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Jonathan Ingleby

The Little Green Book

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Scientists tell us that as far as the state of the planet is concerned we are in a terrible mess, with real dangers ahead of us. If this is true perhaps it is time that we did something about it. The question is: what? The first change needs to be in our attitudes - we need to think differently. But do we even know what we need to be thinking about?

This is a great purchase for those Christians who are just starting to think about the environment. Neil Hollow, author of "No Oil In The Lamp

Carnival Kingdom

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The first Christians lived out a new social order and envisaged the world anew. Divisions, inequalities and injustices would be overturned as the world would reflect a new kind of reign. In the Kingdom of God, the powerful are brought low, while the oppressed are raised up; the hungry are filled with good things, while the rich are sent empty away; the wolf lives with the lamb, and the leopard lies down with the goat; the slave becomes the son, the master is the servant of all and the meek will inherit the earth.

This same upside-down Kingdom is echoed in the Carnival festivals of the Medieval era, which both parodied the oppressive structures of their day and dramatically portrayed an alternative reality. In this book, twelve scholars, theologians, and social activists from around the world take up the Carnival’s call for justice and a renewed society, and portray in their own contexts the Kingdom of God coming in justice and fullness of life – the coming of the Carnival Kingdom.

“In Carnival Kingdom, an international team of scholars and activists explore a range of contemporary justice issues through the revolutionary lens of biblical images depicting the coming Reign of God- feasting, dancing, laughter, the dismantling of oppressive social hierarchies. This is Christian scholarship as it ought to be: biblically rooted, historically informed, socially engaged, and politically subversive. It deserves a wide readership.”
Vinoth Ramachandra, Author of Subverting Global Myths and IFES Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement.
“This crack team of seasoned Christian activists and academics have provided sparkling images from Lord of the Rings, Martin Luther and even medieval carnivals, which have provided innovative and provocative ways to rethink and reconnect with God's Kingdom. This book is a fascinating read and will inspire the Church's imagination for justice.”
Dr Krish Kandiah, executive director: churches in mission, Evangelical Alliance UK
“This is a really excellent book, with fresh insights and creative thinking, all strongly rooted in the missional contexts in which the writers are based.”
Ruth Valerio, author of L is for Lifestyle
“This thoughtful, well-researched book explores the way justice is interwoven with the Kingdom of God and the mission of the Church. Yet it tackles these historical themes in a delightful and imaginative way, opening up vital, contemporary reflections in biblical theology and social analysis. Its reach is global; its concerns multiple; its vision inspirational. It will be a great resource for reflection and Christian action.”
Elaine Storkey, president of Tearfund UK, broadcaster, author, and theologian

Naming the Frame

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“Living in context is worth doing if it reminds us that we are in a battle, indeed in a struggle for survival. It is worth doing if it tunes us into the world’s suffering and our part in it as followers of the ‘suffering servant’. It is worth doing if it gives us a new sense of urgency. ‘The end of all things is near,’ as the Apostle Peter says, ‘be serious and discipline yourselves’. Above all it challenges us to be better disciples of Jesus ‘in this present age’.”

As Christians in the 21st century, what is our context? Global megatrends—postmodernism, globalisation, postcolonialism, international migration and environmental catastrophe—may appear to be too vast for us to contemplate, let alone formulate a Christian response to; yet we cannot ignore them, as they profoundly affect who we are, how we read the Bible, and how we see the world.

In Naming the Frame, Jonathan Ingleby challenges us to commit ourselves to a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world—and what is going on in our lives—and to speak and act prophetically as faithful servants of God into these situations.

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Understanding Asian Mission Movements

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The rise of Asian mission poses important questions to the global Church: How can we best relate to these burgeoning Asian mission movements? What can we learn from them? What models of partnership, mutual support and resourcing are appropriate—on both sides?

This book presents the papers from three Asian Mission Consultations held at Redcliffe College in Gloucester between 2008 and 2010, which brought together mission leaders and practitioners from Asian and non-Asian missions to interact with these questions.


Christians and Catastrophe

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Catastrophe - natural, economic, environmental and military - has become the defining feature of our time. The choice we have as Christians is how we deal with it.

Do we see crisis as God's judgement or do we struggle to overcome it? Do we find our solutions through the mission of the church or through the structures of the world? Do we even have to face the crisis at all?

Arguing that our approach to this world determines our experience of the next, and that what we do with this planet and its people reflects our identity and our priorities, this book is a call for Christians to learn to interpret the signs of the times and to think theologically and Biblically about their response.

Jonathan Ingleby has written this essay at a time of undoubted environmental crisis. The gifts of creatively minded and biblically thoughtful people have never been more urgently needed if Christians are to respond well and authentically with transformed lives and in renewed communities, and this well-researched piece makes a powerful contribution to the necessary debate.
Peter Harris, founder of A Rocha
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