There is Hope offers ideas and examples for funeral sermons, along with practical advice and guidance for preaching at a funeral, from a veteran pastor.
An excellent portrayal of the life of Jesus told from the perspectives of those he meets, The Chosen'.
Whether reciting the gathas in Buddhist practice, the Shema in Judaism, or the Jesus Prayer in Christianity, for centuries the practice of breath prayer has helped centre people on the sacred in everyday life. Through brief words of prayer or petition said silently to the rhythm of one's breath, this simple, meditative act combines praise for the divine with focused intention, creating a profound spiritual connection in the quiet, and even mundane, moments of the day.
In this journal of short, lyrical reflections, Andrew Rumsey takes the reader on an exploration of faith, place and identity. Focusing on the author’s home in Wiltshire, as he arrives to take up an ancient role in a testing time, English Grounds is both an affirmation and critique of this country’s Christian heritage. Together the essays challenge us to think more deeply about the place of the Church in the consciousness of the English, and the place of England in the consciousness of the Church
My Theology: The world’s leading Christian thinkers explain some of the principal tenets of their theological beliefs. ‘In one’s encounters with the spectres of God one can become at peace with limitation, precariousness, lack of certainty, and one’s fragility and fractures,’ writes Rachel Mann. ‘Equally, one can find in divine fragility the hope of the world.’ In three chapters – on the body love, an time – she explores how God invites us to live in a rich three-dimensional mystery.
In this remarkable book, Henry Martin invites us to study in close detail van Gogh’s painting ‘The Good Samaritan’, and the famous parable told by Jesus. He asks what lessons we can learn from meditation upon the imagery and each of the characters portrayed. Questions for discussion and reflection on each chapter help us to relate the themes and challenges of the parable to our lives and the world we live in today.
Each year, the Christmas double issue of the Church Times offers a feast of seasonal reading. News of Great Joy draws together the best Christmas writing by outstanding authors and poets over twenty years to create an ideal Christmas gift and a wealth of material for all who preach or lead worship at Christmas. Its many highlights include: * John Barton on how to understand the Old Testament prophecies of the nativity; * Barbara Brown Taylor on the prologue of John's Gospel & much more.
Megs Devonshire a physics student at Oxford has a younger brother who doesn't have long to live. When he becomes captivated by a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe & begs her to find out where Narnia came from, she can't refuse. What follows are chats with the author himself his answers will reveal to Meg many truths that science and math cannot, & the gift she thought she was giving to her brother-the story behind Narnia-turns out to be his gift to her instead; hope.
Now revised and updated-John Lennox's acclaimed method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. What did the writer of Genesis mean by "the first day?" Are the seven days in Genesis 1 a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old as cosmologists believe, am I denying the authority of Scripture? He suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful
Rosalind Brown £19.99 Prayers for Living offers 500 new accessible, contemporary and wide-ranging intercessory prayers suitable for public worship or private devotion. The wide thematic range includes subjects for which prayers are not always readily available. In addition to prayers for many world, national, local and people’s needs, there are prayers for our stewardship of God’s world and prayers inspired by ordinary but often overlooked events in daily life including; pets, dementia & more.
After 60yrs of living in a Cistercian community, Michael Casey combines his down-to-earth observations about the joys and challenges of living in community with an appreciation of the deeper meanings of cenobitic life, taking into account the changes in both theory and practice that have occurred in his lifetime. He invites his readers, to reflect on their own experiences of community as a means of seeing a path forward into the future.
Many of us want to pray more, but we feel unsure of what to say. In this inspiring 365-day devotional prayer book, Jesus Listens, Sarah Young, author of the bestselling Jesus Calling, helps you come to God in all circumstances through a year of daily prayers based on the words of Scripture.
This special anniversary collection is a celebration of the Bible for BRF’s centenary year. Bringing together a fantastically wide-ranging writing team of authors, supporters and well-wishers from all areas of BRF’s work, this resource is designed to help us go deeper into the story of the Bible and reflect on how we can share it in our everyday lives. Including sections which lead us through the Bible narrative as well as thematic and seasonal sections, it is the perfect daily companion.
Recommended by Chine Mc Donald in the Church Times. We need to talk about racial injustice in a different way: one that builds on the revolutionary ideas of the past and forges new connections. In this incisive, radical and practical essay, Emma Dabiri - acclaimed author of Don't Touch My Hair - draws on years of research and personal experience to challenge us to create meaningful, lasting change.
Rachael traces how Biblical writers used ‘and yet’ to bring together joy and lament and invites us to see them not as opposites, but two sides of the same coin. Drawing on her experiences with mental illness, she shows us how we can build a rhythm of both joy and lament into our lives through the different seasons of the church’s year.
Life is full of big questions. In this book, J.John answers thirty-eight questions that we ask about God, the Bible, the world, and everything in-between. - Do babies go to heaven when they die? - Why do we believe the Bible is true? - Will we recognise family and friends in heaven? And life's ultimate question: - Does God care about me?
Bestselling and award-winning author Lee Strobel interviews experts about the evidence for the afterlife and offers credible answers to the most provocative questions about what happens when we die, near-death experiences, heaven, and hell.
Some women of the Hebrew scriptures are well known, but many others are barely remembered. Even when they are, we often don’t pause on them long enough to think about what we might learn from them. Unveiled, written with frankness and humour and illustrated with striking artwork from a young Oxford-based artist, explores the stories of 40 women in 40 days. Each reflection ends with a short application to everyday life, guidance for further thought and a prayer.
This picture book teaches children the values of equality, diversity, and unity from a biblical perspective. Dr. Evans explains in simple terms that we all are created in the image of God. We may look different, come from different places, and have a little or a lot, but God loves and values us equally. Therefore, we should love and value others as He does.
In This Blessed Plot Hazel relates with humour, wry observation and poignancy the story of her first year as an allotment holder. But it goes further and reflects gently on spiritual health too, on friendship, generosity, wellbeing, and our mutual dependence on creation and each other. Amusing, perceptive and wise, This Blessed Plot is for anyone who has an interest in gardening.
At 33, after a difficult year Penny takes time off from her career as a children’s book illustrator to nurse her broken heart and loneliness. She flies out alone to Corfu to begin a monthlong pilgrimage - planning to explore the island through the eyes of The Durrells, a curiosity she’s had about the whimsical family life on Corfu in the 1930s.When she arrives, she is unexpectedly drawn into the secrets of the several strangers she meets.
Pause for God by Patrick Coghlan – 366 daily moments with God is what it says on the label.The book consists of 366, guided, short, daily moments with God, for those who struggle to find the time or the focus to do that – or for whom this is a completely new concept.
In The Sex Thing, Rachel Gardner unpacks a visual framework that can inspire and empower conversations with young people about sex. Focusing on both how young people explore sexual wholeness and what conversations they would need to engage with in that journey of sexual maturity, she offers practical advice for navigating difficult conversations with youth and talking to them confidently and openly.