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The summer edition of Crossway

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 3 Jul 2015

Your summer reading list is not complete without Crossway — now out!

We lead this quarter with an article by Lee Gatiss on “transforming a church”.  A church (whether local or national) never stands still, but is always changing — for good or ill. “Good transformation” is only brought about by the biblical strategy of “preach, pray, love, and stay”, as the word of God does its work to change hearts and minds and lives.

Ros Clarke tells us about how she plans to contribute to this gospel growth in her new role as Online Pastor in Lichfield Diocese, while Mark Earngey looks at the life and ministry of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer who greatly valued the word of God.

Stephen Bowen also looks back on 33 years of ministry in a single place, and the advantages of long-term persistent expository preaching. At the other end of the chronological scale, John Percival reflects on the particular challenges of being a curate, and has some tongue-in-cheek advice for how to really annoy the vicar!

Church Society moved offices last month, to a new Dean Wace House. This has prompted questions such as “Why are our headquarters called Dean Wace House? And who was this chap Dean Wace anyway?” Ed Loane has a fascinating and inspiring article on that (with a nice picture of the new office too). We look also at “America’s JC Ryle”, the wonderful 19th century American bishop, Charles Pettit McIlvaine. You may not have heard of him either — but you should have!

There’s a report on our recent conference, an article on “preaching the negatives” as well as the positives, and a helpful look at the confusing subject of transgenderism, and how Christians should respond to it. All this and more (including a great discount deal from IVP, exclusive to Church Society members) in the latest edition of Crossway. If you’re not a subscriber, or a member, already, why ever not?

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Members of Church Society receive Crossway as part of their membership. If you’re not a member, you can subscribe to Crossway here. Or purchase individual copies here.

Revd Dr Lee Gatiss is the Director of Church Society and Editor of Crossway

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