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A third account of baptism, this time from Lauren Winner. Winner was an orthodox Jew who becomes a Christian. She tells her story in Girl Meets God. I was baptized the first March I was at Cambridge, at a Sunday morning service in the antechamber of the chapel. I told Jo she had to use a lot of water, that I was descended from a long line of full-immersion Baptists, and the traditional Anglican sprinkling would not do. She made sure the water was warm, she doused me in it, and then she wrapped me in a big, striped bathrobe. “Like Joseph’s coat of many colours,” she said. Another Cambridge student was my godmother. She gave me the silver cross I wear around my neck. It is small and square, with slightly rounded corners. A few days before my baptism, I met with Jo to go over the service. “Let’s just read through this,” she said. Before actually baptizing me, Jo would ask a series of questions. The answers were printed out, right there I front of me, in my prayer book. Sitting in her room drinking tea, Jo and I practiced aloud. Jo’s role was to ask the questions... Continue reading
Posted 22 minutes ago at andygoodliff
An account of baptism this time from the last decade. On the banks of Louisiana’s Ouachita River, the congregation of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, an African American congregation, gathers every year, after several days of fervent prayer meetings and vigorous revival preaching, to baptize new converts to the Christian faith. The older members of the church call this spot on the river “the old burying ground,” because of what Paul said about baptism: Romans 6.4. Here, in the flowing currents of the Ouachita, sinners are plunged beneath the waters symbolically to die with Christ, to be washed clean, and to be raised up to a new way of life. On those days when the congregation of St. Paul’s gathers for baptism the Ouachita River is, of course just the Ouachita, but in the dram of baptism it becomes much more. It is the Red Sea, the waters through the children of Israel passed on their way to freedom and to the promised land. On baptism day, the Ouachita is also the Jordan River, the place of Jesus’ baptism, and it is the “river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at andygoodliff
Lent begins. Over the next 40 days (although possibly not every day) I want to share different accounts of baptism - stories, remembrances, sermons, hymns, prayers. The idea for this came from here. The first account of baptism comes from a Baptist church in the 18th century: This day the two churches of Walden and Cambridge met by mutual consent at Whittlesford to administer the ordinance of baptism. This church sometimes administers baptism in public (as now) in the presence of many hundreds of spectators; so John the Baptist administered it: sometimes in private; so St. Paul administered it to the jailor, though never in the night, because we are not only not persecuted, but we are protected by the law. Circumstances must determine when a private, or when a public baptism is proper. Previous to this, twenty-five persons had professed their faith and repentance to the church at Walden; and twenty-one had done the same at Cambridge; and all had desired baptism by immersion. Dr Gifford, at ten o’clock, mounted a moveable pulpit near the river in Mr Hollick’s yard, and, after singing and prayer, preached a suitable sermon on the occasion from Psalm 119.57. After sermon, the men... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at andygoodliff
The Whitley Lecture is an annual lecture given by Baptist in the UK. This year's lecturer is Joshua Searle, who teaches at Spurgeon's College. It's title is: Church Without Walls: Post-Soviet Baptists After the Ukrainian Revolution Recent events in Ukraine have forced post-Soviet evangelicals to address a question they had long avoided: ‘in what way is the gospel not only the source of personal salvation, but also the source of social transformation?’ This lecture advances the provocative argument that instead of calling the people to repent and make peace, the church itself should repent for betraying the people, and for failing for so many years to speak truthfully to those in power and to stand on the side of the oppressed. The lecture concludes on a hopeful note by showing that despite their limited numbers, Baptists can be in the vanguard of a new movement (a ‘church without walls’) for the reformation of the church and the renewal of society, which moves towards an open future with hope for greater freedom. While drawing on the author’s experience of living and working in Ukraine, this lecture also addresses vital issues that affect the global Baptist community, such as the missional imperatives... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at andygoodliff
