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Play the ball, not the player

Talking about ethics: Negotiating the maze Acorn Press, 2011 RRP $14.95 Reviewed by ethicist Trevor Jordan. It is often said that "ethics is a conversation", but as Justin Denholm points out in his helpful study guide, we need conversations that go beyond a mere sharing of opinions or disagreements. Talking about ethics is a good place to start for Christians ...

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Taking time to nurture our spirituality

Contemplative Meditation for Groups Homewood Publications 2013 RRP $20 Reviewed by Noel Preston. Ken Davidson's own sacred story — told early in the script — begins in the Queensland Methodism of the 1950s. The critical point of its development is undoubtedly the traumatic death through cancer of his young wife, Margaret, in the 1980s. Sparked by that traumatic event, Ken's ...

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The world’s Christians: Who they are, where they are, and how they got there

Wiley-Blackwell, 2011 RRP $39.95 By Karyl Davison. This book reminds us that the contours of Christianity around the world are complex and enormously diverse. Christians are members of thousands of different churches, speak hundreds if not thousands of different languages and are present in almost every country across the globe. Douglas Jacobsen, Professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah ...

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How we make decisions, and why it matters

The Righteous Mind Penguin 2012 RRP $19.99 Reviewed by Rob Sandilands Anti-abortion or pro-choice? For or against the ordination of homosexual people? Infant baptism or believer's baptism? These are some of the political and religious divisions that can occur in society and the church. There are times when you can have a mix of all of them within the same ...

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Doctors without Borders under the microscope

Hope in Hell: Inside the world of Doctors without Borders Firefly Books 2010 RRP $24.95 Reviewed by Marian Zaunbrecher. As a mother of a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) member, I am aware of the difficulties faced by these organisations. Disease and injustice co-exist within political, cultural and social parameters about which the NGO must remain neutral in order to retain effectiveness. ...

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In a post-Christian world, preaching is a political act

Cuttle Fish, Clones & Cluster Bombs: preaching, politics & ecology Darton, Longman & Todd, 2010 RRP $34.95 Reviewed by Peter Harvey Rural Ministry Associate, Presbytery of WA. Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. He has written extensively on economic ethics, biotechnology, and apocalyptic religion and violence. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed ...

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Exploring reconciliation in communities devastated by violence

Living without Enemies: Being present in the midst of violence IVP Books 2011 RRP $17.95 Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Rural Ministry Associate, Presbytery of WA. In Living without Enemies, theologian Samuel Wells (dean of Duke University Chapel and professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School) and community activist Marcia Owen (executive director of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent ...

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Why weren’t we told?

Polebridge Press, 2013 RRP $25.00 Reviewed by Rev Bryan Gilmour Past Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland As a conservative evangelical Christian of the latter decades of the twentieth century, I always felt ill at ease with the narrow confines of the dogmatic creeds and the "straightjacket" formulas of belief that Christians were expected to adhere to within the ...

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Transforming Theology: Student experience and transformative learning in undergraduate theological education

Mosaic Press, 2012 RRP $44.95 Reviewed by Marian Zaunbrecher. As a result of radical innovation at one of our theological colleges, Ministerial Education Commission meetings over the past few years have seen heated discussions as to what constitutes "formation". This book is not only a valuable addition to this debate but a resource for those concerned with theological education. Transforming ...

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Deep Justice in a Broken World; helping your kids serve others and right the wrongs around them

Zondervan 2007 RRP $20.99 Reviewed by Wendy Scott. The authors are both lecturers in youth ministry at Fuller Theological College in the US, and experienced in practical youth ministry. Deep Justice in a Broken World advances the view that most youth and church outreach work is superficial, making the worker feel righteous while further oppressing those on the receiving end. ...

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