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September 2016

Contending for the faith (1)

When we view the situation in some of the historic denominations in the United Kingdom, we see how they are…

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September 2016

International – Eisteddfod outreach

In 1947 an international musical eisteddfod (festival) was held in Llangollen seeking to bring war-torn countries together. It has been…

September 2016

Politics – Abortion fears

Theresa May’s new cabinet poses challenges to pro-lifers, according to anti-abortion campaigners. Paul Tully, director of parliamentary research for the…

September 2016

International – French tragedy response

Nice has welcomed the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, an international coalition of crisis-trained chaplains. The team journeyed to France…

September 2016

PERSONAL VIEW: Brexit reflection

‘Vote leave’ supporters seemed as surprised as everyone else that Britons decided to exit the EU on 23 June 2016.…

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The murderous history of Bible translations: power, conflict and quest for meaning
Harry Freedman

This books comprises 13 chapters, subdivided into three parts: ‘Before the violence’, ‘The violence begins’ and ‘Enlightenment’. The book is broadly chronological, beginning with ‘The legacy of Alexandria’ and ‘The legend of the Septuagint’, while concluding with thoughts on ‘The…

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Theodore Beza – The Man and the Myth
Shawn D. Wright

This title opens with, ‘Theodore Beza? Who’s he? Why should I care about him?’ The author (associate professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) answers these questions with warmth and clarity. Three reasons are given for writing.…

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A great blessing to me — John Newton encounters George Whitefield
Grant Gordon

This is a delightful study of a fruitful friendship between two evangelical leaders of the eighteenth century. George Whitefield was probably England’s greatest preacher. John Newton was a pastor, spiritual counsellor and hymn writer. Both men deserve to be better…

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A Survey of Church History (Part 6) DVD
W Robert Godfrey

This is a series of twelve, approximately 25-minute lectures on DVD, surveying the history of the church in the twentieth century. The first lecture is a general introduction to the century which saw both the best and the worst things…