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Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Bible
Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Bible
by Nancy L. Wilson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book by the head of MCC, 14 Dec 2013
Nancy covers the LGBTQI issues very well and also has some great insights from
her experiences within The Metropolitan Community Church
It is insightful and easy to read
Have a go


Castle Of Glass
Castle Of Glass
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant track, 12 Dec 2012
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I love the clever lyrics and catchy tune. You will b esinging along to it
A great effort from an interesting bank


Renaissance - Music For Inner Peace
Renaissance - Music For Inner Peace
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3.0 out of 5 stars good music, 3 Dec 2012
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it is a peaceful collection of spiritual music
its not especially striking but then make be that's its aims?
worth a listen


The Gay Gospels: Good News for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People
The Gay Gospels: Good News for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People
by Keith Sharpe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars very readable, 3 Dec 2012
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This book simply and concisely covers the whole of Scriptures views on LGBT issues
It is very readable if not the most academically precise
An encouraging read for those reconciling their faith and sexuality


The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church
The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church
by Michael Frost
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4.0 out of 5 stars revolution or evoluntion, 3 Dec 2012
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This book sees the church in the Western world is in crisis. Numbers of Christians attending church is at record low and Christendom is dead with the loss of Christian influence. It seems the institution of the church doggedly gripping onto the last vestiges of the old ways dying at its core. Frost and Hirsch boldly state we need revolution not evolution to bring the church in the West into a second reformation . It is a popular book with pioneering ministries with which I am involved. It centres on the need for an ‘Apostolic’ movement as “the mode of the New Testament church - to describe something of its energy, impulse, and genius as well as its leadership structures.” It seems the missional approach of revitalising the first century Christian spirit to recapture the determination to preach Christ even if we are martyred for so doing.
THE BOOK’S AIM AND MOTIVES
It has a bold style: starting by demanding “you read this first” and the reader 'will find it unnerving'. I have concentrated on the last section ‘Apostolic Leadership’ as this is the theme of this module. The APEPT theology is imaginatively argued. There are five types of leaders essential for this church revolution rather than the Pastor/Teacher roles that seminaries present train for. This theme is widened to five ministries of congregants and its is in favour of devolved ‘Eco-leadership’ and small but numerous church plants or cells. . “We believe such a matrix is the antidote to the triangular or hierarchical model that empowers certain leaders and dis-empowers the majority of Christians.”
CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THIS THESIS
I chose it knowing it was from a differing theological perspective to my own; hoping to be challenged. I found it engaging and well written in parts: merging theology and business practices as we have done during our module. The book argues using Einstein “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Creativity is the essence of God and innovation it argues is essential for business survival as seen in de Bono’s hats
As with others from this persuasion it looks back to glory the early Church’s ‘Apostolic Age and believes we need to recapture this essence to find ‘God’s missional truth’. I believe the early church was confused and extremely varied. Paul writes at lengths in his letters addressing many faults with the church in this period. Paul and Peter were at odds about whether Christianity was a new religion or a Jewish sect. I think they over simply the greatness of this ‘Apostolic Age’.
There is also criticism of how the Pentecostals view this same ‘Age’ with their mega-churches; reinforcing my view of the lack of clarity of exactly what the first church was like.
This jars with my postmodern and cultural specific approaches. Here is stated Christ changes cultures rather than adapts to them. Yet the great examples it proposes are being cultural with “gays at the Subterranean Shoe Room” which states “when he does start leading people to faith” revealing to us that he has not yet been successful by the books standards. The Birmingham ‘Maji’ uses “incense, projected images, and ambient religious music” again appears more New Age than distinctly first century Christian
Its a great contribution to the debate


Mission-shaped Church: A Theological Response
Mission-shaped Church: A Theological Response
by John M. Hull
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, 3 Dec 2012
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John Hull is on of my lecturers
He is very thought provoking and insightful
the church needs to radically move forward and this book is a concise contribution to that


The Pictorial Guide to Coventry Cathedral
The Pictorial Guide to Coventry Cathedral
by The Very Rev. H. C. N. Williams
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great guide, 3 Dec 2012
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i remember this booklet when I first went to Coventry Cathedral
I love the picture on the front
Very readable and informative


Betrayed
Betrayed
by Penny Dixon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this down! a great read, 12 Oct 2012
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This is a book with many twists and turns. I couldn't believe there were enough pages left to finish the story. I covers Jamaica and UK in a challenging time for immigrants. They are so many characters to love or hate. All very human and believable. It shows how we complicate life. It also has a fascinating discussion on issues of religion voodoo and what is all in the mind of the individual looking for evidence to reinforce what they believe
I cant wait until part 2. Go for it Penny!
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A Passage to India: An inspirational true story of dealing with change, challenge and adversity.
A Passage to India: An inspirational true story of dealing with change, challenge and adversity.
by Vinay Parmar
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Motivational and Inspiring Book, 12 Oct 2012
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This is an easy read, deeply personal and profound
I really related to the authors story and the tensions he faced
There is a great chapter on personal development at the end which brings things together and helped my gain strength from this book for my life
Well done


Dare to Love
Dare to Love
by Penny Dixon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read, 23 Mar 2012
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`Dare to Love' is a compelling easy read that I found hard to put down. It is written interestingly from the two differing perspectives. It covers English and Caribbean cultures in an enthralling way. I look forward to the next book by this author.Dare to Love


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