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Everything in October 2011 issue

The big interview

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October 2011
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview Peter Saunders is Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. His role includes leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing and media work. Peter took some time out to answer questions from Sheila Marshall. SM…

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October 2011
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Clearing ground

Clearing ground A swathe of evidence has been handed to a special parliamentary inquiry set up to investigate the erosion of Christian freedoms in the UK.    Christians in Parliament, a cross-party group of Christian MPs and peers, launched ‘Clearing the ground’ to ask whether Christians are really being marginalised in public life, and whether…

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October 2011
News

Violence escalates

Violence escalates The violence against Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria, has reached crisis point, as churches and families struggle to defend themselves against increasing Islamic threats.    Reports from Barnabas Fund have revealed the extent of the tragedy unfolding since the re-election of Christian president Goodluck Jonathan, in April this year.    Most recently, a Christian…

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October 2011
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Poisonous clothes

Poisonous clothes A Greenpeace investigation has found traces of a deadly toxin in children’s and adult’s clothing from 14 major brands.    According to reports in the Ecologist, the toxin, nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) has been found in clothes from many high street stores in the UK.    The chemical breaks down to form nonylphenol in water,…

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After the riots

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October 2011
News

After the riots

After the riots Three days after the riots ripped through London, Biblical Gospel Ministries held its 29th preaching rally, on Saturday 13 August, in Trafalgar Square.     Preachers called on people to seek the Lord, while the world is facing unrest, economic troubles, war and other calamities. They reminded hearers that violence is not…

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New name; same message

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October 2011
News

New name; same message

New name; same message Christ Church is the new name for Haywards Heath Evangelical Free Church, and in June this year the congregation moved into their new building.    They believe the new name will be easier to use, remember and explain, as a simple description of a group of people following Jesus Christ.   …

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October 2011
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One Day

One Day Advocacy group Release International has garnered more than 28,000 signatures for a petition calling on the North Korean government to protect Christians in the country.    As part of its One Day campaign, to raise awareness of persecuted Christians in one of the most closed countries on earth, Release also supported a special…

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October 2011
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Forgotten famine

Forgotten famine The images of people starving on the Horn of Africa captured media attention earlier this year, but now seem commonplace or nearly forgotten. The number of people caught up in the famine-stricken areas in Africa is set to rise, with more than 750,000 people at risk of dying this year, according to…

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October 2011
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Eel meet again

Eel meet again A recently-discovered species has cast doubt on the process of evolution, according to an MSNBC science report.    The eel, found in an underwater cave and reported on in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, is a ‘living fossil’, having seemingly ‘evolved out of step with the rest of us, retaining primitive…

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October 2011
News

Pastor’s relative beaten

Pastor’s relative beaten A man left for dead after a mob attack in Karachi was beaten by local police who, it is claimed, dragged the victim to a police station and incarcerated him.    Reports sent to a British Pakistani Christian organisation revealed that Asfaq Munawar was seized and interrogated by the mob as to…

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Kill your son !

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October 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Kill your son !

Kill your son ! Abraham had a problem: God’s command contradicted his promise. What was God’s command? ‘Take now your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love … and offer him … as a burnt offering’. What was God’s promise? ‘It is through your son that I will bless the world. It is…

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Gospel Victories

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October 2011
Articles > Guest column

Gospel Victories

GUEST COLUMN – GOSPEL VICTORIES Reading the news headlines is often depressing, particularly for the Christian. The world brims with bad news — corruption, immorality, violence, deceit, and sheer foolishness. If that were not enough to make one feel downcast on a sunny day, many Western Christians also feel weighed down by rising anti-Christian…

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News

October 2011
News

Dear Mr Cameron

Dear Mr Cameron Some UK churches recently handed out postcards so that their members can petition Prime Minister David Cameron to speak up for freedom of Christian conscience.     The campaign organised by Christian Concern aimed to bring Mr Cameron’s attention to four cases presented by Britons to the European Court of Human Rights…

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Still a cause for concern?

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October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Still a cause for concern?

