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April 2019
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Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come

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 show that the soul will remain alive and conscious, and suggest that it will have some element of physicality even before the final resurrection. But the book takes off and soars as it describes the final glorious state, when body and soul are reunited. It dispels misconceptions of heaven as an ethereal place of fluffy clouds. Thomas helps the reader visualise a real, physical new...

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April 2019
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New Covenant Theology: Weighed and Found Wanting

To read this book was like a breath of fresh air. I could not put it down. Despite the traction that has been gained in the UK among evangelicals by the so-called ‘new covenant theology’ (NCT), it is surprising that so little has been written to critique this theological framework. It is perhaps because its theologians do not have a common confession or a systematised body of truth that can be critiqued. Therefore, this author has done well to track down the key proponents and give an assessment of this somewhat amorphous movement. In the opening chapter McGrane contends that NCT is ‘a “third way”...

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March 2019
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Teaching Ruth & Esther (Proclamation Trust)

This helpful aid for Bible study leaders and preachers will certainly remove any thought that these two very different Biblical books are strictly for ladies’ meetings. Boaz and Mordecai are shown to play as significant a part as Ruth and Esther. This handy-sized resource does not claim to be a commentary, but it will certainly be a most useful guide to understanding the historical background, local customs and main thrust of the individual narratives. It does not skirt over some of the more difficult passages either. The author’s main concern is to show how these biblical books do not merely illustrate but foreshadow the gospel...

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February 2019
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Long Story Short: The Bible in 12 Phrases

This is an ambitious little book. The eponymous ‘long story’ is the Scriptures. The subtitle describes what Scrivener is attempting: ‘The Bible in 12 phrases’. There are nine pithy chapters covering the Old Testament. Three are given to the New Testament. The implicit aim of this well-known evangelist is to put over the storyline of the Bible in a brief, compelling way. His prime audience appears to be young people, including unbelievers. The assumption is that they read very little. There are many encouragements along the way to read the real thing. At the end of the chapters, biblical passages to read are included, along...

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February 2019
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The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith

This book aims to provide a simple expression of the core beliefs of the Christian faith. What better way to do this than to work systematically through the Apostles’ Creed? There has been a recent survey in order to answer the question: ‘How much do people in Britain today know about God, the Bible, or Jesus Christ?’ The short, unsurprising answer is not much. But it appears that there is more theological ignorance than hostility, many answers to questions being ‘I don’t know’. This book could be a useful tool to dispel ignorance. The introduction to this book on doctrine (first published thirty years ago)...

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January 2019
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The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church?

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, well, Roman Catholic. However, The Ark of Safety demonstrates persuasively that, when understood correctly, it is true and biblical. Ryan McGraw goes on to provide that correct understanding, albeit taking a rather circuitous route to get there. He begins this little volume by delving into the subject of the church’s invisible and visible natures. His survey of the writings of various Reformers reveals a consensus...

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September 2018
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Paul: A Biography

This is the latest book from retired Anglican bishop, N. T. Wright. It is geared towards a popular rather than academic audience. There is much to commend. An overview of Paul’s life and thought is provided, synthesising Acts and the Pauline letters. Extra-biblical material is also utilised to enhance our understanding. This endeavour to summarise Paul’s writings, putting each letter into its context, is enormously valuable. There are many insightful nuggets. Remarks on the idea of ‘zeal’ in the Jewish setting of Paul’s childhood provide a useful sidelight on the apostle. An argument that Paul’s visit to Arabia (mentioned in Galatians) was likely a trip...

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