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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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Robin Dods 1868-1920- Selected Works

URO Media 2012 RRP $90 Retired architect James W (Jim) Gibson, a member of Indooroopilly Uniting Church, is passionate about Australia's modest timber church buildings. This work by Brisbane heritage conservation architect, Robert Riddel, is important in publicly acknowledging and detailing the life and accomplishments of one of Australia's more influential and talented early twentieth-century architects. Robin Dods – Selected ...

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Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for our Times

Namaste Publishing 2012 RRP $22.99 Reviewed by Bob Warrick. The name Hildegard probably does not come up very often in our conversations, however Fox brings this 12th century "mover and shaker" fresh into our times, showing how her voice speaks to the issues of today, and offering us the opportunity of getting to know this remarkable woman. Fox uses five ...

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Origins (CD)

RRP: $24.95 Grandview Records Sydney 2012 Reviewed by Wendy Scott. Redruth is a boy band with three members in their mid-twenties: Stephen Heffernan (vocals, guitar, keys) Keith Heffernan (bass, vocals) and Gill Van Mastrigt (drums). Origins is their latest CD and was released in December 2012. The most important thing with this band is the lyrics. Each song covers a ...

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Against the Stream

Mosiac Resources 2013 RRP $27.95 Reviewed by Canon Dr Nigel Leaves, St John's Cathedral, Brisbane. When you accept the findings of critical biblical scholarship your ideas of God, Jesus and the Church are radically transformed. You begin to view with suspicion many of the "official" doctrines framed within creeds and doctrine. It can be an unsettling time. But what happens ...

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One does not simply walk up to a dragon

Director: Peter Jackson Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage Rated: M We were never going to be of one mind about Peter Jackson's long-awaited version of the JRR Tolkien 1937 classic The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the precursor to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Even before the opening scenes of rustic Hobbiton unfolded on the screen, the ...

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Keeping your eye on the tiger

Director: Ang Lee Stars: Suraj Sharma Rated: PG This is a story that will make you believe in God. At least, that is the hope of the fi lm Life of Pi, based on the 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Canadian author Yann Martel. The story is a feast of imagination that captures the wonders ...

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