I regularly listen to Ed Ayres, weekend mornings on ABC Classic, as I guess do other readers of The Melbourne Anglican.
The Gospel Precisely may serve both as a summary to the core of the gospel appropriate for new Christians, and as a reality check for those who think they know it all.
AN increase of fear generated by the current global pandemic forms the context for this remarkable collection of essays, edited by the religious journalist and commentator Dr Rachael Kohn AO FRSN. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an appropriate dialogue partner in the debate about whether fear is good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, because he lived and died with acceptance and hope in the terrifying circumstances of the Third Reich. He also had quite a bit to say about fear, including his famous sermon on overcoming fear in 1933 in Berlin. The authors of this collection interact with Bonhoeffer and his theology, particularly on the issue of faith and fear.
Theology, as the Peruvian liberationist Gustavo Gutierrez put it, begins at sunset –after the day’s work.
Few Christian leaders write honestly about their mistakes, all the more when they are “missionaries” who put their faith in God’s presence even in the worst times and places.
What an amazing, compelling and exciting read. Dramatically, Christians places Jesus Christ in his historical 1st Century context and shows how his small group of companions, transformed by his love, forgiveness, healing and hope, changed the world as they lived and died for him.
The Revd Professor Dorothy A. Lee, Stewart Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity College, has written an outstanding introduction to the ministry of women in the New Testament, describing the various roles they had among Jesus’ followers and in the earliest churches, and showcasing the significance of their service.
I don’t often say it, but this book was so good I read it once, then listened to it as an audiobook! Carl Trueman, an Englishman teaching in the US, has written an extraordinary overview of the past 300 hundred years of Western culture, to help explain how the sexual revolution came to pass and how transgenderism can be understood philosophically within that story. I am a sucker for grand vistas when they help me to investigate the minutiae of an event, and that he admirably achieves.
More important than “a book that changed me” is a book that is changing me. This one certainly is.
On the opening page of The Boy Behind the Curtain Tim Winton makes a confession. At 13 he would stand behind a Terylene curtain in a fibro house in Campbell Road, Albany, and aim his father’s .22 Lithgow at passers-by.