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Risk-Shaped Discipleship: On Going Deeper into the Life of God [Paperback]

Terry Biddington
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31 Aug 2010
This book strives to help the church and its members engage in the business of living out the faith in a world where change is unavoidable and where the articulation of a theology of change and a spirituality of risk are prerequisites for the journey deeper into God. This book takes as its starting point the reality of change, and it seeks to explore how change may be seen positively by the church. It also seeks to help reinvigorate its teaching and ministry and the way in which Christians understand their spiritual journey. Change is seen not only as a welcome dynamic of the life of faith, but as the very source of unexpected and transformative encounters with God and the transcendent. For God is forever coming into the world, ceaselessly creating and opening up rich possibilities for new beginnings. This book is useful for individuals and also for groups wanting to generate a meaningful discussion about how Christianity is to be lived responsibly and creatively in the world.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Resource Publications Inc.,U.S. (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089390693X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893906931
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Biddington holds an MA in theology from Manchester University, and a PhD from Leeds University in 16th Century Spanish religious verse. He is Senior Anglican Chaplain to the three universities of the Manchester Higher Education Community in Manchester, UK. He describes himself as an ordinary pastor and theological practitioner trying to speak authentically, interestingly, and honestly and to address his concerns for the future of the church while encouraging fellow travelers to face their own questions and doubts with hope, courage, and good humor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Drink it in 23 Oct 2010
By Stephen
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This is a new wine for the modern age from the vineyards' of Christian scripture and tradition. A Wine unlike other wines. The Wine of the "yet more." With hints of mysticism, feminism, spicy blackberry and vanilla. A full bodied, well balanced flavour which resonates with deep clarity and integrity. Biddington takes the fruits of his long standing service to the church and ferments a vision of discipleship which brings hope to all who can imagine "building inclusive communities of blessing."

What some may see as an acquired taste for both individuals and institutions to live at the "knife edge," of God's creative presence. A journey embracing the unknown, an exploration of "the God that is different from other gods." A wine that may sour the pallet if not imbibed from new wine skins yet perfect for the wedding feast of the relevance of Christianity to contemporary society.

Best enjoyed with jazz music, poetry or in communion with openness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars detailed direction into discipleship 16 Feb 2011
By J. DOUGLAS VINE VOICE
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Biddington offers us a chronological and theme based exploration of our faith that seeks to engage with the diversity, depth and dance of God. This book takes as its starting point the reality of change, and it seeks to explore how the church may see change positively. It also seeks to help reinvigorate its teaching and ministry and the way in which Christians understand their spiritual journey. Change is seen not only as a welcome dynamic of the life of faith, but also as the very source of unexpected and transformative encounters with God and the transcendent.
Through a strong scriptural base, Terry Biddington challenges Christians to redirect their faith in a proactive and risky manner, akin to the way in which Jesus lived out his life on earth. Complacency and a lackadaisical cloud have overtaken the modern day church, leaving little room for active discipleship or pre-emptive religious ministry. Biddington utilizes biblical examples to weave together an attainable and encouraging image of what discipleship within the modern church looks like -- and it is risky business. A flourishing world is the scale of what we are invited to engage with. It is a rigorous, risky, exploratory, hope-filled discipleship for a discerning readership! A gem of a resource for individual use or study groups, this book holds pearls of wisdom that offer revitalization and change to those willing to receive it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book today. I loved it. 27 Sep 2010
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I read this book today. I loved it.

I loved the questions for reflection.

I loved the idea of creation as something God is always doing from moment to moment; a process of unfolding. And therefore of life and faith as journey.

I loved the thought of God being more like a jazz musician improvising on our bum notes than a composer writing down beforehand everything that will be played. But it made me think of ecclesiology more than theology. What would a community of faith look like that didn't try to control itself like a conductor disciplining an orchestra to deliver music already composed, but responded to life innovatively like jazz musicians? And which celebrated the birthing of new things rather than keeping risk low?

I loved the constant refrain of the words 'dare' and 'imagine'; so often in juxtaposition.

I loved the bits of subversive exegesis lobbed in among the more orthodox stuff which serves to re-orient the whole message of scripture.

I loved the Alisonesque treatment of atonement and resurrection which was somehow clearer, more practical and better rooted in biblical imagery.

I loved the reference to The Matrix. I recall that it was based on Baudrillard's critique of consumer society as a simulacrum. Perhaps we can learn to both see reality and imagine responsibly.

I loved the idea of God's hidden presence; the 'yet-more' of darkness, and the 'as-yet-still-hidden' alternatives to be discovered.

I loved the constant emhasising of social justice, not just the individual 'spirituality'.

I loved the discourse on flourishing, and on the mutually creative desire at the heart of it.

I loved the hermeneutic of imagination; of 'portion' rather than 'passage'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a challenge? 12 April 2014
By JR - Published on Amazon.com
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The author certainly pushes the envelope and helps the reader rethink some cherished concepts and even beliefs. Yet he is reverent to the tradition both "t" and "T".. His prose is clear and moves one forward at a pace that is reflective while not plodding. His final chapter of offering some steps to effecting the changes and the transformation he envisions seem a little less concrete than I would have liked. He has inspired me to do some rethinking in any case.
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking. 31 July 2014
By Daniel P. Huser - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased these books for a small group discussion series. It has resulted in some very good discussions. I personally find it a little too abstract and academic, and at times, have a hard time relating to what he is saying. However it is thought provoking, and can result in some interesting conversations.
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