Anvil vol 37 issue 2, July 2021
Mission and shame
This issue explores how talking about shame brings new opportunities for sharing Christ’s message of liberation.
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Editorial: Mission and Shame
A hidden barrier to healing and redemption is coming into view, says Andrea Campanale as she introduces this issue of ANVIL on shame.
Perspectives on shame in mission and ministry with young people
Sally Nash draws on years of experience in youth work, as well as her comprehensive understanding of shame, to suggest how we might engage with young people on this topic.
Reflections from the pottery
Trevor Withers runs a pottery to help people overcome shame by becoming vulnerable and getting creative.
Legacies and chains
Carlton Turner uses his experience of being of Black Bahamian descent to talk about the power of “Self-Negation” when considering shame in the discourse about race.
Shame, reconciliation and the pioneer
Pioneers have a unique calling to encourage transformative reconciliation in the midst of shame. Catherine Matlock explores seven practices that can enable transformation.
Whose honour? Whose shame?
Judith Rossall explains that understanding the honour-shame culture is vital for a faithful exegesis of Scripture.
Discovering the place of shame in the gospel through witness and co-creation with female trauma survivors
Revd Linda Fletcher’s stories of women discovering Jesus whilst processing their trauma are a powerful example of God’s mission.
Reviewed this time: books by Richard Bauckham, Tarana Burke and Brene Brown, and Max Lucado.
Book review: Ancestral Feeling
Philip Lockley reviews a profoundly stimulating and personal book on the faith heritage received through colonial missionary movements.Read more
Book review: Being Missional, Becoming Missional
If you want to gain an understanding of the church’s calling to be a people on mission, this is a book for you, says Rosie Hopley.Read more
Book review: Joe M Easterling, Big Things Start Small
Simon Baigent reads a new attempt to document the relationship between small group gatherings and times of revival.Read more
Book review: Church Planters
Kate Seagrave discovers a valuable additional perspective that deserves hearing and engagement from those who are planting new churches.Read more
Book review: Doing Theology in the New Normal
This book is a manifesto of hope from within the darkest moments of recent history, says John Wheatley.Read more
Book review: First Expressions
James Butler assesses an important contribution to the conversation around Fresh Expressions and new forms of church.Read more
Book review: Freedom: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
Tom Wilson reviews the proceedings of the 18th annual Building Bridges Seminar of Muslim and Christian scholars.Read more
Book review: Global Migration & Christian Faith
Joseph Ola on an attempt to use the Bible, theology and church history to shape a missional response to the global migration and refugee crises.Read more
Book review: The Gospel of John
Howard Bigg recommends an imaginative resource, opening up new ways of understanding and applying this wonderful Gospel.Read more
Book review: Interpreting the Old Testament after Christendom
A tough read, but worth it for an approach to authentic and responsible use of the Hebrew Bible, says Miles Hopgood.Read more
Book review: The Meanings of Discipleship
James Butler finds a helpful contribution to the discussion around discipleship offering a multitude of perspectives.Read more
Book review: The Pharisees
Tom Wilson reviews a text well worth engaging with, that will help you avoid unthinking stereotypes.Read more
Book review: Theology of Hope
A classic that paints a compelling vision of theology, and indeed mission, says James Butler.Read more
Book review: Unlikely Friends
Hannah Steele applauds a vision for friendships that transcend the comfort of homogeneity to express the joy and value found in difference.Read more
Book review: World Religions and their Missions
Tom Wilson finds food for thought in comparing Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Baha’i and Mormon approaches to mission.Read more