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Review: The Glory of the Cross

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Each Easter, I try to read a book, or part of a book, on the cross.  This year I confess to feeling a little tired, and so I went for the booklet, The Glory of the Cross by James Philip.  It is based on sermons that Philip gave as minister of Holyrood Abbey Church in Edinburgh and has been published as part of the Didasko Files series from IFES and the Lausanne Movement.

The booklet starts by reviewing the last 24 hours of Jesus' life, with sections on the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Trial.  Philip then looks at some of the theological significance of the cross: the Just for the Unjust, Justification and Sacrifice (including penal substitution) and Redemption.  In the final section, The Glory of the Cross, he looks at the cross and evangelism and returns to the gospel accounts to look at Calvary.

The content is solidly evangelical, engaging and easy to read.  Philip covers a lot of important material in a relatively short space and he has the preacher's eye …

A Priority to Preach

This is my final article for the church magazine before I leave Blackburn for Rochdale.  It's a reflection on the priorities of a church minister.

 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV)
This is my final month as curate before we move to Rochdale and so I have the opportunity to write this article for the final time. The verses above are the apostle Paul's charge to his young trainee Timothy on doing his ministry. They are good words for any minister to have in front of them perhaps especially a young(-ish) trainee leaving one post to start a new one.
For a minister, they are solemn words. They remind us that what we do is in the presence of God and Jesus who will come again to judge. A minister's work h…