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DISCOURSES OF REDEMPTION: Addresses on the Unfolding of God's Salvation Plan Through the Scriptures
STUART ROBINSON with New Introduction by Dr. C.N. Willborn

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In 1867, Robinson placed before the American public “specimens” of his biblical expositions, which considered a logical development of the gospel as it unfolded historically. In this brief description of his book one learns that redemption (“the gospel”) was in view as it was progressively unfolded. In short, Robinson was presenting to the public the Scriptures as redemptive history, showing sensitivity to the linear-historical nature of revelation…Robinson explained that the mode of the Bible’s revelation is through a series of covenants, each one a larger development of that which precedes it. Successive covenants mark the expansion of revelation as it flows from the gracious hand of God. This idea, as noted above, guided Robinson ten years earlier when he published his work on ecclesiology. Each period of revelation is marked by a divine covenant—Adamic pre-lapsarian, Adamic post-lapsarian, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and Messianic (New Covenant). During each of these periods there was a development and accumulation of revelatory data regarding what man was to believe concerning God and what God demanded of man.

These expositions were preached to growing congregations in order to display the organic unity of Holy Scriptures and the center of theology —redemption through the Seed promise. Robinson’s rationalization of these expositions should excite every pastor-teacher: “Having, through a ministry of twenty years, to congregations variously composed, in four different cities, been accustomed, in pursuance of the latter theory of preaching, to appropriate one of the public services of the Sabbath to showing the people how to read the scriptures, and to follow the development of the one great central thought of the Book through the successive eras of revelation—the author can testify from practical experience that the people need no other attraction to draw them to the house of God than a simple, rational and practical exposition and illustration of the Bible. And he who may once attract them by such teaching will find no occasion for devising sermons on special subjects, or any other theatrical devices to draw men to the sanctuary,” (Discourses, iv).

TABLES OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSES

DISCOURSE I - THE DIVERSITY IN UNITY OF THE REVELATION OF REDEMPTION.

Hebrews i. 1, 2, and ii. 1-4

DISCOURSE II - THE SCRIPTURES OF THE “SUNDRY TIMES” INSPIRED OF GOD:

THE ONLY SOURCE OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE: THE ANTIDOTE TO PERILOUS ERROR.

II. Timothy iii. 1, 16.

SECTION I.

DISCOURSE III. - REDEMPTION AS REVEALED TO THE PATRIARCHS IN THE THEOPHANIES. THE GOSPEL COVENANT AND WORSHIP OF THE LOST EDEN.

Genesis ii. 8-17; iii. 15, 24, and iv. 4

DISCOURSE IV. - THE GOSPEL CHURCH VISIBLE SEPARATELY ORGANIZED: ITS COVENANT CHARTER WITH ITS SEAL: ITS CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS.

Genesis xvii. 4, 7, 10, 11, 13.—Romans iv. 11.—Mark x. 14.

SECTION II.

REDEMPTION AS REVEALED IN THE LAWS AND ORDINANCES OF THE THEOCRATIC ERA.

DISCOURSE V. - THE COVENANT OF THE CHURCH’S REDEMPTION; ITS SEAL AND THE SIGNIFICANCE THEREOF.

Exodus xii. 3, 7, 11-14.—Luke xxii. 15, 20.—I Corinthians v. 7, 8.

DISCOURSE VI. - THE GOSPEL OF THE SINAI COVENANT: ITS RULE OF LIFE TO CONVICT OF SIN: ITS RITUAL TO TEACH THE TAKING AWAY OF SIN: AND ITS MOULDING OF THE SOCIAL ORDER AS A TYPE OF CHRIST’S SPIRITUAL COMMONWEALTH.

Exodus xix. 3-6, xx. 1-17, xxiv. 7-9.—Deuteronomy v. 2, 3, 22, vi. 1-5, x. 1-5.

SECTION III.

REDEMPTION AS REVEALED THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN THE PROPHETS.

DISCOURSE VII. - THE GOSPEL CHURCH BY COVENANT TYPICALLY SET FORTH AS THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF DAVID’S SON.

II. Samuel vii. 1-24.—Psalm Ixxii. 1, 8, 17.—xxxix 3, 4.—Luke i. 32.—Acts ii. 30.

DISCOURSE VIII. - THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM IN CONFLICT WITH AN APOSTATE CHURCH; AND WITH DESPONDING FAITH.

I Kings xviii. 17-20, and xix. 1-14.

DISCOURSE IX. - THE GOSPEL OF PARDONING MERCY AS PREACHED BY THE PROPHETS OF THE KINGDOM.

Isaiah i. 10-18.

SECTION IV.

REDEMPTION AS TAUGHT BY JESUS THE INCARNATE WORD.

DISCOURSE X. - THE OFFICIAL AUTHORITY, NATURE, LIMITS, AND PURPOSES OF GOSPEL PREACHING.

Luke iv. 16-21.

DISCOURSE XI. - THE GROUND OF OUR SALVATION NOT ETHICAL BUT EVANGELICAL; AND LIES WHOLLY IN THE INFINITE DESIRE OF FATHER, SON AND SPIRIT TO SAVE SINNERS.

Luke xv.

DISCOURSE XII. - THE AWARD OF THE JUDGMENT TO COME TO BE MADE ON PRINCIPLES NOT ETHICAL BUT EVANGELICAL.

Matthew xxv. 31-46.

DISCOURSE XIII. - THE DIVINE TRAGEDY OF EARTH, HEAVEN AND HELL.—HUMANITY IN ITS OWN ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES TO INHABIT ETERNITY.

Luke xvi. 19-31

DISCOURSE XIV. - REDEMPTION AS PREACHED AT THE FINAL APOSTASY OF THE TYPICAL KINGDOM, IN THE “LIFTING UP” AND THE “PIERCING” OF JESUS ON THE CROSS.

John xix. 15-37, iii. 14. and xii. 32, 33.

SECTION V.

REDEMPTION AS PREACHED BY APOSTLES UNDER THE DISPENSATION OF THE SPIRIT.

DISCOURSE XV. - THE APOSTOLIC STATEMENT OF THE TERMS OF SALVATION.

