June 2017 Selection
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This collaborative anthology of 52 reflections from 77 writers in 11 different countries (including NZ), focuses on themes and issues crucial to hope and justice. They offer background, prayers, liturgy, questions for action and reflection, and invite readers—both individual and small groups—to join the community.
A child’s laugh should be the butterfly wing, the ripple-maker, for all the world. There are many children crying—we hear them echoing from news media. It is time to pray the change of the world in children’s laughter.
“A new gospel for a church deeply embedded in the world and a people looking to the Holy for hope and understanding. It faces squarely the most modern problems, peccadilloes, and pernicious evils that dog us, and help us to see heaven crammed into earth, right here and now.” Rev Molly Baskette, author of Real Good Church and Senior Minister, First Church Berkeley United Church of Christ.
What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. Rob Bell. Hbk 336pp. ISBN 9780062194268. Harperone (2017). $51.00. [Allow 3 weeks].
This deep analysis of the Bible seeks to prove its relevance, wisdom and value in today’s world, exploring the human revelations behind the Scriptures while outlining arguments for why and how people of faith can resolve its apparent dilemmas and inconsistencies.
Bell takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask, “Why did God say…?”
To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking:
- What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it?
- What was it that moved them to record these words?
- What was happening in the world at that time?
- What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?
In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of “is it true?” to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power.
Click the link below to see and interview with Rob Bell about the book.
This beautiful book of prayers and poems draws its inspiration from the people and landscapes of Aotearoa-New Zealand. It touches on themes that affect us all – joy and sorrow, hurt and celebration – and demonstrates how easily families can incorporate prayer and reflection into everyday situations. Writers include Joy Cowley, James Lyons, Patricia Stevenson, Neil Darragh; and there are several pieces by children.
The book brings the joy of prayer to life. It contains ‘starters’ or ‘stimulants’ to give confidence to create personal prayers. There is no end to how or what we might pray. The hope is that in recognising your own need or mood among these pages, you will find the recipe for all prayer – the yearning to be in touch.
With its many contemporary full colour photos this is a wonderful book to give as a gift.
“A few minutes can be found each day to come together before the living God, to tell him our worries, to ask for the needs of our family, to pray for someone experiencing difficulty, to ask for help in showing love, to give thanks for life and for its blessings, and to ask Our Lady to protect us beneath her maternal mantle. With a few simple words, this moment of prayer can do immense good for our families.” Pope Francis: Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love, 2016.
Noooooo! The prospect of all-age worship can produce a cry of anguish from many people. It’s time to admit that worship with all ages present is easy to do appallingly and difficult to do well. But it’s also time to admit that a church which unthinkingly packs off any group, old or young, to worship and learn in another space every week could well be completely daft…
This book is for those who sense that worshipping God together is probably a good thing, but are nervous of trying to lead their church towards that vision. It acknowledges that we don’t live in a perfect world – or church – and that no one has all the answers. It also argues that you are the expert for the ways in which your church can best worship God, and helps you start to find those ways and adapt them for your local setting.
Storytelling is a vital skill for everyone in ministry of any kind. Everything we are and everything we do revolves around the big story of God’s love for us and how we respond to it.
Tell It Together combines stories that have been written to read well aloud with tools for groups to share them effectively. The stories can be used on their own, to enhance a theme or Bible passage, or alongside other activities as the basis for clubs or creative worship gatherings and festivals. Suitable for all ages.
Those who have already rejected Christianity are highly unlikely to be reached by traditional church. But the sceptical, the antagonistic, the antireligious, may spend many hours on the internet each week. This presents an amazing opportunity for those who know how to use it wisely.
Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource gives you tools and checklists to help you consider your approach to social media as a church. It is ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you’re looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you’ll find what you need here.
47% of visitors will immediately disregard a church if its website design is poor. Money spent on a church website doesn’t belong in the administration budget. It belongs in the evangelism budget! It is outreach, pure and simple.
This straightforward guide is written for beginners and those more experienced, making it easy to take the first vital steps into the digital realm.
Walker seeks to transform our thinking about what it means to belong to church. He replaces the division between ‘members’ and ‘nonmembers’ with a fourfold model of belonging:
- through relationship
- through place
- through events, and
- through activities.
From his extensive practical research, the author shows how ‘belonging’ can encompass a far wider group of people than those who attend weekly services. This opens up creative opportunities for mission in today’s world.
‘In this excellent book David Walker brings together his considerable gifts as a first-rate mathematician and theologian in a highly accessible manner. The result is not only fascinating and thought-provoking: its insights have the potential significantly to renew the mission of the church in its efforts to make the love of God in Jesus known. I hope it will be very widely read.’ The Right Revd Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
Enns explains how Christians mistake “certainty” and “correct belief” for faith, when what God really desires is trust and intimacy.
With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, he Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealised traditional doctrine of “once for all delivered to the saints.”
Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views scepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.This book models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.
Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-ga’) is a Danish word that describes the feeling of being cosy, comfortable and at peace with the world. It’s almost impossible to translate into English, but this concept might explain why Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. The Art of Hygge is packed with delicious recipes to share with friends, craft ideas for decorating your home, and inspirational suggestions for enjoying the magic of everyday pleasures. Whether it’s a soothing mug of hot chocolate, a tasty butternut squash soup or a snuggly pair of felt slippers, you’ll find that a little hygge brings a lot of happiness!
In a time when there is more and more noise, and technology and materialism continue to exert their hold on us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The world generates so much noise that seeking moments of silence only becomes more necessary. The Cardinal recalls that life is a silent relationship between what is most intimate in people and God. Silence is indispensable for hearing the music of God: prayer arises from silence and returns to silence with ever greater depth.
In this long and profound conversation with Nicolas Diat, done within the hallowed walls of silence in the famous Carthusian monastery of La Grande Chartreux in France, the Cardinal proposes the question: “Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, love?” The response is undeniable: all that is great and creative is formed by silence. God is silence.
Here are two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world’s most mythologised places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, and added another layer to the legend.
To Westerners, the name “Timbuktu” long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late 18th century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for “discovery” tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease.
Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding.
Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet’s extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
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