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November 2016
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Inductions – Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth

On Saturday 3 September, Rhodri Brady’s service of ordination and induction to the pastorate of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, took place. Rhodri’s father Gary Brady, minister of Child’s Hill Baptist Church, London, and grandfather Geoff Thomas, retired minister of Alfred Place, took part.      Also taking part were Alfred Place’s church elders, Robert Strivens,…

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November 2016
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Persecution: Russia – American charged

An American citizen has had to pay a 40,000 rouble (US$700) fine after a Russian judge ruled he had ‘unlawfully conducted missionary activity’. In August, a judge in the city of Oryol, Russia, ruled Donald Ossewaarde, a US citizen, had been acting illegally by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. A statement available online…

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Article

November 2016
Cults and other religions

The myth of Mother Teresa

On 4 September 2016, Pope Francis canonised Mother Teresa as a Catholic ‘saint’ at a Vatican ceremony. This article by Tim Challies was published online in November 2003 (http://www.challies.com/articles/the-myth-of-mother-teresa?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork). Mother Teresa (known also as Mother Teresa of Calcutta) was born in what is now called the Republic of Macedonia in 1910. Born to Albanian…

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November 2016
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Ethics – Don’t Screen Us Out

A controversial new, non-invasive, pre-natal test (NIPT) for Down’s syndrome is under public scrutiny. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is suggesting that, though expensive — given the high cost of treating children born with Down’s — it might still be cost-effective to give the test to all. However, such a move would…

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November 2016
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Conference – Through the lens of Melchizedek

At the beginning of September, the John Owen Centre hosted delegates, who endured the intense heat of the hottest September day in over 100 years. They enjoyed the intense and fruitful papers and the discussion that followed each of them at the conference. There was plentiful opportunity to greet old friends and make new…

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November 2016
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Persecution: Africa – Central African Republic

More than 200 people have been reported as killed by Islamic militants in the war-torn Central African Republic. Violence has intensified across the country, as Seleka Islamist militants spread into Koui in the north and Kouango in the south of the Christian-majority country. September’s violence has also seen residents fleeing across the river to…

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November 2016
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Conference – Wilberforce Academy

In September, more than 100 delegates gathered at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to confer on speaking of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord in the public square. The Wilberforce Academy is hosted by Christian Concern. One of the attendees was Immamuel Opara, 31, a fitness instructor and pro-life activist. In 2015, he went to…

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November 2016
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Education – LGBT lessons in schools

Christian teachers who are members of national unions may be at risk of unfair treatment over Labour pledges to push LGBT rights in schools, the Christian Institute has warned. In October, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, made the pledges in a manifesto on equality and diversity. The manifesto backed compulsory sex and…

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November 2016
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Media – BBC perversion

A Pro-transgender promotion at the BBC has become so intensive and one-sided that a Times columnist has ‘for the first time in her life’ written to complain to the BBC. Janice Turner said the BBC Radio 4 programme in September, in which presenter Jennifer Tracey interviewed a 10-year-old girl whose parents used the internet…

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November 2016
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Media – John Knox’s Bible

A forgotten Latin and Hebrew Old Testament, published in 1546 in Basel, Switzerland, has been identified by staff at the University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections, as the property of Scottish reformer John Knox. The library of the Christian reformer had been broken up and ‘lost to view’, news reports claimed, with only…

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November 2016
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Mission – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Recently, Evangelical Times interviewed Roger Ellsworth and Jim Holmes about a new project they are working on: the publication, promotion and distribution of a small-format, 112-page book, The Twelve Days of Christmas: morning and evening thoughts on Immanuel — God with us. The book is by Roger Ellsworth (details from http://twelvedaysofchristmas.net). ET: Jim, tell…

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November 2016
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: The 2016 American presidential election

One of the fundamental privileges of belonging to a democratic nation is being able to vote. Our desire, especially as Christian citizens, is to make an impact on our nation and culture through that vote. We want to have good laws passed, and just rulers and judges put in places of authority, so that…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

Julius Köbner (2)

Continued from Julius Köbner (1) When Julius and Juliane Köbner joined as members of the Baptist church in Hamburg in 1836, the church had 36 members. Their pastor, Johann Oncken, needed an assistant to relieve his workload as pastor, preacher and missionary. There was no one in the church at that time with the necessary…

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November 2016
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Conferences – Free Church School in Theology

The 64th Free Church School in Theology was held from 5-8 September at Carronvale House, Larbert. The School commenced with an historical paper by Rev. Alasdair Macleod on the great Presbyterian leader, Alexander Henderson, showing how he and the other Scottish Covenanters defied Charles I in his attempts to impose ritualistic worship on the…

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Article

November 2016
India

God’s plan in a TB sanatorium

While serving with Operation Mobilisation in India in 1967, tuberculosis forced me into a sanatorium for several months. I did not yet speak the language, but I tried to give Christian literature written in their own language to patients, doctors and nurses. Being an international seminary student in America, and studying the Protestant Reformation…

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November 2016
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International – Hurricane Matthew

Christian organisations are helping those injured and left homeless in the wake of October’s deadly Hurricane Matthew. At the beginning of October, Haiti, Cuba, the Caribbean, Florida and the south-east coast of the USA were struck by the deadliest hurricane to hit the region since 2005. Hurricane Matthew brought winds of up to 140mph,…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

A night to be remembered – what Dr Lloyd-Jones really said.

