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Review: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy – Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy Mark Vroegop is on a mission to revive the neglected practice of lament. In his practical and readable book, Mark Vroegop teaches Christians how to lament. He uses the pattern that the Psalmists often use when they are faced with tough situations: They turn to God; lay out their complaint; ask God for help, and declare their trust in Him. Vroegop walks the reader through these four steps of lament, explaining how honest, humble, biblical complaint is different from grumbling against God By looking at the Psalms of lament, Vroegop walks the reader through these four...

Your Year Ahead in Books

So you have just finished discovering what others have read in 2020. Books on leadership in times of crisis, books on biblical theology which can help you preach from obscure corners of the Scriptures, books which help you explain difficult doctrines to earnest enquirers, books which expound culture and give us new clarity in our missional commitments. I never cease to be impressed by pastors and preachers who still find the time to read in their busy schedule. Learning from a variety of voices makes us agile generalists, and we all know that ministry in local churches requires just that,...

My Year in Books: Tim Thorburn

2020 was a year in which I have read more and slept more than most. Zoom fatigue increased my Netflix consumption, while confinement increased my reading. Here are a few books worth commenting on: 1. The State of Africa (Martin Meredith) is a bird’s eye traverse of the history of African nations since they were ‘liberated’ from colonial masters in the 1950-1980s. The nineteenth century saw a mad scramble for Africa (all of Africa except Ethiopia and Liberia became colonies of European powers); the second half of the twentieth century saw a swift divestment of African colonies by those same...

Pixar’s Soul: Jazz Under the Sun

Warning: Spoilers for Pixar’s latest movie, Soul follow. Pixar takes many years to develop their movie projects, so it is impossible that they could have made their latest production with the COVID crisis in mind. But it could scarcely have come out at a better time. Soul could scarcely have come out at a better time. Soul tells the story of Joe Gardner, a high-school music teacher whose shot at becoming a professional jazz musician comes to a tragic end when he falls down a man-hole on the way back from his tryout. As he hovers between life, and what...

My Year in Books – Andrew Moody

2020AD has been a tough year for reading and writing. Nevertheless, here—and in no particular order—are some of the more memorable books that have helped get me through. John of Damascus, Exposition of the Orthodox Faith Our Lord appropriated both our curse and our desertion … being made a curse for our sakes —John of Damascus Vastly profound yet clear, John’s 8th century exposition of orthodoxy draws together the threads of the previous centuries and sometimes displays some striking affinities with the Augustinian tradition. I enjoyed taking the time to read this work in whole after dipping into parts of...

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