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Faithful to death

Polycarp was the bishop of Smyrna and a disciple of the apostle John. It was to Polycarp’s church that John wrote in the book of Revelation: ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer... Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.’ And suffer he did, choosing martyrdom in his old age rather than denying Christ.

Wendy Mason

The Crown of Fire
By William Chad Newsom. Christian Focus. 192 pages. £3.99
ISBN 1 85792 972 1