It seemed as though it might be an uneventful night in London … The many Christians who made their way to the Central Hall, Westminster for the opening of the Second National Assembly of Evangelicals were totally unaware of how eventful that meeting would be. Even the members of the Westminster Fellowship who knew…

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November 2016
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Society – Gambling in Blackpool

More than £175m has been gambled in Blackpool on betting machines alone over the past year, latest figures from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling have revealed. According to a report from the Blackpool Gazette, the statistics were released by the campaign group in support of their plea to bring in tougher regulations on fixed-odds…

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Article

November 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jonah for today’s church (3)

Mercy is a quality rarely seen in the world today. Instead, we see a competitive spirit, a ‘get all you can, while you can’ attitude. Thankfully, when we look at the God of the Bible, we see mercy. ‘Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to…

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November 2016
News > Youth Features

Commandments anyone?

People today have all kinds of problems with authority and the idea of commandments. Nobody really likes being told what to do. They think it childish. In the case of God’s commandments, people imagine a tyrant laying down the law, wanting to take away human freedom and pleasure in life. Law is bad, freedom…

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November 2016
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Ministry – ChristChurch Tilehurst

ChristChurch Tilehurst (CCT) has started its move to being an independent church, after beginning five years ago as a congregation plant from Carey Baptist Church (CBC) in Reading. CBC had outgrown its current building and it seemed that the Lord was leading us to plant a new satellite congregation. We identified an area in…

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Article

November 2016
Obituaries

Rev. Vernon Higham (1926-2016)

On 14 September 2016, the Lord called home one of his choice servants, and one of the most respected ministers in the British Isles: William Vernon Higham, pastor emeritus of the Tabernacle Cardiff. The funeral service was held in the Tabernacle Cardiff on Tuesday 27 September. Pastor Robert Dickie, of Berean Baptist Church, Michigan,…

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Events – Stanton Lees Chapel anniversary

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November 2016
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Events – Stanton Lees Chapel anniversary

Stanton Lees anniversary and Bible School is one of those engagements that go on our calendar first — I think this was our 45th year! So, on the last Saturday of August, we drove again along the narrow lane, up the one-in-seven Derbyshire hill, to the chapel balanced precariously on the hillside. So did…

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Article

November 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

A tale of two wives: Eunice

In ET, October 2016, we looked at the marriage of Priscilla to Aquila. This month we consider the marriage of Eunice, the mother of Timothy. Perhaps Priscilla’s marriage being such a good example has left some readers saying, ‘That’s all fine for Priscilla. She made the perfect marriage. Some of us have not had…

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November 2016
News > General

Thoughts on Remembrance

As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the military, and especially the army. Both my grandfathers fought in the Second World War (WW2). My nan watched the Battle of Britain from Wimbledon, and my father served in the Parachute Regiment. I was always fascinated by their stories and, even from a young age, knew…

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November 2016
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Persecution: India – Politician attacked

Christians have been targeted across India in a series of attacks, with one Christian politician stabbed to death in a church in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu in October. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, Dhanasekharan was at a church service when a phone call lured him outside, where five men were…

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November 2016
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Events – Union School of Theology

The meeting room, for the first commissioning service of the Union School of Theology (UST), was nearly full, mostly of campus students, both degree and from the International Foundation Course. Jonathan Stephen also introduced representatives from learning communities in England and Wales: Hull, Liverpool, London, Eastbourne, Worthing, Oxford and Porthcawl. Excitingly, there were even…

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November 2016
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Mission – New Christian bookshop

A new, independent Christian bookshop has opened on the North Norfolk Coast. Shiloah Books is owned and managed by Lisa Davies, wife of the pastor of Cromer Baptist Church. As well as a range of Bibles, commentaries and Christian literature, there is a good selection of greetings cards and gift items, including Bible-based games…

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Article

November 2016
Articles > Comment

Ten commandments for church members

1. Don’t idolise your pastor. Don’t expect him to be able to do what only God can do. Don’t make a saviour of him. 2. Don’t criticise your pastor, unless he departs from the truth, and then do it with tears. And please don’t expect perfection. He is a mere man — a weak,…

