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    2018 Cambridge Lecture – Audio now available

    The audio recording of the Annual Cambridge Lecture by Benedict Bird on the Synod of Dort  is now available.

    Benedict Bird was speaking on ‘The Synod of Dort: Lessons for the Church Today’ and provided a handout with an outline of his lecture.

     

     

     

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    False religionist ‘most welcome’ to preach at Holy Eucharist service

    On October 17 the PTS Chairman, The Rt Rev. Dominic Stockford, wrote as shown below to the Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Rev. Dr Steven Croft, with concern over the invitation to a Muslim imam to preach at a service of Holy Eucharist.
    Dear Bishop Croft,

    I am sure that you are aware that Canon Law B18.2 states that “the sermon …

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    Ashers – Supreme Court Victory

    Earlier this year the UK Supreme Court heard the case of Ashers Baking Company, who were appealing against a ruling which stated that it broke the law by declining to fulfil an order to decorate a cake with a campaign slogan promoting ‘marriage’ between homosexuals, which was deeply offensive to the management who are sincere Christians. The ruling, handed down …

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    What we owe to the Reformation

    What we owe to the Reformation

    How important is the Protestant Reformation to you? Five hundred years have passed since Martin Luther published his 95 Theses. Our modern age considers events that old to be of no relevance; we have a very short-sighted view of both the past and the future. Students of history will know that what resulted from the Martin Luther’s challenge is of …

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    The Protestant Reformation – 500 Years

    500 YEARS AGO, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation by nailing 95 theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg. He rejected the teaching of the Church of Rome on penance. He asserted that men and women cannot get the forgiveness of sin by buying indulgences from the Pope, but only by personal repentance …

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    Hate Crime

    After a briefly overheard radio interview with the current head of the CPS, I was left feeling very concerned. As one can see from the comments below that I have found about that interview since, and about the role that the CPS see themselves as having, we are entering a new era for sincere Christians and for Bible preachers.
    ‘Hate …

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    Election Outcome – Reflections by the PTS Chairman


    The smoke of battle clears, the fake news recedes somewhat, the empty promises of politicians begin to be seen for what they are, and the country settles down to being governed – if the media will deign to permit such a thing to happen. And as the fog of confusion that was deliberately spread across the face of the General …

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    General Election Result – ‘Put not your trust in princes’

    The result of the General Election is in, and what an event it has been! Some political parties have been wiped out, and others have exceeded expectations. As ever with these things, almost every party leader is claiming victory, while members within their own parties are either openly criticizing or quietly sucking up in the hope of preferment.

    One wonders what …

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    London & Manchester Attacks – Message from the PTS Chairman

    When events such as those which have taken place recently in London and Manchester occur it can be difficult for us to know how to respond. I found that the words of Thomas Cranmer echoed across the centuries to me, urging us as he does to place our trust in the Lord, to follow his paths, and to ask for …

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    Now is Christ risen from the dead

    A recent survey, published to coincide with the annual Easter celebrations, has revealed that ‘nearly one in four Christians do not believe in the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead’. When one defines ‘Christian’ as someone who goes to church regularly, the percentage of those who do not believe in the resurrection drops to five percent. However, only 57 …

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  • What’s New

    Recordings of all 2018 Study Days now available

    Audio recordings of the 2018 PTS Winter Study Day (‘Living in the Holy Spirit’ – Geoff Thomas), Summer Study Day (‘The Renewed Mind’ – Dr Jim Winter) and Spring Study Day (‘Behold the Lamb of God’ – Keith Ferdinando) can how be downloaded from this website.

     

     

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    A review of ‘The Forging of Codex Sinaiticus’ – Updated

    A critical review of Dr W.R. Cooper’s thesis in his book ‘The Forging of Codex Sinaiticus’

    The review demonstrates that Dr Cooper’s thesis that Codex Sinaiticus was produced in the nineteenth century is a classic conspiracy theory, and without foundation. It also demonstrates that the man who claimed to have written the Codex in 1840, Constantine Simonides, was a notorious …

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    My Pocket Companion Diary 2019


    This popular Christian Diary is now in its 104th year of publication.
    It includes a text for each day (AV) as well as devotional pages.
    Contains 120 pages, with a ‘Week to View’ layout.

