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  • Encountering Exile
    Encountering Exile
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    Encounters on the Edge: Encountering Exile: PDF download

    The decline of the Church in the West means many Christian leaders are forced to taste a bittersweet draught of hopes fulfilled and deferred, liberally laced with failure and even shame. Our world seems so different to the joyful simplicity of the new Church of the New Testament. Where else in the Scriptures could we look to cope and hope?' George Lings investigates. Encountering Exile is part of the Encounters on the Edge series, and is also available as a printed booklet. When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days.
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    Gatecrashing: The Story of 24-7 Prayer in Ibiza

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    More pubs, clubs and bars per square mile than almost anywhere else in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of young people, intent on having the best holiday possible. The beautiful island of Ibiza is often derided for the shocking scenes of excess, violence and incapacity that inevitably result. 24-7 Prayer took up the invitation, God's call to go to the party island and pray. So Brian and Tracy Heasley went. For seven years, they walked and prayed around the walls of the San Antonio. And most nights, joined by young volunteers, they walked through the town, chatting to clubbers and offering prayer. Thousands said yes. Some knelt, some put their hands together, some shared deep worries and concerns. They helped people home, looked after those in danger of being robbed, and befriended all kinds of people, from bar owners to prostitutes. The familiar T-shirts of 24-7 Ibiza came to be regarded as a fourth emergency service. Brian and Tracy's story will inspire you to pray and show God's love for your own community as you seek to express the gospel in whatever situation he has placed you
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    Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing

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    Pangolins and polar bears, olms, lemurs, and leopards. We share this beautiful blue-green globe with creatures magnificent, delicate, intricate―and now vanishing at a faster rate than at any other time in Earth’s history. Spend Lent with twenty-five of these wild ones. Vivid descriptions of their lives will fill readers with wonder―and grief at what they suffer on a planet shaped by human choices. Their stories thaw our stiff hearts and wake us to greater compassion―which is what Lent, meaning “springtime,” has always been for. These stories also wake in us a wild hope that from all this death and ruin, something new could rise. The promise of Lent is that something new will rise. In fact, as these stories also attest, our hope, though wild, is not impossible and is already loose in the world. "Wild Hope is the only book whose table of contents alone gave me chills. Here’s the deal: the living world, life on planet Earth, is sacred. Author Gayle Boss yearns to show us that we live in a miracle. And she succeeds in showing us that we are not alone on this holy planet. This is a beautifully elegant, deeply excellent book, pursued by grace on every page, in every stunning illustration." ―Carl Safina, ecologist, NYT bestselling author of Beyond Words and Becoming Wild; MacArthur Fellow and founder of The Safina Center
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  • The Divine Conspiracy
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    God Untamed : Out of the Spiritual Comfort Zone

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    Powerful. Almighty. Sovereign. Magnificent. Fearsome. This is the God we encounter in the Bible and in prayer--a God who astounds. Yet, Johannes Hartl argues that this is an astonishment that many have lost in the West today. A challenging rejection of 'feel-good' Christianity, God Untamed explores the deep crisis of faith that effects the Western world. At a time where the need for spirituality is great, yet churches are losing more and more members; in the face of a generation with so many opportunities and so little direct threat, yet who are so anxious, depressed and disenchanted--Hartl speaks of the voice that can still oceans. God, as He encounters us, is not simply 'nice' and certainly not trivial or comfortable. He is fascinating and intimidating at the same time. Hartl calls us to rediscover this sense of wonder and re-imagine what it is to have a fear of God--not founded in a whimper at the unknown, but a respect borne out of watching His visible power in the nature of our world. Without this fear, Hartl warns that the church is in danger of weakening under the immense pressures of our times. God Untamed is a compelling charge to get out of our spiritual comfort zones to find a real, truly fulfilled and fulfilling faith.
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    Searching for a Silent God

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    This is a thoughtful and engaging companion for all who experience times of spiritual crisis. Having come to faith as a young adult, Sarah Parkinson had always had a strong sense of the presence and loving care of God in her life. Following a family bereavement, she found herself searching for a God who no longer seemed to be there. Movingly expressed in reflective prose, and poems written at the time, she describes how this experience led her to a more profound and mature relationship with God. The author tells her own story and in doing so enables others to search for and find transformation in their life of faith.
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    Alternative Collects: Prayers to a Disruptive and Compassionate God

