Dr Paul Taylor, Executive Secretary of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) offers an appreciation of the history and content of the new Catholic hymnal for Australia. Catholic Worship Book II —A new liturgical music resource for Catholic Parishes and Communities in Australia. Read here.
“Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many” audio files
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia (June 22nd) Geoff Thompson has produced audio files of the six sections of the final chapter of his book, Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology Provoked by the Basis of Union.
Gateway to Renewal
MSP recently published Dr John Collin’s book on the problems of clericalism and the understanding of Ministry which is often cited these days as being at the heart of the crisis in the Church.
Dr Claire Renkin (who heads the Department of Christian Thought and History at the Yarra Theological Union at the University of Divinity in Victoria) gave the address at the book launch and we link to it here as it provides a good overview of why this book is valuable and timely.
Click here to read the address.
Rev Dr Arnold on Martin Luther
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Rev Dr Mark Worthing has released a new book entitled Martin Luther: a Wild Boar in the Lord’s Vineyard which explores his passionate and fiery character and introduces us to a colourful cast of friends and enemies, explaining the complex politics of church and empire.
Here is what Rev Dr Lynn Arnold, former Premier of South Australia, had to say about it.
Psalms of lament
Finding Lost Words by Harper and Barker rediscovers the psalms of lament for when times are hard – when prayers seems unanswered and when we find only questions not answers.
More on the book here.
In the latest Melbourne Anglican, Mark Brolly describes Muriel Porter’s book The New Scapegoats as her most controversial yet.
Find out more about the book here.
Ordinary Saints is a book about saints who are alive now, and whose everyday acts of kindness and goodness announce that God is at work in the world. Like Jesus, their Master, they are the message, the messenger, and the working model of the kingdom of God, in a lesser key.
Human Trafficking review
Crosslight magazine featured a review of the book Human Trafficking, the Bible and the Church.
Mark Zirnsak says the book ‘provides a fascinating history of the emergence of opposition to slavery’.
You can read the review here in Crosslight online.
How to talk
Do we need to rethink the practical purpose of theological reflection?
What does the Bible’s message about speech teach us?
How can we unlearn ways of talking about God in order to connect with contemporary society?
Find out more about God After Christendom.
Bouncing off Moltmann
In this succinct, inviting volume, Theology – Descent into the Vicious Circles of Death, four Balkan theologians delve into and bounce off the theology of Jurgen Moltmann, whose classic The Crucified God influenced novel theological approaches around the globe, most recently the emerging postwar Christian theology in the Balkans.
With a foreword by Miroslav Volf.
More on and by Jurgen Moltmann here.