Acts. xvi. 29-31.

DISCOURSE XVI. - THE APOSTOLIC SUMMARY OF THE CHRISTIAN CREED.

I Timothy i. 15.

DISCOURSE XVII. - THE APOSTOLIC GROUND OF CHRISTIAN COMFORT AND COURAGE.

Romans viii. 28-31.

DISCOURSE XVIII. - THE GOSPEL DOCTRINE OF IMMORTALITY CONTRASTED WITH THAT OF THE SCHOOLS.

II Timothy i. 10.—I Cor. xv. 22, 53, 54

DISCOURSE XIX. - THE GOSPEL ALARM.—ITS IMPORT.

Ephesians v. 11.

SECTION VI.

REDEMPTION AS PROCLAIMED BY JESUS ASCENDED; CONFIRMING ALL THAT HAD BEEN REVEALED AT THE “SUNDRY TIMES AND IN DIVERS MANNERS.”

DISCOURSE XX. - THE GOSPEL ADAPTED TO THE CONSCIOUS WANTS OF THE HUMAN SOUL; ITS ARGUMENTS, TERMS AND AGENCIES.

Revelations xxii. 16-18.

APPENDIX.

NOTE A. TO DISCOURSE III. - THE RECENT OBJECTION IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND CONCERNING THE PERPETUAL OBLIGATION OF THE SINAI COVENANT, AND ITS SABBATH.

NOTE B. TO DISCOURSE IV. - THE PLACE OF THE CHURCH IN THE SCHEME OF REDEMPTION.

NOTE C. TO DISCOURSE X. - THE ORDINANCES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP AS SET FORTH IN SCRIPTURE; THEIR RELATION TO THE IDEA OF THE CHURCH.

NOTE D. TO DISCOURSE X. - THE RELATION OF THE TEMPORAL AND THE SPIRITUAL POWERS HISTORICALLY CONSIDERED. THE SCOTO-AMERICAN THEORY.

(From the Introduction to the new edition by C N Willborn)

Stuart Robinson was born among the Scots of Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1814. As a child he suffered in an accident that left him with a crippled arm. During Stuart’s infancy his father moved the Robinson family to Virginia where the precocious youngster eventually received primary education from the Reverend James M. Brown and the most notable William Henry Foote. His graduate and post-graduate studies took him to Amherst (Massachusetts) College, Union (Virginia) Seminary, and Princeton (NJ) Seminary. From this solid upbringing he went on to become a prominent pastor in Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky and served for a time as professor with R. J. Breckinridge in the Danville (KY) Theological Seminary. He was a churchman, publisher, author, theologian, and pastor. He died in 1881 after twenty-three years as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. His body rests united to Christ in the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

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AMAZING CONVERSIONS
JOHN ASHWORTH

FINALLY, A COMPANION VOLUME FOR 'A PASTOR'S SKETCHES' BY ICHABOD SPENCER

The first section of the book consists largely of extracts from a biography of John Ashworth published in 1875 by A. L. Calman who was a close friend and successor of Mr. Ashworth. Following this biographical section there is a selection of John Ashworth’s ‘Strange Tales’ which have particular bearing on his life and work. These were published by the author in five series containing twelve stories in each book and they first appeared during the years 1865 to 1874. Great pains were taken by the author to ensure that all the accounts were perfectly true since this was questioned in his own lifetime.

“Reading this book proved to be one of the most heart-warming experiences I have enjoyed for a long time. Praise God it is back in print and that it is now in your hands. John Ashworth is a largely forgotten figure, but his exploits in the gospel were wonderfully owned of God. Born into poverty, saved by grace and then with a mighty burden for the poor, he began his evangelism in the Lodging Houses of his home town.

“Whoever heard of a place of worship being called ‘The Chapel for the Destitute,’ but such was the name given by Ashworth to describe his new work. The conversions were many and lasting, so much so, a bigger ‘Chapel for the Destitute’ had to be built. Some of these astonishing stories are told here for our encouragement and spiritual delight. You will not find any difficult theological terms, nor even mention of any denominational affiliation, but just amazing works of God’s good grace in saving those whom many considered to be impossible cases. The book is so very easy and straightforward to read, it was, in another age, used in churches as a Sunday School prize. It will prove a joy, an inspiration and a challenge to all who love God’s work in saving sinners.” — From the Foreword by Alun McNabb

“This is a book for weeping over. There will be tears of shame, that we are not more persuaded of and act upon the saving mercies of God; tears of pity, for the fearful condition of the lost; and, tears of joy, for God’s goodness in bringing those under the power of darkness into his Son’s kingdom.

“A brief biography of Ashworth, founder of the ‘Chapel for the Destitute’ gives way to his records of God’s gracious dealings with needy sinners. While all conversions are amazing, Ashworth—not neglect­ing to tell of difficulties and disap­pointments—nevertheless focus­es on some of the more distinctive and unlikely (humanly speaking) re­generations he saw, accomplished by ordinary means, applied faith­fully, prayerfully, winsomely and patiently. This is a book to stir the soul, give confidence in God, and set the Christian, and especially the preacher, about his regular business with zeal and hope. I commend it vigorously.”—Jeremy Walker in The Banner of Truth Magazine, December 2010

“These biographical testimonies are truly amazing, showing what gifts John Ashworth had, despite being born in poverty, and the evident blessing of God upon his witness and ministry. As the sacred song says, ‘It is no secret what God can do, what He’s done for others He can do for you.’ Preachers, do read this encouraging book relating how very wicked men became convicted, then converted and who joined the Church which most unu­sually was called ‘the Chapel for the Destitute!’ What a title! Such were the numbers attending that the building had to be enlarged. Fellow Christians, in these discourag­ing days you will find this book a most encouraging stimulant. It would be a very acceptable present to give for all ages.

