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Unity and DiversityThe Founders of the Free Church

Unity and Diversity

The Founders of the Free Church

Sandy Finlayson
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"Sandy Finlayson's study of the nineteenth century leaders of the Free Church of Scotland is neither hagiography nor iconoclasm; rather, it is the thoughtful reflection of a committed presbyterian on the men who helped shape the Scottish church through their commitment to orthodoxy, evangelism, and social action. The attractive churchmanship which these church leaders represented is all too rare today; and I hope this work will do something to restore it to its rightful place in the wider Christian landscape."

Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College, Pennsylvania

"The variety between these men, in gifts, interests, influence, attitudes, and even theological emphases, is laid out very clearly through the book. But equally clear, against that very background, is the unity they upheld in the church, at the heart of which was their common insistence on the final authority of the Bible as God's Word. As such, there is something here for readers in every church, whether or not they are 'in ministry' or not - it is very readable, hardly seeming to run to around 300 pages."

Evangelicals Now

At this moment in church history the people of God sorely need to be reminded that following Christ means being willing to part with cherished denominational identities and connections, church buildings, and even houses and secure salaries. This welcome book includes a picture of each of these founding fathers of the Free Church of Scotland and - to a man - they all look as sober as hot, black coffee in a styrofoam cup. As we are in no danger of overdoing their earnestness, spending a few hours with such steely-eyed men can safely serve to remind us of what it means to stake one's life and livelihood on the lordship of Jesus Christ. Sandy Finlayson has written a clear, lively book that concedes when these churchmen were wrong without thereby obscuring their passionate stand for the Gospel.

Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

"Reading the lives and works of these men will make us all wiser, healthier, more daring and, in the best sense of the word, broader Christians; and in the poor, fragmented church in Britain today, this is what is most urgently needed."

The Evangelical Magazine, Published by Evangelical Movement of Wales

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