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BOOK OF THE MONTH
God in Paul: Reflections
for the Season of Lent. Rowan
Williams. SPCK. Ref 306484. $27.99.
Fresh insights into Paul’s
revolutionary message by one of the world’s greatest living theologians.
Rowan Williams explores the essentials of Paul’s thought for complete
beginners – as well as for those who’ve read Paul’s letters many times
before and want to see them in a fresh light. Written at a highly
accessible level, this book would make a perfect gift for anyone
thinking about confirmation, while also appealing to people who are
curious as to why Paul has had such a profound influence on Christian
history and belief.
a Lenten reading guide and questions for reflection of group discussion.
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How to Write Liturgy.
By Dorothy McRae-McMahon. 59pp. Mediacom. Ref 313811.
Dorothy McRae-McMahon is
most acclaimed liturgist. She was recently asked by the High
Commissioner for South Africa to create and preside over the official
Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela in Sydney.
This book is written to
help worship leaders to write quality liturgy, prayers and worship
resources for public occasions and major celebrations. Including
examples, full liturgies and a treasure trove of ideas, it is a gift to
those in the church who care about fine words and excellent worship.
Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion:
A Thematic Resource for Preaching &
Worship. David L Bartlett,
Barbara Brown Taylor, Kimberly Bracken Long. Hbk. Ref 298546. Westminster
John Knox. $48.00.
This new volume in the
Feasting on the Word series will serve as an all-in-one pastor's
companion for Lent and Holy Week, providing worship materials and sermon
preparation tools for both lectionary and non-lectionary preachers. In
keeping with other Feasting on the Word resources, four essays
provide theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical perspectives
on an Old Testament and a Gospel text for each Sunday. A complete order
of service is provided for each of the Sundays in Lent, plus Holy
Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Hymn
suggestions, midweek services, and children's sermon suggestions make
this an invaluable resource for the season of Lent.
from the Word 2016.
Nathan Eddy ed. 384pp.
IBRA. Ref 307348.
Bringing together top theologians and biblical
scholars, cutting-edge church leaders, activists for peace and justice and
a range of creative Christian writers of different nationalities, Fresh
From the Word offers 365 sets of notes, prayers, and suggestions for
action on biblical themes.
This year, you are invited on a journey of
navigation and exploration. Navigating good and evil is the theme for
Lent. Other themes throughout the year include: the sensual (Feasting with
God, Seeing the Spirit of God), the social (The Bible with the Saints),
the spiritual (Prayer) and the political (Witness to the Light). There are
also readings from Luke (the lectionary text for the liturgical year), 1
and 2 Chronicles, 1 John and Ephesians.
Featured contributors this year include:
preacher and founder of faithandworship.com John Birch
officer for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Michiko Ete-Lima
chaplain and former punk band leader, New Zealand Joshua 'Spanky'
student worker in New Delhi, India Samuel G Ngaihte.
Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution.
Diana Butler Bass.
336pp. Hbk. HarperOne. Ref 305200.
Diana Butler Bass, leading
commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed
book Christianity After Religion ($26.99) by
arguing that what appears to be a decline in mainstream religion, actually
signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience
God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more
intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift,
from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of
nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that
Grounded explores this
cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground
by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the
soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighbourhoods, and in the
global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or
institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through
the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through
our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to
the way s in which people experience a God who animates creation and
People of the Light –
Jonathan Berkahn composer. Festival
Singers of Wellington. 22 tracks. 78 mins. Ref 312048.
This stunning CD of Jonathan
Berkahn’s new music sung by the Festival Singers of Wellington features
The Third Day resurrection cantata and music for Advent. The cantata tells
the Easter story from the cross, through low Saturday, to finding the
empty tomb, Jesus’ appearance in the locked room and giving the great
commission. The cantata ends with a glorious finale that proclaims,
“Christ is Risen, Alleluia!”
Throughout, Berkahn’s music
deftly weaves melodies around sacred words in ways that enhance and give
new meaning to the text. Listeners will be drawn into the music and find
their spirits uplifted.
We Love to Hate.
Armstrong. 160pp. Hbk. New Harvest. Ref 304763. $48.00.