“We need to remember that the God of John Ashworth is the same God today. Let us pray for conversions and for all of us to hear in the present of trophies of grace and to know there are less going to hell and more going to Heaven than we had thought in this our very sinful but beloved country.” Joseph Hewitt in The English Churchman

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9 TITLES FROM TENTMAKER PUBLICATIONS IN THE UK (Many Are The Final Copies Available)
Breckinridge, Coleman, Whyte, Hamilton, Goodwin

THE FOLLOWING TITLES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM TENTMAKER PUBLICATIONS

(1) THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD OBJECTIVELY & SUBJECTIVELY CONSIDERED by Robert J. Breckinridge (Two Volume Set)

“Dr. Breckinridge’s book will take its place by the side of the works of the greatest masters, and none will feel that they are dishonored by the company of the newcomer. It has peculiar merits. It is strictly an original work—the product of the author’s own thoughts, the offspring of his own mind. He has studied and digested much form the labors of others, but has borrowed nothing…. The plan, too, adapts it to general use. The humblest Christian can read it with almost as much profit as the minister. It is pure, unmixed Gospel, presented in a form at once suited to edify and instruct…. The author’s soul is always on fire. He knows God only to love Him, and he seems to feel that he has taught nothing until he has kindled the same flame in the minds of his pupils.” Review of the first part by James Henley Thornwell

Breckinridge’s Scotch-Irish ancestry in America shows a history of political, military and ecclesiastical service from the earliest decades of the eighteenth century. His father served as Senator and then Attorney General under Jefferson prior to his premature death when Robert was just six years old. Robert himself entered public service in the House of the Kentucky Legislature in 1825. Following personal difficulties that led to his conversion he continued his political career, though using his position to argue for issues based on his Christian commitment. His particular concerns were the wrongfulness of enslaving Africans and the transportation of mail on the Sabbath.

(2) TWO-THOUSAND CONFESSORS OF 1662 by Thomas Coleman

This is rare volume was originally published in 1860. The author reviews the events, details the principles upon which the ministers acted, the oppressive measures under which they suffered, and the influence they have had on succeeding times. The book is complete with biographical sketches and facts and anecdotes characteristic of the times in which they lived. It is an eminently accessible introduction to this vital period in English church history.

(3) BUNYAN CHARACTERS IN PILGRIM'S PROGRESS by Alexander Whyte

“It has been said that one of the greatest lacks in preaching today is imagination. If that be so then Alexander Whyte comes to the rescue. Often his vivid imagination goes beyond Scripture, but the value of his contribution in this field is not to be missed. Whyte excels with Bunyan’s Characters. Each one seems tailor-made to suit his particular gift. It is evident that he loves Bunyan, and his own ability to illustrate so graphically is heart-warming and mind-exercising. God’s people cannot but be helped in their own pilgrim journey as they go hand in hand with Whyte through these characters. The whole tenor of the book is to lead us to godliness. The challenge of seeing our hearts as they really are is on every page, and for a ‘readable sanctification’ it hardly has a rival. One of its great values is that it is different. So many good books say the same thing as other good books. It is not so with this volume. Those coming to it for the first time will be blessed with the remarkable freshness. I have read the old three-volume set time and again and God has used it to the good of my soul every time I have picked it up. The publishers deserve our sincere thanks for seeing the need for this book. By making it available to another generation of Christians they have served us well. May the book set forth the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ in the hearts of his dear people.” —Alun T. McNabb

(4) MOSES THE MAN OF GOD by James Hamilton (VOLUME 5 OF HAMILTON'S WORKS)

James Hamilton was born at Paisley in 1814. Having studied at universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, he became assistant to Robert Candlish at St. George’s, Edinburgh, in 1838. In 1839 he took charge of the parish of Abernyte in 1839, and early in 1841 removed to Roxburgh Church, Edinburgh. In July, 1841, he became pastor of the National Scotch Church, Regent Square, London, and remained pastor of this congregation till his death in 1867. In 1849 he became editor of the Presbyterian Messenger, and in 1864 editor of Evangelical Christendom, the organ of the Evangelical Alliance. He was an incessant literary worker and the author of some of the most widely circulated books of his day.

Volume V - MOSES THE MAN OF GOD

“Beautiful as a poem, like everything’ which fell front Dr. Hamilton’s pen. It would be impossible to study it without profit.” C H Spurgeon

Moses The Man of God

The Golden Series: Lectures on 2 Peter 1

Philosophy and Christianity

The Ethics of the Gospel: Lectures on Phil. iv. 8

(5) IRISH WORTHIES: A Series of Original Biographical Sketches of Eminent Ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland edited by The Rev. Thomas Hamilton

All lovers of Bible Protestantism in general, and orthodox Presbyterianism in particular, will rejoice in the republication of Irish Worthies. Thomas Hamilton followed his father in York Street congregation as its third minister. He was ordained on 20th August 1865. He published a ‘History of the Irish Presbyterian Church’ and other important works. He became the first Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast. This volume contains four contributions from Dr. Hamilton’s pen and ten other sketches by other prominent ministers. Life-sketches of ministers of both the General Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod are united in this book.

The publication of these sketches will, I believe, stir up both ministers and people to hear and obey the divine precept: ‘This is the way; walk ye in it.’ — From the new Foreword by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley.

The book is a limited edition, bound in dark blue, with gold blocking on the spine and front.

(6) A BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT by John Goodwin (Nichols Puritan Reprint)

MORE THAN 500 PAGES - HARDCOVER WITH DUST-JACKET

First published in 1670, a classic and rare Puritan work, about which Ralph Venning wrote: “I find an excellent spirit moving on the face and acting in the heart of it, to promote the glory of God, the power of godliness, and consequently the good of men, especially of Christian men.

“The author, it is true, according to his wonted genius, doth often traverse a great deal of ground, and fetcheth some compasses before he come to his designed journey’s end; yet he makes it pleasant too by such variety, and will thereby pay the reader for his paints , and patience in following of him. That this and all good books may be well read and improved, is the hearty wish and prayer of him who is a lover of all Christians, yea, and of all men.” — From the Epistle Dedicatory

(7) WILLIAM FAREL: TRUE STORIES OF GOD'S SERVANTS by Frances Bevan

William Farel is in many ways the forgotten Reformer, being overshadowed by John Calvin with whom he worked closely. Yet, were it not for the courageous witness of Farel there may never have been a church at Geneva for Calvin to pastor. If Calvin is the model of the pastor-preacher, then Farel is that of the evangelist. He preached in a time when it was costly to be faithful to the Gospel and he saw a number of his companions cruelly tortured and put to death in the most agonising of ways. Often forsaken and sometimes betrayed, imprisoned and constantly opposed, Farel faced hatred and enmity, contempt and reproach, but remained steadfast. His witness at Neuchâtel, Geneva, Lausanne and Berne saw the gospel light established where previously darkness had gone unchallenged.

