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14 December 2018

The Merciful Humility of God by Jane Williams (Bloomsbury, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-4729-5481-1).

St Augustine's insight was that it is only the merciful humility of God that could penetrate our armoured pride. As we follow this book through Lent and through the Biblical narrative what begins to emerge is that God's merciful humility is the source of life.

 

Revelation Unveiled: St John’s Apocalypse: A lawyer’s translation from the original Greek by Malcolm Bishop (Matador, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-78901-549-2).

The Book of Revelation is among the most influential religious works in world history. It has been the impetus for movements from slave emancipation to the Third Reich . On each page there is a memorable image, the Whore of Babylon, the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, the New Jerusalem are all phrases deeply embedded in our consciousness. But what are we to make of these strange ideas?”

 

The Monkhood of All Believers: The monastic foundation of Christian spirituality by Greg Peters (Baker, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-8010-9805-5).

Although the institution of monasticism has existed in the Christian church since the first century, it is often misunderstood. Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies, reintroduces historic monasticism to the Protestant church, articulating a monastic spirituality for all believers. As Peters explains, what we have known as monasticism for the past 1,500 years is actually a modified version of the earliest monastic life, which was not necessarily characterized by poverty, chastity, and obedience but rather by one's single-minded focus on God--a single-mindedness rooted in one's baptismal vows and the priesthood of all believers.

 

The Church and Its Vocation: Lesslie Newbigin’s missionary ecclesiology by Michael W. Goheen (Baker, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-5409-6047-4).

Lesslie Newbigin, one of the twentieth century's most important church leaders, offered insights on the church in a pluralistic world that are arguably more relevant now than when first written. This volume presents his ecclesiology to a new generation.

 

The Canterbury Preacher’s Companion 2019, edited by Roger Spiller (Canterbury Press, £19.99 (£18); 978-1-78622-082-0).

“An annual favourite, the Canterbury Preacher's Companion provides a total of 150 complete sermons for the coming year, with hymn suggestions. For each Sunday of the year there are two sermons based on the Principal and Second Service lectionaries, plus a section of sermons for special occasions - Mothering Sunday, Harvest, baptism, marriage, funerals - and for all major saints' days.”

 

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