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    These radical prayers break the mould of the “collect” prayers that are so familiar to millions of Christians worldwide. They are the result of the author’s struggle with the blandness and predictability of so many of the church’s traditional prayers. Useful for both personal and liturgical devotion, these prayers will both challenge and nourish. Many churches use a traditional collect in their Sunday service. Some of the familiar collects stand out in our minds as we remember their helpful phrases and expressions. But many seem to pass us by as they appear safe or predictable. Graham Turner provides us with an exciting and challenging set of alternative collects. They adopt the direct and gritty style and language often found amongst the Psalms and prophets of the Old Testament, and are honest about the discomfort we often experience as we seek to live lives following Jesus Christ whilst also acknowledging the audacious grace of God towards us.
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    Liturgy of the Ordinary : Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

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    In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something--making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys--that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day.
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    Luminaries: Twenty Lives that Illuminate the Christian Way

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    In this sequence of short meditations, Rowan Williams invites you to reflect on the lives and legacies of twenty great Christians - saints, martyrs, poets, theologians and social reformers - all of whom continue to illuminate our spiritual landscape, pointing us towards new horizons and fresh pathways to follow. Let these meditations light up your own Christian journey, sharpen your spiritual vision, and deepen your love for `the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ' (2 Corinthians 4.6).
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    Searching for Sunday: loving, leaving and finding the church

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    New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church. Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals-church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.
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    The Contemplative Response: Leadership and ministry in a distracted culture

    Following on from the success of The Contemplative Minister, Ian Cowley offers new insight and greater depth for church leaders in a distracted world. Ian emphasises that the true self finds peace in resting in the love of God. He addresses the compulsions of our consumerist culture and calls those in leadership to an inner life of truthfulness, self-knowledge and self-discipline. Praise for Ian's previous book: 'An immensely readable tour de force' Church Times
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    Breakthrough : The Art of Surviving

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    Is a full and abundant life possible if your childhood has been shattered by abuse? Giles D. Lascelle, an abuse survivor, ordained minister and psychotherapist, examines the issues and shows how it is possible to break through to a place of freedom, peace and joy. Combining psychological insights with a tender understanding of the compassionate heart of Christ, Giles shares what he has learnt in over thirty years professional practice. An accessible and powerful resource, Breakthrough guides survivors in the art of recovery, informs those who love them, and shows how churches can respond
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    The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy : Why Good Liturgy Matters

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    We all want to celebrate the liturgy well, to experience good, uplifting, and meaningful worship. But what is the best route to follow? In The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy, Thomas O’Loughlin offers a way forward that strengthens faith, builds up Christian community, and points toward a new direction based on liturgical principles that are rooted in our natures as ritual beings as well as in the gospel. The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy explains why good liturgy is important, how to recognize it, and how to assess liturgy in terms of a larger vision of the Christian life. O’Loughlin, a seasoned theologian and teacher, identifies ten principles that make for good liturgy. Such liturgy must be honest, open, joyful, inclusive, celebrative of community, facilitative of engagement, based in creation, attentive to the marginalized, free of clutter, and true to the pattern of the incarnation. Since good celebrations build faith and bad liturgy weakens it, these principles promise to bring new life and meaning to every celebrating community.
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    Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life

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    A former atheist, Alister McGrath has established a reputation as one of the leading apologists for Christianity, as well as one of the world's most respected Christian theologians. His many books include a new highly acclaimed biography of C. S. Lewis, a series of market-leading textbooks in Christian theology, and some best-selling books engaging with the 'New Atheism'. Alister McGrath has written to great acclaim on both Richard Dawkins and C. S. Lewis. Here he brings these two intriguing and well-known writers into a conversation. They could hardly have more different perspectives! Engaging with their views is a brilliant way of sharpening up our own thinking on the meaning of life.
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    The Dog, the Wolf and God

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    `A masterpiece' - Vanity Fair (Italy) After the best-seller The End is My Beginning, co-authored with his father Tixiano Terzani, the long-awaited Folco Terzani's comeback with an extraordinary harmony of words and images, a simple and profound story about nature, friendship and the sense of the divine. The Dog, was always used to the comforts and safety of domestic life, suddenly finds himself abandoned on the street, convinced that without his beloved master he will not be able to survive. Then a mysterious Wolf appears that will lead him to the discovery of the wild nature that the city hides and forbids. Thus, begins a long pilgrimage, a journey of initiation to the north, in the company of a pack of wolves, through caves, waterfalls, forests, mountains and lightning storms. In order to survive, the Dog will learn to hunt and will be forced to face many dangers, until he arrives at Moon Mountain where, immersed in the blinding glacier light, he will finally have to face the biggest question of all.
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    Speaking the Truth : Preaching in a diverse culture

