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Letter to the Editor: Response to the Last Editorial

Letter to the Editor Response to Last Edition’s Editorial Dear Editor, Thank you very much for your Christian charity and spirited editorial, Friday 8th October 2021, ( E.C. No.8090).  Also thanks are due to you for reprinting so much excellent reformed evangelical...

Letter to the Editor: The Murder of Sir David Amess

Murder of Sir David Amess Dear Editor, I grieve at the loss of a friend and former Party colleague Sir David Amess, MP who was murdered in an increasingly dangerous world. In the 70s I worked with David in the Young Conservatives before he became an MP and he was...

Reformation Sunday Advert

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:                        15 October 2021. My ‘Advert’ titled “Reformation Sunday 31 October” said, “The Church of England should still celebrate this 500th year since Martin Luther declared at the ‘Diet of Worms’ in 1521, “Here I stand. God help...

Leicester Diocese Illogical

Letter to the Editor Leicester Diocese Illogical   Sir, Leicester Diocese’s decision on 9 October to replace its traditional Parishes with ‘Minsters' is both spiritually and financially illogical.  The Church of England’s own growth report ‘From Anecdote to...

Barnabas Fund Reports: Turkey Escalates Airstrikes Against Christians in Syria & Iraq

Barnabas Fund Reports Turkey Escalating Airstrikes Against Christians and other Minorities in Syria and Iraq Turkey has escalated a supposedly anti-terrorist military campaign in Syria and Iraq which appears to be targeting Christians and other minorities. A spate of...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Part 4

Should I Stay or Should I Go? By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles Part 4 Gedaliah is appointed governor and we read that Jeremiah purposely chooses to live amongst “those of the poorest of the land who had not been taken into exile in Babylon” (40:7). Things have taken a turn...

466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley

466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley Saturday, 16 October marked the 466th anniversary of the martyrdoms of Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley.   They were burned at the stake after being found guilty of heresy due to their refusal to...

Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture: John Yates III to Speak

Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture  Revd Dr John Yates III to Speak The annual Clive West Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, 11 November at 19:30 at St Nicholas’ Church, Lisburn Road in Belfast.  This year’s speaker is the Revd Dr John Yates III, Rector of Holy...

Book Review: Bleeding for Jesus

Bleeding for Jesus John Smyth and the cult of the Iwerne Camps Andrew Graystone Darton, Longman and Todd, 2021 (ISBN: 9781913657123, 250pp, £12.99) This book is the latest instalment of a long-running tragedy. It comes six years after the author was first made aware...

School Pupils Across the Country Memorise Passages from BCP for £1,000 Prize

School Pupils Across the Country  Memorise Book of Common Prayer Passages  £1,000 Prize for Winner By Tim Stanley Hundreds of school pupils across the country are busy this term studying prayers and readings from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in a bid to win a prize...

Living in Love & Faith: A Review

Living in Love & Faith Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage The Church of England Church House Publishing, 2020 (ISBN: 978-0715111673, 468pp, £11.99) Confusion was fostered when the title of the church’s current...

Lives Less Ordinary: A Story of Fearless Faith

Lives Less Ordinary: A Story of Fearless Faith

Lives Less Ordinary A story of fearless faith in an extraordinary God Roy Summers Fisherman Press, 2020 (ISBN: 978-1-164136559-8, 193pp, £7.50) Telling others in great detail about one’s own family history is normally a quick recipe for losing friends and alienating...

Book Review, Sacrifice: Howard Guinness

Book Review, Sacrifice: Howard Guinness

Sacrifice Howard Guinness Wakeman Trust, 2021 (first edition 1936, ISBN: 9781913133177, 83pp) This popular devotional piece of earlier generations is reissued with a new preface by Dr Peter Masters of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Dr Masters is effusive in lauding the...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

Forgotten Reformer: Miles Coverdale Geoffrey Main Self-published, 2021 (ISBN: 9781916873704, 228pp) Episcopal biographies are always an enjoyable read, not least those of bishops who are better known for their non-episcopal work. Coverdale is of course best known for...

Finding the Right Hill to Die On: Book Review

Finding the Right Hill to Die On: Book Review

Finding the Right Hill to Die On: the case for theological triage  Gavin Ortlund  Crossway (TGC)  ISBN 9781433567421  Paperback  This book began back in 2005 when Al Mohler was sitting in A&E where he ‘discovered’ a theological tool - ‘triage’ - which refers to...

The Athanasian Creed by Martin Davie

The Athanasian Creed by Martin Davie

The Athanasian Creed Martin Davie London: Latimer Trust, 2019 (ISBN: 978-1-906327-58-3, 105pp) ‘The three creeds…ought thoroughly to be received and believed for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy scripture’, affirms the eighth article of religion....

Samuel Wesley & the Crisis of Tory Piety

Samuel Wesley & the Crisis of Tory Piety

Samuel Wesley & the Crisis of Tory Piety, 1685-1720 William Gibson Oxford University Press, 2021 (ISBN: 978-0-19-887024-1, 216pp) Gibson, author of The Church of England 1688-1832: Unity and Accord (2001) is a proven master of English ecclesiastical history...

The Puritans: a Transatlantic History

BR287    The Puritans: a Transatlantic History  David D. Hall  Princeton  ISBN 9780691151397  Hardback  Not just ‘another book on the Puritans’. Rather, a book on the Puritans that tells you what others don’t.   So why is it different? For one thing, it is...

Goodly Heritage: The Secession of 1834

A Goodly Heritage: The Secession of 1834 and Its Impact on Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and North America  Cornelius Pronk  RHB  Hardback  ISBN 9781601786647  The Preface is an account by Cornelius Pronk of his own church life. This is a fascinating record. As...

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International

Book Review The 1662 Book of Common Prayer International Edition Given that the vast majority of 110 million Anglican Christians around belong to provinces that identify the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as their standard liturgy, it is no surprise that a publisher has...

When a nation prays

When a nation prays

Pastor Peter Simpson Minister of Penn Free Methodist Church www.realchristianity.org or jacqui.langston@btinternet.com 2021 156 (including references) pbk £6:75 or £18:25 for 3 copies (both prices include p&p)   World War Two has been examined from almost...

Bibliophiles Rejoice for Choice

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...

What does the Bible teach about LUST?

What does the Bible teach about LUST?

What does the Bible teach about LUST? Owen Strachan & Gavin Peacock Christian Focus Hardback ISBN: 9781527104761 Available from Evangelical Bookshop, Belfast    There are 4 chapters which follow a simple outline: People are Struggling (1); Lust is sinful (2);...

The Cruelty of Heresy

The Cruelty of Heresy

The Cruelty of Heresy An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy By The Rt Revd C. FitzSimons Allison ISBN 978-0-8192-1513-0-90000 Published 1993 197 pages Morehouse Publishing 445 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016   This work is just as needed today as when it was...

The Invention of Papal History

The Invention of Papal History

BR278 The Invention of Papal History Stefan Bauer Oxford University Press Hardback ISBN 9780198807001 This may seem an unusual book to review in a Protestant newspaper. Yet our actual knowledge of papal history isn’t always clear. Not that we need to know a vast...

Antagonists in the Church

Antagonists in the Church

Book Review Antagonists in the Church: How to Deal with Destructive Conflict By Kenneth C. Haugck Fortress Press ISBN-10 : 0806623101 ISBN-13 : 978-0806623108   This book and workbook should be part of every pastor’s library and on every seminary’s syllabus for...