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18 August 2015

The August book club

The August book club

THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS
by N.T. Wright

Much of Wright's account of Jesus will be familiar from earlier books.However, this revision of a 2000 title allows the author to update his thinking and take account of new scholarly developments. He reflects on the meaning of the kingdom of God, and on the cross. There are chapters on Jesus' self-understanding as son of God and on the resurrection as well as reflections on mission in the post-modern world.The book provides a summary of Tom Wright's thinking and confirms his reputation as a leading biblical scholar.

THE AWESOME JOURNEY: LIFE'S PILGRIMAGE
by David Adam

David Adam's latest book sees the Christian life as a journey in which believers are called to step out into the unknown. Much of the book consists of meditations on biblical characters who undertook journeys:Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Isaiah, and Paul.There are references to the Celtic saints as well as quotations from William Wordsworth, D.H. Lawrence, Teilhard de Chardin, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and C.S. Lewis. Evangelicals may occasionally disagree with David Adam, but will benefit from insights drawn from traditions other than their own.

WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE? EMPATHY AND DISCERNMENT IN A CRITICAL AGE
by Fraser Dyer

Dyer shows how we often make unjustified assumptions about others. Judgementalism can be seen in churches and in the scape-goating of immigrants and welfare claimants.The author admits he is as prone to judging others as anyone. Arguably, he falls into this trap when he challenges different views on women bishops and homosexuality. There is a difference between being judgemental and discernment.The Church is called to a prophetic ministry that is concerned with social justice more than personal morality .

Reviewed by Graham Hedges