My list of books I’ve read during 2016, with some comments. I’ve enjoyed keeping this list, and thinking about what I’ve read, and I hope that you find it interesting too!
How can we support persecuted Christians? There is so much horror in the news that it is often very easy to feel overwhelmed by it. But, there are groups that are helping, there are things that we can do and are called to do.
What is the season of Advent is about? How should we respond, inamongst the busyness of this time of year?My sermon for Advent Sunday.
What things are challenging you at the moment? How are you reacting? How is God at work in you and through those challenges? The book of Jonah helps us think about this…
One of the major way that Jesus taught was through parables. But how do we use those stories? How do we learn from them and allow them to shape us?
Does God learn? How does that fit in with our theology? What would it mean if he does? What does it mean if he doesn’t?
How do we see ourselves? Do we think that we are better than other people? Worse than them? Do we recognise our weaknesses and our strengths? Do we excuse our sins, or are we too harsh on ourselves? What about a more realistic reflection on what we are like?
The cover story of the New Scientist this week is Metaphysics, which they sub-title “How science answers philosophy’s deepest questions”. I think that the New Scientist is a very interesting magazine, and I’m pleased that they tackle these sorts of topics, although I do find how they approach them somewhat frustrating sometimes!