Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Book Review: Provocative Faith

Matthew Paul Turner is a product of American evangelicalism, something that turned out not to be a complete blessing. In fact, it pretty much shipwrecked his faith. Like many young men he regularly got stuck with internet pornography, simply tried harder to get himself free

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Miscellaneous: 10 links

This story is jaw-dropping. Demoted for an opinion on a proposal that isn’t law! Which is why it’s important that Christians really think through the issue of homosexuality. Justin Taylor recommends this Linked to that is the issue of marriage and JT highlights the forthcoming

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Book Review: City Changing Prayer

Debra and Frank Green have been leading a remarkable prayer movement in Manchester, England that has since spread further afield through Redeeming our Communities. City Changing Prayer: Insights from Manchester’s impacting city-wide prayer movement is the story of their journey from gathering half a dozen

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The new reformed: the sound of arid logic chopping

In the introduction to his biography of John Bunyan, Gordon Wakefield describes the preaching of Alexander Whyte who often used Bunyan’s characters for his sermons. Wakefield says of Whyte, “the discourses in Bunyan were no desiccated scholasticism, the arid logic-chopping of predestinarians wrestling with their

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Chrysostom: On giving to the poor

Sometimes when I read the early church fathers I find their writings impenetrable. This might be because the translation is hard work or because the debates and concerns just don’t connect. Other times I am stunned by the power of prose and the immediacy with

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The early church fathers: On baptism

Chrysostom – On the epistle to the Hebrews (emphasis mine) “Baptism is a cross, and ‘our old self was crucified with him,’ for we were ‘united with him in a death like his’ and again, ‘we were buried therefore with him by baptism unto death.’…For