    Engagements pages extend to March 2020.
    Laminated cover with choice of two pictorial designs.
    Please order by post, telephone or email us . 
    Payment may be made by cheque, or by card …

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    2017 Day Conference recordings now available


    Recordings of our 2017 Day Conference ‘Celebrating 500 Years of the Protestant Reformation’ are now available from our bookshop on Audio CD.
    The Rev. Dr Nick Needham speaks on ‘The formal principle of the Reformation: Justification by faith’ and ‘The material principle of the Reformation: Scripture as sole infallible authority.’

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    Wonderful Providences

    In the early years of the fifteenth century an announcement was made to the scholarly world that a sought-after title would become available on a particular date. What made the announcement so spectacular was the quantity of books—one hundred copies at once! Such a thing was unheard of. At that time all books were hand written, and it required the …

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    A Protestant Primer on the European Union

    Every nation has a duty to acknowledge the true God. Every nation has a duty to shape its laws in accordance with God’s laws. Because the God who made us knows what is best for us, laws that are shaped in accordance with his moral law will benefit men and women as well as bringing the blessing of God. … …

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    The Importance of Protestantism Today


    What is Protestantism? What is its importance?
    If Protestantism is important, it is clearly important to know what Protestantism is. The churches we today call ‘Protestant’ arose in Western Europe in the wake of the Reformation. Because these churches all emphasized to some degree the right of private judgment, Protestantism soon divided into a number of groups, which themselves divided into …

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    Our beloved brother Paul

    Almost every one of Paul’s Epistles begins with much the same form of wording—‘Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ’. Exceptions are those epistles which came not only from him but also from his fellow labourers, as that to the Philippians, or the Epistle to Philemon, where he calls himself ‘a prisoner’. Why did Paul draw so much attention to his …

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    King under the Law

    The year 2015 was the year of Magna Carta, celebrating 800 years since the famous charter was sealed. There have been numerous books and at least two exhibitions commemorating the anniversary, some of which are reviewed in this issue. The great struggle of the barons who forced the charter on King John, and of many other rebels down through the …

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    The Visible Church

    To which church do we belong, the Church Visible, or the Church Invisible? I do not mean the same as the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant, but the church that is visible to the world, or one that it not.
    I was in Scotland very recently, on a family holiday, and noticed the large number of churches in cities, towns, …

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  • Recent Books

    This Month’s New Books

    Our bookshop in Fleet Street, London is updating its stock of new books all the time. This website highlights a number of them in detail, and gives an overview of some of the latest new stock. The bookshop will be pleased to supply other new titles not featured here, as well as others in print. It may also have stock …

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    New Covenant Theology: Weighed and Found Wanting

    pp248   hardcover   £20.00 including postage   The Gospel Magazine Trust

    From the time of the apostles, the church has been fre­quently assailed by false teachers, making it necessary for pas­tors to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, being men of sound doctrine, able to refute those who contradict it (Jude 3; Titus 1:9).

    Since the 1970s, …

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    Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion


    pp224   hardcover   £29.99   Crossway Books

    A Clear Vision for What It Means to Be Anglican Today.
    With contributions from Michael Jensen, Ben Kwashi, Michael Nazir-Ali, Ashley Null, and John W. Yates III, the first volume in the Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library examines the rich heritage of the Anglican Communion, introducing its foundational doctrines rooted in the solas of the Reformation and drawing out …

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    Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary

    pp784   hardcover   £39.99   Crossway Books

    Five hundred years ago, the Reformers were defending doctrines such as justification by faith alone, the authority of Scripture, and God’s grace in salvation—some to the point of death. Many of these same essential doctrines are still being challenged today, and there has never been a more crucial time to hold fast to the enduring …

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    2000 Years of Christ’s Power

    Vol. 4 The Age of Religious Conflict
    Nick Needham  pp688 hardcover £19.99 Christian Focus.

    Volumes 1 -3 also available, all £19.99.

    The Renaissance and Reformation were exciting times of learning and discovery – they pushed the boundaries of accepted thought. The repercussions of this, however, were that they left in their wake a period of universal uncertainty. The centuries-old status quo had …

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Verse of the day

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Revelation 12:10