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Resources for Reflective Living


Discipleship in Daily Life

Christ of the Everyday

Christ of the Everyday
Resource Type
Book
Author
Jeff Astley
Publisher
SPCK (2007)
ISBN
0281058806
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"Christ of the Everyday" seeks to help us discover the true meaning of the way of Jesus. Two convictions permeate the text. The first is that to be converted is, in the end, not so much a matter of seeing different things as of seeing the same things differently; and that 'having the eyes of faith', in this sense, is a major component of being a person of faith. The second conviction is that most religious insight is something that happens, if it happens at all, in the midst of the ordinary experiences of life - including our experiences of solitude, suffering, friendship and joy. It is in and from such locations that Christians develop their perspective on Jesus.

Do Christians know how to be Spiritual?

Do Christians know how to be Spiritual?
Resource Type
Book
Author
John Drane
Publisher
Darton, Longman and Todd (2005)
ISBN
023252632X
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The author presents a quick tour of the cultural changes being experienced in Western views of spirituality identifying the challenges and opportunities this presents to the Christian church. He focuses on how the Christian community can connect with spiritual seekers in today’s world.

Mission Shaped Church

Mission Shaped Church
Resource Type
Book
Author
Rowan Williams
Publisher
Church House Publishing (2004)
ISBN
0715140132
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Rowan Williams explores Mission Shaped Church

Simply Christian

Simply Christian
Resource Type
Book
Author
Tom Wright
Publisher
SPCK (2006)
ISBN
0281054819
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Provides an introduction to Christianity - what Christians believe, and why, how should we live!

Struggling to be Holy

Struggling to be Holy
Resource Type
Book
Author
Judy Hirst
Publisher
Darton, Longman and Todd (2006)
ISBN
0232526354
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Offers six spiritual reflections that explore how 'holiness' is not the preserve of an especially religious elite, rather something we all struggle for in the midst of our ordinary lives, our work and relationships.

The Reflective Disciple

The Reflective Disciple
Resource Type
Book
Author
Roger Walton
Publisher
Epworth (London, 2009)
ISBN
071620648X
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Much time and attention is currently devoted by Christian writers to the notion of discipleship. Many of the courses and local church programmes are, however, focused on the gathered church or on gathering. Roger Walton challenges the church to 'train and release' reflective and creative disciples by giving attention to the presence of God in the life of the world and engaging with the divine in the ordinary. This is a challenging resource for all involved in church leadership and training new Christians.

God and Work

Where is God on Monday?

Where is God on Monday?
Resource Type
Book
Author
Alistair Mackenzie and Wayne Kirkland
Publisher
Navpress Publishing Group (2003)
ISBN
1576834298
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A fusion of biblical insights and observations from the marketplace.

Reflective Living

Conversation Matters

Resource Type
Book
Author
Peter Shaw
Publisher
Continuum (2005)
ISBN
0826481477
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This book captures the real art of conversation, drawing on examples from Jesus, structured for use during Lent by both individuals and groups.

Gods Pattern : Shaping Worship

Gods Pattern : Shaping Worship
Resource Type
Book
Author
David Stancliffe
Publisher
SPCK (2003)
ISBN
028105360X
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An accessible book which uses a diverse set of case studies to illustrate spirituality at work by drawing on a range of various wisdom traditions. Explores the dimensions of both individual and organisational life

Lets Do Theology - A pastoral cycle resource book

Lets Do Theology - A pastoral cycle resource book
Resource Type
Book
Author
Laurie Green
Publisher
Continuum (1990)
ISBN
0264671945
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This helpful book introduces a ‘Doing Theology Spiral’ which moves through experience – exploration –reflection - response. Each phase is described in detail with plenty of practical examples.

Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology (Explorations in Pastoral, Practical & Empirical Theology)

Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology (Explorations in Pastoral, Practical & Empirical Theology)
Resource Type
Book
Author
Jeff Astley
Publisher
Ashgate (2002)
ISBN
0754605841
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"Ordinary theology" is the theology of the church's front line; it is truly a warts and all theology open to the alley; statistically speaking, it is the theology of God's church.

Practical Theology in Action

Practical Theology in Action
Resource Type
Book
Author
Paul Ballard and John Pritchard
Publisher
SPCK (2006)
ISBN
0281057192
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This book offers a basic introduction to practical theology. It uses everyday stories and case histories to explore a range of pastoral situations and reflect on them theologically. The book tackles the task of putting Christian beliefs into practice in a lively and appealing style.

Taking Ordinary Theology Seriously

Taking Ordinary Theology Seriously
Resource Type
Book
Author
Jeff Astley
Publisher
Grove Books, (2007)
ISBN
9781851746583
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Where do we look for theology? Who does it, and who owns it? The authors argue that there is such a thing as ‘ordinary theology'. It exists outside the university and the theological college; nevertheless, it should be taken seriously. Taking Ordinary Theology Seriously includes an analysis of interview studies in which regular churchgoers reflect on their beliefs about the person and the power of Christ. Their views raise important issues for the pastoral and educational ministry of the church.

The Heythrop Institute

The Heythrop Institute
Resource Type
Website
Website Address
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The Institute feeds into debate on topical issues. The aim is not to offer a rounded academic discussion of complex issues, but to share with non-specialists views and questions on current events from the Institute's point of view. 

Theological Reflection Methods

Theological Reflection Methods
Resource Type
Book
Author
Elaine Graham, Heather Walton and Frankie Ward
Publisher
SCM Press (2005)
ISBN
0334029767
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This is the first in a two part project, aimed at postgraduates and academics interested in the expanding volume of work and research surrounding theological reflection.

Theological Reflection Sources

Theological Reflection Sources
Resource Type
Book
Author
Elaine Graham, Heather Walton and Frankie Ward
Publisher
SCM Press (2007)
ISBN
0334029775
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Following the same topics as the "Methods" volume, this reader is aimed at postgraduates and academics interested in the expanding volume of work and research surrounding theological reflection.

Why would lay people want theological education anyway?

Resource Type
Article
Author
Sally Simmel
Publisher
The Alban Institute
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There is no end to the corners of life that would benefit from theological reflection and education. In a post-Christian world, our faith should reach every aspect of work and family life, global economics, politics, and religion. Millions of laity are eager for the opportunity to expand their horizons, to think differently, to live differently. Learning happens in all of life and through all of life.

Why would laypeople want theological education, anyway? For life, of course.

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