ANVIL: journal of theology and mission

Welcome to ANVIL: a journal of theology and mission.

This issue: CHURCH: INSIDE OUT?

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Welcome to ANVIL: a journal of theology and mission. This issue: CHURCH: INSIDE OUT?

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Stefan Paas suggests the “why” of Christian mission is a far more pressing and important question than most people realise.

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An outsider to the pioneer conversation, Roman Catholic theologian Clare Watkins both encourages and challenges those involved in pioneering and fresh expressions.

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Jonny Baker and Tim Nash in conversation about the Nomad podcast, tracing the ways that it has developed into an online, and in some places physical, community.

Some kind of community

Tina Hodgett playfully explores how the accounts of childless women in the Bible open up new metaphors to help us to reflect on church arriving somewhere surprisingly hopeful.

The childless women of the Bible

Christine Dutton offers a reflection on knitting as encouraging the prophetic, porous and relational church that Clare Watkins and Stefan Paas are calling for in their articles.

Knitting the good news

Sue Steer reflects on her experience of being a pioneer community worker as a new town forms around a tiny village and how church has formed and grown.

Community development : becoming church

Ed Olsworth-Peter points to the importance of the “where” of pioneer ministry and explores how people relate to their context.

Contextual inhabitation

BONUS VIDEO: Nicky Pybus spoke to Jonny Baker on the Church: Inside Out? day about the question of “church-free Christianity”.

Church-free Christianity?

Books reviewed this time include Liquid Ecclesiology, The Deconstructed Church and Flexible Church…

Book reviews

Links to past volumes of ANVIL, stretching right back to 1984. Many of these articles are now available online.

Browse archive

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