The most awaited book in Pauline scholarship is surely now Beverly Gaventa's commentary on Romans. Later this year she publishes When in Romans: An Invitation to the Linger with the Gospel According to Paul, which will accompany her early Our Saint Paul and get us closer to the final commentary appearing. This new book will probably collect her essays on various texts and issues in Romans over the last few years. Douglas A. Campbell is working on a new book, which might see the light of day before 2016 is finished. This new book is an attempt to set out Paul's theology as he reads it and in a style that will reach a wider audience than The Deliverance of God. In 2014 at SBL, Ben Blackwell and others organised a set of papers on Paul and Apocalyptic, and they will be published this year as Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination. NT Wright never has a year off and before the end of the year he will have published The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus' Crucifixion, which sounds another addition to his 'series' of studies that include Surprised By Hope, Virtue Reborn and How God Became... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at andygoodliff
I want to talk this morning about ‘faith.’[i] It's a word that crops up a fair bit in the letter to the Romans. It’s a word that crops up a fair bit when we talk about being a Christian. Being a Christian is about having faith, and having faith specifically in Jesus Christ. It is faith, according to Paul, that justifies us. We are justified by faith. We are saved by faith. Faith is a big deal. It is at the heart of the Christian life. There’s been a debate that’s been going over 30 years now amongst New Testament scholars about faith. The debate has been about whose faith are we talking about when we read certain verses in Paul’s letters. Is it our faith or is it Christ’s faith? One of those verses is Romans 3.22, which as you read it your Bible says: ‘This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.’ What you may notice is the small ‘h’ after the word ‘in’ which takes you to a footnote at the bottom of the page and gives you an alternative way of translating the verse: ‘This righteousness is give through the faithfulness... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at andygoodliff
‘The Ox and the Donkey’ Luke 2.1-20 Christmas Day 2015 Belle Vue Baptist We’ve just heard read the account of Jesus’ birth in Luke’s gospel. Familiar words. Its one of those bits of the Bible, that if I asked you to shut your Bibles and your eyes and tell me what happens, I think most of you could get pretty close to the words Luke uses. Don’t worry I’m not going to put my theory to the test. These are very familiar words. And if I asked you to describe the nativity scene, I’m pretty sure we know what would need to be in there. Mary, Joseph and Jesus of course. A stable with a manger. An ox and donkey. Some shepherds with maybe one or two sheep. Three magi with their camels parked outside. A star over the stable. This is the scene on the increasingly rare Christmas card, this is the scene of numerous paintings of the Nativity by great painters, this is the scene at the end of the BBC’s version of the Nativity from a few years ago. And of course its wrong. Yes, we read of Mary, Joseph and Jesus lying in a manger. We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at andygoodliff
The radio and the world have been singing: ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ for more than a few weeks now.[i] In the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis it’s never Christmas, it’s always winter. These days we’ve done the reverse, it’s never advent, it’s always Christmas. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is about the liberation of Narnia from winter, it’s liberation from the evil rule of the White Witch. I wonder if we need a liberation from a perpetual Christmas, a liberation from the powers that seek to make us their disciples of greed and waste. It is in this way that the church stubbornly sings an advent song: ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christ is coming’ and the tune is not such a jaunty one. The song or prayer can be found in the scriptures. Paul prays ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Cor 16.22) and the Book of Revelation ends, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ (Rev 22.20). This prayer is one of the earliest prayers of the Christian faith, but is hardly prevalent today. I wonder if we’ve settled too much, and Advent comes to make us restless for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at andygoodliff
