Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


W. J. Abraham, Among the Ashes: On Death, Grief, and Hope. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 113. Hb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7528-0.


J. L. Alberg, ed., Apocalypse Deferred: Girard and Japan. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. x, 274. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10016-2.


S. A. Bell, Faith in Conflict: The Impact of the Great War on the Faith of the People of Britain. Solihull: Helion and Co., 2017. Pp. 240. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-1-911512-67-7.


M. F. Bird, Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 155. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7506-8.


M. J. Borg, Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the Twenty-First Century. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 271. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07825-7.


M. W. Brierley and G. A. Byrne, eds., Life after Tragedy: Essays on Faith and the First World War Evoked by Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 254. Pb. $31. ISBN 978-1-5326-0226-9.


D. J. Brouwer, How to Become a Multicultural Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7393-4.


S. L. Brown and F. J. Moloney, Interpreting the Gospel and Letters of John: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 355. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7338-5.


K. A. Cahalan and B. J. Miller-McLemore, eds., Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. vi, 238. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7424-5.


A. J. Carroll and R. J. Norman, eds., Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xviii, 260. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-1-138-89191-3.


J. C. Cavadini and D. M. Peters, eds., Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 355. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10158-9.


Y. S. L. Chan, J. F. Keenan and R. Zacharias, eds., The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 299. Pb. £37.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-218-5.


P. S. Chung, Postcolonial Public Theology: Faith, Scientific Rationality, and Prophetic Dialogue. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 234. Pb. £21. ISBN 978-0-227-17576-7.


K. W. Clements, Look Back in Hope: An Ecumenical Life. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2017. Pp. xxii, 423. Pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-1855-0.


A. J. W. Copson, Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 153. Hb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-19-880913-5.


J. C. Davis, Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 226. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7510-5.


K. J. Eyeons, The Theology of Everything: Renaissance Man Joins the 21st Century. Cambridge: Ellis and Maultby, 2017. Pp. viii, 237. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-1-9997631-1-4.


B. P. Flanagan and J. M. Vento, eds., Liturgy and Power, Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 62. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xvi, 208. Pb. £31.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-217-8.


P. A. Florensky, Early Religious Writings, 1903–1909, tr. B. Jakim. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 228. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7495-5.


R. L. Gallagher and P. A. Hertig, eds., Contemporary Mission Theology: Engaging the Nations: Essays in Honor of Charles E. Van Engen. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxii, 307. Pb. £34.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-211-6.


L. S. Graybill, Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 307. Hb. $45. ISBN 978-0-268-10189-3.


N. L. Gross, Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxiv, 158. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7322-4.


H. S. Gustafson, Finding All Things in God: Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 339. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-7188-9490-0.


M. Harding and A. M. Nobbs, eds., Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in Its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxii, 403. Pb. £45.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7515-0.


R. A. Higginson and K. P. N. Robertshaw, A Voice to Be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living Out Their Faith. London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 212. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78359-565-5.


A. S. Holmes, The Church of England and Divorce in the Twentieth Century: Legalism and Grace. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Pp. x, 195. Hb. £110. ISBN 978-1-848-93617-1.


D. T. Irvin, ed., The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 189. Pb. £32.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7304-0.


J. W. Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 206. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7505-1.


U. M. King, Christ in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 2nd edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxii, 234. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-190-4.


J. E. Kirby, Historians and the Church of England: Religion and Historical Scholarship, 1870–1920. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 257. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-876815-9.


M. J. Kruger, Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xii, 256. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07131-9.


E. J. Kyle, Spiritual Being and Becoming: Western Christian and Modern Scientific Views of Human Nature for Spiritual Formation. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 296. Pb. £27.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9491-7.


D. A. Lee, The Gospels Speak: Addressing Life’s Questions. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 157. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-5324-4.


R. Mann, Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53278-4.


P. Marshall, Invisible Worlds: Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500–1700. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. viii, 260. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07522-5.


V. Moffatt, ed., Reclaiming the Common Good: How Christians Can Help Re-build Our Broken World. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. x, 207. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53315-6.


F. J. Moloney, Eucharist as a Celebration of Forgiveness. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 136. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-5316-9.


A. I.-R. Mong, Dialogue Derailed: Joseph Ratzinger’s War against Pluralist Theology. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xxxii, 325. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-227-17640-5.


J. N. Morris, ed., The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume IV: Global Western Anglicanism, c. 1910–present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 449. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-964140-6.


M. D. Moynagh, Church in Life: Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 446. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05451-1.


