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Antinomianism

April 2, 2015

Mark Jones P&R, 2013 Mark Powell The church fathers used to say that, like our Saviour, the gospel is often crucified between two thieves – legalism and antinomianism. That is, people tend to over emphasise one of the two extremes. Jones obviously tackles the latter, which he Read More...

Contemporary Worship

April 2, 2015

Terry L. Johnson Banner of Truth, 2014. Peter Barnes In fewer than 20 pages, Terry Johnson makes 10 criticisms of contemporary worship: its reduced biblical content; demographic favouritism towards the young; divided communions; its altered purpose (outreach rather than the praises of Read More...

Living Sacrifice

April 2, 2015

Dr Helen Roseveare Fearn, CF 2013 Stuart Bonnington This is a simple, profound book, a classic of missionary spirituality. A retired WEC missionary, Dr Helen Roseveare, served in the Congo/Zaire from 1953 to 1973 and endured many great testings of faith. Her story is told in Give Me Read More...

Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles

April 2, 2015

Kathy Keller, Zondervan, 2012. Peter Barnes Kathy Keller (wife of Tim) records her experience of gender roles at Redeemer Presbyterian Church: “Over the years sexuality and gender, as well as personal choices in these areas, have been at the top of our list of topics that provoke Read More...

A Life Already Started

April 2, 2015

Megan Best, fervr, 2013. Peter Barnes Dr Best has produced a helpful and sensitive little book on the subject of the unplanned pregnancy. She has in her sights the abortion industry which plays scant attention to reality. The more philosophical among its proponents try to distinguish Read More...

the Last Word – Two Spheres

April 2, 2015

Spirit and nature, faith and reason: Christ is Lord of all How faith relates to reason and how the spiritual world relates to the physical are issues that lead to much angst and confusion these days. Back in the 17th century, in defending the Copernican view that the earth revolves around Read More...

Editorial – Autumn 2015

April 2, 2015

Most of us manage to do something unexpectedly well at least once. In Vanuatu on one occasion – and only one – I fixed a tractor at the behest of a principal who was obviously one of those “glass half-full” characters. I did not have the faintest idea what I was doing, but somehow I got the machine working. Fixing it on a regular basis, however, was beyond me, so this one effort, alas, was an unrepeatable performance. Read More...