The season of Advent is shaped around the twin themes of judgment and promise and so the book of Isaiah is a perfect reading companion. It is, as it has been called, the ‘fifth gospel’ – it prepares the way, it sounds in advance the gospel message of Jesus. Isaiah is a book with three parts. The first part contains chapters 1-39 and is the work of the prophet Isaiah in the eight century BC. The second part contains chapters 40-55 and is the work of a prophet in the sixth century BC, in the midst of exile. The third part contains chapters 56-66 and is the work of a prophet in the fifth century BC after the return from exile. While these three parts reflect three different points in Israel’s history, the book hangs together so that we can read it as a whole.[i] First Isaiah (ch.1-39) is largely an exercise in prophetic judgement. We think of prophecy as predicting the future, but the prophets of the Old Testament work more in the vein of criticism. like newspapers have commentators, who offer their weekly view on the issues of the day, so Israel’s prophets uttered their judgements on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at andygoodliff
- an angel turns up at your door and says you’re going to have a baby. - John Lewis make an advert that makes you shed a tear. - a star in the night sky begins burning brighter, almost as if it wants you to follow it. - a strange bearded guy starts shouting ‘repent’ and ‘get ready for the Lord’. - Cliff Richard releases another single! - you open a door each morning and eat some chocolate for breakfast. - a group knock on your door and start singing an out of tune and mumbled ‘We wish you a merry …’ - there’s a different party in every week of December to go to. - the Government want you to go back to your place of birth so they can do a census. - your neighbours or friends invite you to come to church. - you see people spending silly money on presents for their children. - a candle flickering in the darkness is a sign of hope. - an angel says your wife’s pregnant even though you’re both in - you start to question whether it was a good idea to invite all the family round at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at andygoodliff
In 1987 the American band REM released their song ‘It’s the end of the world as we know it.’[i] I was seven at the time, but I guess, for those who we then a little older, it may have felt like the end of the world, the Cold War was still in full flow and of course in the UK Margaret Thatcher was still PM! The belief that the world is going to end is something that has been present throughout much of history.[ii] In Jesus’ day, the Jews were praying that God would bring the end of the world, which in other words meant the end of the Romans – this was the great hope! Three hundred years later, many Christians thought the end of the world had come, when the Roman Empire became Christian, and what must have felt like the whole world becoming Christian – this was heaven on earth! For those in the middle ages, the end of the world was thought of more in terms of whether you were going to heaven or hell – this produced more fear than hope! In the 17th and 18th century and rise of science and the idea of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at andygoodliff
A friend who is a minister at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church recently asked members of the congregation why they come to the church.[*] I wonder what kind of answers you might say about Belle Vue. Here’s a few that I thought might resonate. Perhaps you come to Belle Vue because it’s a habit, learned from a young age, suitably drilled in by parents, that Sunday’s are for going to church. You can’t imagine life without going to church, it’s part of who you are, and as such Belle Vue has become a part of who you are. On some days you worry you’ve become just part of the furniture, on others you wonder at all the changes in worship and activities you’ve witnessed other the years, either wishing it was like days in the past, or glad for what the newness brings. You believe the church is an anchor in life, that keeps you rooted, and while it does change, it is also the one thing that stays the same. You come to Belle Vue because you believe this church gets that. Perhaps you come to Belle Vue because you like the fact that the church is living, active and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at andygoodliff
Andrew Walker, Notes From A Wayward Son: A Miscellany, ed. by Andrew D. Kinsey (Cascade, 2015), 322pp. Last year Andrew Walker was honoured with a long overdue set of essays representing his contribution to theology and congregational studies (my review of that book can be found here). Walker is most famous for his work Restoring the Kingdom (4th ed., Guildford Eagle, 1998), which was a landmark study of the 1970s and 80s house church movement, but he has also been an influential voice amongst those seeking to explore issues of church and culture, writing and editing a number of helpful works, alongside overseeing the influential Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King's College London. This new collection of essays spans his career and gathers together a number of his harder to find pieces of work into one place. The title of the book is borrowed from the title of an auto-biographical piece which appeared originally as a chapter in Charismatic Renewal: In Search of a Theology (SPCK, 1995) and is now reprinted in this collection. It tells the wonderful account of Walker's growing up a Pentecostal, his experience of the Holy Spirit, and his eventual journey into the Russian... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at andygoodliff
