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The Bible and Mission

If you read Kouyanet (which presumably you do), you should read this short post and then go away and download the pdf of Bible and Mission which has just been made available by Regnum books, the official imprint of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. This volume is part of a series of books which have emerged from the 2010 Edinburgh missionary conference, which are progressively being made available as free downloads (I wish someone had told me this before I spent an arm and a leg buying the first…

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Caught Live: Peatbog Faeries

There are some people who don’t like Scottish folk music, I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. Even more strange, there are some who don’t like the idea of Scottish folk music coupled to a driving bass section and amazing electronic keyboards. Such people are just wrong! Last night was the third time we’ve seen the Peatbog Faeries live and they just keep on getting better. Peter Morisson is an amazing pipes and whistle player and Ross Couper is as good a fiddle player as I’ve…

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Caught Live: Peatbog Faeries

There are some people who don’t like Scottish folk music, I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. Even more strange, there are some who don’t like the idea of Scottish folk music coupled to a driving bass section and amazing electronic keyboards. Such people are just wrong! Last night was the third time we’ve seen the Peatbog Faeries live and they just keep on getting better. Peter Morisson is an amazing pipes and whistle player and Ross Couper is as good a fiddle player as I’ve…

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From Times Square to Timbuktu

I really wanted to like this book; I even quoted a couple of passages from it in blog posts a few days back. However, I found it really difficult to maintain my initial enthusiasm. From Times Square to Timbuktu, starts well but, like so much of the ecumenical conversation that it promotes, it descends into multiple journey and pilgrimage metaphors which don’t seem to lead anywhere. While I applaud the author’s concern about the fractured nature of Christianity both in the west and the wider world, I am not sure that…

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The Best Books On Mission (Again)

A subjective, but not entirely uneducated, list of the most useful books for anyone interested in studying world mission.

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Books I Have Read: Recovering the Full Mission of God

I came across a new (for me) acronym today: “tldr” which means “too long, didn’t read”. This is not going to be a long post and you should read it, but if you can only cope with highlights; this is a brilliant book and you should buy it. I have already given severe quotes from Recovering the Full Mission of God by Dean Flemming, so if you are a regular reader of Kouyanet, you have had an insight it. Subtitled A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing and Telling this book looks again at the perennial thorny…

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Capercaille at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

There are some people who don’t think that Karen Matheson is the greatest female singer in the world; they aren’t bad people, they just haven’t heard her yet. But Capercaille are not simply a backing band for their wonderful vocalist. Indeed, last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ms Matheson often sat quietly at the back of the stage, clapping her hands, as the rest of the band reeled, jigged and strathspeyed our socks off. The only problem was that this was a ‘no dancing’ venue. Even someone as terpsichorally…

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Books I Have Read: The Hunger Games Trilogy

You may already have read The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy), or perhaps seen the first film in the series (the second one is just out) and so you know what the story is all about. For those who are not aware of it, the story is set in a dystopian future with a repressive government using a gladiatorial contest during which children fight to the death as a way of keeping a lid on social tension. Katniss Everdeen is a contestant in the games who goes on to become a…

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Books I Have Read: The King In His Beauty

Without doubt, Schreiner’s King in His Beauty, The: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments is a contender for the best book I have read this year. Essentially, it is a trip through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, showing how the theme of the Kingdom of God links the different books into a coherent whole. The different chapters are given over to introductions to books or series of books of the Bible. To be honest, it would be worth paying the purchase price for that alone – this is…

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Books I Have Read: The Ministry of a Messy House

I’m not sure how to describe this book. At one level it is easy to describe it; it’s an excellent book, well written and genuinely easy to read. I don’t have the slightest hesitation in recommending that you read it. My difficulty, is that I’m not sure how to classify it. It is part guide to modern Christian life (with some good practical hints) and part extended practical theology. This is partly reflected in the title and subtitle. In the Ministry of a Messy House, vicar’s wife Amanda Robbie gives…

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