Bevan draws upon the Life and Times of John Calvin by Merle D’Aubigné but refers to many other sources as well to verify the account, especially of Farel’s early life. The result is an exciting and deeply challenging book. This new edition has been completely re-typeset and includes the original engravings.

(8) MAMMON: or Covetousness the Sin of the Christian Church by John Harris (1802-1856)

John Harris, principal of New College, London, eldest son of a tailor and draper, was born at Ugborough, Devonshire, 8 March 1802. He was of a studious disposition, and acquired the name of ‘Little Parson Harris.’ About 1815 his parents removed to Bristol, when, although employed during working hours in his father’s shop, he gave much of his nights to study and self-improvement. Soon he began to preach in villages around the city in connection with the Bristol Itinerant Society. The little chapels were always crowded to hear him. He was called the ‘boy preacher,’ and was highly popular with his auditors.

in 1835, he won a prize of a hundred guineas offered by Dr. John Trickey Conquest for the best essay on the sin of covetousness. His essay, originally published in 1836, was entitled Mammon, or Covetousness the Sin of the Christian Church, and more than a hundred thousand copies were sold. Its plain speaking offended some theologians,

(9) THE OXFORD METHODISTS by Rev. Luke Tyerman

“The present book is intended to serve as a companion volume to The Life and Times of Wesley; and to assist in showing the wide and gracious results of a revival of religion.

“Among the Oxford Methodists, the Wesleys and Whitefield will always be pre-eminent; but a great work was also done by their associates. Clayton’s High-Churchism was objectionable; but it is not unreasonable to indulge the hope, that, his earnest piety exercised a useful influence upon the clergy among whom he lived, and especially upon the young gentlemen who were favoured with the instructions of his school. Ingham, as an evangelist, was exceedingly successful among the masses in the North. The Moravian Church owes a debt of incalculable gratitude to Gambold, for checking and correcting its early religions follies. Broughton was efficiently employed in promoting the translation of the Bible, in the work of Home and Foreign Missions, in the distribution of religious tracts, and in the education of the children of the poor, at a period when the present principal societies for such objects did not exist. Hutchins, though retaining, at least, a few of his High-Church doctrines, was a spiritually-minded, earnest Christian; and, in the important office which, for so many years, he held in Lincoln College, could hardly fail in moulding the minds and hearts of some of the young students there. And Hervey was one of the first clergymen of the Church of England, in the last century; who turned the attention of the upper classes of society to religions matters. These were, not trifling services.” —from the Preface.

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(3) BUNYAN CHARACTERS IN PILGRIM'S PROGRESS by Alexander Whyte
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"I find an excellent spirit moving on the face and acting in the heart of it, to promote the glory of God, the power of godliness, and consequently the good of men, especially of Christian men." - Ralph Venning

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SIX MORE INDIVIDUAL VOLUMES FROM TENTMAKER PUBLICATIONS IN THE UK
VARIOUS AUTHORS

WE HAVE DECIDED TO ADD SOME MORE TITLES FROM TENTMAKER PUBLICATIONS. HERE THEY ARE...

(1) THEOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT by Gustave Friedrich Oehler

“Most works on Biblical Theology are from a liberal theological perspective and so flawed as to be virtually useless to conservative students of the Scriptures. Oehler is distinguished by his essential conservatism: ‘Here, indeed, there must be strife between those who—and I avow myself to belong to this class—acknowledge as facts what the Old Testament religion lays down as such, and are consequently convinced that the thing believed was also a thing which took place; and between those who see in the Old Testament faith mainly a product of religious ideas, the historical basis of which can be ascertained only by a critical process resting on rationalistic presuppositions. The latter party, who despise the key offered by the Old Testament itself for the comprehension of its history . . . have turned the providential leading of Israel into a dark riddle’ (p. 10). Oehler is a rare gem. His footnotes alone are worth more than some biblical theologians’ life’s work." -Dr. Robert P. Martin



(2) THE CROSS AND THE CROWN; or FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE: as Exemplified in the Life of Fidelia Fiske by D.T. Fiske

The amazing account of a young missionary from a ladies’ college in the US who went to work with girls in N.W. Iran (then Persia) in the mid C19th. The godliness of Fidelia, the revival she observed and the spirituality of the young girls she saw converted are most challenging.

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(3) ECHOES FROM SCOTLAND'S HERITAGE OF GRACE by Hugh M. Ferrier

“Scotland is a small country with a population of about five million. It is a land of impressive beauty, but of few natural resources to make it wealthy. Yet, as a nation with a thirst for education, it has produced a disproportionately large number of people whose excellence in various fields of knowledge has brought great benefit to the world. However, what is particularly outstanding about Scotland, is her religious heritage, though, sadly, few Scots think so today. We owe an incalculable debt to those who hazarded their lives to bring the gospel to our shores, and to those who continued to proclaim and defend it down through the centuries, sometimes at the cost of life or livelihood.

“I have written these pages to try to express some of the glories of God’s grace experienced by Scottish people in the past. I have also particularized with regard to the Free Church of Scotland, to note how easily and quickly a church can be diverted from her high and holy calling as happened in the 19th century. The Free Church was born in revival, yet within a generation or so, the seeds of doubt and unbelief were sown in that Church which had been evangelical to the core, and those seeds have produced a bitter harvest from which the Church in Scotland has never recovered.” — from the Preface.

