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John Calvin – Man of God’s Word
Peter Barnes

Martin Luther said that 'once the pure and certain Word is taken away, there remains no consolation, no salvation, no hope'. That is where the church found itself just before the Reformation. No man did more to point the church…

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Josiah’s Reformation
Richard Sibbes

Richard Sibbes always sought to get under the superficial layer of his listeners' behaviour and deal with their hearts. He knew that the outward acts of sin spring from the inner desires of the heart. Merely to alter a person's…

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True Spirituality
Vaughan Roberts

What does it mean to be a truly spiritual Christian? At a time when there is no shortage of answers competing for our attention, how do we know what really is from God? This book looks for answers in the…

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slugs & snails & puppy dogs’ tails
Carolyn Edwards

We have such a problem with our boys,' ..is a common refrain in many churches. The probability, though, is that boys are not actually the problem, rather our attitude to them; our ideas of what a boy really is and…

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Out of the Shadows
Faith Cook

A collection of nine short and very diverse inspiring biographies: Many of the names will be unfamiliar, but their stories are full of interest and inspiration, each in its own way bearing witness to the faithfulness and goodness of the…

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Fruitful Leaders – How to make, grow, love and keep them
Marcus Honeysett

God loves local churches. He wants to see them built up and flourishing. He provides spiritual gifts of leadership to help them grow. Churches are God's teams for fulfilling his great purposes in the world, ensuring that his greatness and…

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C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Early Sermons
Comp. Terence Peter Crosby

Lovers of Spurgeon's preaching have always had a special affection for the sermons of his New Park Street years, with their youthful vibrancy and freshness, but, when compared with their more numerous Metropolitan Tabernacle successors, a far lower percentage of…

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Why God Won’t Go Away
Alister McGrath

The recent rise of the New Atheism has aroused great general interest, thrown up questions of fundamental importance, and started a fascinating conversation. Why God Won't Go Away invites us to join in. The volume opens with a survey of…

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The Sovereignty of God Debate
Edited by G. Stephen Long & George Kalantzis

How is God sovereign with respect to creation? Does creation affect God? Does God suffer or change because of creation? If so, how is this related to Christology? Why have these questions been so controversial in evangelical theology, even costing…