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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BIG CHURCH DAY OUT!!!

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!

Lancia

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Nec tamen consumebatur

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From May 16th to May 22nd will be held in Edinburg the 2015 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The first assembly took place in 1560 after the Scottish Reformation that created what is informally known as the Kirk. That’s 455 years of debates and questioning (if you are wondering if I calculated this in my head, the answer is yes, what I wouldn’t for the sake investigation). The Assembly is an occasion for the Church of Scotland to reflect and discuss the matters of gospel and faith, the trying questions that a twenty-first century church have to face in the ever-changing modern world. This is also an opportunity for us to focus on this institution in those post-election times, to maybe have a better understanding of the powers at play. If the Kirk is not a national church as is the Church of England, it is no question that its voice carries weight in the current issues as it always did.

As to confirm that the interest is very much alive for the institution, one of our forthcoming title to be published in 2016 will focus on Thomas Chalmers, once leader of the Church of Scotland and one of the most important churchman in the 19th century (The Pilgrimage and Conversion of Thomas Chalmers: Following his journey from Anstruther to Glasgow by David C. Jackson). I also greatly encourage you to check our title, Send Back the Money!: The Free Church of Scotland and American Slavery by Iain Whyte to learn about this important event in the history of the Church.

If you want to follow the General Assembly, the debates will be webcasted at the following link: http://stream1.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/general_assembly/ and a regular updates are available on the website of the Church of Scotland. This year again, the event will certainly raise many important questions and promise certainly be very interesting and compelling for the curious minds.

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Anniversary of Kierkegaard!

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Yesterday, the 5th of May 2015 marked the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Soren Kierkegaard, the thinker known as the “Father of Existentialism”. Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who wrote critical texts on organised religion, morality, ethics and psychology. His theological work focused on Christian ethics, the institution of the church and proofs of Christianity. In the 20th century, Kierkegaard’s work didn’t only influence philosophers but made a considerable impact on literature and psychology, effecting ideas of modernity and postmodernity. Quoted, misquoted, translated and shared, his essays are available in different languages throughout the world.

To celebrate this auspicious birth we’re offering 20% off our newly re-printed edition of Kierkegaard’s Gospel of Sufferings (translated by A.S. Aldworth and W.S. Ferrie). The offer is available on our website using the code GOSRP20JC until the end of June.

And that is not the only Kierkegaardian title we have avaiable. See see them all, click the photo!

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TheoMedia: The BookLaunch!

theo mediaRevd Dr Andrew Byers, a PhD student in New Testament at Durham University and the author of Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint (2011) came up with his new book last year, TheoMedia:The Media of God and the Digital Age where he tried to reflect the church’s relation with the new media.

Here, the author reminds us that the actual concept of media is ancient, theological, and even biblical. In fact, there is such a thing as the media of God. “TheoMedia” are means by which God communicates and reveals himself – creation, divine speech, inspired writings, the visual symbol of the cross, and more.

If you are intrigued by the theme of the book and have’nt had an opportunity to read it, then here is your turn to get hold of an author signed copy and attend the book launch.

Venue: Bowes Dining Room, St Johns College,
3 South Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RJ

Time:Tuesday 28 April 2015, 6.15 pm

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If you would like to attend, please RSVP at sales@lutterworth.com. Please indicate if you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book, at the special dicounted price.

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Earth Day !

If you needed a reason to save the Earth… Credit: http://www.foxadhd.com

Today is April 22nd.

In addtion to being the anniversary of the first release of Shrek in theatre (the more you know right?) it’s also Earth Day! And everyone is invited. Yes every  7,309,910,105 (at the second I’m typing this post) of you.

Good for you Jack, that’s the spirit.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22nd, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

(Thank you Wikipedia).

Random fact about the Earth:

It’s round and revolves around the sun.

“That what I was saying all along! ” – Galileo probably.

Well, that was a good introduction wasn’t it? I’m sure you are all wondering what can be more exciting than that.

I know everyone loves a good heated and controversial debate (that dress was obviously blue and black) but it’s not what today is about. I could rant about this little thing called global warming, don’t know if you have heard of it. I could blame humanity, declare us doomed by our own fault and end my days in the woods talking to the trees. But I won’t. There is no point in drowning ourselves in sorrow and self-hatred.

‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’

That’s what Mahatma Gandhi said. I tend to think he was an Ok kind of guy.

Today might be the occasion to make a pledge. You don’t have to go full Vegan but could for example have a look at those 50 ways to help the Earth. Start small; everything is a little step for a better world. Be aware and think.

As a starting point, may I suggest What in God’s Name Are You Eating?: How Can Christians Live and Eat Responsibly in Today’s Global Village?. Andrew Francis reflects on the issues that interest us today and open the debate about our consumptions habits. Or Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? By Stephen H. Schneider that already warned us in 1990 (that was 25 years ago!) about this environmental issue.

Well, and if you’re dying to discover which animal you are, check the google home page. Google, always first on what really matters. I’m a pangolin by the way…

Here, have a Nice Earth Day, the gifs are on me. You’re welcome.

Laura S.

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