Published by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)



(4) FAVOURED WITH FREQUENT REVIVALS: Revivals in Wales 1762-1862 by D. Geraint Jones

"Within these fifty years there have been five or six very great awakenings: a land of darkness and of the shadow of death hath seen a great light: but oh, may we live to see still greater things! I am persuaded, that unless we are favoured with frequent revivals, and a strong, powerful work of the Spirit of God, we shall, in a great degree, degenerate, and only have a 'name to live': religion will lose its vigor; the ministry will hardly retain its lustre and glory; iniquity will, of consequence, abound." - David Charles, 1792

"Wales, the Land of Revivals, has been blessed with many periods of awakening and spiritual blessing during its history. Perhaps no period was so glorious as the hundred years between 1762 and 1862 when as one author has said 'there were at least fifteen outstanding revivals in Wales.' Yet perhaps it has not been fully appreciated the degree to which Wales was blessed at this time. Indeed hardly a year seemed to pass by without there being a revival at the local, regional, or national level. Not that it was a period of unbroken blessing everywhere in Wales: indeed, there were periods of widespread declension, particularly between the waves of regional and national revival. Yet even during those times there were places that enjoyed the smile of the Lord; and it would be difficult to find another 8000 square miles that has been so signally blessed for so long a period of time.

The present work, though not a detailed account (that will have to wait some future time), aims to give a brief outline of the revivals that occurred during this period, as well as presenting some fuller accounts of a selection of them. Many of these accounts have either never appeared in English before, or have never been republished since they appeared in print. " -From the Preface



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(6) HOW CAN I FORGVE WHEN IT HURTS SO MUCH by Phil Roberts





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WINSLOW TRILOGY: MORNING THOUGHTS, THE LORD'S PRAYER & THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD
OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

A TRILOGY OF DEVOTIONAL CLASSIC TITLES

MORNING THOUGHTS -

“The man who lives with God in little matters, who walks with God in the details of his life, is the man who becomes the best acquainted with God—with His character, His faithfulness, His love.”

“Believing prayer is prevailing, successful prayer. It assails the kingdom of heaven with holy violence, and carries it as by a storm. It believes that God has both the heart and the arm, both love that moves Him and the power that enables Him, to do all and to grant all that His pleading child requests of Him.”

“The selections are deep, heart-warming, and inspirational—just what is needed to promote a Christ-centered beginning to each day. This daily devotional engages the heart as it transforms the will and sure-footedly guides us in the good fight of faith on the way to glory.” — Joel R. Beeke

THE LORD'S PRAYER - Here is Winslow at his best: instructive, devotional and heart-warming. By taking his theme as the 'spirit of the Lord's prayer' he draws out new insights on the whole subject of prayer and the believer's devotional life.

PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD - These pages address themselves pointedly and strongly to that essential principle of vital religion; the experimental. We really know as much of the gospel of Christ, and of the Christ of the gospel, as by the power of the Holy Ghost we have the experience of it in our souls.To apprehend, in some measure, the value, the glory, and the preciousness of the Lord Jesus, and, as a consequence, to esteem Him above all good, to reflect His image, to labor in His service; this is spiritual life.

The author elucidates such 'precious' things as Christ, faith, trials, God's thoughts, divine promises, the blood of Christ, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, God's children, God's Word, prayer, Christ's sympathy with our infirmities, and the death of the saints.

This is a wonderful devotional manual on experiential Christianity. This book is the first modern edition of this title. It has been re-typeset and slightly modernized. The last edition published prior to this was a lithograph of a 19th century copy. This is a completely new edition.

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(3) LECTURES ON THE PROPHECIES OF ZECHARIAH by Ralph Wardlaw

“It is the ambition of some to be specially distinguished as ‘students of prophecy.’ To such a distinction my revered father made no claim. But as a student of God’s Word the prophetic page was not neglected by him. He found there a field of pleasant and profit able research; and sought to throw light upon it, and unfold its treasures for the benefit of others.

“Of this he has left abundant evidence, not only in these Lectures on Zechariah, but in numerous other lectures, on most if not all the prophetic books of the Old Testament; and in a complete series of expository discourses on the Apocalypse. And of his mode of handling prophetic questions, lie presented to the Public a specimen or two during his life-time;—one, a Discourse on ‘The Purposes of divine Mercy to the Seed of Abraham;’ the other, a Discourse on ‘The Millennium.’

“These Lectures have been selected, because among the Author’s latest productions—having been composed and delivered when he was in his seventy-second year; because the portion of Scripture which they seek to elucidate, while possessing many points of great interest, is apt to be overlooked; and because it introduces greater variety into the character of these posthumous volumes, and shows the Author’s facility in giving to every theme a practical hearing.” — From the Preface

(5) CLASSIC COMMENTARIES ON MALACHI (Richard Stock & Samuel Torshell) RUTH

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Ruth by Bernard & Fuller

Contains a stock of knowledge, and more than a sufficient stock of quotations from the fathers. Torshell printed the book fifteen years after Stock’s death, and finding it to be written for a popular audience only, he added an examination of the original and a few notes in a more learned style, to make a complete commentary. The two authors have thus composed the work on Malachi. —C H Spurgeon

Fuller’s commentary on Ruth: …quaint and pithy, and lit up with flashes of irrepressible wit. —C H Spurgeon

he author depicts Paul in all of his lovely character, which is greatly enhanced by the apostle’s humility as seen in chapter 3. As nearly all will agree, however, the most precious section of this epistle appears in the second chapter where the reader is urged to avoid ‘esteeming himself as surpassing others, but rather to esteem others above self ’ (2:3). Then it is that he pens one of the most sublime sections of the Holy Scriptures as he sets forth the Lord Jesus Christ as the ultimate example, ‘For think this within you which also was in Christ Jesus, who in the form of God subsisting, not thought it robbery to be equal with God,’ etc. (2:5, 6). Hutchinson’s exposition of this section is worth the price of the book.”—Jay Green.

(7) LECTURES ON THE EPISTLE OF JAMES by Ralph Wardlaw

(8) AN EXPOSITION OF THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN by James Morgan

James Morgan was the minister of the influential Fisherwick Place Presbyterian Church in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland in the mid-19th century. He presented these lectures to his congregation after 37 years of ministry among them.

There are precisely 52 Lectures covering every verse in this great Epistle, so that one can read a Lecture each Lord's Day and complete the whole in one year. THIS WOULD BE A BRILLIANT WAY TO SPEND EACH LORD'S DAY AFTERNOON FOR A YEAR.

