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Original Editor’s Note: Contributed by a minister to whom many other Christian workers will be grateful for expressing what they have often felt. The man in the pulpit is much more likely to be ill than the man in the pew. As an ordinary mortal and private Christian he is as susceptible to illness as […]

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Date June 12, 2023
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Recently reading Paul’s Second ‌Letter to the Thessalonians, I was struck by a word that immediately arrested me. Paul has been writing about the ‘coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (2 Thess. 2:1). He assures the church that the Lord had not yet come, and would not come, ‘unless the rebellion comes first and the […]

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Date June 9, 2023
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A review by Martin Williams of Robert White’s translation of the 1541 edition of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion.1 C. S. Lewis once wrote: There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the […]

Category Book Reviews
Date June 7, 2023
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In the last few months, the church I serve has been working through ‌the updated version of Eshcol, John Owen’s little treatment on church life now entitled Duties of Christian Fellowship: A Manual for Church Members. The volume is divided into two main sections. The first contains seven ‘Rules for walking in fellowship with respect […]

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Date June 1, 2023
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Today, May 24th, marks the 285th anniversary of John Wesley’s ‘Happy Day’. Bob Thomas explains the significance of this event. John Wesley was an Anglican clergyman who did his best to live an obedient life before God. He had an ardent faith, but without a real relationship with God. He had gone to America to […]

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Date May 24, 2023
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The following was preached by John Owen on 26 September, 1680. The sermon can be found in a new Puritan Paperback, Gospel Life, and in Volume 9 of The Works of John Owen (Sermons to the Church). ‘I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. —1 Cor. […]

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Date May 15, 2023
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The following is excerpted from The Incomparableness of God by George Swinnock, which the Banner publishes as a Puritan Paperback, and which appears in Volume 4 of Swinnock’s Works. The incomparableness of God in his being. It is from itself, for itself, and wholly independent. The incomparableness of the divine being will appear in several […]

Category Book Excerpts
Date May 9, 2023
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A Sermon DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, APRIL 22, 1855, BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, AT EXETER HALL, STRAND. ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God.’—Rom. 8:7   THIS is a very solemn indictment which the apostle Paul here prefers against the carnal mind. He declares it to be enmity against God. When we consider […]

Category Sermons
Date May 3, 2023
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This Friday marks the beginning of the Banner’s Spring conference week in the UK. The Youth Conference will run from Friday, April 14, to Monday, April 17, and the Ministers’ Conference from Monday, April 17, to Thursday, April 20. While in-person booking has finished, we are pleased to say that there is a way to […]

Category Announcements
Date April 12, 2023
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The child on the moss she laid And she stretched the cold limbs of the dead, And drew the eyelid’s shade, And bound the corpse’s shattered head, And shrouded the martyr in his plaid; And where the dead and living slept, Sat in the wilderness and wept. Henry Inglis, The Death of John Brown The […]

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Date March 27, 2023
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Remember Your Leaders On 4 March I lost my father-in-law, my friend, my mentor, my Pastor, my colleague in the ministry and seminary of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland—the man who under God has had more influence on me for good than any other: Ted Donnelly. Ted was a lifelong friend of the Banner […]

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Category Obituaries
Date March 24, 2023
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As God is an inexhaustible portion, so God is a soul-satisfying portion, Psa. 17:15. He is a portion that gives the soul full satisfaction and content: Psa. 16:5, 6, ‘The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, […]

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Date March 21, 2023
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The life of faith is rarely straightforward and uncomplicated. Every moment of every day we have to contend with ‘the world, the flesh and the devil.’ Added to this triumvirate of enemies, there is the reality that our circumstances often seem in opposition to God’s promises. These hard facts are one reason why Christians should […]

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Date March 16, 2023
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A Sermon DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, APRIL 15, 1855, BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, AT EXETER HALL, STRAND. ‘Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make […]

Category Sermons
Date March 14, 2023
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A Sermon DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, APRIL 8, 1855, BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, AT EXETER HALL, STRAND. ‘Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’—Matt. 28:6. EVERY circumstance connected with the life of Christ is deeply interesting to the Christian mind. Wherever we behold our Saviour, he is well worthy of our notice: […]

Category Sermons
Date March 6, 2023
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