R. D. Nelson and C. D. Raith, Ecumenism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 194. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-57346-9.


K. Nikondeha, Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 185. Pb. £13.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7425-2.


T. A. Noble, S. K. Whittle and P. S. Johnston, eds., Marriage, Family and Relationships: Biblical, Doctrinal and Contemporary Perspectives. London: Apollos, 2017. Pp. xii, 291. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78359-539-6.


C. M. Pepinster, The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xii, 245. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-5676-6631-4.


P. C. Phan, The Joy of Religious Pluralism: A Personal Journey. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 235. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-225-3.


S. G. Platten, Animating Liturgy: The Dynamics of Worship and the Human Community. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-54-7.


S. G. Platten, ed., Holy Ground: Cathedrals in the Twenty-First Century. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 181. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-73-8.


S. G. Platten, ed., Oneness: The Dynamics of Monasticism. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 209. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05532-7.


P. Potter and I. J. Mobsby, eds., Doorways to the Sacred: Developing Sacramentality in Fresh Expressions of Church. London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 196. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-951-5.


A. S. Radcliff, The Claim of Humanity in Christ: Salvation and Sanctification in the Theology of T. F. and J. B. Torrance. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 208. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-227-17636-8.


M. Raheb and S. W. Henderson, The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. vi, 151. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-229-1.


T. M. Rajendra, Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 169. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6882-4.


J. Reader, Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Pp. viii, 162. Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-54510-3.


A. P. Rumsey, Parish: An Anglican Theology of Place. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. x, 203. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05484-9.


J. M. Rziha, The Christian Moral Life: Directions for the Journey to Happiness. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. x, 357. Pb. $40. ISBN 978-0-268-10182-4.


P. Schmidt-Leukel, Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology: The Gifford Lectures – An Extended Edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 291. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-230-7.


L. A. Squires, Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress, and Christian Science. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 214. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-253-03037-5.


R. G. W. Strong, ed., The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III: Partisan Anglicanism and Its Global Expansion, 1829–c. 1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 490. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-969970-4.


J. L. Sumney, Steward of God’s Mysteries: Paul and Early Church Tradition. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 209. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7361-3.


A. C. Thiselton, Approaching the Study of Theology: An Introduction to Key Thinkers, Concepts, Methods and Debates. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 240. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07759-5.


E. J. Van Kuiken, Christ’s Humanity in Current and Ancient Controversy: Fallen or Not? London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xii, 220. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-67555-2.


S. J. Walton, P. R. Trebilco and D. W. J. Gill, eds., The Urban World and the First Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 388. Pb. £39.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7451-1.


J. S. K. Ward, Love Is His Meaning: Understanding the Teaching of Jesus. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. x, 97. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07763-2.


M. Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 241. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-0-253-02652-1.


W. H. Whyte, Unlocking the Church: The Lost Secrets of Victorian Sacred Space. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 241. Hb. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-19-879615-2.


C. E. Wolfteich, Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women’s Life Writing: Explorations in Spirituality Studies and Practical Theology, Theology in Practice 3. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. x, 208. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-35066-3.


Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


M. Amaladoss, Interreligious Encounters: Opportunities and Challenges, ed. J. Y. Tan. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxvi, 250. Pb. £37.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-221-5.


B. E. Beck, Methodist Heritage and Identity. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. vi, 188. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-63619-4.


K. van Bekkum, J. Dekker, H. R. van de Kamp and H. G. L. Peels, eds., Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 315. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-33795-4.


C. Bird, The Divine Heart of Darkness: Finding God in the Shadows. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. x, 155. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-58-5.


M. I. Bochenski, Transforming Faith Communities: A Comparative Study of Radical Christianity in Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism and Late Twentieth-Century Latin America. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 334. Pb. £27.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9499-3.


A. A. Buckareff and Y. Nagasawa, eds., Alternative Concepts of God: Essays on the Metaphysics of the Divine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 299. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-872225-0.


R. A. Burridge, Four Ministries, One Jesus: Exploring Your Vocation with the Four Gospels. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 260. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07597-3.


J. C. Caiazza, Religion, Violence, and the Secular State. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xvi, 140. Pb. £40.99. ISBN 978-1-138-10692-5.


C. Chalamet, Revivalism and Social Christianity: The Prophetic Faith of Henri Nick and André Trocmé. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 213. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-7188-9503-7.


J. R. Clatworthy, Why Progressives Need God: The Ethical Defence of Monotheism. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2017. Pp. vi, 374. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-78099-774-2.