Morgan was also the author of the outstanding exposition of Psalm 51 wisely titled 'THE PENITENT.' Of this book, Spurgeon said, "The excellent doctor first wrote this exposition for his own spiritual benefit, then preached it for the edification of his flock, and lastly published it for the good of us all. This is a worthy pedigree for a book, and the book itself is worthy of the pedigree."

In the Preface he says:

“I would have you not merely to understand what brotherly love is, but to examine whether you possess it, and live in the exercise of it, and have this evidence of your true discipleship. Can you conclude that you are the children of God, seeing you are constrained by the love He bears to you to love all them that are members of His family?

“This practical and personal application of the truth that is taught is a distinguishing feature of the First Epistle of John. It is, indeed, a feature of all the Scriptures, manifesting their sincerity, and truth, and earnestness. It is very pointed in the writings of the Apostle Paul, who is ever illustrating his subject by his own personal history. But in John it is carried to perfection, especially in this epistle. He seems to take his reader by the hand, and to discuss with him, not the truth merely, but his personal interest in it; not only the subject of brotherly love, but the reader’s possession of it, and the evidence thus furnished to him, and enjoyed by him, that he is himself a child of God. Thus, it is, beloved brethren, I present this subject to your attention, and ask your acceptance of my volume as a token of my love, and a memorial of my ministry."

C.H. SPURGEON said the following about Morgan's work: 'Dr. Robert Candlish says that this is a work "of great practical interest and value," and that had it appeared at an earlier date, "he might have abstained from issuing" his own Lectures on this Epistle. We are glad to possess both works.'

(9) DAVID: KING OF ISRAEL by F.W. Krummacher

Through the descriptions by F. W. Krummacher, the scenes and events of David and his times pass before the readers with the vividness of actual events occurring before their eyes. The stimulating, fast pace of his style reflects the tone of his powerful preaching.

Characteristic of his biblical portraits, Krummacher staunchly affirms God’s providential control over the course of human endeavours and richly applies the scriptural narrative to universal human experience.

Frederick Wilhelm Krummacher (1796-1868), a German Reformed pastor, was a powerful preacher with a rich and soaring imagination. He was a master of expository and biographical preaching.

(10) NEHEMIAH ROGERS ON ISAIAH 5 - A Strange Vineyard in Palestina

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This small volume was combined originally with Jeremiah Burroughs on the Beatitudes reprinted by Soli Deo Gloria.

Nehemiah Rogers, B.D. (1594-1660) was Pastor of the congregation at Messing in Essex.

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Cartwright on Colossians: “This is but a small affair, consisting of scanty and second-rate notes by a hearer. Yet what there is of it has a true ring, and is rich in spirituality.” —Spurgeon

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A HISTORY OF THE 1859 ULSTER REVIVAL (7 Volume Hardcover Set)
Compiled from source documents by Rev. Stanley Barnes for the Whitefield College of the Bible,

N. Ireland

Revival has always been the lifeline of the church. In English the idea in the word is the resurgence of life. When we look for indications of its etymological history in the Bible, the Old Testament use of the word signifies the giving of life which brings benefit to the work of the Lord among men. Revival is God breathing a new life, as it were, into the Church. This impartation of life is in itself the preservation of the Church’s ministry, as well as its impetus in the field of missionary and evangelisitic endeavour.

The Whitefield College, as part of the Free Presbyterian Church, is interested in revival. Many have prayed for revival, some have talked about it, but there are few who look for it. The prophets certainly prayed for revival. Burdened saints have often meditated upon the words,”0 Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: 0 Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” Hab 3:2.

Different parts of the world have had the privilege of experiencing revival in the past, and whether one thinks of the great Reformation or the inspiring preaching of a Jonathan Edwards or a George Whitefield, revival has been God’s work. Revival has been like the river, “the streams whereof have made glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.” Revival has put the Church on its feet.

These papers focus attention mainly on the Ulster Revival of 1859. It is the express wish of the writer that the study of these seven volumes may inspire like-minded brethren everywhere to pray for the restoration of the candlestick to its place. For the candlestick to leave Ephesus meant the extinction of the church. For its burning flame to be there meant the extension of the church.

As will no doubt be clear, the College stands indebted to the Rev. Stanley Barnes whose consuming interest in revival moved him to collect these papers from a variety of sources and over a considerable period of time. We assume this collection to be unique. We are delighted to be able to offer this depository of stimulating reading to all our students and our friends.

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Accounts of the Revival across Ulster

Rev. D. Adams, Ahoghill — The Revival at Ahoghill: Its Narrative and Nature, with suitable reflections

William Arthur, A.M. — The Revival in Ulster: Ahoghill and Ballymena & The Revival in Ballymena and Coleraine

Rev. S.M. Dill — The Revival at Ballymena in 1859

Rev. Samuel J. Moore, Ballymena — The History and Prominent Characteristics of the present Revival in

Ballymena and its Neighborhood

Rev. William Richey (formerly of Coleraine) — Connor and Coleraine; or, Scenes and Sketches of the Last

Ulster Awakening

Rev. William J. Patton, Minister of Second Presbyterian Church, Dromara — The Revival at Dromara in 1859

Rev. Andrew Wilson, Dungannon — The Revival at Dungannon in 1859

Rev. Thomas B. Bell, Leswalt — Notes on the Revival at Newton-ards

Presbytery of Limavady — The 1859 Revival

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Personal Assessments of the Revival

James William Massie, D.D., LL.D. — Revivals in Ireland. Facts, Documents, and Correspondence

— A Visit to the Scenes of Revival in Ireland. The Origin, Progress, and Characteristics of the Work of

1859. Parts II and III of Revivals in Ireland

— The Revivals Reviewed; Their Progress and Results. Original correspondence from Ministers and other Friends in Ireland. Part IV of Revivals in Ireland

Rev. R. T. Simpson, M.A., Q.U.I. — Recollections of and Reflections on the Revival

Rev. John Baillie — The Revival: or What I saw in Ireland; with thoughts suggested by the same. The Result of Two Personal Visits

