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Jesus Who Was Born

Jesus wasn’t born in a nice unit in a modern hospital. He was born in a fairly primitive building, perhaps lit by smoky oil lamps. His mother was an unmarried teenage girl, in a town far away from her family and friends. I’ve no doubt that the women of the village gathered round to help the strange girl who found herself giving birth a long way from home. That’s what happens in relational societies. When Jesus came into the world, he was a funny colour and if he didn’t start screaming immediately, a woman no-doubt smacked his bum to get his lungs working and some air flowing.

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Books I Have Read: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

To be honest, I made a big mistake with this book: I read it. Now don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad book, it’s actually a very good book. But it isn’t a book for reading, it’s a book to pick up and study when you want to look at a particular passage or […]

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The Forgotten Jesus…

Let’s start with the negatives: at around £15 for 240 pages, this book is overpriced. This is probably because it has been published by a rather specialist house (Wipf and Stock) rather than one of the more popular and mass-market Christian publishers, but it is frustrating. That being said, I reckon you should get your […]

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Books of The Year

What with one thing and another, I’ve not read as many books as usual this year and I’ve reviewed even fewer. But for the record; here is a list of book reviews that have appeared on Kouyanet in 2012. The Future of the Global Church The Soul Survivor Youth Bible Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective […]

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Life Changer

The best thing about Twitter is that it has brought me into contact with some remarkable people. A couple of months ago, I spent a day an hour or so with Jason Ramosami, whom I first came into contact with on twitter. Jason is an RE teacher, who is an illustrator in his spare time. […]

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Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham is a substantial read. It’s not a book that you would want to read in the bath or for light relief on a train journey. Unless you are a specialist in New Testament or classical studies you may well find it hard going; […]

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Putting the Gospels Back Together

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture which Tom Wright gave at the Bristol School of Christian Studies and would be interested to know what others think about it: Bishop Tom Wright – Putting the Gospels Back Together: How We’ve All misread Our Central Story It takes about an hour and will give you plenty to think […]

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Mission

Future Speculation and Serious Bible Study

I’ve only just started reading Beyond Empire: Postcolonialism & Mission in a Global Context by Jonathan Ingleby, but I can already tell that I’m going to enjoy it. The following quote takes up an issue which I consider to be of primary importance in the mission world today: One of the most depressing features of […]

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Lost in Transmission

This is an excellent book; it’s part refutation of Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus and part personal spiritual journey. The two themes in the book are woven together well and the constant changing from discussions of post-modernism and the nature of the canon to autobiographical stories keeps the narrative flowing and interesting. The subject matter is wide […]