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Book TEN Out of Ten that have Shaped my Life: Theology after Christendom – Forming Prophets for a Post Christian World by Joshua Searle.

The last book in my list is unashamedly an endorsement of my son Joshua’s latest book, When I read his draft I knew it was a seminal piece of work. It’s a book that if I had had the opportunities, … Continue reading

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Book NINE Out of Ten that have Shaped my Life: Prague Winter – a personal story of remembrance and more, 1937-1948 Madeleine Albright

I have been blessed by many people and experiences that have enriched my life. Among these blessings was the partnership that we shared as a community with IBTS, the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. The partnership afforded me the … Continue reading

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Book EIGHT Out of Ten that have Shaped my Life: Leading Out of Who You Are: Discovering the Secret of Undefended Leadership by Simon P. Walker

I’ve read many helpful books on leadership and Simon Walker’s one-volume trilogy of books on leadership is arguably the best I have come across. A seminal text from me for both life and faith and certainly in relation to leadership … Continue reading

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BOOK SEVEN of Ten that have Shaped my Life Community and Growth by Jean Vanier.

A book that I have returned to on so many occasions. My copy is now dogeared and falling apart through constantly referencing it and drawing from it both its inspiration and instructions on community life. Written by somebody who formed … Continue reading

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BOOK SIX of Ten that have Shaped My Life. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

I’d come to faith, studied the Bible, read theology and was now pioneering and pastoring a young and growing church. I’m a simple Geordie bloke who has come to see the faith as embracing the Great Commandment to “love God, … Continue reading

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BOOK FIVE of Ten that have Shaped my Life. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

Pioneering and planting on an urban council estate in 1980s Teeside, privileged to see many people coming to faith, baptisms and church growth there was no disguising the fact that we were living through a period of devastating injustice and … Continue reading

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BOOK FOUR of Ten that have shaped my life. The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler

Following three years in Bible College, which was brilliant for spiritual formation and a missional outlook but was fairly confined and prescriptive in its theological outlook, I spent a year at Cardiff University, (a very different theological arena) doing a … Continue reading

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