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All reviews by Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox was an elder at Chorlton Evangelical Church for many years and is now the pastor at Union Chapel, Bethersden. He is the Book Review editor for Evangelical Times.

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A Child’s First Book About Marriage: God’s Way is Always Best
Jani Ortlund

How well are Christian parents teaching their children what God’s word says about marriage? Are they equipped to counter the homosexual rights propaganda which their children will be exposed to at school or through television? This short, colourful book describes…

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Pure Church: Recovering God’s Plan for Local Churches
David Skull

In Pure Church, eleven pastors or workers in ‘Grace Baptist’ churches or organisations set out their position on church order. Its chapters display a strong unity and put forward a cohesive vision for the life and polity of the local…

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Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come
Derek Thomas

Shouldn’t every Christian feel homesick for heaven? Derek Thomas’s inquiry into the Bible’s teaching on this subject stirs up in the believer a deep longing to be with the Lord. The early chapters cover death and the intermediate state. They…

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A Face Like A Flint
Jeremy Walker

The title is inspired by Mark 10:32, where Jesus’ disciples were awestruck by the single-minded manner in which he made his way toward Jerusalem. Jeremy Walker describes movingly how the Lord Jesus recognised and embraced his identity as the Son…

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The Grace of Shame: 7 Ways the Church Has Failed to Love Homosexuals
Tim Bayly

By God’s grace, the authors’ church ministry has led a large number of homosexuals to repentance and godly living. This change has involved more than simply abstaining from prohibited sexual activities, but a turning from the sin of ‘effeminacy’ (1…

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The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church?
Ryan M McGraw

Tucked away in Chapter 25 of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is a reference to ‘the visible Church… out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation’. To lovers of Protestant theology, this statement may sound a little,…

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The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll
Randall J. Stephens

In pacey style, The Devil’s Music traces the turbulent relationship between pop music and American evangelicalism from the 1950s to the present day. The story begins in the revivalist meetings of Pentecostal churches in the southern states, characterised by shouting,…

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The Doctor Who Became a Preacher: Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Banner Board Books)
Rebecca VanDoodewaard

This is a cracking little board book for reading to very young children. It shows how doctors help people who are sick, before relating how Martyn Lloyd-Jones chose to preach the good news instead, with many people coming to hear…

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McCheyne’s Dundee
Bruce McLennan

Many Christians have heard of Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-43). His reputation endures as a holy and prayerful man who was greatly used by God before his early death. McCheyne’s Dundee examines the final years of his life when he ministered…

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Do you pray? A question for everybody (J C Ryle series)
J C Ryle

It is to be welcomed that EP Books has republished three of JC Ryle’s lesser-known short tracts. The subject of this one is a vital question: ‘Do you pray?’ As always, Ryle gets to the heart of the matter and…

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Daniel and his visions: The message of Daniel chapters 7-12
Steve Wilmshurst

Based on Steve Wilmshurst’s sermons at his church in Bristol, this book succeeds in making the ‘difficult’ latter half of Daniel an enjoyable read. It doesn’t comment on every verse, which can prove disappointing in places. However, the author generally…

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The Reformation: What You Need To Know And Why
John Stott

This small paperback from the Lausanne Movement is a work of two halves. First comes Michael Reeves’ introduction to the world-changing events of 500 years ago. The reader is led through Martin Luther’s protest against indulgences, his new understanding of…

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The deacon — biblical foundations for today’s ministry of mercy
Cornelis Van Dam

This valuable book seeks to restore the diaconate to its biblical purpose: not the maintenance of church buildings, but the care of the needy. Van Dam presents a solid scriptural basis for his case. He reviews Old Testament law, the…

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Surprised by the commandments
Graham Beynon

Graham Beynon confesses that he once considered the Ten Commandments ‘predictable, negative and irrelevant’ (p.xi). After preaching through them, however, he was surprised to discover an unexpected ‘depth and richness’ (p.xii). He dedicates one short chapter to each commandment, writing in…

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Shepherds after my own heart — essays in honour of Robert W. Oliver
Ed. Robert Strivens & Blair Waddell

This festschrift is a tribute to the long and fruitful ministry of Robert Oliver, retired pastor at Bradford-on-Avon. The editors explain how friends and fellow ministers have addressed topics which are dear to Dr Oliver. The result is a smorgasbord…

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Christian’s pocket guide to suffering
Brian H Cosby

Brian Cosby’s short volume does what it says on the cover, providing a brief summary of the Bible’s teaching on suffering and pain. Much information is packed into a small number of pages, all of it from a sound, God-centred theological position.…

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Developments in Biblical Counseling
J Cameron Fraser

J. Cameron Fraser has provided an interesting introduction to the biblical, or ‘nouthetic’, counselling movement since its inception in the early 1970s. He gives much attention to Jay E. Adams’s influential publication, Competent to counsel, which argued that personal problems…

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Why we pray
William Philip

William Philip is convinced that ‘we learn most about prayer simply by learning about God’ (p.18). So, rather than providing a ‘how-to’ guide, he concentrates on the glories of God and the gospel, stirring up in believers a greater desire…

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Signposts from the Past
Reg Burrows

In the early 1990s, Reg Burrows’ Anglican congregation in Newcastle was wrestling with deep questions about its relationship with the Church of England. This followed the denomination’s consecration of female vicars and its general marginalisation of evangelicals. Signposts from the…

Back Chat
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Back Chat
Chris Sinkinson

Back Chat: Answering Christianity's Critics  Chris Sinkinson Christian Focus Publications 128, £6.99 ISBN: 978-1-78191-406-9 Star Rating: 2 stars   Back chat is a collection of 27 stand-alone articles, which were originally published in Evangelicals Now. Each one is only two…

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Evangelical Holiness
Iain H Murray

Evangelical holiness, and other addresses Iain H. MurrayBanner of Truth178 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1-84871-319-2Star Rating : 5 An author as influential as Iain Murray always deserves a hearing. Few would argue with Geoff Thomas’s commendation on the back cover, ‘All that…

Slogging along in the paths of righteousness
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Slogging along in the paths of righteousness
Dale Ralph David

Slogging along in the paths of righteousness: Psalms 13-24Dale Ralph DavisChristian Focus Publications, 192 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-304-8Star rating : 3 As a convinced ‘DRD’ fan, I was always going to enjoy this book. Its twelve short chapters (each taking about…

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