C. L. Cohen, P. F. Knitter and U. Rosenhagen, eds., The Future of Interreligious Dialogue: A Multireligious Conversation on Nostra Aetate. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. viii, 327. Pb. £33.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-245-1.


C. C. H. Cook, J. McLean and P. M. Tyler, eds., Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xvi, 128. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-4724-8009-5.


C. N. de Groot, The Liquidation of the Church. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. x, 191. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-472-47786-6.


A. M. de Lange, B. T. Lloyd, T. R. Stratford and I. D. Tarrant, eds., Reimagining Worship: Renewing Worship in a Changing Church. London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 273. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-913-3.


M. A. De La Torre, ed., Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxii, 240. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-247-5.


P. B. Duff, Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 263. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6878-7.


S. G. Eastman, Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul’s Anthropology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 207. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6896-1.


S. van Erp, C. Cimorelli and C. Alpers, eds., Salvation in the World: The Crossroads of Public Theology. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 260. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-67815-7.


J. Gabelman, A Theology of Nonsense. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 221. Pb. £17.95. ISBN 978-0-7188-9519-8.


P. W. Goodliff, Shaped for Service: Ministerial Formation and Virtue Ethics. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 313. Pb. £35. ISBN 978-0-7188-9521-1.


M. R. Gornik and M. L. Wong, Stay in the City: How Christian Faith Is Flourishing in an Urban World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 83. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7404-7.


M. Graves, Insight to Heal: Co-creating Beauty amidst Human Suffering. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 305. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9508-2.


G. L. Green, S. T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo, eds., So Great a Salvation: Soteriology in the Majority World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. vi, 193. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7274-6.


M. L. Harris, Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xiv, 162. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-201-7.


E. L. Hinson-Hasty, The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 244. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-238-3.


K. J. Hiuser, Animals, Theology and the Incarnation. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. vi, 290. Hb. ISBN 978-0-334-05538-9.


M. J. Hughes, Archbishop Randall Davidson. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. viii, 230. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-4724-1866-1.


J. G. Janzen, When Prayer Takes Place: Forays into a Biblical World, ed. B. A. Strawn and P. D. Miller. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xx, 430. Pb. £33. ISBN 978-0-227-17673-3.


D. L. Jeffrey, In the Beauty of Holiness: Art and the Bible in Western Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxiv, 424. Hb. £40.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7470-2.


E. M. Katongole, The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for New Creation in Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 189. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-250-5.


B. F. Le Beau, A History of Religion in America: From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xiv, 253. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-138-71133-4.


C. M. Loy, Development Beyond the Secular: Theological Approaches to Inequality. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 173. Hb. ISBN 978-0-334-05565-5.


L. N. M. McGrow, Missionary Positions: A Postcolonial Feminist Perspective on Sex Work and Faith-Based Outreach from Australia, Theology in Practice 5. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. viii, 251. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-35317-6.


R. J. McKelvey, Pioneer and Priest: Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 250. Pb. £22.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9506-8.


A. G. Milbank, J. M. D. Hughes and A. M. Milbank, eds., Preaching Radical and Orthodox: Sermons for the Christian Year. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 220. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05641-6.


R. B. Mitchell, Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 229. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-214-7.


J. N. Morris, The High Church Revival in the Church of England: Arguments and Identities. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Pp. xii, 288. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-32679-8.


R. T. Murray, Anglicans and Catholics in Dialogue on the Papacy: A Gift for All Christians. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. x, 333. Pb. £33.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4960-5.


Y. Nagasawa, Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 225. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-875868-6.


Y. Nagasawa, Miracles: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xxii, 115. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-0-19-874721-5.


A. P. Pauw, Church in Ordinary Time: A Wisdom Ecclesiology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 188. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7186-2.


R. Payne, The Authority of Service and Love: A Recovery of Meaning. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2017. Pp. viii, 174. Pb. £13.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-482-3.


V. S. Roberts and D. B. P. Sims, Leading by Story: Rethinking Church Leadership. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. iv, 219. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05547-1.


H. E. Root, Theological Radicalism and Tradition: ‘The Limits of Radicalism’ with Appendices, ed. C. R. Brewer. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xii, 165. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-09246-4.


D. Sarisky, ed., Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 359. Hb. £110. ISBN 978-0-567-66679-6.


M. L. Skinner, A Companion to the New Testament: The Gospels and Acts. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 274. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0000-1.


S. C. Spencer, ed., Theology Reforming Society: Revisiting Anglican Social Theology. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05373-6.