Samuel Wells, The Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), 328pp. The Nazareth Manifesto took a fairly long time to write. Its first origins are back when Wells was ministering in Norwich in the late 1990s and read a book which introduced the language of working for, working with and being with. However it wasn't until he arrived as Dean of Duke Chapel in 2005 and beginning to understand the mission of the church (in the context where mission was almost entirely as working for) that the book began to be developed. He delivered a lecture in 2008 called 'The Nazareth Manifesto' in which the key argument of the book was outlined and this eventually became the first chapter in Living With Enemies, a small book which was part of the series called Resources for Reconciliation. Alongside this came sermons, two of which bookend The Nazareth Manifesto, which showed the importance of being with in scripture. The Nazareth Manifesto is the expanded argument explored theologically and ethically, written in first few years as vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, which itself has its own particular mission. The simple argument is this is Wells' attempt to argue for the importance of being with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at andygoodliff
I want to start this morning with an account of someone I know who has found himself through his wife involved in a prison ministry. He lives in the United States. In 2005 at the time of the spring proms a young lad in our son’s year at school – we’ll call him Ben – shot both his parents dead. The school immediately closed ranks. Experts were brought in who advised everyone above all to avoid contact with this deranged and dangerous figure. My wife’s first response though – and I attribute this to the work of the Holy Spirit – was “something terrible happened to Ben to make him do that.” She thought this in part because Ben had been kind to our son when he first arrived at his new school as an awkward foreigner in grade 11. Ben had actually befriended him and gone out of his way to include him in parties and gaming events. Shortly after thinking this she was woken in the night with the conviction that she had to write to Ben in jail. A series of near miraculous events unfolded to open the way for a visit, followed by further weekly visits.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at andygoodliff
Today in 2000 James McClendon died. He authored Ethics, Doctrine & Witness & provided baptistic vision of theology McClendon's baptistic theology was centred around a conviction that 'this is that.' His work sits alongside that of Hauerwas & Yoder. Alongside his 3-volume systematic theology, McClendon did important work on biography as theology & the importance of convictions IBTS in Prague & now Amsterdam through Parush Parushev, Keith Jones & now @StuartMBlythe has been a centre for theology Jim McClendon style. The 3rd volume of The Collected Works of Jim McClendon @Baylor_Press is due out early 2016. Hauerwas on MClendon: 'I always suspect that God gave Jim a Catholic body but forced him to live a baptist life - a small 'b' Baptist life' The importance of Jim McClendon's theology is he starts with Ethics & then Doctrine reversing the practice of the way much theology is done. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at andygoodliff
Ben Myers tweeted today an excellent guide/summary to each of Barth's volumes of the Church Dogmatics, this will surely encourage those non-readers to give Barth a go, or those still too daunted to grasp something of great man's theological mind. Barth 1/1: Before I ever thought of God, before I opened my mouth to speak, God is, God speaks, and what God says is "God!" Barth 1/2: God's mighty Word is humbly hidden in the human flesh of Jesus, the human words of scripture, & the boredom of the Sunday sermon Barth 2/1: God's happy Word is unconditioned by anything in us. That's why God is better than anyone, because God is free to love everyone Barth 2/2: Why is God so good at freely loving us? Because God had so much practice before we ever existed Barth 3/1: We were summoned into being by God's freely loving Word. From that day on, God has spared no expense in trying to befriend us Barth 3/2: Our nature fits God like a glove: God wore it first then let us try it on, and Jesus shows us how to wear it right Barth 3/3: God's freely loving Word holds the world... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at andygoodliff
