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Paul is a retired pastor now living in Lancashire

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Dig Deeper: Tools to Unearth the Bible’s Treasure
Nigel Beynon

This is a reprint in a new format of a book first published in 2005. It sets out a series of sixteen 'tools' to enable Christians, and especially students, to interpret and understand the Bible better. Some of these are…

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The plausibility problem – the church and same-sex attraction
Ed Shaw

This is a book which pastors and youth leaders should read. It is written by an Anglican pastor who experiences same-sex attraction and who is quite frank about his struggles. Contemporary culture now demands that we face the issue of…

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What does the Bible really teach about homosexuality?
Kevin DeYoung

If you want an answer to this question which is thorough, reasonably succinct and well-written, then this is the book for you. It covers all the main issues and objections, presenting a clear, pastoral and practical message to Christians wrestling…

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Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer
C. N. Willborn

This volume consists of 34 short articles written for The Southwestern Presbyterian in the years 1869–70. At that time, Palmer was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, USA. The Southwestern Presbyterian is described as a weekly newspaper,…

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Autobiography of a Yorkshire Christian
Douglas Higgins

Autobiography of a Yorkshire Christian Douglas Higgins Banner of Truth Trust 96, £6.22 ISBN: 978-1-84871-488-5 Star Rating: 4   In just 87 pages this little book charts the life of a man who reached his 100th year in 2014. It…

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An able and faithful ministry
James M. Garretson

An able and faithful ministry: Samuel Miller and the pastoral office James M. GarretsonReformation Heritage Books, 428 pages, £13.62, ISBN: 978-1-60178-298-4Star rating: 5 This is a great book in several senses. It is large and beautifully produced; a pleasure to…

Engaging with Keller
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Engaging with Keller
William M. Schweitzer

Engaging with Keller — thinking through the theology of an influential evangelical Ed. Iain D. Campbell and William M. Schweitzer EP Books, 240 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-928-1 Star Rating: 4 Tim Keller is the pastor-teacher of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New…

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Persistently Preaching Christ
Mary Davis

Persistently preaching Christ — fifty years of Bible ministry in a Cambridge church Ed. Christopher Ash, Mary Davis & Bob White Christian Focus, 192 pages, £10.99, ISBN: 978-1-84550-982-8 Star Rating : 3 It is essential to take note of the…

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The Life of John Calvin
W. J. Grier

The Life of John Calvin W. J. Grier Banner of Truth, 166 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-181-5 Star Rating : 5 This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Calvin. It also leads us, to some extent, into the…

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Introducing Scripture
Wayne Grudem

Introducing Scripture  — a guide to the Old and New Testaments Eds Wayne Grudem, C. J. Collins & T. R. Schreiner IVP, 160 pages £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-568-5 Star rating : 4 This book consists of articles originally featured in the…

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Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Eryl Davies

Unexpected? Yes. Unwelcome? Certainly, for Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was dismayed by what was happening. The date was the 14 December 1926 and the national newspapers were using startling headlines concerning him: ‘Harley Street Doctor to become a Minister' and…

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John MacArthur – Servant of the Word and Flock
Iain H. Murray

Through more than forty years, John MacArthur has opened and taught the Word of God in one local congregation, Grace Community Church, Los Angeles. Consequences have followed which no one anticipated, and which the preacher attributes to 'the sovereign hand…

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The Book of Books
Melvyn Bragg

The King James Bible has often been called the Book of Books both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best selling book in the world, and many believe, had…

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Illuminated Preaching: The Holy Spirit’s Vital Role in Unveiling His Word, the Bible
Jeffrey Crotts

In this Bible-soaked study, Jeffrey Crotts defines and applies the seemingly forgotten doctrine of illumination. He shows that the Bible is clear that Spirit-filled illuminated preaching takes place in two parts: as the preacher studies and meditates upon his biblical…

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Practice Makes Perfect: The Book of James Simply Explained
Anthony Bird

The book of James is one of the most practical books in the New Testament. It is filled with advice about facing the trials of life, coping with poverty, the desire to be rich, controlling the tongue, making plans for…

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Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness
Brian Croft

To counter our modern tendency to minimise or ignore sickness, pastor Brian Croft looks to paradigms of the past, at historical models of care that honour God, obey Scripture, and communicate loving care to those who are struggling with sickness…

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Jesus Christ: The Prince of Preachers — Learning from the teaching ministry of Jesus
Mike Abendroth

A powerful demonstration of how Jesus himself was the Master Preacher.

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The Gods of War: Is Religion the Primary Cause of Violent Conflict?
Meic Pearse

British troops have been in Iraq for five years and for longer in Afghanistan, where more are likely to be sent soon. Yet discussion of war – its effects and its possible justification – is almost non-existent among evangelicals today.…

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Beyond Amazing Grace
Todd Murray

This book includes numerous stories from Newton's life, as well as insights into the cultural, historical, and theological contexts in which he ministered. It is a compilation taken from Newton's letters, which offers profound, compassionate counsel; his sermons, filled with…

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Faith in the Furnace: Understanding God’s purposes in the trials of life
Ian Rees

The subtitle of this very helpful book is 'Understanding God's purpose in the trials of life'. It is encouraging, realistic, full of insight, readable, and based thoroughly on Scripture. Each chapter has a Bible passage to read before you start,…

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