tenets of the Reformation. However, by the end of the sixteenth century, no attempt had been made to translate the Bible into Irish. By contrast, there were at…

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November 2013
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Tolerance through surveillance

Governments must use surveillance to monitor and prevent actions of intolerance and violence, the European Parliament has heard.    In September, a proposed framework national statute for the promotion of tolerance was presented to members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at the European Parliament.    According to the proposals from the…

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November 2013
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The Word

Some 170 young people attended a youth event on Friday night, 20 September, at Durham Cathedral in celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels.    The event, organised by local youth workers, included worship, activities in the cathedral ranging from a laser light-fuelled Christian party, poetry, graffiti, drama, art and prayer to a candlelit compline service (the…

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November 2013
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Three-parent embryos

The UK government’s proposal to genetically engineer three-parent human embryos has been met with severe criticism by members of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.    The group has adopted a Written Declaration severely criticising the UK government’s plans, which would make Britain the first country to introduce legislation permitting the engineering of…

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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A labour of love

Why have I written this book? That’s a good question. There are a host of reasons, but two in particular merit mentioning at the outset. First, I’ve written this book out of concern for the church’s diminished appreciation of pastoral ministry. I realise this assessment might come as a surprise to some, but I’m…

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November 2013
Articles > World Mission

We have found water!

John Piper, in his book entitled Let the nations be glad, writes, ‘The pain of our shattered plans is for the purpose of scattered grace.’ This has been the experience of many Christians in war-torn Ivory Coast. Below is a first-hand account of God at work earlier this year, transforming lives by his grace.  …

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November 2013
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RE:quest

Youth for Christ (YFC) has relaunched its popular RE website, RE:quest. This now features films, images, interactive features and age-appropriate text, enabling pupils to learn about and learn from the Christian faith. Dave Newton, YFC’s outreach director, said: ‘RE:quest aims to stretch the boundaries of how Christianity is taught in the classroom and really…

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November 2013
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Cardiff Reformed Churches conference

On a warm summer evening at the end of August, Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cardiff was packed for a prayer meeting to open the eighth International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC). Ian Hamilton (Cambridge) preached from 2 Corinthians 2:14 on the theme of Christ always leading us in triumphal procession. The singing was heartfelt.…

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November 2013
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John Owen Conference

For the past three years I had planned to attend the John Owen Centre’s annual conference, as I had heard how helpful, stimulating and instructive the conferences were for those in pastoral and preaching ministry.     The one held on 9-10 September was the first I have been able to get to and I…

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November 2013
Argentina

Argentina

A year ago we had talked with our home church pastor, Mostyn Roberts of Welwyn Evangelical Church, about the possibility of him visiting us in August 2013, to minister the Word of God to various Reformed Baptist churches, with which we have built contacts over the last few years. He gladly accepted the invitation…

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November 2013
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Home-schooling

A Christian family in Germany endured months of agony after the state took their children out of their care because they were being home-schooled.    The Wunderlich family were raided by 20 police and social workers in August, who took four children, aged 7-14, away by force, as home-schooling is banned in Germany.    They had…

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November 2013
Articles > Historical

John Newton’s dream

The free and easy relationship young John Newton enjoyed with his mother stands in marked contrast with the dreadful, distant relationship he endured with his father. As soon as Captain Newton landed in Wapping after a sea voyage, he would be seen striding through the streets and into the door of his house on…

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November 2013
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BBC pro-suicide

The BBC has been accused of providing unbalanced coverage of stories relating to assisted suicide.    Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing (CNK), has written to BBC director Tony Hall, complaining that anti-euthanasia campaigners have always been available for interview and yet are overlooked by the BBC, or engaged only to be…

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November 2013
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Annual service at Waddesdon Hill

The Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel at Waddesdon Hill, near Aylesbury, recently held its Association of Historic Baptists annual service. This has become a regular event since 2007.    This chapel was built in 1792 by Francis Cox, a local farmer. Within a few years, it is recorded that there were 65 members in fellowship.…

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November 2013
News > Youth Features

‘True living’ conference

From 27-28 July, Dr Joel Beeke (Grand Rapids, USA) paid us a visit at the Evangelical Reformed Church, Lauriston Road, Hackney, for a two day conference entitled ‘True living’. 150-180 people attended over the course of the two days.     Day 1 started at 3.00pm with a topical sermon on Ephesians 5:25, entitled ‘True…

