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BEGINNING WITH JOHN’S GOSPEL
by Susan Harding
Paperback, 68pp., $5.99
ISBN 0851516874

Writing for children aged seven to ten, Susan Harding uses the opening verses of John’s Gospel to explain who Jesus was and why He came into the world. Explaining each phrase of John’s marvelous description of Jesus, Beginning With John's Gospel also shows how everything said in introducing the Savior is perfectly illustrated later in His life and ministry. Like John's gospel itself, the pages of this attractively illustrated book are designed to point the way to Jesus as Savior and Lord.

TRUTH AND LIFE
by Stephen Charnock
Cloth-bound, 608pp., $26.99
ISBN 0 85151724 2

This concluding volume of Charnock’s works focuses on truths which convey eternal life and characteristics of that way of life which commend them. The truths relate to the greatness of Christ in His death and exaltation, as the object of faith; on man’s enmity to God and God's mercy to sinners. These are core gospel truths. They need to be emphasized today. The characteristic features which they generate are shown in their individual, domestic, social, ecclesiastical and national contexts. Enduring afflictions, struggling with sinful thoughts and deeds, delighting in prayer and seeking fresh pardon are highlighted in the individual contests. In the family context, there is a sermon on comfort in child-bearing. In society, mourning for other people's sins indicates spiritual life. From the ecclesiastical standpoint, the stability of the church and the way in which the gospel may be lost are examined. Nationally, there is a sermon on the significance of November 5th. All these are pressingly relevant areas of the contemporary scene.

Truth and Life is a cameo of Puritan preaching which needs to find its counterpart in pulpits today.

THE WAY EVERLASTING: A Study in Psalm 139
by Edward J. Young
Paperback, 128pp., $7.50ISBN 0 851517315

True wisdom, wrote John Calvin, consists of two parts, the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves. With an eloquence which is itself awe-inspiring, Psalm 139 shows us how such true wisdom is discovered. Its magnificent statement of the glorious majesty, omniscience and omnipresence of God combines with its profound and penetrating description of the experiences of the children of God.

In this small volume, originally published in 1965, these Biblical truths are given clear and satisfying exposition in the hands of one of the great modern masters of the Old Testament.

The late E.J. Young, for many years Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, was widely acknowledged as the prince of conservative Old Testament scholars. His combination of deep personal devotion with meticulous scholarship, and love for God’s Son, left an abiding impression both on his students and on the many Christians who were priviledged to hear his more popular expositions of the Scriptures. In this exposition of Psalm 139 the legacy of his ministry lives on.

 

 

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