G. S. Tomlin, Luther’s Gospel: Reimagining the World. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 173. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-67739-6.


I. J. Tomlinson, Clergy, Culture and Ministry: The Dynamics of Roles and Relations in Church and Society, ed. M. W. Percy. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 186. Hb. ISBN 978-0-334-05618-8.


A. R. Webster, Found Out: Transgressive Faith and Sexuality. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 159. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53263-0.


S. M. B. Wells, Incarnational Ministry: Being with the Church. London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 233. Pb. ISBN 978-1-848-25926-3.


S. M. B. Wells, R. D. Rook and D. Barclay, For Good: The Church and the Future of Welfare. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2017. Pp. xx, 90. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78622-023-3.


M. J. Whipp, The Grace of Waiting. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2017. Pp. vi, 104. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-1-84825-977-5.


K. Yuasa, C. S. Lewis and Christian Postmodernism: Word, Image, and Beyond. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 197. Pb. £18.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9509-9.


No. 68 - January 2018

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Editorial: The point of a pin
Anthony Woollard
Reading through Mark: South West regional day conference October 2017
David James
When praying, hang on to your fingers!
Jonathan Clatworthy
Review: The poet’s quest for God - 21st Century poems of faith, doubt and wonder ed. Brennan et al
Nicola Slee
Review: Lifeline - A Reformation pilgrimage by David Osborne
Martin Wharton
Review: Love let go - Radical generosity for the real world by Truax & Campbell
Paul Brett
Review: Listening & spiritual conversation by Sue Pickering
David Greenwood
Review: Light when it comes by Chris Anderson
Rebekah Hanson
Review: The making of humanity - poetic vision and kindness by Dinah Livingstone
David Williams
Review: The political Samaritan - How power hijacked a parable by Nick Spencer
Jonathan Clatworthy

No. 69 - April 2018

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Editorial: On the move
Anthony Woollard
God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit but not three persons
John Goodchild
Three persons, one God
Adrian Thatcher
History as past, present and future: Reflections on Hamilton
Frances Eccleston
Response to crisis: Restoring our covenant with Creation - Report on the South West Regional Day Conference, Saturday 3rd February
David James
Review: The books of John Bunyan
Chris Savage
Review: A liberal and godly Dean: A life of Edward Carpenter by Michael De-la-Noy
Marcus Braybrooke
Review: Heart of Oneness: A little book of connection by Jennifer Kavanagh
Alan Race
Review: Meeting evil with mercy: An Anglican priest’s bold answer to atrocity by Philip Pegler
Tim Purchase
Review: The authority of service and love - A recovery of meaning by Roger Payne
Alan Jeans
Review: Sing out for justice: The poetry and passion of the Hebrew Prophets by Ray Vincent
Rosemary Walters
Review: The joy of being Anglican eds. Caroline Hodgson & Heather Smith
Lorraine Cavanagh
And finally… A lightbulb moment!
Anthony Woollard

No. 70 - July 2018

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Editorial: The Church beyond the Church?
Anthony Woollard
Is a refreshed Grand Narrative for the West possible?
Brenda Watson
Ecclesiology - what’s that?
David Jennings
What did Jesus ever do for us? A meditation on the Atonement
David Simon
Angela Tilby’s column ‘Deliver us from the Evangelical takeover’ - A Sydney Anglican response
John Bunyan
Triunity as friendship
F. Gerald Downing
Sceptical Christianity: Exploring credible belief
Jonathan Draper
Review: Why progressives need God: An ethical defence of monotheism by Jonathan Clatworthy
Duncan Dormor
Review: Sacred signposts: Words, water and other acts of resistance by Benjamin Dueholm
Tim Macquiban
In memory of Alex Elsmore 1995-2018
Anthony Woollard

Editorial by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 68 - Jan 2018

‘It’s all just theology’, we are told - and ‘theology’ by definition has little or no relevance to everyday life.

Theologians, it is said, are people who argue about how many angels can fit on the point of a pin. It was courageous, therefore, for our General Secretary Jonathan Draper to argue in our last edition that Modern Church’s role is first and foremost as a theological resource.

by David James
from Signs of the Times No. 68 - Jan 2018

On Saturday 21st October, Modern Church South West arranged a study morning entitled ‘Reading through Mark’.

The speaker was Canon Chris Burdon, a group member, who was Director of Lay Training in the Diocese of Chelmsford and rearranged the New Testament syllabus there. He also wrote ‘Stumbling on God: Faith and vision in Mark’s Gospel’, and was thus well qualified to address the subject.