Saturday, 7 March 2009

1859 A Year To Remember

Just now, as I sit down to write this post, the BBC is airing a program entitled Darwin's Dangerous Idea, analyzing the consequences for society of the theory of evolution. It is only one of a series of programs (the Darwin Season) commemorating, indeed celebrating, this the 150 anniversary of the publication of Darwin's book On The Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of his birth. On the desk beside me is a copy of National Geographic magazine with a cover and several articles about Darwin and evolution.

So, as it feels like the whole world is celebrating Darwin and the year 1850, believers too have much cause to celebrate this seminal year. It is, of course, the year of the great awakening known as the 1859 Revival. During the winter of 1857-1858, a few young men gathered around a peat fire in an old schoolhouse, and, with their Bibles in their hands, waited upon God. Dr. Paisley, in his book on the '59 revival says of them, "their prayers brought down unquenchable fire from heaven which set all Ulster ablaze for God, and warmed with saving rays at least 100,000 souls."
These two powerful events each have left a powerful and lasting legacy for our society today. One has left our nation bereft of moral direction, out of control and powerless; the other filled our province with churches and fellowships and left a heritage of faithful gospel preaching, evangelistic zeal and a body of missionary work much greater than any other country of its size. One left poor, deluded man to a life without God and an eternity without hope; the other freed men to live life as it should be lived with eternity in the presence of Christ at its end.
To celebrate the 1859 revival, two books have recently been published:

The 1859 Revival by Dr. Ian Paisley
First published in 1959, this history of the revival has just been reprinted, given a clear account of this great work of God.

A hardback, illustrated history of the revival and related awakenings in Ulster.

Suggested reading for more on the creation/evolution debate:

And God Said by Farid Abou Rahme
Creation's Story by Robert W. Cargill
God's Undertaker by John C. Lennox

John Nelson Derby, Prophetic Pioneer

Highland Books have published a new biography of J.N.D. by Marion Field, called John Nelson Darby: Prophetic Pioneer. It is an honest, readable account of the remarkable life of a man who possessed breathtaking intelligence, boundless energy, intense piety and a penetrating understanding of the word of God.

It is at once a travelogue, biography, and a history of dispensational theology. It also contains an analysis of Darby's influence today, not only in our theology and church gatherings, but also, possibly, even in US foreign policy towards the state of Israel.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Christ For Me

Local Tenor Edwin Brown has just released a fantastic debut album of new worship songs, called Christ For Me. Each song has strong biblical content and stirring, sweeping melodies. We have been playing this album in-store constantly since we received a sample copy. The album itself arrived yesterday! I have listed the tracks here to give you a feel for the content:
1 Let Your Mantle Cover Me
2 All That I Am
3 Christ For Me
4 Just The Very Thought Of Thee
5 It's The Power
6 The Greatest Love
7 Wonderful Grace
8 Christ The Saviour Reigns
9 I Will Glory In My Redeemer
10 See The Lamb Of God
That's all for now,

First Blog Entry

Welcome to our new AEB Blog. This is our first adventure in the world of blogging.

We are an independant, family-run Christian bookshop in Newtownards, Co. Down, N. Ireland; established 1967. We have an established website,, and a publishing division, Crimond House Publications.

We shall endevour to use this blog to provide our subscribers with news from Ards Evangelical Bookshop, as well as general news from the world of Christian retail. We also hope to provide new product information and product reviews.

Happy blogging.
On behalf of the AEB team,