Simply Jesus

Simply Jesus

Simply JesusBy Tom Wright (SPCK, £9.99)

We begin with a thought experiment. Modern critical biblical scholarship often points out how the church’s teachings about Jesus have become encrusted with tradition so that it is hard to see what the core documents—the New Testament—really say about him.

Now, with the insight of 200 years of modern critical scholarship and assuming an audience that includes both the well-churched and the non-churched, how should the church present the story and identity of the central personality of their faith, Jesus of Nazareth? Many people will be surprised at the story they hear.

The Nail

The Nail

The NailBy Stephen Cottrell (SPCK, £6.99)

This Lent book offers imaginative reflections on Christ’s crucifixion. Each of the seven chapters is focused on a different key character, who describes his or her experience of the Passion. The nails used to crucify Christ are used as a jumping off point for their reflections.

Each character considers the questions, ‘who killed Christ’ and ‘who was responsible?’ Each chapter includes a Biblical passage, a meditative hymn, a reflection from the point of view of the character, and a short prayer.

The book finishes with practical suggestions on how it can be used as a Lent study course. It is ideal for individual reflection or group study, and can also readily be adapted for use as a Good Friday liturgy.

The Heart’s Time

The Heart's Time

The Heart's TimeBy Janet Morley (SPCK, £9.99)

A day by day Lent book aimed at the individual reader, in which a poem appropriate to the themes of the season is read, along with a short reflection from the editor and a couple of questions to ponder. The purpose is to use a poetic text as the basis for ‘slow reflection’ during Lent and Eastertide.

“I think this is a brilliant Lent book, and one I would use. It is a marvellous anthology, but it offers so much more: critical insight into the poems, cultural and theological insight into their spiritual resonances and guidance as to how to read them prayerfully.” Angela Tilby

Evensong

Evensong

EvensongBy Kenneth Steven (SPCK, £8.99)

Kenneth Steven’s poems are inspired first and foremost by wildscape, by the places and people of Highland Perthshire and of the Celtic west – Iona and the Hebrides. But they are inspired by faith too, by the struggle to see God in the complexities of this world’s turmoil and find light in the darkness.

“For those of us who know Scotland, though not as natives, and for those of us who are forever attempting to know ourselves, Kenneth Steven is another inner voice, and never more so than in this collection of his work. Evensong is intimate and beautiful.”

Ronald Blythe

Book of the Month: November 2011

Incredible Journey

Incredible JourneyThe Incredible Journey by Steve Brady

(BRF Advent Book 2011)

Not another book of Bible readings…and for the time of year when every moment disappears frighteningly fast.    Surely there is an over-abundance of such material?

But this book is different as it ranges each day, from 1 December to 6 January, on an incredible journey through the Bible, demonstrating time and again the love shown by God to mankind, who repeatedly, often seemingly wilfully, appears to delight in rejecting Him.

Each day focuses on a Bible passage from Genesis through to Revelation with comments and questions, ending with a short reflection.

Thus, on Christmas Eve, the chosen passage is 1 John 4:7-21 where the references range from Aldous Huxley through to Harry Belafonte and Superman!    All are relevant, as the questions posed are ‘whom did God send?’, ‘why was he sent?’ and ‘what was achieved?’

With very skilful writing, using personal examples to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of the Bible passages, this book succeeds and I found myself looking forward to the surprises in store for the next day.   Never predictable;  where is the logic of Nehemiah being followed by 2 Chronicles on subsequent days, for example?

Each day’s study could be read in ten minutes but I repeatedly found myself going off down all the side roads offered in the text.   Perhaps this is the joy of a book written by someone who teaches;  they have the skill to dangle a carrot of knowledge for their reader to reach out towards.

Whatever your starting point this book of readings brings home the amazing invitation from God, to allow him to accompany us on the rest of our incredible journey through life.

Even if you have never before bought yourself such a book can I suggest you try this, call it an early Christmas present to help through the hustle and bustle of preparation, you won’t regret it!

Reviewed by Heather Armstrong

New Library Books – October 2011

Please contact the Library if you would like to borrow any of these books  
           
Research          
001.42 PAC PACKER, Martin The science of qualitative research Cambridge University Press 2011  
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Ethics          
171.1 HIG HIGTON, Mike Deciding differently : Rowan Williams’ theology of moral decision-making Grove books 2011  
           
