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Book Reviews: Baptism & Confirmation & Patterns for Baptism

Book Reviews Baptism and Confirmation Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123522, 468pp, £40) Patterns for Baptism Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123492, 392pp, £25) These handsome volumes are the latest additions to Common Worship, the Church of...

The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ: Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ  The American Theologian and Pastor, Jonathan Edwards (1703 -1758), once preached a sermon entitled “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Jesus Christ”. The...

The Cancelling of the Creator

The Cancelling of the Creator The headline from a national newspaper popped up on my phone: “Daniel Radcliffe is surely the world’s most ungrateful man”. It’s not a title many would be scrambling to win for themselves, but the opinion-piece made the case. Daniel...

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen officially opened on Monday 7th November after years of prayer, planning and organisation. We give thanks to the Lord that we have been able to reach this significant milestone;...

Barnabas Report: At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique

Barnabas Report At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique During October At least 21 Christians have been killed by Islamist extremists in violent attacks throughout October in northern Mozambique. Jihadists set fire to a church building and several houses in the...

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource  Sanctuary Foundation has been aiding those trying to offer assistance for those fleeing the war in Ukraine through its, “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.  The charity has been serving as a liaison by resourcing hosts and...

Annual Clive West Memorial Lecture Set for Belfast

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Church of England Council Rejects Croft’s Position

Church of England Evangelical Council Rejects Croft’s Position In a press statement following the pronouncements of Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, the Church of England Evangelical Council repudiated the departure of biblical teaching advocated by Croft. It said,...

On Transubstantiation: Reformation Anglicanism

Reformation Anglicanism On Transubstantiation By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Transubstantiation became the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church at the Fourth Lateran Council that began, November 11, 1215. The Council of Trent in 1551 went on to confirm the...

Oxford Good Stewards Trust Announced in Response to Bishop of Oxford’s Revisionism

St Paul’s Banbury, Oxford Answers Bishop and Announces  The Oxford Good Stewards Trust The Revd Dan McGowan, Vicar of St Paul’s, Banbury in Oxford Diocese has answered Bishop Croft’s revisionist declarations about same-sex matters and announced the formation of The...

Keene Reviews: To Live is Christ

To Live is Christ

by Richard Baxter

with Introduction by Alan Clifford

Charenton Reformed Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780992946593, 151pp, £10)

Many readers will be familiar with the better-known works of Baxter, such as The Reformed Pastor and The Saints’ Everlasting Rest. Few will have come across many of his shorter tracts, including the two enclosed with this book, Making Light of Christ and The Grand Question Resolved. This is unfortunate, as Baxter’s writing ministry breathes just as strongly through them. This ministry has lost little of its force with age. Rather, Baxter’s pen bears so close an affinity with the apostolic writings themselves that there is an almost timeless quality to them. This has been appreciated by many generations of Christian readers and is now further extended for our sakes by Alan Clifford. 

Clifford has written two absorbing biographical articles which accompany the Baxter tracts in the volume, one on Baxter himself and the other on Edmund Calamy III, Baxter’s youthful admirer and posthumous publicist. The latter of these is an abridged version of material published last year by Hesed & Emet under the title Calamy Celebrated (see EC8099 for review). The former meanwhile affords illuminating insights, such as on Baxter’s musings regarding global mission. Both articles contain Clifford’s usual original-source references and helpful discussion. 

Baxter’s call to holiness of life is resounding and beguiling. Immersing oneself in Part II of The Grand Question, in particular, will stir any conscientious reader to self-examination of the most worthwhile variety. We can happily recommend this volume. 

Edward Keene, Little Shelford

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