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    `Truth' is a difficult subject in a pluralistic culture, and `the truth' is even more challenging. Yet the preacher's call is to be a speaker of truth - the truth of God in Jesus Christ. What does it take to speak the truth faithfully as a preacher of the gospel, for that truth to be heard, and for words and ideas to generate actions and build relationships? Samuel Wells has learned that speaking the truth means telling the Christian story alongside the contemporary secular story. It means helping your hearers perceive both the harmonies and the dissonance between the two. It means inviting them, with both conviction and humility, to decide how their own story is going to be shaped by this truth. In this volume, he reflects on the practice of speaking about God, faith, the Bible, discipleship, resurrection, salvation, politics and truth, and on preaching that resonates in particular contexts. It is a book to encourage and give confidence to all preachers, and preachers in training.
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    Church Uncorked: leadership that releases our potential

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    Creative call to church leaders to release the potential in their congregations, investigating the experiences of churches who have explored person-centred approaches, and sharing the tools and advice needed to make theory reality. What would it look like if everyone in church was empowered to follow their own God-given passions rather than the visions of others? Imagine the excitement and transformation that could follow each person discovering their calling and being actively freed to follow it! This is the vision of Church Uncorked, a colourful and challenging book that inspires leaders to release their congregations to realise their potentials--in the church, in the office, in the home and in the community. Practical input from the worlds of professional development and personal coaching give leaders the tools to make this enticing vision a reality.
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    The Invisible Church : Learning from the Experiences of Churchless Christians

    For anyone who is concerned about Church decline, the contents of this book offer an essential blueprint for building God's whole community in the coming years. This unique set of resources offers practical help and insight for all who want to grow, enrich and develop their congregational life. The Church of Scotland has drawn on the findings of extensive new research that it has commissioned in order to put together this set of carefully crafted and informed resources aimed at helping every congregation to understand why people leave the Church, how to avoid unnecessary departures and, above all, to develop an enriching, vital Christian fellowship with the large numbers of Churchless Christians in every community across the country. This ground-breaking book, illustrated by Dave Walker, offers information, hope, insight, prayerful reflection and practical ideas for bringing together in fellowship all Christians, whether they are members of an institutional Church or not.
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    Sabbath Rest : The Beauty of God’s Rhythm for a Digital Age

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    Why is sabbath so critical for the life of faith? And where does sabbath rest fit into a restless, `always-on' society?Sabbath Rest considers the theological foundations of Christian sabbath-keeping, in first and second temple Judaism, New Testament Christianity and in the early church. Exploring the biblical commandments and stories around the sabbath, Mark Scarlata connects the principles of sabbath rest to the demands and challenges of our modern technological and consumer society.
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    Under the Unpredictable Plant: an Exploration in Vocational Holiness

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    In this book Peterson clarifies the pastoral vocation by turning to the book of Jonah, in which he finds a captivating, subversive story that can help pastors recover their "vocational holiness". Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers.
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    Embracing Conflict: Jesus as a model for church leaders

    To be human is to know conflict; to be a leader is to know conflict intensified.  This invaluable guide explores some of the many instances when Jesus dealt with tension and hostility throughout his ministry. It invites leaders to enter into and experience these tense events from Jesus’ point of view.
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    Thank God It’s Monday

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    Five days a week. Or six. Thirty, forty, sixty hours. 90,000 in a lifetime. An abundance of creative possibility. So much more than a means to a mortgage, our work is a gift from God. And he wants to see us flourish in it all, doing what we were made to do: creating value, building homes or businesses, teaching primary school or training pilots, stitching up minor injuries or serving macchiatos. Being everyday servants and witnesses in the world he entrusted to each of us, giving glory to the One who made us and gave us work to do. And yet, how many of us feel equipped, spiritually? Prayed for? Prepared for the opportunities and the challenges, the joys and the trials?In this innovative, compelling, often funny, story-filled book, ex-adman Mark Greene explores what the Bible has to say about contemporary work. From dealing with the boss, to being the boss; from working with competitive co-workers, to the challenges of working alone, here's an empowering, tried and tested guide towards a more fulfilling and fruitful working life. A special 25th anniversary edition of a contemporary classic that's stood the test of time and has been joyfully revised and updated for the times we're in.
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    Oneness : The Dynamics of Monasticism

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    Oneness considers the role monastic life plays within the life of the contemporary church. Using a focus on the life, practice and history of the Shepherds Law community as a starting point, the book broadens the discussion to consider how such communities negotiate the boundary between the solitary life and life within their community. With a foreword from Justin Welby and an afterword from Rowan Williams.
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    Mole Under The Fence: conversations with Roland Walls

