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My Year in Books – Tim Thorburn

I feel the odd one out with book reading during COVID. Perth has been such a restriction-free zone that I have been able to spend most of my time at the ministry coalface. But here are a few 2021 books still worth mentioning. Wisdom in Leadership Development by Craig Hamilton I loved and continue to benefit from Hamilton’s first book, Wisdom in Leadership. I expected this to be a similar collection of gold nuggets, but it is a different beast. The main thesis is that developing leaders is a different ballgame to discipling and leading the congregation, and so requires...

My Year in Books – Jacob York

In Titus, Paul creates an indisputable link between faithful doctrine and faithful living. God’s people must learn to devote themselves to sound doctrine and good works (Titus 1:13-14, 3:8). God’s leaders are to be above reproach in both their teaching and their conduct (Titus 1:7-9, 2:7-8). God’s gospel is to impact not only our minds, but our lives. It trains us to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:12). In light of these truths, here is a list of six books I read this year. Some teach sound doctrine necessary for Christian...

My Year in Books – Emma Wilkins

Fiction This year, novels got me thinking and writing about topics ranging from adoption (A Little Life), to sanctification (Ducks, Newburyport) to consent (Fleishman is in Trouble, Where the Crawdads Sing). As for the fiction I most enjoyed reading…. Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout As Elizabeth Strout reminds us, ordinary people are mysterious creatures. Observing ordinary people living normal lives might not sound like the makings of a compelling novel, but as Elizabeth Strout reminds us, ordinary people are mysterious creatures. We’re proud in some ways and insecure in others, we misunderstand other people and ourselves, and we’re capable of...

Why you might get something out of French Christian Anarchist Sociologist Jacques Ellul

For those of us who spend our time immersed in the discussions of reformed evangelicals in the English-speaking world, it can be helpful to listen to a very different voice from a different context. French Christian anarchist sociologist Jacques Ellul is such a voice. With intriguing book titles like The Technological Society, The Political Illusion, Violence, Propaganda, The Meaning of the City; and a practical life of involvement in the French Resistance, charitable activity, environmental activism and unordained church leadership. Ellul guarantees to give you a different way of thinking about the Christian faith and its interaction with the world...

How I Made It: Kristen Young’s “Apprentice”

In this edition of our Makers series we speak to NSW writer Kristen Young, whose debut young adult (YA) novel Apprentice recently took out the 2021 “Realm Makers” Award for Science Fiction and Book of the Year. TGCA: First, congratulations on the win. Could you begin by telling our readers a bit about your novel and about the Collective Underground world that you have built for this trilogy? Apprentice is a Christian YA Science Fiction novel set in a futuristic world ruled by a ‘collective’ government. Apprentice Flick remembers every detail of her life, except for her first five years—an...

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