1926- PhD (London, 1976); supervised by Peter Ackroyd; DD (Oxford) Tutor in Old Testament, Spurgeon's College (1965-1975) Senior Tutor, Regent's Park College, Oxford (1975-1991) Lecturer in Old Testament, University of Oxford (1981-1993) Major Publications 'The Relation of Zech 9—14 to Proto-Zechariah', Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 88.2 (1976) 'The Purpose of the "Editorial Framework" of the Book of Haggai', Vests Testamentum 27.4 (October 1977) The Books of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Cambridge, 1977) 'The Prophets of the Restoration' in Richard Coggins et al (eds.), Israel's Prophetic Tradition: Essays in Honor of Peter R. Ackroyd (Cambridge, 1982) 'Some Echoes of the Preaching in the Second Temple? Tradition Elements in Zechariah 1—8', Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 96.2 (1984) 'The Treatment of Earlier Biblical Themes in the Book of Daniel' in James L. Crenshaw (ed.), Perspectives on the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor Walter J. Harrelson (Mercer, 1988) Preaching the Tradition: Homily and Hermeneutics After the Exile (Cambridge, 1990) Micah, Nahum and Obadiah (Sheffield, 1991) Old Testament Pictures of God (Smyth & Helwys, 1993) Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Joel (JSOT, 1994) Propaganda and Subversion in the Old Testament (SPCK, 1997) 'The Messiah in the Postexilic Old Testament Literature' in John Day (ed.), King and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at andygoodliff
(Written for a service where we welcomed animals on Sunday 4th October2015 and inspired by the conversations written by John Bell and Graham Maule). Peter: Jesus? Jesus: Yes Peter? Peter: I was wondering … Jesus: what were you wondering about … Peter: Well, it’s just … I wanted to know … whether … well … is there room for Rocky in the kingdom of God? Jesus: You mean Rocky the hamster. Peter: Yes. I love Rocky. We’ve been friends for years. And you keep talking about the kingdom of God, and I was wondering is there a place for Rocky? Or is it just for humans. Jesus: What does the Bible tell us? Peter: Don’t ask me Jesus, you’re the expert. Jesus: Well, what does it say in Genesis 1? Peter: It says God created all the birds of the air and the fish in the sea and all the animals on the ground. Jesus: And what does God say? Peter: God said it was good. Jesus: Yes God says all the creatures of the world are good. And what does it say in the story of Noah? Peter: That God destroyed the world because of human wickedness. Jesus: But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at andygoodliff
Today is the 20th anniversary of Racial Justice Sunday. It was first established in 1995. I want to talk today about race. I want to talk about race partly because the church hardly ever talks about it. I want to talk about race fairly confident that everyone who belongs to this church would not consider themselves racist. I want to talk about race even though we probably do not think it is an issue we need to talk about. That we think we don’t need to talk about race may reflect that as a nation we never practiced the overt evils of apartheid or segregation which shaped South Africa and North America. As a nation we never explicitly structured our society racially. And yet racism – terrible and widespread – has always been there in our society and in the church. Racism is present in both explicit terms, as verbal and physical abuse, but also in less explicit ways, more hidden and unconscious, what some term ‘white supremacy’ or ‘whiteness.’ As white British people we may not consider ourselves racist, yet we inhabit a society and a continent with a long history of racism through its colonialism of much of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at andygoodliff
PhD (supervised by Graham Stanton / London, 1993) Tutor in New Testament, Spurgeon's College (1989-2000) Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica (2003-2006) Publications 'The Grounds of Association.' in David Slater (ed.) A Perspective on Baptist Identity (Mainstream, 1987), 7-14 'Essential Aspects of the Church in the Bible', Evangelical Review of Theology 3 (1989) 'Does Paul Acquiesce in Divisions at the Lord's Supper?', Novum Testamentum 33.1 (1991) 'Do the Work of an Evangelist', Evangelical Quarterly 64 (1992) 'The Elders of the Jerusalem Church', Journal of Theological Studies 44 (1993) The Elders: Seniority within Earliest Christianity (T & T Clark, 1994) 'Identifying the Faithful Sayings in the Pastoral Epistles', Journal for the Study of the New Testament 16 (October 1994) 'Κα μλιστα ο κεων–A New Look at 1 Timothy 5.8', New Testament Studies 41.1 (1995) 'Jesus and his Baptism', Tyndale Bulletin 47.2 (November 1996) 'Once More: Is Worship ‘Biblical’?', The Churchman 110.2 (1996) 'Against such things there is no law'? Galatians 5:23b again', Expository Times 107 (1996) 'Baptism and Resurrection (1 Cor 15.29)', Australian Biblical Review 47 (1999), 43-52 'Dying with Christ: The Origins of a Metaphor?' in Stanley E. Porter and Anthony... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at andygoodliff
