Alistair Begg Reminds Us of the Greatest Story Ever Told

    Dear Friend,

    I just finished reading David Brooks’s latest book, The Second Mountain. In it, he records the impact that John Stott had upon him. Years ago, my friend Michael Cromartie (like Stott, now in heaven) told me that he had suggested to Brooks that he should read Stott. Clearly, he did, and then met him. You can read his reaction in the book.

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    Alistair Begg on Heeding God's Instruction

    Dear Friend,

    I have a vivid recollection of seeing scenes from the book The Pilgrim’s Progress portrayed on screen using glass hand-painted slides in a large, unwieldly projector. (Yes, I’m that old!) When John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, he could never have imagined that it would have an impact that spanned centuries.

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    Alistair Begg Encourages Us to Press On

    Dear Friend,

    We’ll soon be reaching a milestone in hosting our 20th annual Basics Conference for pastors and church leaders. It’s been a particular joy and privilege to have been joined by faithful friends in the Gospel who’ve taught at Basics. Sitting side by side with fellow teachers of God’s Word, we’ve shared the ups and downs of pastoral ministry and have encouraged one another to keep on keeping on.

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    Watch Alistair Begg Discuss How to Pray Like the Apostle Paul

    A faithful and fruitful prayer life doesn't always come easily. How should we talk to God? What should we pray for? How do we approach a holy God in our sinful state? Alistair Begg addresses these questions and more in this full-length interview on his new book, Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle.

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    Alistair Begg on the Power of Prayer

    Dear Friend,

    In the 1980s, I had the privilege of meeting and becoming a friend of the late Alec Motyer. (You may find this link helpful in learning about him: www.ivpress.com/j-alec-motyer.) Alec was a biblical scholar and pastor known widely for his commentaries on the Old Testament. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1947 and later was Principal at Trinity College, Bristol, UK. In 1986, we were speaking at the Portstewart Convention in Northern Ireland. During the week, we took walks together after lunch. I have the fondest memories of those conversations. When we parted at the end of the week, he said, “My dear boy, I will pray for you.”

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    Alistair Begg on Brexit and Providence

    Dear Friend,

    Although thirty-five years have passed since leaving my homeland, I’m still keenly interested in the politics of the UK today. You’ll not be surprised to learn that I’ve been following the discussions and debates about Brexit. (You may need to Google that!) On March 29, Great Britain is to formally withdraw from membership in the European Union. I will not disclose my personal views for fear that some of my Dutch or German friends may disown me. Suffice to say that this has been the hottest political potato faced by the British parliament in the last 50 years.

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    Do You Know Robert Murray M'Cheyne? Alistair Begg Explains

    Dear Friend,

    If you aren’t familiar with the Scottish preacher Robert Murray M’Cheyne, his life story and his written works are well worth exploring. Born in Edinburgh in 1813, M’Cheyne was the youngest of five children and the son of a prosperous lawyer. He attended university, studying the arts, writing poetry, and, according to his father, living “a lively turn.” When M’Cheyne was only eighteen, his older brother David died—and in his passing, he played a part in Robert enrolling in Divinity Hall at the university. M’Cheyne went on to study theology with great zeal.

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    Alistair Begg Answers the Question "Do You Miss Scotland?"

    Dear Friend,

    “Do you miss Scotland?” is a question routinely posed to me, even though America has now been my home for the greater part of my life. My usual reply is “Yes,” and when pressed for an explanation, I mention that at certain times of the year I’m tempted to succumb to a wee dose of nostalgia. It usually lasts for all of 20 minutes! The transition period between Christmas and New Year’s is one of those times. New Year’s Eve (known as Hogmanay in Scotland) was the one day in the year when, as a boy, I was allowed to stay up late so that I could attend the ‘watchnight service’ with my father. It was always timed to end on the stroke of midnight as the church bells around the city heralded the beginning of the new year. Throughout the night, we visited friends and family in their homes and toasted the new beginning with shortbread and some kind of ginger cordial reserved for the occasion.

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    Share the Meaning of Christmas with a Friend Today!

    While most see Christmas as a time for giving, the story of Christ’s birth also encourages us to recognize our need—not for a process or a program, but for a person. As Alistair Begg points out, our plight is that of rebels in need of rescue. Confronted with a clear view of what we truly are and what we truly need, we face an important choice: will we receive Jesus as our Savior?

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    A Christmas Invitation from Alistair Begg

    Dear Friend,

    It can be easy to complain about the harsh Cleveland winters, but sometimes on a bitter cold night when the sky is clear and star-filled, I stand outside, look up in wonder, and join with the psalmist in thinking, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

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