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Books I have Read: The Sea Walker

If you enjoy good fiction, you will enjoy The Sea Walker: A Bible Mystery Story by Cedric Longville. This is an enjoyable story set at the point where Constantine had ordered the first mass production of Christian Scriptures. The plot is obviously speculative, but it is none the worse for that and some of the insights into people and theological issues are fascinating. Unfortunately, it is only available on Kindle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a print publisher picked up on it soon.

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Books I Have Read: Introducing Christian Mission Today

If I were to ask which is the most important book on mission today, I suspect that most people would answer either Transforming Mission by David Bosch or The mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Chris Wright. Don’t get me wrong, these books are both excellent. If you want an overview of how mission thinking has changed over 2,000 years, you can’t do better than Bosch, though his twenty year-old predictions about the future direction of mission are understandably a little more shaky. Likewise, if you want an unpacking of the…

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Books I Have Read: The Next Evangelicalism

“For most of its history (but particularly for the last fifty years), American evangelicalism has more accurately reflected the values, culture and ethos of Western, white American culture than the views of Scripture…”

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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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