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November 2016
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Mission – Guernsey broadcasts

During September, Prof. Andy McIntosh and his wife Juliet visited Guernsey, which he described as ‘a most beautiful island, with cliffs on the south and sandy beaches along the north and west’. Prof. McIntosh said: ‘The opportunity in Guernsey spiritually, was most valuable. The Thursday main meeting on 22 September saw about 150 in…

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November 2016
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Mission – Christian outreach to Muslims

A Christian outreach to Muslims by those of a Muslim background has seen great growth as it sets up house groups and fellowship meetings. A prayer letter from the Christian group said: ‘Our living God has filled our hearts with his burden and vision in our lives to reach specifically to the Muslims with…

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November 2016
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Persecution: Central Asia – Uzbekistan

Eight Christians in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan have been punished in recent months for having religious literature at home, Norwegian human rights organisation Forum18 has revealed. Seven of these were landed with heavy fines, while the other was sentenced to two years of corrective labour for committing the same offence twice within…

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November 2016
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Education – London Seminary

The London Theological Seminary has changed its name to the London Seminary. Here, Principal Robert Strivens explains why. Q: Why have you changed your name? A: Changing our name to London Seminary might feel like a radical step, but we want to reach a wider audience — for instance, all those evangelical churches and…

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November 2016
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Ethics – Three-parent baby

The world’s first three-parent baby was born to Jordanian parents in Mexico. The baby boy was born five months ago. His mother, whose name remains anonymous, carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that affects the developing nervous system. Her first two children died from the disease. The technique used has caused much…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

Britain’s decline and fall (1)

How deep-rooted is decadence in Britain today? What would it take for there to be a widespread turning to Christ? Some answers to these questions lie beneath two centuries of social history. We start with the years 1790-1840. These were the decades of the ‘Forgotten Revival’, the high watermark of British evangelicalism that followed…

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Inductions – Whittlesey Baptist Church

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November 2016
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Inductions – Whittlesey Baptist Church

Paul Kosciecha was inducted into the pastorate of Whittlesey Baptist Church in Cambridgeshire on 3 September. Mr Kosciecha has moved to Whittlesey with his wife Anita and their four children, Matthew, Nathan, Caleb and Vanessa. He joins the eldership team, alongside Graham Abblitt, Roger Brand and Steve Philpott. Members of Whittlesey Baptist Church were…

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November 2016
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Persecution: Pakistan – Asia Bibi

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has been considering the final appeal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman put onto death row after accusations of blasphemy. During October, Christian advocacy agency Release International called on Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws to be repealed. Ms Bibi, who has been described as Pakistan’s highest profile prisoner, has been on death…

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November 2016
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Society – Christianity in Scotland

Figures published by National Records of Scotland showed that last year there were more humanist than Church of Scotland weddings. Almost 80 per cent of these were carried out by Humanist Society of Scotland. The latest Scottish Household Survey (SHS) has revealed nearly half of Scottish adults are not religious. When a question about religion…

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November 2016
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Ethics – Sex trade in the UK

Organised crime in the UK is more involved in running Britain’s sex trade than experts had previously believed, according to the Police Foundation. Research from the foundation has found that nearly three-quarters of brothels have links to dangerous criminal gangs. Some 65 brothels have been identified as operating in Bristol between 2013 and 2014,…

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Some danger signs

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November 2016
Articles > Guest column

Some danger signs

A Yale professor said, ‘A void has opened in the heart of western Christianity. Where the cross once stood, there is now a vacuum’. Cross Did you hear Christ and the cross exalted last Sunday in public worship? If not, the preacher needs to examine what his duty is. Paul said, ‘For I decided…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

‘Though he died, he still speaks’

He had a burning desire to take the gospel to Korea. A gifted linguist, he had already mastered the rudiments of the Korean tongue. Having secured passage as an interpreter on an American armed trading ship, the General Sherman, he set out for Pyongyang, the capital. As the ship sailed along the Taedong River,…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

Gideon Ouseley (2)

Continued from Gideon Ouseley (1) 1798 was the year of the Irish rebellion against English rule, with Ireland in the grip of violence. When Gideon was away on his gospel travels, Harriet was left at home; and it may have been the thought of danger to her that caused them to move to Sligo,…

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Article

November 2016
Spain

Visiting central Spain

Studying for Spanish GCSE two years ago, I travelled out to Spain to stay with a pastor called Jose Luis and his family, who live in a small town called Moral. He is one of three pastors and four churches, part of an organisation called Spanish Gospel Mission (SGM). This is a faithful evangelical…

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Conferences – Festival of Grace, Gaulby

