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All reviews by Robert Strivens

Before training for pastoral ministry at London Seminary Robert was a solicitor in private practice, working in London and Brussels. He was then pastor of an evangelical church in Banbury for eight years. Robert’s PhD was on Philip Doddridge and early 18th century Dissent. He writes and speaks regularly on biblical and historical topics, as well as issues related to pastoral ministry.

The Necessity of Reforming the Church with A Reply to Cardinal Sadoleto
John Calvin

This well-produced volume from the publishing arm of Ligonier Ministries contains new English translations of two works of John Calvin. The first, from 1544, is Calvin’s explanation to Emperor Charles V and the Roman Catholic political leaders of Germany of…

Clash of Visions: Populism and Elitism in New Testament Theology (Reformed Exegetical Doctrinal Studies series)
Robert W. Yarbrough

Robert Yarbrough wrote Clash of Visions in support of what he calls a ‘populist’ approach to the understanding of the New Testament, over against the ‘elitist’ approach which dominates much academic study of the Bible today. The elite, on Yarbrough’s definition, approach…

Preaching made Practical
O. Palmer Robertson

There are many good books on preaching. This is one of them. It does not have anything particularly new to say; nor does it say it in a particularly new or striking manner. It is distinct from other books on…

Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism
Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism
Brian Stanley

Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism Brian Stanley IVP 290, £19.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-621-7 Star Rating: 4   This is the fifth volume in the series,‘A history of evangelicalism’, produced under the general editorship of Professors David Bebbington and Mark Noll. The author is…

One Bible, Many Versions
One Bible, Many Versions
David Brunn

One Bible, Many Versions David Brunn IVP Academic 206, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-626-2 Star Rating: 3  Bible translation is a contentious subject. Dave Brunn spent several years translating the Scriptures into the language of one of the peoples of Papua New Guinea.…

Encouragement for Today’s Pastors
Terry Slachter

The Scriptures advise us to learn from examples of faithful ministers (Heb. 13:7). The Puritans were a group of such ministers whose teaching and living can be particularly encouraging to troubled and discouraged pastors today. They were steadfast in adhering…

The conviction to lead
Albert Mohler

Cultures and organizations do not change without strong leadership. While many leadership books focus on management or administration, the central focus of 'The conviction to Lead' is on changing minds. Dr. Mohler was the driving force behind the transformation of…

Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction
Jonathan T. Pennington

Reading the Gospels wisely:a narrative and theological introductionJonathan T. PenningtonBaker Academic268 pages£14.99ISBN: 978-0-8010-3937-9Star rating : 3Jonathan Pennington is associate professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His book discusses the nature and purpose of the four canonical Gospels and sets…

Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement
Alister Chapman

British theologian John Stott was one of the most influential leaders of the evangelical movement during the second half of the twentieth century. Called the pope of evangelicalism by many, he helped to shape a global religious movement that grew…

Ernest Kevan
Paul E. Brown

What makes an effective leader? Ernest Kevan certainly fitted into that category, but he did not have the charismatic personality that is so often associated with success in this sphere. What he did have was the ability to influence. His…

The Intolerance of Tolerance
D. A. Carson

We live in a culture obsessed with the idea of 'tolerance'. However, when tolerance, poorly defined, is made an absolute good, it drifts towards intolerance. It must then, argues D. A. Carson, be thoughtfully challenged, both for the good of…

Voice of Nonconformity
Keith A. Ives

Sir William Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923) was a journalist, writer and minister of the Scottish Free Church, who founded the highly influential Nonconformist newspaper The British Weekly. An important figure in English Nonconformity, Robertson Nicoll (or, as he became known to…

We don’t do God
We don’t do God
George & Andrew Carey

We don't do God George & Andrew Carey Monarch - Lion Hudson 176, £7.99 ISBN: 978-0-85721-030-2 Star Rating: 1 The former Archbishop of Canterbury here joins forces with his journalist son to express their concerns about the spiritual direction that Britain is…

Preacher, keep yourself from idols
Derek Tidball

'Preachers' and 'idolatry'. Surely these two words don't belong together? Or do they? The apostle John ends his first letter with the plea, 'Dear children, keep yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21) - an exhortation to believers to keep alert…

Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus
D. A. Carson

With clarity and conviction, D. A. Carson unpacks what some of the earliest witnesses wrote, in five New Testament texts, to provide an introductory explanation of Jesus death and resurrection.

Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland, Jr
John Newton

The reader will discover afresh in these letters, not only mature and wise counsel, but a wholesome emphasis on true Christian experience, a great breadth of Christian sympathy, and a strong confidence in the power of the grace of God,…

Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism
Joel Beeke

The theological system known as Calvinism is often caricatured as harsh, dour, and illogical. But as Dr. Joel R. Beeke argues in this important new book, this image could not be further from the truth. Beeke, a pastor, educator, editor,…

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