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Gospel-Driven Anglicanism: Towards a Strategy 3

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Towards a Strategy Part 3 By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles iii) Think and Plan Strategically  Churches where the gospel takes root and begins to evidence growth and transformation are the most powerful advocates for gospel ministry. Paul writing...

Anglican Futures: Of Frogs & Fishes Part 3

Anglican Futures “Of Frogs & Fishes Part 3 2. We All Have a Responsibility to Perceive the Wolves, Who Produce no Fruit Jesus is very plain on this responsibility in the Sermon on the Mount; “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but...

Church of England Evangenlical Council Launches Two Initiatives

Church of England Evangelical Council Launches Two Initiatives The Church of England Evangelical Council has launched two new initiatives  to “serve evangelicals in local churches across the C of E.”  The CEEC was the brainchild of the late John Stott, then Rector of...

Book Review: How the Church Fathers Read the Bible

How the Church Fathers Read the Bible A Short Introduction Gerald Bray Lexham, 2022 (ISBN: 978-1-68359-583-0, 194pp, £19.99) The formularies of the English church make frequent reference to the Patristic writers but these sources are little known or understood today....

Happy Radbertus Day! by Chuck Collins

Happy Radbertus Day! By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Happy Radbertus Day (April 26th)! Saint Paschasius Radbertus (785-860) was the first theologian to articulate “transubstantiation.” He didn't use the term that became widely used in the latter part of the 12th...

An Unmutual Flourish

Guest Op-Ed An Unmutual Flourish? The Maidstone Commitments, Bishop Rod Thomas’ recent document, is difficult to read. Not in the sense of receiving and understand the text, but in terms of determining its purpose and timing within the life of the Church of England....

Banner of Truth Conference 2022

Banner of Truth Conference 2022 By Peter Sanlon Banner of Truth’s Ministers’ Conference gathered afresh after a two year hiatus. Over 200 ministers from not only the UK but Europe, Africa, Canada and Australia gathered in Staffordshire to enjoy four days of fellowship...

Pilgrim’s Process: Peter Sanlon, Sufficient God

Pilgrim’s Process Sufficient God By the Revd Peter Sanlon As we journey through this world one of the basic ways we are sustained is by growing a bigger vision of God. Expanding our appreciation of how wonderful and magnificent God is fosters stronger faith and more...

Maidstone Commitments Issued for Complementarian Churches

Maidstone Commitments Issued to Complementarian Churches The Rt Revd Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone (Provincial Episcopal Visitor for Complementarian Congregations) has issued a series of Commitments to be followed by all complementarian “Resolution” churches.  This...

Prudence Dailey’s Commentary: How a Non-Christian Tech Billionaire Became Good News for Christians

Prudence Dailey’s Commentary How a Non-Christian Tech Billionaire Became Good News for Christians Although I have a Twitter account (@PrudenceDailey -– not very original, I fear), I rarely use it. Little of what I might have to say can be communicated in 280...

Bibliophiles Rejoice for Choice

Bibliophiles, lovers of books and particularly those who prefer well-bound leather bibles can rejoice for the choices they have at the moment. If you do not own one and think to do so is an occasion for sin…look the other way.

There are three companies currently offering very well-bound bibles sure to satisfy the person who views their bible as a tool that should last a life-time or three. If your approach to bible buying is akin to the professional mechanic who buys his tools at Lidl or Aldi, you won’t understand. There are other publishers who offer high-end bindings but they are not the focus of their lines. Three of the best are; R. L. Allan, Schuyler Bibles, and Cambridge University Press.

All three offer a variety of full-leather bindings. You can choose between calfskin, split calfskin, or goatskin. All three offer bindings that are smyth-sewn. Allan and CUP are mainly produced in the UK and Schuyler is produced in the Netherlands. Schuyler has more production ability due to their being part of Royal Jongbloed printers.

Mr Ian Metcalf of R. L. Allan told the English Churchman that his biggest challenge was getting enough materials to meet the demands for the company’s product. It might surprise some readers that the biggest market for these artisanal creations is the USA. Bible readers in the UK generally purchase hard-back or paperback editions.

Allan’s bibles have been produced 158 years (since 1863), and in recent times moved from Scotland to England. Always pricey, an R. L. Allan leather bible cost 17s 6p in 1921. Today, they run from £130 to £205. The website is: www.bibles-direct.co.uk

Cambridge University Press has been producing bibles since 1591. No other publisher comes close to having produced bibles that long. CUP prints bibles in 12 translations. Prayerbook Anglican Christians might be interested to know that CUP also produces a beautifully crafted Book of Common Prayer/Authorised Version combination. Unlike earlier editions, this one does not include a words only Hymns Ancient & Modern.

CUP also produces a hardback facsimile version of the original 1611 AV bible. This allows readers to compare the original translation text to the final update from 1769. Mark a fair warning for those that think the AV of today is identical to the AV of 1611. It isn’t.

Readers can view the various offerings of these three companies online. Schuyler Bibles are marketed through: www.evangelicalbible.com. Cambridge Bibles can be seen in some bookshops but online at: www.cambridge.org/gb/bibles and as mentioned before, R. L. Allan Bibles can be viewed at: bibles-direct.co.uk

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