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.
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.
Jesus told the Sadducees that they were wrong because they knew neither the scriptures nor the power of God.
Taking this as a linking theme, Tom Wright examines accounts of the events from Palm Sunday to Easter as they appear in the gospels of Matthew and f John, looking at htese familiar passages form many unfamiliar angles to help us see them afresh.
Both Matthew and John understand the events of Jesus' last week as the climax of the entire biblical narrative, and as the great moment when God's power, paradoxically, in the human weakness of Jesus himself - was unveiled for teh rescue and remaking of the world.
Tom Wright follows the crescendo of the narrative through nine sections, tracking the story through the days from Palm Sunday to Easter, and bringing it once more vibrantly to life.
Water, Wind, Earth & Fire - The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Christine Valters Paintner
Organized around “The Canticle of the Creatures” by St. Francis of Assisi, Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire explores the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life. In this brilliant book, Benedictine Oblate Christine Valters Paintner synthesizes concrete ideas, simple prayers, and a wealth of thought-provoking quotations on the spiritual significance of the four elements.
‘Christine Valters Paintner invites us – with inspiring words and examples – to dive deep into the elemental universe, and encounter there the Mystery that hides in all things. She writes out of the Christian tradition, but her message is as universal as the elements themselves.’ (Chet Raymo)
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The Preaching Life is a timeless and compelling reflection on Christian vocation from one of today’s most accomplished spiritual writers. Beautifully written and profoundly honestBarbara Brown Taylor’s account of attempting to respond to God’s call in the midst of a world disillusioned with religion is rooted in the assurance that God sees us as beloved children and able partners in the ongoing work of creation. All who are baptized are called to the preaching life – the life that proclaims the good news of Christ and celebrates God’s presence in the world.
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.