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In 1971 Robert commenced a pastorate at the Old Baptist Chapel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. This continued until retirement in 2006. During this pastorate he completed a research course leading to a PhD through the London Bible College. On completion he was asked to be lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology at the London Theological Seminary.

He is also responsible for teaching Church History in the John Owen Centre and in this connection is an adjunct Professor of Church History in Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia. He is also visiting Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Fellow of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, California.

Robert Oliver is married to Rachel and they have two children and five grandchildren. Dr Oliver is the author The History of the English Calvinistic Baptists, 1771–1892, published by the Banner of Truth Trust in 2006.

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The Spirit of the Age: The 19th Century Debate Over the Holy Spirit and the Westminster Confession
J V Fesko

In the late nineteenth century, mounting pressure developed among churches adhering to the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) for a revision of some of its statements. In the USA, this was led by C. A. Briggs and Philip Schaff. Briggs’ antipathy…

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Bishop J C Ryle’s Autobiography
Andrew Atherstone

It may appear strange that the Banner of Truth Trust should so soon follow up their publication of Iain Murray’s biography of Ryle, Prepared to stand alone, with Ryle’s own Autobiography. The two works are, however, complementary. Whereas Iain Murray…

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With Mercy and with Judgement
Matthew J Hyde

Much attention is being paid to World War 1 and it is important to study its impact on Christians. The Strict Baptists were a relatively small denomination in 1914, but Dr Matthew Hyde’s study gives illuminating insight into the impact…

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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…

Churches, revolutions and empires: 1789 –1914
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Churches, revolutions and empires: 1789 –1914
Ian J Shaw

Churches, revolutions and empires: 1789 –1914 Ian J. ShawChristian Focus Publications, 561 pages, £19.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-774-9Star Rating  4 This work is an important contribution to our overall understanding of nineteenth century church history. In addition, it helps to explain some of…

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The Great Ejection
Gary Brady

The Great EjectionGary BradyEP Books, 176 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-802-4Star Rating : 5Who governs the church, Jesus Christ or the state? In practical terms, what determines the doctrine and practice of the church? Is it the Bible or is it public…

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