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172 VOL VOLF, Miroslav A public faith : how followers of Christ should serve the common good Brazos Press 2011  
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Religious Language      
200.1 HAU HAUERWAS, Stanley Learning to speak Christian SCM Press 2011  
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Theodicy          
214 THO THOMPSON, Ross Wounded wisdom : a Buddhist and Christian response to evil, hurt and harm O Books 2011  
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The Bible          
220.09 BRA BRAGG, Melvyn The book of books : the radical impact of the King James Bible, 1611-2011 Hodder & Stoughton 2011  
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220.6 BLO BLOOM, Harold The shadow of a great rock : a literary appreciation of the King James Bible Yale University Press 2011  
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Old Testament        
221.61 BRI BRIGGS, Richard S. Why read the Old Testament? Grove books 2011  
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New Testament        
225.5 BIB WRIGHT, Tom The New Testament for everyone SPCK 2011  
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225.61 DRA DRANE, John William Introducing the New Testament Lion 2010  
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226.06 HILL, C. E. Who chose the Gospels? : probing the great Gospel conspiracy Oxford University Press 2010  
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226.3 WOO WOODWARD, James Journeying with Mark : Lectionary year B SPCK 2011  
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226.5 AND ANDERSON, Paul N. Riddles of the fourth gospel : an introduction to John Fortress Press 2011  
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229.96 EHR EHRMAN, Bart D. The apocryphal gospels : texts and translations Oxford University Press 2011  
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Theology          
230.0911 FOS FOSTER, Paul Early Christian thinkers : the lives and legacies of twelve key figures SPCK 2010  
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230.19 POM POMAZANSKY, Michael Orthodox dogmatic theology : a concise exposition Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood 2009  
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230.3 MAR MARSHALL, William Scripture, tradition and reason : a selective view of Anglican theology through the centuries The Columba Press/APCK 2010  
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Jesus          
232 BAU BAUCKHAM, Richard Jesus : a very short introduction Oxford University Press 2011  
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232.9 HUR HURTADO, Larry W. ‘Who is this son of man?’ : the latest scholarship on a puzzling expression of the historical Jesus T & T Clark 2011  
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232.9 MAC MCKNIGHT, Scot Who do my opponents say I am? : an investigation of the accusations against Jesus T & T Clark 2008  
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Man          
233 LEO LEONARDI, Jeff The human being fully alive : writings in celebration of Brain Thorne PCCS Books 2010  
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Salvation          
234 MAC MACDONALD, Gregory “All shall be well” : explorations in universalism and Christian theology from Origen to Moltmann James Clarke & Co 2011  
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Sacraments        
234.161 BRO BROCK, Sebastian P. The holy spirit in the Syrian baptismal tradition Gorgias Press 2008  
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234.163 ADA ADAMS, Marilyn McCord Some later medieval theories of the Eucharist : Thomas Aquinas, Gilles of Rome, Duns Scotus, and William Ockham Oxford University Press 2010  
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234.1641 SAX SAXTON, Jo Influential : women in leadership at church, work and beyond Hodder and Stoughton 2011  
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Eschatology        
236 GOO GOODER, Paula Heaven SPCK 2011  
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Spirituality        
242.08 COL COLLESS, Brian E. The wisdom of the pearlers : an anthology of Syriac Christian mysticism Cistercian Publications 2008  
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242.1 JUL JULIAN OF NORWICH The complete Julian of Norwich Paraclete Press 2009  
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242.1 RYR RYRIE, Alexander The desert movement : fresh perspectives on the spirituality of the desert Canterbury Press 2011  
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242.1 TYL TYLER, Peter The return to the mystical : Ludwig Wittgenstein, Teresa of Avila and the Christian mystical tradition Continuum 2011  
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242.2 TAY TAYLOR, Barbara Brown Home by another way : biblical meditations through the Christian year SPCK 2011  
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243 NOU NOUWEN, Henri J. M. Spiritual formation : following the movements of the spirit SPCK 2011  
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248 CHA CHASE, Steven Nature as spiritual practice William B. Eerdmans Pub. 2011  
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248.48 COL COLLINS, Gregory Meeting Christ in his mysteries : a Benedictine vision of the spiritual life Columba Press 2010  
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248.894 CHI CHITTISTER, Joan The monastery of the heart : an invitation to a meaningful life SPCK 2011  
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248.894 DEW DE WAAL, Esther Living on the border : reflections on the experience of threshold Canterbury Press 2011  
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255.9 LENG, Felicity Consecrated spirits : a thousand years of spiritual writings by women religious Canterbury 2011  
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Prayer          
242.19 MAY MAYNE, Michael Prayer Darton, Longman & Todd 2011  
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242.8 HIN HINKS, Terry God’s passion : praying with Mark Darton, Longman & Todd 2011  
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Church Architecture        
246.9 BET BETJEMAN, John Betjeman’s best British churches Collins 2011  
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246.9 WAL WALTER, Nigel The gate of heaven : how church buildings speak of God Grove books 2011  
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Pastoral Ministry        
253.44 SHR SHRINE, Bob The church and the deaf community : a liberation perspective from a linguistic-cultural minority Grove books 2011  
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253.7 GRE GREENE, Colin Metavista : bible, church and mission in an age of imagination Authentic Media 2008  
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253.7 SWE SWEET, Leonard AquaChurch 2.0 : piloting your church in today’s fluid culture David C Cook 2008  
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Christian Leadership      
254 NEL MODEM

