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One day in mid January I was reading the newspaper that reported that a request from the late Scottish author Iain Banks had been finally rejected by the local government. He had died at 59 years of age six years ago and had wanted his ashes to be scattered in various places in the world, […]

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Date April 9, 2019
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I overheard someone asking a newcomer at the Westminster Conference if he were enjoying the conference. There was a pause and then a thoughtful, ‘. . .yes’. Not a resounding, ‘You bet!’ A considered response as though it was turning out to be not the kind of conference that he was expecting. It is not […]

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Date December 12, 2018
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I was at the opening of a new church building in London on Saturday November 17. Its opening is at a time when Britain is currently experiencing Ash Dieback, a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus. It was first identified in the UK in 2012 and is now widespread. Over the next few […]

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Date December 3, 2018
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It is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Let us remind ourselves of that fearful period in British history of valiant courage, self-sacrifice, unimaginable suffering and death. What can we learn from it? Five of the Causes that Triggered the War 1. Mutual Defence Alliances Countries throughout Europe made mutual defence agreements […]

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Date November 10, 2018
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This is considered the height of being contemporary and ‘really communicating’ to modern man. We are being urged to interweave pictures and videos during our sermons. If a new preacher is tempted to use a projector, I would suggest that you do it just occasionally at first. Don’t think that you are obliged to do […]

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Date October 19, 2018
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I met Dick  in September 1961 when he took part in the opening exercises in Philadelphia of Westminster Theological Seminary’s academic year.  He prayed for the almost 300 students who were  the sum total of the student body at that time. He had driven there from his first congregation, Sixth Reformed Church in Paterson New […]

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Category Announcements
Date October 8, 2018
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It was that title that caused me to read a book review and then purchase the book. I had never heard of Marilynne Robinson but was informed that she had been raised in a Presbyterian home, and had become a writer of sharp, subtle, moving prose, internationally acclaimed and a Pulitzer prize-winner. In the book […]

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Date August 10, 2018
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Each year, in the second week of August, the Aberystwyth Conference (organised by a committee of the Evangelical Movement of Wales) takes place and up to 1200 people attend. I, Geoff Thomas, first attended the conference in 1963, and after moving to Aberystwyth in 1965 there has been just one conference I missed while speaking […]

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Date June 27, 2018
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Over fifty years ago, retired missionary Jock Purves wrote a series of articles in a magazine on the martyrdom of the Scottish Covenanters. They were gathered together into an influential book entitles Fair Sunshine (Banner of Truth). The pathos with which Mr Purves described these Christians’ arrests, trials, wisdom in their self-defence before their inquisition and their […]

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Category Book Reviews
Date June 13, 2018
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Heroes of the Spanish Reformation In the first part of the sixteenth century, Luther’s publication of the Ninety-Five Theses started a new movement across Europe which we know as the Reformation. By 1525, not only were Luther’s works translated into Spanish but Illuminist teaching was taking hold and subject to scrutiny and opposition. Valera, from […]

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Category Articles
Date May 30, 2018
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I have just completed the best book I have read for years, or perhaps in all my life. It is hard to be sure of that, of course, but it must be up there with the most life-changing books that providence has brought my way. It is the book that I hope will be read […]

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Category Book Reviews
Date May 23, 2018
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There are the usual things I believe and say about any conference, for example, that its ethos is bigger that the messages. Each conference emerges from a certain constituency and reflects its values and beliefs, but when its constituency changes, this is reflected in the rearrangement of emphases in the conference. We also believe that […]

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Category Articles
Date May 4, 2018
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It used to be a feature of a Sunday afternoon that a letter would be written to missionaries, absent friends, or children away in college. This was the practice of Dr. Cornelius Van Til of Westminster Theological Seminary, especially writing to the mother of Bob Den Dulk whose godliness and wisdom he greatly admired. Then […]

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Category Articles
Date May 2, 2018
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Roger Hitchings talks to us about the books that have impacted his life and faith. * * * The book that I am currently reading… Actually, I am reading two. The first is The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Stephen Lawson. This is part of a series of books that are all quite excellent. The […]

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Date April 20, 2018
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We must not forget the self sacrifice of one man who on March 23, 2018, gave his own life so that one particular person might live. It happened in the old French town of Carcassonne, and many have prayed for the gospel church in that town for decades. Then on Friday 23rd March an Islamic […]

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Date April 6, 2018
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Tuesday 20th February was a crisp winter day in Seoul and my body clock was slowly adjusting to a new place. I left London at 10.30, taking the bus and then the tube to Heathrow Terminal 5. Everything went swiftly. I never spoke to anyone, even when attaching my baggage label to my suitcase and […]

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Category Articles
Date March 16, 2018
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An announcement and invitation came via email on January 23. A new two-part feature documentary has been made, entitled Voices of the Silenced. It has taken two years to make, filmed in eight countries and introducing almost forty participants. The documentary challenges the idea that men and women are victims and prisoners of their sexuality, that […]

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Category Articles
Date March 5, 2018
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The obituary of Harry Blamires recently printed in the Times newspaper came as a shock. Not having heard of this writer for years, one assumed he had long passed away, but through he columns of this daily newspaper one learned that he had recently died, 21 November, aged 101 years and 15 days. The obituary was […]

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Date February 21, 2018
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Tim Trumper, Murungi Igweta, and Malcolm Maclean agree to talk to us about the books that have impacted their lives and faith. * * * Tim Trumper recently ended his ministry as pastor of Seventh Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan to found From His Fullness Ministries. Murungi Igweta is the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Nairobi. […]

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Date February 16, 2018
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I returned to the countryside of Shropshire on Sunday, January 7. Just as a year earlier, I was to preach for the congregation at Lordshill Baptist Church near Minsterly, at Snailbeah, pastored by my friend Stephen Ford. We were hoping that we could use the old building but the heavy rain had turned the pathway […]

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Date February 7, 2018
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John J. Murray, Michael Butterfield, and Kees van Kralingen agree to talk to us about books that have impacted their life and faith. * * * Iain Murray is one of the founders of the Banner of Truth Trust. He is currently reading Mozley’s Coverdale and His Bible. Books that have helped him grasp more of what […]

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Date February 2, 2018
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Richard Holst, Terry Johnson, and Gerard Hemmings agree to talk about books that have impacted their life and faith. * * * Richard Holst is a retired Presbyterian minister from Cardiff. Terry Johnson is a Presbyterian minister of Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia. Gerard Hemmings is the Baptist pastor of Amyand Chapel, Twickenham, London. * […]

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Date January 26, 2018
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David Ellis, Mark Johnston, and Dewey Roberts agree to answer questions on the books that have impacted their life and faith. * * * David Ellis is a retired missionary and pastor who recently moved to Stradbroke, Suffolk. Mark Johnston is the pastor of a Presbyterian church in Cardiff. Dewey Roberts is the minister of a PCA congregation […]

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Date January 12, 2018
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Stephen Turner, Philip Eveson, and Geoff Lloyd agree to answer questions on books that have impacted their life and faith. * * * Stephen Turner is a retired Baptist pastor in Auckland New Zealand. Philip Eveson is the retired principal of the London Seminary and a former minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales. Geoff Lloyd is the […]

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Date January 5, 2018
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Derek W. H. Thomas, Guy A. Davies, and Steve Martin agree to answer questions on books that have impacted their life and faith. * * * Derek W.H. Thomas is the minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Guy A. Davies pastors two Baptist churches in Rural Wiltshire. Steve Martin has been appointed the dean of students […]

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Date December 22, 2017
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