Still a cause for concern? The headline was ‘A Cause for Concern’; the cover date was November 1973; and I was the author. The article, spread over four pages of Evangelical Times, described an unsolved problem facing hundreds of Christian families. The response of ET’s readers and others led directly to the founding of…

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Remembering revival

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October 2011
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Remembering revival

Remembering revival More than 200 people gathered earlier this year to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the revival that began in Lowestoft in 1921.    Rev. Kyle Paisley opened the meeting with prayer, before the singing of ‘Blessed be the fountain of blood’, once known as the Hymn of the Revival.     Matthew Pickhaver gave an…

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October 2011
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Abortion clause defeated

Abortion clause defeated On 7 September, MPs voted by a majority of 250 against an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill which aimed to ensure women were offered independent abortion counselling.    The amendment, which had been tabled by former nurse and businesswoman, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, and backed by several leading MPs,…

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‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’

Historical

October 2011
Articles > Historical

‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’

‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ God delights in the triumph of the small and insignificant. Agur the son of Jakeh talks about ‘four things which are little upon earth, but they are exceeding wise’ (Proverbs 30:24). Paul tells the Corinthians that ‘God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;…

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RPCNA Synod

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October 2011
Articles > Comment

RPCNA Synod

RPCNA Synod The 180th synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) met at Indiana Wesleyan University from 28 June-1 July this year.     Ruling elder, Steve McMahon (Midwest presbytery), was nominated as moderator and the Monday evening began with a gripping sermon from Matthew 16, entitled, ‘I will build my church’,…

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Personal view: Don’t be a wimp!

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October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Don’t be a wimp!

Personal view: Don’t be a wimp! A ‘wimp’ is a man who is failing to be what a man should be. He is ‘weak-in-my-personality’. And there seem to be an awful lot of wimps around! However, the cure for wimpishness is not found in bigger muscles, but in the spiritual realm. In fact, physically…

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News

October 2011
News

Deeside

Deeside Christ Church Deeside has appointed Stuart Olyott to be its part-time, interim pastor. Dr Olyott began his ministry in September. His remit is to do 50 per cent of what a full-time pastor would do, for a period of up to two years, during which time the church will seek to settle a…

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October 2011
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New pastor for Stowmarket

New pastor for Stowmarket On Saturday 3 September at Stowmarket Baptist Church about 200 people from Stowmarket and neighbouring churches, plus visitors from further afield, gathered for the induction service of Stephen Nowak as the church’s new pastor.     Elder David Barker, who chaired the meeting, gave thanks to God for his patient care…

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Historic Bible club

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October 2011
News

Historic Bible club

Historic Bible club To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible Version, a special holiday Bible club was held at Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church, at the end of July.    It had the theme, ‘Faith, flames and fervour: how we got the Bible in English’. The weekly Kidz Klub had already enjoyed…

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When the Iron Curtain came down

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October 2011
Europe

When the Iron Curtain came down

When the Iron Curtain came down Which regions of the world do you think of as mission fields? Africa? South-East Asia? Perhaps the ’10-40 window’? But what about the eastern half of Europe, that part of the world that used to be locked behind the Iron Curtain? What do you know of God’s work…

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October 2011
News

Judgement and mercy

Judgement and mercy That things are terribly wrong in our society is obvious at every level — individual, family and communal.     ET reports each month on a huge variety of national sin, not because its editors enjoy muck-raking, nor because they want to transform readers into modern-day Pharisees, but to stir us up…

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October 2011
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Religion squeezed out

Religion squeezed out The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has thrown out the idea of ‘reasonable accommodation’ for religion, under pressure from other equality interests.    The European Union’s EHRC had been intervening in four religious liberty cases brought by British Christians against their employers and council authorities that claimed discrimination and lack of…

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October 2011
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Death by numbers

Death by numbers Global terrorism, wars, heightened security and public awareness — the media has been keen to show the various effects of what happened on 11 September 2001. But the real ‘legacy’ of 9/11 can be summed up in the grim mathematics of resultant suffering. Ten years ago, 19 terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashed…

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October 2011
News

Self-build

Self-build                 The first construction phase of the UK’s largest new green oak building has now reached completion at a rural location in Isleham, Cambridgeshire.     The Ark is an ambitious and extensive community and church building. It was erected by the congregation of High Street Church, which has outgrown the…

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Lowestoft outreach

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October 2011
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Lowestoft outreach

Lowestoft outreach              Lowestoft’s 15th annual Air Festival brought more than 350,000 people to the seafront on 11-12 August. It was the fifth such occasion that a good news stand was organised on the promenade by Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church (OBFPC).     In preparation, we took encouragement from Acts 1:8…

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October 2011
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Reformation Christianity

Reformation Christianity From 11-12 November, Bawtry Hall will host the fourth men’s conference to discuss Reformed doctrines from a practical perspective.     The three previous conferences have had delegates from mainland Europe, as well as the UK. Previously we used the conference name ‘A defence of Calvinism’, but this year it will be called…

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Belfast bookshop

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October 2011
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Belfast bookshop