NELSON, John

How to become a creative church leader : a MODEM handbook Canterbury Press 2008  
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254 ROX LEADERSHIP NETWORK The missional leader : equipping your church to reach a changing world Jossey-Bass 2006  
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Church Law        
262.9 PAR PARROTT, David Your church and the law : a simple explanation and guide Canterbury 2011  
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Worship          
264 SMI SMITH, James K. A. Desiring the kingdom : worship, worldview, and cultural formation Baker Academic 2009  
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264.0309051 PAP PAPADOPULOS, Nicholas God’s transforming work : celebrating ten years of ‘Common worship’ SPCK 2011  
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264.031 WIL WILLIAMS, Jane Lectionary reflections : year A, B and C SPCK 2011  
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264.035 ATH ATHERSTONE, Andrew Lay presidency : an Anglican option? Grove books 2011  
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Church History & Biography      
270.7 HEM HEMPTON, David The church in the long eighteenth century I. B. Tauris 2011  
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270.82 (FRE) GOR GORDON-TAYLOR, Benjamin Walter Frere : scholar, monk, bishop Canterbury Press 2011  
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Anglican Church        
283 HOW HOWE, John W. Our Anglican heritage : can an ancient church be a church of the future? Cascade Books 2010  
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Sociology          
301.155 PRE PREECE, Roger Understanding and using power : leadership without corrupting your soul Grove books 2011  
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301.24 HOL HOLMES, Stephen R. Public theology in cultural engagement Paternoster Press 2008  
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301.423 KAL KALLENBERG, Brad J. God and gadgets : following Jesus in a technological age Wipf and Stock Pub. 2011  
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Study          
371.3 MOD MODERN HUMANITIES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION. MHRA style guide : a handbook for authors, editors, and writers of theses. Modern Humanities Research Association 2008  
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371.3 PEA PEARS, Richard Cite them right : the essential referencing guide Palgrave Macmillan 2010  
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Leadership        
658.4 NORTHOUSE, Peter Guy Leadership : theory and practice SAGE 2010  
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658.4 BAR BARBOUR, JoAnn Danelo Leadership for transformation Jossey-Bass 2011  
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658.4 MAR MARTURANO, Antonio Leadership : the key concepts Routledge 2008  
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658.4 WES WESTERN, Simon Leadership : a critical text SAGE 2008  
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History          
940.1 GAL GALLOWAY, Andrew The Cambridge companion to medieval English culture Cambridge University Press 2011  
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H 942.33 DOR DORSET NATURAL HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. Volume 132. 2011 Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society 2011  
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Reference        
REF 243.1 SPI SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS INTERNATIONAL Seek and find guide : a worldwide resource guide of available spiritual directors : 2012 Spiritual Directors International 2011  
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REF 266 BRI BRIERLEY CONSULTANCY Mission workers in the 21st century ADBC 2011  
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Christmas Resources

We have a selection of Advent and Christmas meditations, sermons, worship resources, plays and carols for all ages on display in the Library and available for loan.  Including Mary Grey’s ‘The advent of peace : a gospel journey to Christmas’, ‘The Christmas story’ by Trevor Dennis and ‘The first Christmas : what the Gospels really teach us about Jesus’s birth’ by Marcus Borg and John Crossman.

2011 Niblett Memorial Lecture

A Christian Reflection on the Financial Crisis

19 November 2011

Speaker     Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Respondent: The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester, is the author of Look for the Living: the Corporate Nature of Resurrection Faith, BeLonging: Challenge to a Tribal Church,  and Grace and Mortgage: the Language of Faith and the Debt of the World.

The 6th Niblett Memorial Lecture will this year be given by Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, Fellow of Sarum College and International Advisor with Goldman Sachs International concerned with strategic issues – United Kingdom and Asia; trustee of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Fund and chairman of Christian responsibility in Public Affairs.

The lecture will be followed by questions and discussion between Lord Griffiths and The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, formerly Bishop of Worcester and Bishop to HM Prisons, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.

5pm lecture (free but must be booked)
6.3pm drinks; 7pm dinner (£15)

Booking contact Rosie Norman

More information about the 2011 Niblett Memorial Lecture

Niblett Memorial Lecture speakers are drawn from some aspect of public service and invited to reflect on the place of faith and/or ethics in their particular area of service.

The lecture is held annually in honour of Professor Roy Niblett CBE and a fellow at Sarum College, who died in 2005.

A distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years, Professor Niblett’s contribution to Christian thought and the life of the churches in this country was also considerable. A person of deep conviction, his work was distinguished by rigour, reason and a willingness to listen and exchange, which he regarded not as a potential hazard to faith, but as an essential expression of faith.

Niblett’s presence among Sarum Fellows was a powerful reminder to the College that at the heart of Sarum’s purpose is the promotion of dialogue on the profound religious, social and moral issues of our times.