VOLUME 3

The Legacy of the Revival

Benjamin Scott — The Revival in Ulster: Its Moral and Social Results

Ministers and Medical Men in Ulster — The Revival in Ireland. Letters on the Revival of Religion in the

North of Ireland, addressed to the Rev. H. Grattan Guinness

Rev. W. M. Craig, B.A., B.D. — Significance of the 1859 Revival – A Movement that swept Ulster, written for the “Portadown News”

Rev. Matthew Kerr — The Ulster Revival of the Seventeenth Century: An Instructive Chapter in the Early History of Presbyterianism in Ireland

Rev. Professor Gibson, Belfast — Present Aspects of The Irish Revival

Arthur W. Edwards, A.M. — A Letter on the Religious Revival

Rev. E. J. Poole-Connor — Visitations of Grace

VOLUME 4

The Controversies and Debates of the Revival

Isaac Nelson — An Answer to the Rev. Professor Killen’s Defense of Revivalism, Assurance, and the Witness of the Spirit

— An Answer to the Rev. John Macnaughtan’s Defense of Revivalism, Assurance, and the Witness of the Spirit

Rev. T. S. Woods — The Delusion of the Rev. I. Nelson: A Lecture

Edward A. Stopford — The Work and the Counterwork; or, The Religious Revival in Belfast. With an

explanation of the physical phenomena

Rev. Edward Hincks, D.D. — God’s Work and Satan’s Counter-Works, as now carried on in the North of

Ireland

Rev. Alexander McCreery — Satan’s Devices and Dr. Hincks’s Fancies

Rev. F. J. Porter, A.M. — The Spirit Resisted: A Revival Address, with a Letter on Helps to the Ministry

— The Prophet Deceived: Lay Teaching not Lay Preaching

Rev. J. A. Chancellor — The Prophet Un-deceived

VOLUME 5

The Theology of Revivals

Rev. Hugh Hanna — Revivals Vindicated against the False Philosophy of the World

Rev. John Montgomery — The Holy Spirit: Its Nature and Work

Rev. Charles Seaver, Rev. J.A. Canning, and the Rev. James M’Cosh, LL.D. — The Ulster Revival, in its

Religious Features and Physiological Accidents

W. M. Wilkinson — The Revival in its Physical, Psychical, and Religious Aspects

Rev. James Morgan, D.D. — Thoughts on The Revival of 1859

Rev. J. Oswald Dykes, A.M. — Apostolic Times Revived

Rev. W. Mc’Ilwaine, A.M. — Ulster Revivalism - Revivalism: Is it of God, or of the Devil? Considered with

reference to the “Awakenings” in America, at Belfast and Ballymena

Thomas Macneece, D.D. — Words of Caution and Counsel on the present Religious Revival, addressed to his Parishioners

VOLUME 6

Tracts and Pamphlets of the Revival

Rev. Samuel Prenter, M.A. — The Late Rev. Thomas Toye – a Lecture on his Life and Times

Rev. Principal J.M. Barkley, M.A., B.D., Ph.D., D.D. — Tommy Toye: Revivalist Preacher

Of Irish Worthies – The Rev. Thomas Toye of Belfast

Reminiscences of the Rev. Isaac Nelson, Minister of Donegall Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast

George Salmon, D.D. — The Evidences of the Work of the Holy Spirit

Rev. S.J. Moore — The Ministerial Office Magnified: Why? and How?

Rev. James Denham — Revivals of Religion and Means of Obtaining Them

Rev. C. Seaver — Religious Revivals

John Brown, D.D. — Address on the Revival of Religion

Rev. J. M. Killen, M.A. — Religion in Everything

Rev. Robert Knox, A.M. — The Ulster Revival

VOLUME 7

The Effect of the Revival Outside Ulster Revival in the Old and New Worlds

Religious Movement in the United States

Rev. John Venn, M.A. — The Revival in Wales

Rev. Hamilton M. Macgill — On the Present Revival of Religion in Scotland

J. Edwin Orr, Ed.D., Th.D., D.Phil. (Oxford) — The Re-Study of Revival and Revivalism

N.D. Emerson, LL.B., Ph.D. — The Church of Ireland and The 1859 Revival

Robert Haire — The Story of The ’59 Revival with some Methodist Sidelights

The English Press on the Irish Revivals

Rev. David Hunter — Plymouthists and Their Principles

Rev. John Smyth, M.A. — Plymouth Brethrenism: Its Creed and Character. A Dialogue

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Bryan A Follis

Francis Schaeffer was a well-known, extremely influential apologist and thinker who made his mark defending orthodox truth in the face of strong opposition. He was foremost in the vocation of apologetic ministry, and he was a brilliant man whom God used mightily during the decades of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

In Truth with Love, Bryan Follis explores the theology and thinking that fueled the ministry of Francis Schaeffer, from his Reformed position to his understanding of fundamentalism. Follis examines Schaeffer's apologetic argument and the role of reason in his discussions and writings. The position Francis Schaeffer took against modernism and its applicability in this day of postmodernism are studied as well.

This book is a beneficial resource for any Francis Schaeffer fan and any minister, teacher, or student who appreciates truth and its defense in the face of different kinds of opposition.

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"Truth with Love powerfully demonstrates that while Schaeffer's thought stands up to scrutiny, it is his distinctive style that enabled him to herald the Christian message with such compelling power." ?William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Schaeffer on the Christian Life

"More than a thoughtful assessment of Francis Schaeffer's apologetics. An encouragement to Christians to love people around them and to bear witness of the truth of the gospel." ?D. A. Carson, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

"By skillfully and graciously responding to Schaeffer's critics, Follis reveals how extraordinarily powerful and relevant Schaeffer's ideas are." ?Ranald Macaulay, Speaker, L'Abri Fellowship; Coordinator, Christian Heritage, Cambridge

"The best introduction to Schaeffer's apologetics. Follis captures the unity of commitment to the Christian message and a life that lives that message faithfully-a unity that characterized the ministry of Francis Schaeffer." ?Jerram Barrs, Resident Scholar, The Francis Schaeffer Institute; Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture, Covenant Theological Seminary

"The real Francis Schaeffer-Reformed apologist, youth evangelist, lover of God and of people-is here profiled and celebrated. The best appreciation of Schaeffer and his legacy yet written." ?J. I. Packer, Late Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

Bryan A. Follis. Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2006. 206 pp. $16.99 (paper). Reviewed by Michael J. Vlach, Assistant Professor of Theology

"For those interested in the ministry of Francis Schaeffer or apologetics in general, Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer is a helpful book. Bryan A. Follis, rector of All Saints’ Church, offers a heartwarming and intellectually stimulating presentation of the apologetic ministry of Francis Schaeffer, which he developed from his dissertation at Trinity College, Dublin.

