But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Exiled Preacher - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 02:31

Seven Leaders: Preachers and Pastors by Iain H. Murray

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Banner of Truth Trust, 2017, 279pp 
The author wrote this book out of the conviction that lessons of abiding importance may be learned from godly and able preachers and pastors across the ages. It will be of interest to men aspiring to pastoral ministry, or who are just setting out in that...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 20:14

Too young to die? by Andrew Stone

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Day One Publications, 2017, 125pp 
I can't really attempt to review this book, as it's difficult to be objective about the story of a family who are dear friends of ours and members of Providence Baptist Church, which I pastor. But I'm more than happy to recommend it. 
The book is based on...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 20:08

The Value of a Soul

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  That Cross uplifted high,
With One, the Man of Sorrows,
  Condemned to bleed and die.
O teach me what it cost Thee
  To make a sinner whole;
And teach me, Saviour, teach me
  The value of a soul
(Lucy Anne Bennett (1850-1927)Upon that...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:02

The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson

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Virago, 2015, 322pp 
Another holiday read. 
Over the last few years I have made my way though Robinson's Gilead trilogy; Gilead, Homeand Lila. I have been entranced by the fictional world she has created, full of finely drawn, characterful characters. The novels are slow burners...

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Writing up an review ofThe Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson I was reminded of what she had to say on Isaac Watts's contribution to pedagogy. In her chapter on the Reformation, she reflects on the educational impulse of Protestantism, "The bookishness of the...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:03

God created all men equal

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal”, so says the American Declaration of Independence. Race riots in Charlottesville, USA have led to those words being quoted to call out the evil of white supremacy. President Trump’s seeming hesitancy...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:00

Dunkirk

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Saw this last Saturday. The film shows the Dunkirk evacuation from the perspectives of land 'The Mole', Sea and Air. Out of the hundreds of thousands involved, Nolan focuses attention on a handful of Tommies, a couple of RAF pilots and the escapades aboard a small civilian boat piloted by Mr...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 08:23

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Faber and Faber, 2006 edition, 282pp 
This is the second of two books I read while on holiday in France. The first was The Givenness of Thingsby Marilynne Robinson. More of that in another review post. Suffice to say that one of the main themes of Robinson's collection of essays is what it...

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The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has announced a government proposal on altering the legal requirements involved in a person changing their gender identity. The current legislation includes a number of safeguards before a person is allowed to legally change their gender...

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Crossway, 126pp 
Evangelism. It's about programmes, right? Special meetings, Christianity Explored, Life Explored. Centrally organised by the church. Partly, yes. Those things have value. But Mack Stiles' book is not about getting churches to buy the latest off the shelf programme. Results...

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 Banner of Truth Trust, 2016, 277pp 
Back in the early 1990's I heard Sinclair Ferguson speak on sanctification at the Banner Ministers' Conference. The addresses made a lasting impression upon me. I remember being struck by the awesome fact that God calls believers to be holy as he is...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 23:53

Churchill

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We went to see this the other Saturday. In my last film review I noted that when we go to the cinema most of the other movie-goers tend to be getting on a bit. Possibly due to our film choices  these days. Well, for this one it was my good wife, me, another (older) couple, and that...

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On Saturday we attended the London Seminary's 40th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service. I attended the seminary from 1988-1990. Former principal Philip Eveson chaired the meeting and gave a potted history of the college. It was encouraging to hear that around 400 men have been trained for the...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:20

Democracy, the worst form of Government

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For years to come pundits and political historians will discuss why the predicted Conservative landslide failed to materialise. Was it the unpopular Tory manifesto? The Brexit factor? The youth vote? Who knows? One thing’s for sure, you can never be sure what the Great British...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:16

Voted

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Given a choice between the unelectable and the uninspiring the latter got my vote. Not so much 'things can only get better' as, 'could be worse'. Much worse. 'Red Tory' has it. 
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I don't know. In my political convictions I'm stuck somewhere between Red Tory and Blue Labour. Progressive when it comes to the state using its powers to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get on in life. But a social conservative when it comes to traditional marriage and the family,...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 17:56

Voting Intentions

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No, I'm not going to try and suggest who you should vote for on 8 June. 'That's a relief' you might respond, 'I wouldn't have taken any notice anyway.'  Fair enough. It isn't really the job of church leaders to meddle in party politics.
Elections, eh? Some people cast their votes tribally...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

Selma

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We wanted to see this in the cinema, but it wasn't mainstream enough for our local Odeon, so we had to wait until it was on the telly. A powerful film on the civil rights movement in 1960's America. At that time blacks were denied their constitutional right to vote in the Deep South by an...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:54

Banner Ministers' Conference 2017 report

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There was something special about this year's Banner. Can't quite put my finger on it. Was it the new venue, Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Staffs, rather than Leicester Uni? It proved a fine place for the conference, but it wasn't that. Was it waking up on the Tuesday morning to an unexpectedly...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:00

Their Finest

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Time was when we'd take our two to the cinema to see the latest Disney release, surrounded by other youngish parents and their brood. Additional soundtrack: sweets loudly unwrapped and chomped, some brat having a tantrum because the popcorn's run out, etc. Quite liked the Toy Story series and...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 17:00

Banner Ministers' Conference

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Off to this later. Looking forward to what promises to be a good time of ministry and fellowship. Will hopefully post a report when I get back. 

Authors: Guy Davies...

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EP Books, 2016, 128pp 
I was a student at the London Theological Seminary (now London Seminary) from 1988-90. During the summer of 1989 I did a summer pastorate alongside Basil Howlett when he was pastor of Copse Road Evangelical Church, Clevedon. I was only there for a month or so, but during...

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John Catt Education Ltd, 2016, 309pp
This was a, 'what's all the fuss about?' read. And there's sure been a lot of fuss about this book. Cheerleaders gonna cheer and haters gonna hate. Not being especially biased either way, I wanted to give the book a decent hearing. You'll have to judge for...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 04:26

Easter: bad news/good news?

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People sometimes give us a choice over whether we want to receive bad news or good news first. Bad news to get it out of the way, followed by good news to cheer me up a bit is my preferred order.
 
At first glance the Christian message of Easter seems like bad news. Jesus, a man renowned for...

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We devoted last Wednesday's Bradford on Avon Ministers' Fraternal to reviewing and discussing this title. Robert Oliver gave a review paper and then we weighed up the strengths and weaknesses of the book together. Here are my impressions of the book for what they are worth. ...

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