Belfast bookshop The Evangelical Bookshop in Belfast has undergone an extensive refurbishment, investing in its future ministry despite the uncertain economic environment for bookshops.     Ever since the 1920s, when evangelical literature was scarce in the UK, the Evangelical Bookshop has circulated Bibles and reformed literature throughout the UK and Ireland.     Despite many…

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October 2011
News

Building bridges

Building bridges A think-tank has offered a £60,000 prize to someone from around the world who has made an ‘exceptional contribution’ to building bridges between people of different faiths.    Launched by UK-based foundation Coexist, the prize is for the ‘unsung hero’ and aims to celebrate the positive social role religion plays for so many…

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Southport

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October 2011
News

Southport

Southport  On Saturday 16 July, members of Grace Baptist Church, Southport, together with friends from other churches, gathered in a commissioning service for their co-pastor, Adam Laughton.     He and his wife Julia were commissioned for the work of the Gateway church-planting project in Kent. The call came from the Association of Grace Baptist…

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Free Church (Continuing) School in Theology

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October 2011
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Free Church (Continuing) School in Theology

Free Church (Continuing) School in Theology The 59th Free Church School in Theology was held at Carronvale House, Larbert, from 5-8 September. The School is an annual conference in theology intended particularly for ministers and divinity students, though with much also to benefit the intelligent layman.    Although it is organised mainly by ministers of…

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The Weakest Link

Article

October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link Temptation has been around since the dawn of time. It is something we all face and it is usually at our unguarded points that we are attacked. ‘So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!’ (1 Corinthians 10:12). Is there a way to avoid temptation?…

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Pakistan catastrophe

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October 2011
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Pakistan catastrophe

Pakistan catastrophe One year after the lives and livelihoods of many Pakistani Christians were devastated by surging floods, once more they find themselves in grievous distress as large swathes of the country are again under deep water.    Up to 6 million people, mainly in the province of Sindh, are caught up in the disastrous…

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Leaving a church should be difficult

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October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Leaving a church should be difficult

Leaving a church should be difficult It appears that too many Christians have no difficulty in leaving the church they have attended for several years and going to another church in the same town. They will tell you that it was not an easy decision to make. Yet it happens so often that it…

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Christian publishing in China – a huge opportunity

Article

October 2011
China

Christian publishing in China – a huge opportunity

Christian publishing in China – a huge opportunity One of the more remarkable facts about the history of the church is that some of its most significant events were barely noticed at the time of their occurrence. Examples are not hard to find. In the early church the attention of the most powerful inhabitants…

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Southport

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October 2011
News

Southport

Southport  On Saturday 16 July, members of Grace Baptist Church, Southport, together with friends from other churches, gathered in a commissioning service for their co-pastor, Adam Laughton.     He and his wife Julia were commissioned for the work of the Gateway church-planting project in Kent. The call came from the Association of Grace Baptist…

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News

October 2011
News

Redbourn thanksgiving

Redbourn thanksgiving On Thursday 9 June, a thanksgiving service was held in Redbourn Methodist Church, and it was a joy to see nearly all the pews full.     About 90-95 people attended, including Pilgrims Friend Society’s (PFS) trustees, chief PFS executive Andrew Jessop, and directors and former trustees of the Redbourn Missionary Trust (RMT).…

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Article

October 2011
Poland

Irena’s story

Irena’s story I was facing eviction from our tiny council flat on the huge high-rise estate in Poland. What would happen to my three daughters? I managed to get in touch with our local MP. His solution was heartbreaking. ‘If you cannot pay your rent, we can take your children into a children’s home.…

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Article

October 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

The eclipse of the gospel

The eclipse of the gospel The Church Society met Friday 1– Sunday 3 July at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, for its annual conference. The aim was to examine the past and present impact of Anglo-Catholicism on the Church of England. David Phillips, General Secretary of Church Society, opened the conference on Friday afternoon with an…

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Article

October 2011
Australia

One year in

One year in Mourners cluster on the parched grass outside the tin-roofed chapel filled with grieving family, as I seek gently to bring the gospel of God to them and to thank the Lord for an aboriginal woman’s life in the face of her early death. A year ago we were strangers, but now…

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Sheffield

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October 2011
News

Sheffield

Sheffield An ordination service was held in Sheffield welcoming Dr Kevin Bidwell as a minister of the gospel and to the work of church planting for Sheffield Presbyterian Church.     On Saturday 2 July around 150 people attended this event, including 19 elders and ministers from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales…

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That sinking feeling

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October 2011
News > Youth Features

