ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art

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James Romaine and Linda Stratford’s ReVisioning


Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art

edited by James Romaine and Linda Stratford

ISBN: 9780718893361

“The essays in this book offer detailed attention to particular works in a way that often brings fresh understanding. Anyone interested in the relationship between Christian faith and art will find much that is helpful.”

Richard Harries, Modern Believing, 56.3, July 2015

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Review! Richard Aldington

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Vivien Whelpton’s Richard Aldington: Poet, Soldier and Lover 1911-1929

Richard Aldington: Poet, Soldier and Lover 1911-1929

by Vivien Whelpton

ISBN: 9780718893187

Whelpton’s account is formidably thorough, and a valuable addition to the biographical resources previously available to the Aldington scholar; it will also be useful to students of the First World War, modernist literature and the early twentieth century […] Vivien Whelpton has made an important contribution to Aldington scholarship, and I await the proposed volumes detailing Aldington’s early and late years with interest.

Andrew Frayn, New Canterbury Literary Society News,

Vol. 43, Issue 1, Spring 2015

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Review! The Scarlet Woman and the Red Hand

Joshua T. Searle's The Scarlet Woman and the Red Hand

The Scarlet Woman and the Red Hand: Evangelical Apocalyptic Belief in the Northern Ireland Troubles – click through to buy!

The Scarlet Woman and the Red Hand

Evangelical Apocalyptic Belief in the Northern Ireland Troubles

by Joshua T. Searle

ISBN: 9780718893729

This book provides a fascinating insight into the role, interpretation, dissemination and uptake of apocalyptic-eschatological texts. It is nuanced, complex, and sometimes difficult to read, but it is worth the effort as it fills a lacuna in our understanding of the role of religion in the formation of identity and the interconnection of religion and politics in the Irish context, and it adds greatly to the manner in which the recent conflict in the North is viewed and understood.

Miriam Moffitt, Irish Theological Quarterly, August 2015

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Interview with Stan Goff!

Stan Goff's Borderline

Stan Goff’s Borderline – Click through to buy!

An interview with the author of our new title, Borderline, a penetrating analysis of the collaboration between war, misogyny and religion.

Stan Goff, a soldier turned pacifist, brings an insightful perspective to the age-old darkness in the human heart. Hear his thoughts here.

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Review! The Artist and the Trinity

The Artist and the Trinity: Dorothy L. Sayers' Theology of Work

The Artist and the Trinity by Christine M. Fletcher – click through for more details!

The Artist and the Trinity

Dorothy L. Sayers’ Theology of Work

by Christine M. Fletcher

ISBN: 9780718893347

This excellent book prompted me to reflect that it is easy for those of us in ministry, encouraged perhaps by managerialist ecclesiastical bureaucracies, to view our own work as a set of outcomes to be achieved and problems to be solved over such issues as numerical growth, money, and buildings. But Sayers provides us with another way of conceiving it: as a work of artistic creativity.

Reverend Dr Edward Dowler, Church Times 29th May 2015

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Review! The Atheist’s Primer

Atheist's Primer

The Atheist’s Primer by Michael Palmer – click for more details!

The Atheist’s Primer

by Michael Palmer

ISBN: 9780718892975

Palmer’s book is refreshing in that it approaches atheism from a philosophical perspective, reviewing the major intellectual objections against the notion of God from the ancient world to the present…These form a narrative of Western atheism’s progression that is highly readable and accessible to the general reader.

Richard Viladesau, Journal of Theological Studies,Volume 75.3, September 2014

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Review! James Charnley’s Creative License

Creative License by James Charnley

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Creative License

From Leeds College of Art to Leeds Polytechnic 1963-1973

by James Charnley

ISBN: 9780718893477

The book is far more than a narrow history of a period in the development of a regional art college. The text illuminates a world that is far removed and unrecognisable from any phase of education today. James Charnley writes in a clear style that avoids jargon and any attempt to over-theorise or confuse the reader with esoteric language.

Ted Kennedy, National Society for Education in Art and Design, 29th April 2015

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Review! Trinity After Pentecost

Trinity After Pentecost 9780718893330Trinity After Pentecost

by William P. Atkinson

ISBN: 9780718893330

‘This is a fine, concise, systematic and inspiring book about the Trinity. Atkinson’s style, as those who have read his other books know, is noted for its clarity and precision…This is a book that I hope will become a classic among Pentecostals since it addresses issues that are well beyond the sterile argumentation that sometimes occurs.’

William K. Kay, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association,

Volume 35 Issue 1, April 2015

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Review! In the Fellowship of His Suffering

In the Fellowship of his Suffering_9780718893828

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In the Fellowship of His Suffering

A Theological Interpretation of Mental Illness

by Elahe Hessamfar

ISBN: 9780718893828

Elahe Hessamfar’s book is most welcome, revealing and challenging to psychiatry, theology, religion and academia […] I commend this book to the readers of MHC&R for its revelations and its challenge to all embroiled in the care and treatment of mental illness, the forgotten leprosy of our times.

John Foskett, Chaplain Emeritus of Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals

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Many of you may have heard of the event that occurs every year in the month of May, but for those of you who haven’t, well buckle up, because I am going to delve into it BIG time!