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November 2016
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Conferences – Festival of Grace, Gaulby

The 17th annual Gaulby Festival of Grace was held on Saturday 10 September, at St Peter’s Parish Church, Gaulby, Leicestershire. About 60 were present and were blessed with excellent ministry and warm fellowship. The Gaulby Reformed Evangelical Anglican Fellowship is one of the Church of England (CofE) fellowships in Leicestershire where the doctrines of…

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November 2016
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Church – Bishop David Jenkins

The controversial former Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins, died in September 2016. Bishop Jenkins, who was enthroned in Durham in 1984 and served until 1994, was a prominent figure during the time of the bitter miners’ strike in the 1980s, and well known for supporting workers against unfair practices. However, he was also known…

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November 2016
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Events – Yateley’s holiday at home

‘Thank you so much. This really is my holiday for the year’. This was what one of our guests said as she left Yateley Baptist Church last Thursday afternoon. For the third year running we have been able to organise an event for some of our elderly folk in the community who have little…

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November 2016
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Mission – Mission merger

Serving In Mission (SIM-UK) and Middle East Christian Outreach (MECO) UK & Ireland have completed the merger of their two organisations. The two long-established mission agencies are pooling resources, prayer and personnel to drive greater gospel outreach both in the Middle East and among diaspora Middle Eastern peoples. In a joint statement, SIM-UK director…

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Review

November 2016
Reviews > Book

Light from Old Times

Some years ago, a friend visited the parish church in Childwall, Liverpool, in order to see the grave of Bishop Ryle, Liverpool’s first bishop. Having some difficulty in finding it, he sought the vicar’s help. Not only did the vicar not know its whereabouts, he had never even heard of Ryle! Such lamentable ignorance…

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Review

November 2016

The Forgotten Fear

This is a much-needed book on a largely neglected subject. It is divided into seven chapters, with questions to ponder at the end of each. In the first chapter, the author shows that fear of God is not an outdated, Old Testament concept, but something found throughout the Scriptures. It includes a brief review…

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Review

November 2016

Living in a Godly Marriage

This book is the latest in the ‘Deepen your Christian life’ series, which aims to make Puritan wisdom on various subjects accessible to a contemporary audience. Modern readers may wonder how relevant Puritan ideas are to the success of marriage in the twenty-first century. However, the authors state that their aim is to ‘set…

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Review

November 2016

Why the Reformation still matters

Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have done a great service to the church in writing this book. It is a timely reminder of what happened in Europe some 500 years ago, in what has been called the Great Reformation. In modern times, more lip service than commitment is being paid to this momentous event…

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Review

November 2016

Shepherds after my own heart — essays in honour of Robert W. Oliver

This festschrift is a tribute to the long and fruitful ministry of Robert Oliver, retired pastor at Bradford-on-Avon. The editors explain how friends and fellow ministers have addressed topics which are dear to Dr Oliver. The result is a smorgasbord for anybody who shares those interests. A contribution from Dr Oliver’s son, Paul, gives…

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Review

November 2016

WCS – Psalms: from suffering to glory Vol2 73-150

There is something special about the Book of Psalms, and this also goes for good commentaries on it. Psalms contribute uniquely to Christian prayer, worship and praise. They also contribute uniquely to the New Testament’s explanation of the gospel of Jesus and the kingdom of God. To many, Psalms is more familiar than other…

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Review

November 2016

The Power of God for Salvation — papers read at the 2015 Westminster Conference

In December 2015, I attended the Westminster Conference in London where these papers were first given. The six papers cover five significant men from a period of over three centuries. They include Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466–1536), John Owen (1616–1683), Isaac Watts (1674–1748), Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) and Andrew Fuller (1754–1815). The papers cover a variety of…

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Review

November 2016
Reviews > Book

Prepared to Stand Alone – J C Ryle

Readers of J. C. Ryle’s Expository thoughts on the Gospels and other classics may feel well acquainted already with the author. But while Ryle’s character is clear from his writings, personal anecdotes and experiences are almost entirely absent. Iain Murray has done the church a service by bringing to life the man behind the books. Ryle…

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Review

November 2016

Communicating for a change — seven keys to irresistible communication

This was a frustrating read. There is much that is good and helpful, but it is couched in a rather arrogant tone and fails to say anything helpful that hasn’t already been said by others. It is a book of two halves. The first takes the form of a fictional narrative, written by Lane…

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Review

November 2016

Black Flags: the rise of ISIS

Names such as Abu-Musad al-Zarqawi, ISIS (or IS), al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and al-Nusra have become very familiar to anyone keeping abreast of world affairs. They are all players within the seemingly ever more turbulent and violent landscape of the Middle East. Yet, I suspect that very few of us understand…

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