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October 2020

Inspiration in isolation: Learning from the letters…

For many years now my go-to author in times of difficulty has been Samuel Rutherford. My thoughts have been turning…

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October 2020

Slot machine prayer

Some readers may be aware of scientific experiments that have purported to assess the efficacy of prayer. It appears that…

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October 2020

Have we lost our vision for Christian…

S. J. Curtis, in his History of Education in Great Britain tells us, ‘The important fact, so often forgotten in…

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October 2020

Are we to be shaped by Scripture…

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, says Scripture. It is in the spirit of friendship that this newspaper takes…

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October 2020

When authorities conflict: The separation of church…

The author, who is here responding to recent articles by Paul Yeulett and Mark Richards, wishes to emphasise he is…

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Never Enough: Confronting Lies about Appearance and Achievement with Gospel Hope
Sarah Ivill

Never Enough is a well-written, thoughtfully structured series of ‘teachable moments’ based on the author’s own testimony of suffering from eating disorders and a battle between fitness and obsession. Ivill talks of how her need to be romantically loved made…

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Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
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Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock

These three punchy books address pressing issues: what the Bible teaches about lust (on desire), about homosexuality (on Biblical sexuality) and about transgenderism (on identity). The trilogy approach keeps each book short and focused while dovetailing effectively. Each book has…

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A Beginner’s Guide To Church History
Philip Parsons

This book is a must-read for every Christian, which covers a wide period from the apostolic age to the church under Communism. There are numerous excellent works on church history, like Philip Schaff’s eight volumes, or Andrew Miller’s three volumes,…

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Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…