If I could sum up my experience at Big Church Day Out in three words they would be – fun, amazing, blessed, inspiring, musical, pure and utter happiness…ok, I tried to keep it to THREE words BUT MY FEELINGS ARE IMPORTANT!

I’d heard about said event through my friends from my church. They had attended last year and planned on going again this year. I knew this time I was not going to let the opportunity pass by and be left out of the converstaion again!  I wasn’t sure what to expect other than the fact that there would be various Christian bands playing and of course..camping!!!big church day out camping BUT BUT BUT, for those who have cringed and shuddered at the idea of camping you could always stay at a nearby B&B, alternativley, come for the day. But we are a hardcore group so we camped the entire weekend. I must warn you though, if you’re not a camper then you don’t get to enjoy the after hours festivities, more on that later!

The day started from midday. My friends and I started making our way towards the faint tones of musicians tuning up their instruments and I just got this exciting buzz when I started hearing it! After going through, my eyes met a huge field, (which within the hour is packed with people so get there early) and the main stage.

Then further out is another stage and copious amounts of food stalls of various cuisines, merchandise stalls (I totally got myself an amazing hoody), and a few rides to keep the kiddies amused. It was just a vast expanse of field which was filled with so many things that one could not possibly be bored. The first stage is the bigger stage of the two and where you find the well-known bands play. The second stage was for other bands but you would find that a band or singer would perform on both stages incase you missed their first performance.

What I really liked about the set up was that you could either be with the crowd right in front of the stage, or you could just set up your own spot further back, still with a good view of the stage, sit back, relax, have some drinks and enjoy the music from there. I definitely did both but I’d say a good 95% I was screaming at the top of my lungs and dancing near the stage. I promise I wasn’t running around ALL the time, and here’s a picture to show my friends and I being cool, calm and collected!

big church day out correct.jpgSome bands I knew, and some bands were completely foreign to me. Whether I knew their songs or not, I was joining in! We had bands not only from Britain but from America, Canada and Australia – and even better, the music catered to all ages. I didn’t hear old people complain about it once! Well, except for when I overheard a few complaining about the noise level, but still, everyone was having fun!! Yes, there is a certain expectation that Christian music is all about hymns, droning on about God and just generally..dull. I assure you it most certainly is not! Jazz, Country, Hip hop, Rap, Acoustic, Reggae, Gospel – all these different bands with their different genres of music sang about God in a fun, upbeat and different way.big church day out I believe that if we are singing God’s praises, we either sing them with feeling or we should be jumping up and down and that’s what these bands did for me. For example, an American rapper, ‘Lacrae’ left quite an impression. I had never heard his music but apparently I was in for a treat. When he started, he brought the crowd alive with his lyrics. His music is what you would expect to hear in a club, but instead he was rapping about God and Christianity. I LITERALLY don’t think I have ever danced that hard in my life. I lost a lot of calories, but don’t you worry, there was cake in the office when I returned and those calories came rushing right back.

By the end of both nights I left with an amazing sense of wonder. It is an amazing sight when you see hundreds and hundreds of people, closing their eyes, lifting their hands to God, being in the moment while worship music washes over us all. It was even more outstanding when people openly accepted Jesus Christ in their life. BIG CHURCH DAY OUT PICFor a moment, you feel that you are all one. It’s a feeling I could never do justice in describing through words, so I guess you’re just gonna have to head on down there and experience it for yourself!

11pm is when the day comes to a close, but for those who are camping, the night has just began. The first night I ventured to the after hours tent with my friends, we ran into the lead singer of the band, ‘Need to Breathe.’ Me, being the awesome one out of our group, went and introduced myself, along with my friend. My friend was really cool, and was saying clever and relevant things about his music and I just had to make the lead singer understand that I too was a cool individual. So I screamed at him, ‘THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC!’ Although he appreciated my comment, the glare my friend gave me made me re-evaluate myself and I have come to the conclusion that actually, I am an utter disgrace when meeting lead singers of bands. Just..awful. Swiftly moving on; the after hours tent offered more music from a band that had played earlier on the main stage called the ‘Abram Brothers.’ Their style of music was more of an acoustic vibe and so it was good to relax to after an exciting day.

Sunday was pretty much the same as Saturday expect for different bands that were playing, but the after hours tent was rather full as we discovered a live band playing secular music, so you can only imagine the excitement of a load of young adults when the band started playing Bruno Mar’s ‘Uptown Funk.’ Seeing as it was our last night, my friend and I just did not feel like going to bed. It was perhaps the mixture of the music, excitement, and frantic denial that it was our last night. Knowing that we should go to bed due to travelling the next day, we did the sensible thing and joined a camp fire outside and started singing along with a group of people until 1am. It was a huge camp fire with 40+ people around it. One guitar, one kahon and voices singing along to worship music or mumbling if you didn’t know the words! It was overall, a good end to the weekend, all that was missing was marshmallows…next time.

Two nights of phenomenal music and a closeness to God is what Big Church Day Out guarantees and it is what you get. So, if you decide go next year, I promise you won’t regret it, and come find me, I’ll be the one with the  big bag of marshmallows!

You can follow Big Church Day out on their Facebook and Twitter, that way you can stay up to date with next year’s event :)

Till next time!


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