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Every promise of your Word­ — the gospel according to Joshua
Rhett P Dodson

The result of a lifetime’s study, this book is heart-warming, searching and readable. The author’s years of preaching through Joshua are clearly discernible in the structure of each chapter. As well as making warm application of the text, he shows…

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James MacGregor: Preacher, Theologian & Defender of the Faith
J W Keddie

This book will interest those who enjoy Christian biographies or follow church history. It focuses on theological issues as well as the life of its subject. Indeed, Macgregor was primarily a theologian, and the title aptly sums him up. He…

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Primer – How Far We Fell (Issue 2) – the doctrine of sin

Primer is a new journal published twice a year by the FIEC. Each issue focuses on one subject with different authors providing analysis from various angles. The journal is aimed primarily at church leaders, to help them engage with significant…

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Trail Blazers – Ulrich Zwingli – Shepherd Warrior
William Boekestein

‘They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul’. So exclaimed Ulrich Zwingli, as he was dying on the battlefield, fighting for the Protestant cause. Born a few weeks after Luther and 25 years before Calvin, he was…

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Does Christianity Really Work?
William Edgar

This is a book about apologetics (arguments defending the Christian faith). It is the second of a projected 10-volume series, entitled ‘The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered’, which aims to address major questions raised by sceptics. Questions include, ‘Why is…

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Talking Points: Transgender
Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan Roberts’ latest book is a good introduction to a topic that has hit our culture like a juggernaut. At just 64-pages, it is a quick read. Chapter 1 defines terms. What does ‘transgender’ actually mean? Is it sexual? Chapter…

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2000 Years of Christ’s power. Volume 4: The age of religious conflict 16th to 18th century
Nick Needham

This instructive account of the sad divisions that occurred in the church provides warnings about schism and its consequences. It is a must for ministers and academics, capturing the story of the church after Luther and Calvin. The first chapter…

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Thirty Thousand Days – the journey home to God
Catherine Morgan

As I began to read the preface of this book, I was reminded of A.W. Tozer’s The pursuit of God. At first I felt overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the writing. Gradually, I began to appreciate its thrust and,…

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How can I remember and practice the Bible
Ryan McGraw

This booklet in the ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ series is written by an associate professor of systematic theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the US. The stated purpose of the series is to inform the mind, warm the affections and…

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The Beauty and Glory of God’s Word
Joel Beeke (Editor)

‘Without the Word of God, we have no light. Christ is our light, and we cannot trust Christ apart from the Word of the Lord. Unless we are expositing a word from the Lord, no preacher has the authority to…

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8 Women of Faith
Michael A G Haykin

This is a superb book by Professor Michael Haykin on eight Christian women selected from across the history of the Reformation and post-Reformation church. Each mini-biography is well researched, thoroughly referenced, and presented in an edifying and devotional way. To…