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November 2013
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Digital anniversary

Christian broadcaster TWR-UK has launched an App for Smartphone and tablet users to help celebrate 50 years of broadcasting the good news this November. The App, which is available for free download on various App stores, provides programmes and mission information to TWR-UK’s listeners. It aims to reach a younger generation and new listeners.…

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November 2013
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Banchory commissioning

On Saturday 17 August, roughly 200 people gathered at Banchory Christian Fellowship Church (BCFC) to attend the commissioning service of Eoghan Paterson to the role of associate pastor.    The service was led by the pastor, Dr Stuart Keir, while Simon Marshall of Tilsley College, Motherwell, preached from the opening verses of 2 Corinthians 6.…

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November 2013
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Christian B&B closes

A Christian Bed & Breakfast, at the centre of a case over refusing to give a double room to an unmarried gay couple, has been put up for sale following death threats. In a statement, Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they had experienced death threats, trespass, vandalism and a severe loss of income since…

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November 2013
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Fulcrum

Fulcrum, an avowed ‘centre-ground’ evangelical Anglican think tank, has celebrated 10 years in existence and announced changes to its leadership team.    The new chairman is Rev. John Watson, Vicar of St Paul’s, Tupsley, and St Andrews, Hampton Bishop, in the diocese of Hereford. He has been a leadership team member since 2007 and is…

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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Adoption: God’s greatest blessing

Do you pray for your children? If so, what do you ask God to do for them? My prayers for my children and grandchildren are directed primarily towards their spiritual welfare. Over my lifetime, my intercessions for them have included a wide variety of requests, often dictated by the need of the hour. But,…

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Review

November 2013

TOTC – Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi

Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi — an introduction and commentary Tyndale OT CommentaryAndrew E. HillIVP, 368 pages, £12.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-584-5Star Rating : 4 The Tyndale series of commentaries, which first appeared in the mid-1960s, have been a staple in evangelical circles over the last 50 years. They have succeeded in handling the biblical text faithfully,…

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November 2013

Syding Adventures Caravans & Castles

Caravans & CastlesSyding Adventures Mary Weeks Millard Day One Publications 112, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-364-5 Star Rating: 1 The ‘Syding Adventures’ are a Christian fiction series, broadly aimed, I think, at 8-12 year olds. Tyler is from a, now stationary, Romany Gypsy family, while Theo is from a more privileged background, with a castle home.…

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November 2013

Christ’s Glory, your good

Christ’s Glory, your good Ryan M McGraw Reformation Heritage 116, £1.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-224-3 Star Rating: 4   This is a heart-warming and highly instructive book, providing a full-orbed exposition of the gospel.     The author proceeds from the premise that the primary cause of every deficiency in the Christian life is inadequate meditation upon the…

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November 2013

Bitesize Biography – Festo Kivengere

Festo KivengereFrank RetiefEP Books, 176 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-851-2Star Rating : 4 Here is a well written bitesize biography of a man mightily used by God in Uganda, Africa and other parts of the world. He is described as ‘the Billy Graham of Africa’ and even ‘the giant of Africa’, as he pursued the aim…

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November 2013

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith Samuel E Waldron EP Books 588, £14.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-917-5 Star Rating: 4  Evangelical Press has done well in republishing this book. It was originally published 24 years ago to mark the 300th anniversary of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.    Presumably the decision to reissue was a response to…

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November 2013

Persistently Preaching Christ

Persistently preaching Christ — fifty years of Bible ministry in a Cambridge churchEd. Christopher Ash, Mary Davis & Bob WhiteChristian Focus, 192 pages, £10.99, ISBN: 978-1-84550-982-8Star Rating : 3 It is essential to take note of the subtitle of this book. It is not, in the first place, about how to preach Christ and…

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November 2013

Changing Lanes – The Meaning of Life – DVD

DVD review Changing Lanes — the meaning of life and the truth about God Written by Jonny Pearce and presented by Adam Goddard 10 of those, 62 minutes ISBN: 9-781909-611030Star Rating : 5 Changing lanes is a seven episode introduction to Christianity. The resources are constructed to be used in a youth group or…

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