"I highly commend to you these sermons by Leslie Holmes. They are well crafted and biblical. His quotations and illustrations will be particularly helpful!"
John A. Huffman Jr.
Senior Minister, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Newport Beach, California
"This is a book for preachers, presented as sermons with many texts but a single message -- namely, God's love manifested in Jesus Christ. The author clearly understands that our primary task as preachers is to educate the people of God in the spirit and power of John 3:16 for ministries in a changing world. Our mission is to be faithful to God's mission of love and forgiveness demonstrated by Jesus. That is the challenge that Holmes brings to readers."
Carnegie Samuel Calian
President, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Leslie Holmes has prepared a faithful and practical resource for preaching First and Second Kings. Whether or not the lectionary is used, his insight into these passages along with the illustrative material will prove valuable for the pulpit and the pew."
John W. Coker Jr.
Minister, First Presbyterian Church
Fayetteville, North Carolina
A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Robert Leslie Holmes is currently Senior Minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Mobile (Alabama), his M.Div. degree from the Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi), and a D.Min. degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Georgia), with post-doctoral studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and New College (Edinburgh, Scotland). Holmes has preached and lectured on six continents and has spoken at conferences and churches throughout the United States and Canada.
“Is there a God?”
“Where did I come from?”
“Is there life after death?”
Written in a conversational style, and filled with interesting facts, the answers to these universal and all-important questions are straightforward and easy to understand.
This is the book you need to enable you to find solid life principles based on Scripture.
Excellent for individual or group use!
They work. They will work for you. Using solid Bible principles and inspiring life-transforming illustrations, Robert Leslie Holmes invites you to join him on a step-by-step ten point journey of faith and hope that will make life better for you and you better for life.
Organised crime has become a major problem globally. Its negative impact on economies, societies, politics, human rights and security is profound: fraud, money laundering, drug, arms and human trafficking, and collusion with both law enforcement and terrorists, for example, are all significant issues. Yet specialists disagree not only on the scale and nature of organised crime, but even on its definition. This Advanced Introduction to Organised Crime explores these disagreements, examines the nature and causes of contemporary organised crime, and offers constructive suggestions on how to counter it.
Key features include:
• Emphasis on the rapidly changing structures of organised crime, its
increasingly transnational nature and sophisticated use of the internet
• Psycho-social and cultural explanations, as well as system-related ones
• Exploration of the latest techniques for measuring organised crime
• Detailed analyses of six of the best known transnational organised
• A focus on human trafficking to exemplify many of the key points
• Examination of the many methods that can be used – not only by states
and international organisations, but also by civil society and individuals –
to combat organised crime.
Accessible and comprehensive, the Advanced Introduction to Organised Crime is an ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying criminology, political science, international relations, law and sociology. Its profound insights are invaluable to practitioners, including law enforcement officers, investigative journalists and criminologists.
Drawing on data including surveys commissioned especially for this study, Holmes examines the causes and consequences of official corruption as well as ways of combating it. He focuses particular attention on the timing of the recent increase in reports of corruption, the relationship between post-communism and corruption, and the interplay between corruption and the delegitimation and weakening of the state. Holmes argues that the global turn toward neoliberalism—with its focus on ends over means, flexibility, and a reduced role for the state—has generated much of the corruption in post-communist states. At the same time, he points out that neoliberalism is perhaps the single most powerful tool for overcoming the communist legacy, which is an even more significant cause of corruption. Among the conclusions that Holmes draws is that a strong democratic state is needed in the early stages of the transition from communism in order to prevent corruption from taking hold.