St. Paul is
known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, writing 14 of
the 27 books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in
this book, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of
Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history. It was
Paul who established the first Christian churches in Europe and Asia in
the first century, Paul who transformed a minor sect into the largest
religion produced by Western civilization, and Paul who advanced the
revolutionary idea that Christ could serve as a model for the possibility
know little about some aspects of the life of St. Paul—his upbringing, the
details of his death—his dramatic vision of God on the road to Damascus is
one of the most powerful stories in the history of Christianity, and the
life that followed forever changed the course of history.
The Story Luke Tells:
Luke's Unique Witness to the Gospel. Justo L. Gonzalez. Eerdmans
(2015). Ref 310150. $34.00.
an eminent church historian on Luke as storyteller.
Testament writers, who is the best historian? Without a doubt, says Justo
González, it’s Luke. Concerned about the particulars of people and events,
Luke also gives readers the big picture, positioning the stories of Jesus
not just in the history of Israel but in the history of humankind. Luke
uniquely tells us the grand story of salvation — then and now.
skillfully highlights key themes in Luke’s storytelling, including his
strong emphasis on God's "great reversals," his keen interest in shared
meals and their intimate connection to worship and communion, and his
passionate underscoring of both the saving work of Christ and the
indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Writing in a conversational style,
González draws readers into Luke's story with fresh overviews and rich
details, showing how Luke invites us to continue his gospel witness today.
Personal Reflections on the Liturgy. Joy Cowley. 96pp. Pleroma. Ref
regular mass goers, the liturgy can become a familiar road to the
destination of Holy Communion and we stroll past gifts that wait for us in
words and phrases. There is a wealth of divine connection in the liturgy
if we are open to receive it.
contents of this book are not exegesis or commentary, but pauses on the
road to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. This form of lectio divina
can be called ‘listening with the ears of the heart,’ and I invite you to
make your own sacred pauses during the mass. Hear what you are meant to
hear, and write your own prayer responses.” Joy Cowley, from her
introduction to the book.
will also become a treasured resource for those in other denominations who
want to experience more deeply their Holy Communion and Eucharist services
Jesus and Brian:
the Historical Jesus and His Times via Monty Python's Life of Brian.
Joan E. Taylor. 268pp. Bloomsbury T&T Clark. Ref 306677. $42.99.
Python's Life of Brian film is known for its brilliant satirical
humour. Less well known is that the film contains references to what was,
at the time of its release, cutting edge biblical scholarship and Life of
Jesus research. This research, founded on the acceptance of the Historical
Jesus as a Jew who needs to be understood within the context of his time,
is implicitly referenced through the setting of the Brian character within
a tumultuous social and political background.
collection is a compilation of essays from foremost scholars of the
historical Jesus and the first century Judaea, and includes contributions
from: George Brooke, Richard Burridge, Paula Fredriksen, Steve
Mason, Adele Reinhartz, Bart Ehrman, Amy-Jill Levine, James
Crossley, Philip Davies, Joan Taylor, Bill Telford, Helen Bond, Guy
Steibel, David Tollerton, David Shepherd and Katie Turner.
collection opens up the Life of Brian to renewed investigation and,
in so doing, uses the film to reflect on the historical Jesus and his
times, revitalising the discussion of history and Life of Jesus research.
The volume also features a Preface from Terry Jones, who not only directed
the film, but also played Brian's mum.
Lance O'Sullivan. 256pp. Penguin. Ref 307653. $38.00.
O'Sullivan is a man on a mission. Raised in Auckland by a solo mother, he
had a modest upbringing typical of the time, if one chequered with
difficulties. After being expelled from two schools, Lance could have gone
off the rails. Instead, he found his way at Hato Petera College,
connecting with his Maori ancestry, and going on to study medicine. After
a brief but outstanding career working as a GP in the public health
system, Lance and his wife Tracy quit their day jobs to set up a
ground-breaking practice in the Far North that offers free healthcare to
the many who can't afford it.
work, Lance has been acknowledged as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader,
Public Health Champion, Maori of the Year and, most recently, Kiwibank New
Zealander of the Year.
brave and free-thinking, Lance stood up when no one else would. The
Good Doctor charts his inspirational, one-of-a-kind life story, while
relaying an overarching hope for a better New Zealand.
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