Kim Fabricius' theological doodlings are joy to read and often very funny. You can read them all here, but here's a selection of the shortest, and four doodlings on Douglas Campbell's The Deliverance of God. If there were cameras at Calvary, Christianity would be a cliché. Sermons are like basketball games: everything is won or lost in the last five minutes. Jesus said, “Where two are three are gathered together in my name, there is the C of E in 50 years.” To all ministers troubled by a sense of failure – and your point is? What is heaven like? A lot like jail: no rich people. People often talk of church planting when they mean church cloning. The best sermon I’ve ever preached is probably the worst sermon they’ve ever heard. So you’re a minister. Do you have an office? If you do, you’re not a minister. A CEO has an office, a minister has a study. A woman once asked me why I never preach on taking Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. “Because, ma’am, I preach on the Bible.” Any preacher who brandishes a book and declares “God says …!” can only be waving the Qur’an,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at andygoodliff
Here's some of the best theological tweets from @LincolnHarvey (Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College and author of A Brief Theology of Sport): So you want to know where the Babylonians came from? Well, when Mummylonian and Daddylonian love each other very much... Churches without steeples are pointless. The Son of God is very down to earth. Jesus had a row with his disciples. On the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is hung up on us. Jesus died doing what he loved, being human. The church is both proleptic and amateurleptic. The bible is wholly ghostwritten. The rich want to call him J€$u$. We took a risk killing God, but he made a boulder move. The doctrine of original sin means the word 'mankind' is an oxymoron. Christians are not what they used to be. Long term forecast. God reigns. Son shines. God always slips from our grasp, even when we grabbed a hammer and nailed him down. On Myers-Briggs, Jesus is an INRI. I've just been read by my bible. There is a place for lyres in truthful worship. Eucharist: the original Happy Meal™ The Eucharist is a remembrance of our future. Reminder. It's not a youcharist. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at andygoodliff
Today (18 July) is a day to remember the life of the Particular Baptist theologian and pastor Benjamin Keach. Keach was the leading theological thinker of the late 17th Century among the Particular Baptists. Author of numerous works and pastor of a congregation in Horsleydown, Southwark. Born on the 29 Feb 1640. He became a General Baptist in his teens. He was arrested, imprisoned, tried, fined, and his works burnt in 1660 and 1664. Following which he moved to London and moved from the General Baptists to the Particular Baptists, probably through the influence of his second wife Susannah and his friendship with Hanserd Knollys. He argued with the likes of Richard Baxter against infant baptism and authored catechisms and confessions as well as allegorical works in a similar vein to John Bunyan. He argued for the laying on hands following baptism, which at time the Particular Baptists were unconvinced by and more famously he argued for the use of hymns in worship. When his church in Horsleydown voted to sing a hymn following the sermon, some have said we are the beginnings of the great tradition of English Protestant hymnody. For more on the life of Benjamin Keach see:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at andygoodliff
Brian Brock teaches Christian ethics at Aberdeen. He is the author of Singing the Ethos of God: The Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture (Eerdmans, 2007) and Christian Ethics in a Technological Age (Eerdmans, 2010). He has also written in the area of disability theology, most recently editing Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader (2012) with his colleague John Swinton. Captive to Christ, Open to the World is a little book, 140pp and is a series of interviews with Brock over a range of ethical questions with concern for the environment, politics, medicine, the university. The interviews begin with discussions of Brock's work on scripture and technology, before broadening out into wider issues. The interviews have been edited by Kenneth Oakes who provides an introduction. The book offers an insight into the task of being a Christian ethicist in the church, but also in a secular institution. The book is difficult to summarise because its mode of interview means the conversation moves in different directions, but there is, on almost every page, a gem of an observation or thought to ponder, which is rooted in day to day living. What Brock does in this book is engage with concrete... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at andygoodliff