A poem (which begins that begins: "Vegetarians before the fall,/ we haven't found much fruit, since./") about the remembered loss of beauty and peace before the fall and the call to live in such a way that that: "... all that fruit we thought we lost so long ago in paradise is/ grown again and ripened in a place we thought a desert./ And the morning breaks as perfect as the first./ It always did; we never noticed."
Essays first published in the Ottawa Citizen 1999-2004.
"The words that follow were written over a period of about six years. Throughout, I worked as an Anglican priest, serving in a very public way as the Dean of a Cathedral, writing about faith regularly in the newspaper, and going about my duties as pastor. .... The interweaving of personal searching with the questions and issues that were posed to me from the lives of other people created occasions to reflect deeply on the faith that I had committed my life to .... But more than being a cause for introspection, these questions called forth expression: not the proclaiming of theology to an anonymous audience that needed to hear certain things, but words that responded to things people wanted to hear about -- theology that had come through and was being spoken into the crucible of human experience. What follows in these chapters is a series of concise reflections in the form of responses to the experiences, questions, issues and situations of many people." -- Intro., pp. 7-8.
Contents: Introduction -- Who is God ? -- What is faith about ? -- How is faith lived out ? -- Is there faith in the world around me ? -- Why go to church ? -- Does prayer make a difference ? -- What role does the Bible play ? -- Is there any sense to all the confusion ? -- Conclusion.
Author is an Anglican priest and dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.
"For Marjorie and the Winter Course Students of 1969, 1970 and 1971 and all those who have made Sorrento the human place it is". -- Dedication, verso of t.-p.
Contents: what it's all about -- knowing who you are -- being able to love yourself and let yourself be loved -- being able to laugh at yourself -- being able to say what you think and show how you feel -- knowing sexuality is more than sex -- being free to be and let be -- being in community -- being alone -- knowing you are going to die -- knowing life is more than survival -- loving until it hurts -- knowing your failure to be human -- knowing love is more real than death -- breaking bread together -- knowing all things are possible -- knowing what time it is -- knowing what matters -- being able to say, I don't know -- being able to say, Thank you -- being human.
Colophon: "Printed in Canada, Mitchell Press Limited, Vancouver". -- back cover.
Author is a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada.
"We have written this book to go hand in hand with 'Lights that Shine: How Christians can fulfil their call to mission'. .... We have written 'Brushing up on Believing' to partner 'Lights that Shine', because the more deeply we believe the more brightly our lights will shine. .... In this book there are two sections, one on the basic Christian doctrines and the other on the Lord's Prayer. .... We have included material at the end of each chapter with questions for discussion, prayers and meditations". -- Intro.
"For the Decade of Evangelism -- teaching material suitable for new or young Christians, or those wanting to `brush up' on the essentials." -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / George Carey -- Introduction / Shelagh Brown and Gavin Reid -- Part ONE -- God the Father -- God the Son -- God and Holy Spirit -- Sons and Daughters of God -- Being Christ in the World -- The Last Things -- Part TWO -- Our Father -- Hallowed be Your Name -- Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done -- Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread -- Forgive Us Our Sins -- Lead Us Not Into Temptation -- Sources of Quoted Material.
Sub-title on cover: The people who encountered Jesus and their responses to him.
Includes bibliographical references.
The author, an Anglican priest, talks about the Christian faith saying: "Where did this all begin ? It began when Jesus met people and challenged them with the Good News that God loved them and accepted them as they were." -- Preface, p. 8.
"This book is a series of studies about the people who encountered Jesus and their responses to Him. There were those like Judas Iscariot who first said yes but later said no, and some like Jesus' own brothers and sister who first said no, but later said yes. [This book] is suitable for private reading and for group Bible studies. Each chapter comes provided with Bible passages and questions for discussions". -- back cover.
Contents: Contents: Preface -- Simeon and Anna: The Quiet in the Land -- Mary and the Family: Accepting the Unique Gift of God -- Peter: The Man Who Learned the Cost of Leadership -- John: The One Whom God Transformed -- Andrew: The One Who Discovered True Status -- Nathaniel: The Man Who Stood Ready to be Convinced -- Matthew: The Despised Tax-Gatherer Who Became Apostle and Evangelist -- Thomas: The One Who Found Faith by Doubting -- Nicodemus: One Whose Wisdom Recognized the Need for Grace -- The Rich Young Ruler: The Cost of Discipleship -- Zacchaeus: The Man Whom Jesus Made Whole -- Mary and Martha: Getting One's Priorities Straight -- Judas Iscariot: The Need for Godly Repentance -- Caiaphas: The Cynical Ecclesiastic -- Simon of Cyrene: The Man Who Carried Jesus' Cross -- Paul: The One Who Discovered Freedom through Surrender -- Ananias: Guidance through Obedience -- Footnotes.