Schaeffer possesses a mythical and even heroic status for many evangelicals today, a status that is rightly deserved. Yet, while Schaeffer has left much in the form of writings and video series, he and his ministry are often misunderstood. Follis, though, does a good service by explaining with precision and clarity the true Francis Schaeffer. This includes who Schaeffer was as a person and his approach to

apologetics.

Follis shows that understanding Schaeffer starts with knowing what motivated him. Schaeffer, a convert from agnosticism, was driven by love—love for God, love for people, and a love for truth, a combination that is rarely found.

As well known as Schaeffer is because of his ideas, he was primarily a frontline evangelist, not an academic. Thus, Schaeffer’s theology of apologetics was not always air-tight, nor did Schaeffer feel the need to respond to every criticism. Schaeffer also did not believe that “there is any one apologetic which meets the needs of all people.”

While Schaeffer certainly did his share of speaking and writing to large audiences, he was at his best when he was engaging individuals. As Follis points out, so many were willing to listen to him because they knew he cared. Whether it was the maid at the hotel, the man with cerebral palsy asking nearly incoherent questions, or the disheartened and lonely visitor to L’Abri, Schaeffer carefully listened to individuals and reached out to them with the love of Christ. Any attempts to understand Schaeffer apart from comprehending his love for the person will certainly be unsuccessful.

Follis is also helpful in clearing up confusion about Schaeffer’s views and methodology. He shows how recent attempts to label Schaeffer as a presuppositionalist or evidentialist are inaccurate. He incorporated elements from both systems, but was not an adherent of either approach.

Schaeffer adopted much from the presuppositionalist, Cornelius Van Til, but he also differed with Van Til in significant areas. One difference was that Schaeffer was more open to allowing the unbeliever to question the truth claims of Christianity, something which Van Til opposed. In reality, Schaeffer forged his own apologetic method, one that Follis says is close to the verificational method. This approach starts with hypotheses and subjects them to various arguments to see if they are true.

One of the more interesting parts of the book is Follis’s description of how Van Til viewed Schaeffer and why Schaeffer was reluctant to engage in public dispute with Van Til. Follis also evaluates the critics of Schaeffer, like Clark Pinnock and others, to show that they largely misunderstood Schaeffer. Follis shows that attempts to label Schaeffer as a rationalist are misguided, especially since Schaeffer was so reliant upon prayer and the Holy Spirit. For Follis, to consider Schaeffer a rationalist is ridiculous because he lived his life so much in light of the supernatural.

Follis’s final chapter, “Conclusion: Love as the Final Apologetic,” is powerful. Here he shows how the apologetic of Francis Schaeffer can help today in the postmodern era. With keen insight, Schaeffer anticipated what is known now as postmodernism. Though one must be aware of the mindset of today’s postmodern, he or she is still made in the image of God and must be challenged to see the emptiness of his or her worldview and embrace Jesus Christ.

Follis offers helpful instruction on how a Schaefferian approach can deal with recent trends. Though Schaeffer was relational and emphasized community, he never did so at the expense of objective truth. Thus, Follis criticizes the church’s current fascination with postmodernism. He also singles out the emerging church movement as abandoning the importance of objective truth in its quest to be more

relevant, mystical, and community-oriented. As Follis points out, Schaeffer believed that being relevant or community-oriented and committed to objective truth were not mutually exclusive. Both can exist simultaneously.

This reviewer found the book to be inspiring as well as informative. For dealing with such a large topic as the life and beliefs of Francis Schaeffer in a little over 200 pages, one could criticize Follis for not discussing this or that, but that could be said of nearly every book of this nature. What Follis intended to address, he did well.

One does not have to agree with Schaeffer on every detail to learn from him. For Schaeffer, apologetics was not just a theoretical or academic issue. It was personal and it was done in love, something all can learn from."

Bryan A. Follis (PhD, Queens University of Belfast) is the rector of Hillsborough Parish and a contributor to the Dictionary of Apologetics. He and his wife, Eleanor, live in Northern Ireland with their two daughters. Rector, All Saints' Church; author, A State Under Siege

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AARON DUNLOP

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"The following small book began as a series of essays about fundamentalism on Aaron's blog. These essays were my first introduction to Aaron. Aaron didn't set out to write a book. Friends from outside of the United States encouraged him to expand his original articles and to put them into print. He has been hesitant, and at one point even offered to bury the project if I advised him to. That I refuse to do. Why? Among other reasons, because Aaron is doing fundamentalism a service by publishing this book. We will be stronger with it than without it."

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"The book is divided into nine chapters and an appendix. Chapter one deals with the history of the movement and its evident purpose and success in preserving the truth. Chapter two is an appreciation of the 'conviction and courage' that was evident among fundamentalists.á In chapters three to seven I wrestle with some of the problems of the movement, including, shallow evangelism and a tendency to legalistic holiness (three); the unrelenting and harsh militancy that developed into infighting and contentions and factions within the movement (four); the indiscriminate separatism (five); and the failure (or inability) to deal with these issues (six).

In chapter seven, I address the 'silent moderate majority' who have sat back and tolerated (perhaps promoted) the excesses. Chapter eight is an analysis of the current situation developing between fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism - the new conservative evangelical identify. In the last chapter, chapter nine, I present five suggestions for a way forward.

In the appendix I have tried to bring some balance in our understanding of the powerful personalities of fundamentalism. Three men, Ian Paisley (Northern Ireland), Carl McIntire (America) and T. T. Shields (Canada), represent the three countries where the fundamentalist movement existed. They were polarising individuals, either hated or loved. How can we understand these very complex men of God?

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