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Liturgical resources – blessings, prayers, hymn lyrics, reflections (sermons) – Good books and articles

Sacred Energy (Mass of the Universe)

Progressive hymn

At this link, you can find a selection of hymns by Andrew Pratt.

This extract is from a communion hymn:

Crowded table, urgent faces,
people longing for the bread,
bread of life and bread for living,
bread for rising from the dead…

All are welcome, wise or foolish,
at this table all are fed,
sharing wine in celebration,
eating Christ’s communion bread.

© Andrew Pratt

Why “Progressive” – aren’t we all Christians?

The self-described “progressives” among America’s Protestant clergy at the turn of the twentieth century were well known in church circles and beyond for their advanced thinking on theology, politics, and foreign affairs.

As they faced the prospect of a new century, these ministers and academics thought of themselves as broad-minded, humane, and cosmopolitan, in harmony with the very best scientific, political, and theological wisdom of the age.

– Richard M. Gamble in “The War for Righteousness

The War for Righteousness - Richard Gamble

Faith is having the courage… a responsive prayer

Faith is having the courage to keep our vision
and to find our way
through the smaller rules and regulations,
to keep the flame of hope alive,
and to find ways of facing up to change and transitions.

Empowering God
when the road ahead looms endless
empower us to be companions
for one another along the road.

Inspiring God
when the road forward is blocked
inspire in us creative responses
that move us beyond the barriers.

Enabling God
when the road before us divides
enable us to make a good choice of direction.

(Shared by Maxine Cunningham)

How the Gospel Writers Created the Christ

New Title Release:

Made on Earth
by Dr Lorraine Parkinson, minister, teacher, writer

Published by Spectrum Publications and retails for $34.95. Spectrum Publications – Australian owned and managed for over 30 years.

madeonearth_cover-smlWhy have millions of Christians across two millennia been convinced that Jesus of Nazareth is the divinely anointed Christ? The answer is that ‘evidence’ for it is reinforced with every Sunday reading of the gospels. Each canonical gospel claims to tell the story of Jesus the Messiah, or Christ. Even if startling differences between the gospels are acknowledged, this has not destroyed belief that they are divinely inspired.

In this book Lorraine Parkinson sets out compelling reasons why the gospels may be found to have been ‘made on earth’. She builds a strong argument that each gospel was written to make a distinct case for Jesus as the Christ. She presents detailed evidence that the Christ of the gospels is the creation of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, plus later editors. The sub-text of this book contends that by including teachings of Jesus alongside claims for him as Christ, gospel writers bequeathed to Christianity two contradictory gospels – the gospel of Jesus and the gospel about Jesus.

Rev Rex A E Hunt, writes about this book:

There is both detailed and courageous biblical scholarship in Made on Earth. Parkinson is not afraid to challenge the tradition in open and honest ways. What any scholar worth their salt should always do, but especially those in theological colleges who should be free to ‘teach’ rather than to ‘store up’! It is no longer good enough to ‘fiddle’ the orthodoxy tune from the pulpit while the minds of thinking people move on, vacating nearly every pew in the country.

For that ‘poke’ Parkinson deserves our heartfelt thanks and gratitude. I know I will be referring regularly to Made on Earth.

Lorraine Parkinson is an ordained minister, teacher and writer, whose doctoral research was conducted at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem. She leads seminars on progressive biblical thinking around Australia and in New Zealand. Her emphasis in seminars and in writing is on Jesus and his teaching about the kingdom of God on earth: the best possible world. Lorraine and her husband Dr John Bodycomb live in Melbourne, Australia.

Ethics With or Without God

Ethics - Noel PrestonNoel Preston – Ethics With or Without God: Christianity and Morality in the Twenty-first Century, Morning Star Publishing

Review by Bruce Mullan

When I was younger, making ethical decisions seemed a fairly straightforward process. As a Christian I had the Bible and centuries of Christian tradition to draw on when it came to making wise ethical choices—all pretty black and white and all pretty easy to understand. Continue reading Ethics With or Without God

Will the Real Paul Stand up?

The-Real-Paul-cover-300Bernard Brandon Scott – The Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge, Polebridge Press 2015

“… An engaging all-out attack on the Augustinian-Lutheran reading of Paul and his letters. The Real Paul gives new interpretations to what it meant for Paul to be called as the apostle to the Gentiles and takes Paul’s claims seriously …”

—Stanley K. Stowers, Brown University