About the author

The Biblical Revelation of the Cross – Online Edition

About the author

Before becoming a Christian author and writer, Norman McIlwain worked for more than twenty years in art and education in the UK and abroad, in Kuwait, Libya and China. As a dedicated Christian, from 1991 he served for nine years on the executive board of the international Union Church of Tripoli, Libya (one of the few Churches having official recognition in that country) – completing that service as chairman.

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While serving the Church in Libya, he co-ordinated with the British Bible Society for the importation of several thousand Bibles in English to serve the expatriate community — with the official approval of the Libyan religious affairs and customs authorities for such an undertaking. This was the first importation of this kind into Libya and was supported by Evangelical ministers in Malta. Privately, he was also responsible for the importation of hundreds of Bibles in Arabic — to assist local evangelism amongst Arabic speakers. The author, in addition to administrative responsibilities, had a preaching role at the Church and was called upon to speak at various Christian fellowship services and studies.

In the year 2000, he moved to live in China with his wife and family, where he started the website www.bible-study-online.org and began writing his book: ‘The Biblical Revelation of the Cross’ – published in 2006. See a review @:


As a Christian, the author looks back to October, 1982, when he had a ‘born-again’ experience that changed his life and outlook. In 1984, he was confirmed at a special ecumenical service into the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches and was baptized at a Baptist Church in the same year. (Quote: ‘I was actually very keen on the ecumenical movement at that time, but I could not agree with attempts to embrace other faiths. It seemed to me that too many in the movement had ceased to accept the authority of Scripture. However, I still have a strong desire to see Christians becoming united in a deeper spiritual sense.’)

For the past seven years he has been active in writing and hosting Bible-Study-Online.

He was born in Liverpool, England, and presently lives with his wife and children at his home, near Swansea, Wales.