That sinking feeling

Youth Feature That sinking feeling Jesus has fed more than 5000 people and ministered all day (Matthew 14:13-21). Fully human as well as fully God, he is tired and needs to pray alone. So, in verses 22-23, he sends his disciples into a ship, to go to the other side of Galilee (Matthew 14:22-33).  …

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October 2011
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Hope to People

Hope to People The board of Hope to People (H2P), in Ukraine, has appointed Yaroslav Denysyuk as its director. Since May, Mr Denysyuk, who was born into a non-Christian family in Rivne during the Soviet era, has been fulfilling his new duties.     Mr Denysyuk expressed his desire and readiness to assume this ministry during…

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October 2011
News

Petition from PTS

Petition from PTS The Protestant Truth Society (PTS) has published an online petition to lobby the Government against the registration of civil partnerships on religious premises.    The PTS, worried by the possibility of deliberate targeting of Bible-believing churches as a result of recent debates in Parliament, has urged Christians to sign the e-petition.    It…

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Article

October 2011
Obituaries

Dr Geoffrey Grogan (1925–2011)

Dr Geoffrey Grogan (1925–2011)     Dr Grogan was born on 4 May 1925 and taught the Bible and Christian theology for most of his working life.    According to a brief biography on his website, http://geoffreygrogan.wordpress.com, Dr Grogan studied theology at Glasgow’s Bible Training Institute, which later became the Glasgow Bible College. He also trained at…

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October 2011
News

Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide The campaign for loosening the laws on assisted suicide was given a fillip after the BBC ‘Hardtalk’ series produced an episode featuring a man trapped inside his body.    Tony Nicklinson, who suffered a stroke six years ago that has paralysed him completely, is only able to use his eyes to communicate, although…

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Review

October 2011

Travel Through The Houses of Parliament

This book continues the high quality that we have come to expect from the Day One travel series. Aimed at the interested general reader, it makes an ideal introduction to the subject. It is a clear and gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of British parliamentary democracy. The beauty of the book is…

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Review

October 2011
Reviews > Book

Grounded in the Gospel

This book’s introduction outlines the reason for these two men teaming together in this noble project, one that seeks to recover the practice of catechesis in the church. Their vision ‘assumes the existence of authoritative truth that needs to be taught’ (p11). Every reader concerned about the rise of liberalism and an ‘evangelical’ Christianity…

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Review

October 2011
Reviews > Book

Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks

One of the great advances for the Christian faith made over the last fifty years was the recovery of the writings of 17th century preachers known as the Puritans.  In spite of the somewhat negative and sour image of these men, a reading of their sermons and writings shows a completely different picture. These…

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Review

October 2011

Ten Myths about Calvinism

The main title, ‘Ten Myths About Calvinism’, suggests a strident volume in which opposing views will be given short shrift. In fact, this is a balanced and scholarly work, though accessible to the general reader.       The book is organised into two parts. Part one deals with ‘Four Myths Calvinists Should Not Be Circulating…

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Review

October 2011

O love that will not let me go

O love that will not let me go Ed Nancy Guthrie IVP 160, £0.00 ISBN: 978-1-84474-526-5 Star Rating: This excellent book should be read by as many believers as possible, and sooner rather than later. Read it while you are fit and well, though I can see that it could also be of great…

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Review

October 2011

At the Cross

I love reading books written by John Benton as he is usually a clear and concise writer. This book is no exception. The book restates and rejoices in what Christ achieved through his death and resurrection on behalf of sinners. Subjects like salvation by faith alone, penal substitution, justification, imputed righteousness, Christ’s perfect obedience…

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Review

October 2011

A Voyage of Discovery

Review of: A Voyage of Discovery: the Ups and Downs of the Christian Life Derek W. H. Thomas Evangelical Press ISBN 0-85234-742-1 215 pages. This study on the Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) is a revision of �Making the Most of Your Devotional Life� by the same author. In it Derek Thomas presents a…

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Review

October 2011

In light of Eternity – The life of Leonard Ravenhill

My guess is that only a few of us have ever heard of Leonard Ravenhill. If you read this long book you will have in your mind’s eye a man who played a significant part in the kingdom of God on both sides of the Atlantic.       Ravenhill was a traditional Wesleyan Methodist but…

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Review

October 2011

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox

I have to confess to two failings. Firstly that, despite serving in a Bible College in Edinburgh I have never read a biography of John Knox, and secondly that I have been influenced, though never completely persuaded, by the ‘bad press’ Knox has had. Douglas Bond’s book is the latest in the excellent series…

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