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Anglican Futures: Anglican Alphabet Spaghetti

Anglican Futures Anglican Alphabetti Spaghetti A dummies guide to the plethora of organisations and acronyms linked to faithful Anglicans in the UK and Europe. I once spent some time around military personel.  Everything had its own TLA (Three Letter Acronym) right...

Canterbury Tales: Favourite Bible Stories Retold by Archbishop Justin Welby

Canterbury Tales Favourite Bible stories retold by Archbishop Justin Welby The Good Samaritan A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead, halfway...

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) met in Synod on 18 June.  While there, they elected two suffragan bishops to aid Bishop Andy Lines in providing episcopal oversight for the overall work.  Bishop Lines also...

Pride Flags Causing Conflict at Christian School

Pride Flags Cause Conflict at Christian School Conflict has broken out in a Christian school in Oxfordshire over the display of “Pride” flags. The institution in question is Kingham Hill School.  The same Trust (Kingham Hill Trust) oversees Oak Hill College, an...

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers The Prayer Book Society, which will soon celebrate its 50th Anniversary, is raising funds to put a special edition BCP into the hands of junior choristers around the nation.   The idea came to...

Book Review: Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby

Reimagining Britain Foundations for Hope Justin Welby Bloomsbury, 2018, new edn. 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-4729-8497-5, 322pp, £12.99) The Archbishop of Canterbury has made several notable political interventions recently, including over ‘partygate’ and the Rwanda deportation...

Birthday of Anglicanism in America

Birthday of Anglicanism in America By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins June 16, 1607 was the birthday of Anglicanism in America. On this day Captain John Smith and 104 others celebrated the Lord’s Supper when they arrived safely in Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown was the...

Barnabas Fund Report: Two ChiBok Girls Found

Barnabas Fund Reports Two Chibok Girls Found After 8 Years 24 June 2022 Two women, who were among hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok eight years ago, have been found. Hauwa Joseph was discovered among a group of other...

New Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

Church of Ireland News New Bishop Elected for Cashel, Ferns & Ossory The Church of Ireland diocese of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory now has a bishop-elect.  The Venerable Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross was elected to succeed the Rt Revd Michael...

Editorial: Lessons to be Learned from the American Pro-Life Movement

Editorial Lessons to be Learned from American Pro-Life Movement Friday, 24 June 2022, the Feast of St John the Baptist, will be a date which will live in infamy amongst the supporters of abortion.  On that date, the US Supreme Court, overturned the precedent set by...

Book Review: The Life and Teaching of Jesus Explained and Applied

The Life and Teaching of Jesus Explained and Applied

Gareth Crossley

self-published, 2022 (ISBN: 978-1-9998563-8-0, 477pp, £12)

This is an original gospel harmony with the tone of biography. As the author’s logo promises, the subject springs from scripture as lion and lamb.

The gospel accounts are ever-fresh in and of themselves; full of fresh wonders to return readers and listeners to Christ. However many times they are read, we plumb new depths of the Lord’s heart and nature on each new enquiry. Nonetheless, alternative means of digesting the material can also be helpful. Crossley presents us with one such means in this extensive work, the fruit of many years’ Bible-reading and study.

This volume goes beyond mere harmonisation however, also providing analysis of the individual contributions of each evangelist. This is reminiscent of recent publications from Richard Burridge, though no reference is made to his work. Indeed, the glancing references which are included tend to be to rather less contemporary books. As such, the value, and indeed the intended benefit of the work, is principally pastoral rather than academic. 

The bulk of the tome, walking through Jesus’ earthly ministry, is both the easiest and the most profitable reading. The author helpfully contextualises many incidents, both with reference to the four gospels themselves, but also with Old Testament and historic background. There is abundant evidence of deeply considered thought and consideration in arranging the events, though the flow of the biopic is thankfully uninterrupted by analysis thereof. 

It is wonderful to see new iterations of this type of literature, albeit self-published. 

Edward Keene, Little Shelford

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