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How I get God in preaching

by Lorraine Cavanagh
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

Good preaching is a three-way connection between God, the people and the preacher. A good sermon will touch on unnamed truths which the listeners may have sensed all their lives but which only come into being through the preacher’s ability to re-ignite them through his or her own life in God. Preachers must therefore let go of any kind of conversion agenda, or of their own personal anxieties in regard to how they come across as communicators. They need to develop the kind of empathy which comes with being deeply rooted in prayer which in turn leads to a sense of the people’s need for healing and for their search for meaning.

Keywords:

COMMUNICATION

EMPATHY

HEALING

MEANING

PREACHING

THREE-WAY DIALOGUE

TRUTH

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Discussion between Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh, launching her book Waiting on the word, and Canon Vincent Strudwick and Revd Prof Jane Shaw, launching their book The naked God at the 2017 annual conference of Modern Church, 'God: None, One, Three or Many?'

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Getting God by wrestling

by Vincent Strudwick
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

Over the past five years, the author has been meeting with others from his local village to wrestle with the concept of 'God'. In this article, he proposes the idea of 'wrestling on our knees' as a way of engaging with the Christian story and as a vision for the future of the church.

Keywords:

CHRISTIANITY

CHURCH

GOD

MEMORY

NONES, THE

STORY

WRESTLING

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Discussion between Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh, launching her book Waiting on the word, and Canon Vincent Strudwick and Revd Prof Jane Shaw, launching their book The naked God at the 2017 annual conference of Modern Church, 'God: None, One, Three or Many?'

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How I get God: The rhythm of Love and the search for Truth

by Rachel Muers
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

Julian of Norwich offers a concise Trinitarian theology of God as Love. This article follows Julian’s naming of Love as the direction or direction of revelation and of theology to propose the metaphor of God as Divine Rhythm rather than Divine Harmony. I read 1 Thessalonians 1:9 – about service to a ‘living and true God’ – to propose that theology must search for and serve life and truth.

Keywords:

DRUMMING

GOD

JULIAN OF NORWICH

LIFE

LIVING GOD, the

LOVE

RHYTHM

TRUE GOD, the

TRUTH

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To serve a living and true God Dr Rachel Muers'  talk at the 2017 annual conference of Modern Church, 'God: None, One, Three or Many?'

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Getting God by reflecting

by Linda Woodhead
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

One way to ‘get God’ is by reflecting, and this paper gives a personal account of how my reflections on God have changed over the course of my career as an academic theologian turned sociologist. I show how my academic study and my reflections on God have informed one another, and how my reflections have led me to think of God, successively, in terms of love, energy, the unknowable, and infinity. 

Keywords:

GOD

INFINITY

JESUS

LOVE

POWER

SPIRITUALITY

THEOLOGY

RELIGION

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Unlearning God - Prof Linda Woodhead's talk at the 2017 annual conference of Modern Church, 'God: None, One, Three or Many?'

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Books reviewed July 2018

from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 • previous edition

Doubt, Faith, and Certainty
A. C. Thiselton
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. viii, 160. Pb. £16.99.
ISBN 978-0-8028-7353-8.

Review by Guy Collins, Hanover, NH


Liberal Religion: Progressive Versions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
E. J. de Kadt
Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. x, 143. Hb. £115
ISBN 978-0-815-39458-7

Review by Keith Ward, University of Roehampton


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

Review by Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Spiritual Guides: Pathfinders in the Desert
F. R. Dallmayr
Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. x, 186. Hb. $45
ISBN 978-0-268-10258-6

Review by Fiona Gardner, Bath


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

Review by Sarah Schnitker, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA


Silence: A User’s Guide. Volume 2: Application
M. Ross
London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2018. Pp. x, 140. Pb
ISBN 978-0-232-53348-4

Review by Elizabeth Maslen, University of London


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

Review by Bridget Nichols, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin


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

Review by Susan Durber, Taunton


Playing for God: Evangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry
A. L. Blazer
New York and London: New York University Press, 2015. Pp. xii, 233. Pb. £18.99
ISBN 978-1-4798-1813-6

Review by Robert Ellis, Regent’s Park College, Oxford


Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women’s Life Writing: Explorations in Spirituality Studies and Practical Theology, Theology in Practice 3
C. E. Wolfteich
Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. x, 208. Pb.ISBN 978-90-04-35066-3
Mothers of Faith: Motherhood in the Christian Tradition
W. M. Sumani
Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xviii, 298. Pb. £23.99
ISBN 978-1-62698-257-4

Reviews by Emma Percy, University of Oxford


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

Review by Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter


In a Glass Darkly: The Bible, Reflection and Everyday Life
Z. Bennett and C. C. Rowland
London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 234. Pb
ISBN 978-0-334-05422-1

Review by James Woodward, Sarum College, Salisbury, and University of Winchester


A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels
J. R. D. Kirk
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 638. Hb. £40.99
ISBN 978-0-8028-6795-7

Review by Doug Chaplin, Diocese of Worcester


Angelology: Recovering Higher-Order Beings as Emblems of Transcendence, Immanence, and Imagination
D. D. Potter
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 214. Pb. £18
ISBN 978-0-227-17631-3

Review by Andrew Angel, Burgess Hill


All Things New: The Trinitarian Nature of the Human Calling in Maximus the Confessor and Jürgen Moltmann
B. Bingaman
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2015. Pp. xvi, 194. Pb. £17.50
ISBN 978-0-227-17515-6

Review by Ian McIntosh, Church of England Ministry Division, London


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

Review by Sam Brewitt-Taylor, University of Oxford


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

Review by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice, William Temple Foundation and University of Worcester


Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago
H. W. Carter
New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xiv, 277. Hb. £22.99
ISBN 978-0-19-938595-9

Review by Mark Chapman, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford


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

Review by Mark Dorsett, King’s School, Worcester


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

Review by David Thompson, University of Cambridge


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

Review by Ian Duffield and Keith Hebden, Urban Theology Union, Sheffield