Evangelicals at University

Evangelicals at University

Meeting Jesus at University: Rites of Passage and Student Evangelicals Edward Dutton Ashgate, hb, £50 (Buy it from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com for just £47.50) According to its author, this book is intended as a contribution to what he describes as the ‘under-studied but important area’ of student evangelism (by which he means the […]

‘Making God Possible’ explores clergy role

‘Making God Possible’ explores clergy role

Making God Possible, Alan Billings SPCK, pb, £14.99 (Buy it from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com for just £8.76) Alan Billings has had wide experience as a parish priest, as a theological educator, and as Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council. He is also a skilled communicator known to many for his broadcasts on ‘Thought […]

The perfect selection of books for summer reading

The perfect selection of books for summer reading

Seriously Funny Adrian Plass and Jeff Lucas Authentic, pb, £8.99 (Buy it from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com for just £6.99) These two have been best-selling authors for the last 20 years and now they have put together the correspondence that passed between them. Needless to say, the letters are funny and serious at the […]

Saints and Heroes,

Saints and Heroes,

Saints and Heroes, Frank Field SPCK, pb, £12.99 As Labour MP for Birkenhead since 1979 Frank Field has been nobody’s poodle. There must have been times when he has given his party whips nightmares. He has never been afraid to speak his mind and when he has defied the party line he has done so […]

Finding A Role?

Finding A Role?

In the end Brian Harrison does not really answer the question posed by his title. Tony Blair left office, we are told, with that ‘holy grail, a world role for Britain’ as elusive as ever. But the British are fortunate, Harrison assures us, to live in a political structure that prescribes no collective role for […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week

Heresy Alister McGrath SPCK, pb, £12.99 (Buy it from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com for just £7.19) ‘Never has there been such interest in the idea of heresy,’ declares Alister McGrath in the opening sentence of his new book. He is right about that. Heresies appeal to a post-modern way of thinking that values choice […]

Virtue Reborn

Virtue Reborn

Tom Wright SPCK, pb, £9.99 (£7.98 from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com) Tom Wright sees his new book as a sequel to two previous works of apologetics, Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope. In the US this book has been given the title After You Believe with the idea that it will appeal to readers […]

Must have books

Must have books

The Historical Jesus James K Beilby and Paul R Eddy SPCK, pb, £14.99 (£9.99 from our shop) According to Tom Wright we are now embarked on the ‘third quest’ for the historical Jesus. The first quest ended with Schweitzer; the second or ‘new quest’ began when Kasemann challenged Bultmann; and the current probably began with […]

A New Kind of Christianity

A New Kind of Christianity

Brian McLaren Hodder, pb, £11.99 Brian McLaren was one of the people Rowan Williams invited to address the 2008 Lambeth Conference. You can see his appeal for the archbishop. McLaren is from an evangelical background and continues to speak much of the language but he is attempting to move evangelicalism on from such doctrines as […]