    Roland Walls is a name known only by word-of-mouth and few of his teachings ever appeared in print - until now. For the first time, the view of this prophetic, wise, mischievous and deelpy loved former priest-in-charge of the famed Rosslyn Chapel are available and accessible to all, in his favourite conversational form. 'The book offers an impression of a man who thinks while he talks. While Walls is not performing an academic act, nevertheless his thoughts, convictions, questions, doubts, hope, humour, compassion, irony, almost tumble out of the pages, yet in an orderly, pure manner ... And there is much more. Hence the short conclusion must be: go and buy!' Coracle Busloads of tourists arrive at Rosslyn Chapel because it features in the blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code. Nearby, in a `slightly dilapidated building', is the home of the Community of the Transfiguration. Many people have visited this place, too. It is what Ron Ferguson calls `an arena of healing, hope and inspiration'. He visited it to record conversations with Roland Walls, a remarkable, popular and inspiring theologian who has many illuminating things to say about our times. "Roland, how do you understand the kingdom of God? " "One of the things that is really distressing about the switch of attention from the phenomenal church to the kingdom of God - which is good, and I'm wholeheartedly behind it - is that in making this tremendous shift from identifying the kingdom of God with the church, most of us go to town about building the kingdom. Now so far as I know there is no mention in the Bible whatsoever of building the kingdom, or indeed of building Jerusalem. The Lord builds up Jerusalem, and he comes down from heaven to us. And that deflected arrow from God to us is the constant temptation of the zealous and the active. It's a common thing, isn't it, this talk of building the kingdom, having a blueprint? That's right, as if we've got a blueprint, and all we've got to do is build it. But that overthrows the essential good news of the gospel, which is that it is all going to be gift. It's going to arrive. You're going to enter it. You're going to be invited to see it, to enter it, to be given it. And it's going to arrive from God to us. Now what do we mean then, by the kingdom of God? Is it here? Is it coming? What are we actually offering people? Well, I think the kingdom of God, in its meaning in the Aramaic and Greek, and in the Latin, regnum, means the rule of God: where God has his way, the kingdom comes. In the Lord's Prayer we pray eschatologically about the end: but we also pray fervently, "Thy will be done", today, by us - but also, in spite of us. Now the kingdom comes when the will is done. So all we should do is either (a) make a space where God can himself do something, and we sit back and watch it, which is marvellous - most of the time God can't do any will of his because we're having our religious or spiritual wills fulfilled by ourselves - or (b) say, "Well, look Lord, put me in the way of your will, so that I can do it by the insights and the strengths you've given me." So in a way God's doing it, yes, through us. I believe that the kingdom can be prepared for by making a space, by following the little insignificant - seemingly insignificant - will of God, in how we spend money and how we treat one another and all the rest of it. But in the end the kingdom itself, the bliss of the kingdom, is sheer grace, nothing we can manage. So the stuff about building the kingdom is a real heresy? Yes, it's the usual Western semi-Pelagianism. When we ask anybody about the sacraments, when we talk about the Word, when we talk about prayer, theologically we know we have to avoid semi-Pelagianism - but in actual practice, especially in preaching, we get on to semi-Pelagianism, because it's so easy to invite people into some incredible challenges and all that nonsense. The word "challenge" - another word that never appears in scripture - seems to occur until you're knee-deep in challenges after most sermons. That's right, it's all about challenge, building and great exhortations ... Yes! What are we going to do about it, and all that. The minister in the pulpit loves that bit of the sermon when he's done with all the exposition of the text and gets on to - well what are we going to do about it? That's one of the things that seems to run through the whole church spectrum - the challenge to build, produce some kind of results. Those who preach that show the kind of "oughtness" they're living with There's a real anxiety there ... ... and a terrible guilt that they haven't done this or they haven't done that. That's what gives them the nerve to tell other people. And the terrible thing is that just at the moment when the Church of Rome is reviewing what it thinks of Luther - some of them going so far as to say that one of these days he'll be declared, in some of his writings, a Doctor of the Church - the Protestant world seems to have gone on to a works thing! "
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    Cadences of Home : Preaching Among Exiles

    Many of today's churchgoers wander in a world that was once structured and reliable, but now feels meaningless and incoherent. In this book, Walter Brueggemann argues for a dynamic transformation of preaching to help people find their spiritual home and to proclaim to the world that there is a home for all people.
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