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Edinburgh Youth Conference

In March a large group of young people gathered at Grace Baptist Church, Edinburgh for the biannual SALT youth conference,…

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The Noble Liar: How and Why the…

‘Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report’ (Philippians 4:8) was incorporated into the mission statement of…


Just what does the Black Lives Matter…

All right, let’s get this out of the way first. I know that when people repeat the slogan, ‘black lives…


Intersectionality and the church

A few years ago, during an open question and answer session on a college campus, a student accused me of…


A Tailor, a Tinker, and a Cobbler

As a leap year, February in 2020 had 29 days. So did 1640, and on 29 February 1640, in the…

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The Guardsman
Jamie Campbell

Despite being under age, George Venables volunteered for service in May 1915. His initial desire to join the Royal Army Medical Corps, on the grounds that he would not have to take life, could not be granted.  As a result…

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Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

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A Parable of a Garden
Geoff Haddow

This book is unusual. It is dedicated to a particular congregation — that of Tamworth Road Strict Baptist Chapel in Croydon — and addressed to the committee which oversees a small group of churches known as Gospel Standard (GS) Strict…

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5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…