Ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. In Introducing the Missional Church, two leading voices in the missional movement provide an accessible introduction, explaining how the movement developed, why its important, and how churches can become more missional.
Elaine Heath brings a fresh perspective to the theory and practice of evangelism by approaching it through contemplative spirituality. This thoroughly revised edition includes a new study guide.
The Mystic Way of Evangelism is honest, reflective, intelligent, and rooted in Scripture and tradition. It offers a hopeful vision that Heath has modelled for us through her work of helping others shape communities of faith that are vibrantly living into the future. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the current state of Christianity in the West and longs for a healthy way forward.
Jonny Sears, director, Academy for Spiritual Formation and Emerging Ministries, The Upper Room
Engaging and anecdotal in style, Watching, Waiting, Walking is structured around three key moments in the transformation of one of Jesus' closest friends: St Peter. In the garden of Gethsemane, Peter is told to 'watch' his life. Then, along with the other disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, he is told to 'wait' for the Holy Spirit. And in Jerusalem, following Pentecost, he 'walks' out to address the crowd, and subsequently heals a crippled man who begins to walk himself.
Andy Rider believes that reflecting on this pattern of watching, waiting and walking can not only help to shape our prayers on a daily basis, but also to deepen our ability to perceive where we are in the cycle of discipleship. And given the author's honesty about his now times of struggle and reassurance, this warm-hearted column cannot fail to encourage us – whatever our circumstances – to become more open to the work of God's transforming spirit.
We live in culture that allows little room for grief and tears. Funerals are often 'celebrations of life', yet we need to mark and lament loss, to name death and to confront it. Death is not 'nothing at all', as one popular funeral reading suggests, but a seemingly searing and inexplicable rupture of all that we have known.
In Love, Remember,the poet and priest Malcolm Guite chooses and reflects on forty poems, from Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, that offer something of a map and some notes for travellers across this difficult terrain. From the threshold of death and the shock of loss, to remembering with love and looking forward in hope, this compassionate and wise companion reveals that the journey of grief, for all its twists and turns and setbacks, is also where we may experience sudden moments of grace, unexpected glimpses of hope and intimations of immortality.
Barbara Brown Taylor considers how indifference and disillusion can be starting points of an exploration that leads us deeper into the truth of God, and how faith is a daily, hourly choice to act as though we do really believe that divine love girds the universe. Worship, prayer, reading the Bible (and letting it read us), the sacraments with their ability to bring us into the very precincts of heaven, and speaking the prophetic word are the essentials of the preaching life. With the devotion and skill of a dedicated artist Barbara Brown Taylor shows us how to hear, recognise and respond to God’s call.