Category Archives: books

 Pints of View

Thinking of staring a pub-based fresh expression, I came across a Grove book, written in 2005 which outlines a church’s  efforts to connect to the local pub community (Peter Howell-Jones & Nick Willis,  Pints of View: Encounters down the Pub, … Continue reading

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Some fresh expressions thinking from 1957

This is from The Unfinished Task, by Anglican Bishop in Southern India in the 1950s, Stephen Neill. Speaking Southern Indian villages where traditional forms of the church have failed to make headway and proved to be inadequate, and seeking of the larger … Continue reading

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Pioneer Ministry in New Housing Areas: Grove Booklet

This succinct new Grove booklet offers a helpful introduction to pioneering on new build developments for practitioners and permission-givers. Penny Marsh and Alison Boulton look at how this has become a contemporary issue, give practical suggestions for pioneers and for those … Continue reading

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Neighbouring

Another local minister put me onto this book about Jesus’ greatest commandments, The Art of Neighboring, by American ministers Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. Imagine if a network of churches across the city were engaged in actively pursuing the best for … Continue reading

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Prophetically engaging with the culture.

It’s taken me a while to get through this book, although it is only about 120 pages long. Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination is quite a dense read. His basic thesis is that we need to engage in a critique, calling … Continue reading

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What can we imagine?

We need to ask not whether it is realistic, or practical, or viable, but whether it is imaginable? I’ve just got round to reading Walter Brueggemann’s book, The Prophetic Imagination after it was recommended by Jonny Baker at the Breakout … Continue reading

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Lamenting the demise of The Great Good Place

I have been blogging my way through The Great Good Place as I read it. Having finished it, I can say that Oldenburg has given a detailed overview of the third place, the reasons for the decline of such places … Continue reading

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