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Getting to God through art

by Jane Shaw
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

The author evokes the ways in which art, beauty, community life and justice were threaded through her English childhood, and how they have shaped her theology and how she ‘got to’ God. she concludes by relating this autobiographical element to the work of two early twentieth-century Anglican theologians: Percy Dearmer and Kenneth E. Kirk.

Keywords:

ART

BEAUTY

COMMUNITY

DEARMER, PERCY

GOD

GREAT HOSPITAL, the

JUSTICE

KIRK, KENNETH E.

TATE, the


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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?'

audio Listen / download mp3 (76 mins)

You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

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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