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Editorial: learning faith
James Butler introduces the main themes of this issue of Anvil journal.
Researching the grassroots experience of faith learning
James Butler gives the context for this issue, introducing theological action research and what went into this research project.
“Looking out for the small things”
Clare Watkins highlights the many ways in which rural churches, though small and fragile, have much to offer.
Challenging, noticing and nurturing
James Butler explores insights that put the Spirit’s work and everyday life at the centre of learning and discipleship.
“Does not wisdom call?”: faith learning in practice
Seeking wisdom is at the heart of grassroots learning, say Stan Brown, Graham Jones and Sue Miller
The challenges of learning through relationships
Delyth Davies writes about the experience of the research in Wales and reflects on how people learn
Life-learning of faith
“…life is wrapped around it somehow.” Reflections from a conversation with “Liz”
Learning and unlearning in the messiness of life
How informal learning takes place in the “crunchy” times – an interview with “Eleanor”
“Living alongside people”
Care and conversation shape learning together – an interview with “Sarah”
Book review: Church Planting in Post Christian Soil
James Butler commends a rich engagement with missional theology and a detailed study of models of church in practice
Book review: Churches and the Crisis of Decline
Mark Collinson finds plenty to engage the church in Britain in Andrew Root’s weaving of Karl Barth, Charles Taylor and the church’s search for relevance.
Book review: The Evangelical Quadrilateral Vols 1 and 2
A collection from a past master shows the value of history for evangelicals, says Philip Lockley.
Book review: Flourishing in Tensions
James Butler struggles to recommend Michael Bräutigam’s textbook discipleship, thought there were nuggets which captured his imagination.
Book review: René Padilla, What is Integral Mission?
A fine starting point for engaging with Padilla’s work and his legacy of integral mission, particularly for church groups, says James Butler
Book review: Practicing Faith
Rosie Hopley on a thought-provoking collection of essays exploring how theology and social vocation can integrate and enrich one another.
Book review: The Surprising African Jesus
An illuminating introduction to Afua Kuma, theologian whose work is oral, contextual and deeply embedded in its African grassroots