One Body in Christ

It is a sad fact that 'official' histories of Christian organizations are often far from inspiring reading and of interest mostly to members or supporters of the organization concerned. Fortunately, One Body in Christ avoids this pitfall, firstly because it is particularly well researched and interestingly written and secondly because of the wider significance of the Evangelical Alliance (EA) - its history is bound up with the history of the evangelical movement in the churches of Great Britain, and therein lies the real interest of this volume.

Cross-Examined

Mark Meynell is a preacher and story teller; I'm told that he is good at both. In Cross-Examined he reflects on the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus. 'So what?' some may observe; 'There are scores of; books written about the Cross, do we really need another?' Well, let me note that this book I was well worth writing.

I Believe in the Bible

David Jackman sets out to answer two clusters of questions in this solid and thoughtful, if at times rather heavy, book. The first is how should we see the Bible? What sort of book is it? What authority does it possess? Is it reliable? How does it relate to today's world?

Firestorm of the Lord

It could be observed 'Not a another book on revival!'. Yet while revival tarries any stimulus to take the possibility seriously must be welcome. This book sets out the author's concern straightaway: 'I am more interested in removing prejudices against the ardent pursuit of revival than in addressing the excesses of those engaged in the pursuit. 1 would like to see a lot more fire before crying out for water'; and 'My aim is to address the deepest objections found among church leaders today'. A very commendable aim, but it remains to be seen whether he has made any progress in achieving it.

Abolition of the Laity

Stevens' thesis is that the idea of the laity is not biblical and that what is needed is the abolition of the laity and the recovery of a theology for the whole people of God. His argument hinges on the premise that the 'New Testament presupposes a community in which every person is a theologian of application, trying to make sense out of his or her life in order to live for the praise of God's glory: theology of, for and by the whole people of God'. He proposes a 'tholg-wrung-ot-of -life , (characteristic of Luther), as opposed to a 'trickle down' theology of instruction from the pulpit.

Asian Tigers for Christ

As the Adviser on Evangelism to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, it seems fitting that Michael Green should bring to the church's attention the enormous contrast between what is happening in the Anglican Church in South East Asia and the United Kingdom. He begins by explaining that, although we are separated by thousands of miles, socially and industrially there are many similarities. So, if it can happen in South East Asia, why can't it happen here?

Fire and Blood

The Vicar of St. Andrew's, Chorley Wood, a church noted for its affiliation with the Toronto Airport experience, has presented this work in order to explain the deep involvement of the Holy Spirit in the suffering and subsequent crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.

My Rights, My God

Chances are you will know somebody who has shown a desire to serve overseas on the mission field. For those considering such a move, this publication by Dr Wells is ideal general introductory material that would help to affirm a call. The book has a fresh approach to getting its message across. The use of web-style fonts, symbols and culture makes this look very contemporary and a stimulating but not heavy read. At the end of each chapter, there is space for you to add your own thoughts and responses.

Revival Sent From God

Along with the book came a note: 'Looks like you might find this a blessing and also be able to write a recommendation for Headline'. There is no 'might' about it! The book has been deeply challenging and disturbing to what the author calls 'the narrow confines of your comfort zones'. I am profoundly grateful that it was placed in my hands, and just at the right time to minister to my own deep needs.

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