Meditations & Reflections
A book of reflections, meditations and prayers for Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost arising out of conversations about faith, love, doubt and hope.
A book of readings, reflections and prayers about 'the bombs and bullets and landmines we drop into the heart of other people's lives' - and the many good folk working for peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. It can be used for personal and group reflection or in worship.
David Osborne tells the story of his long pilgrimage on foot from the middle of England to the island of Iona, and how he reflected along the way on the qualities we need to develop in ourselves for the journey we face into the future as we contend with climate change, pollution and diminishing resources.
Daily readings for four months from a wide range of contributors within the Iona Community which can be used for group or individual reflection and are intended to inspire positive action and change in our lives.
The second volume of John Bell's collected scripts from BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' on a diverse selection of topics. Also includes three longer pieces by John.
Explores facets of the personal life, relationships and ministry of Jesus which are seldom the stuff of preaching or conversation, but which are all rooted in the Gospels and are necessary if we are to be freed from the passive stereotypes which still dominate thinking about Christ.
A book about searching for, and finding, Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit in down-to-earth places. 'Neil writes about a world where hearts matter and in which vulnerable folk can teach us much.' - Peter Millar, from the Foreword
Scripts from John Bell's broadcasts on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, representing the prickly interface between faith and politics from the perspective of a Christian believer.
Advent & Christmas
Short, structured readings for each day of Advent, not advocating a 'cosy' view of Christmas but rather urging us to use this season to address some of the most important issues of our time.
Daily readings for four months from a wide range of contributors within the Iona Community, reflecting the concerns of the community. A follow-up to the best-selling This Is the Day.
A whole year's worth of daily quotes and readings - poems, prayers, short reflections and stories - from writers and thinkers who have inspired the Iona Community and from members of the community themselves.
In this second collection of sermons and addresses, John L. Bell proves that he is not one to shy away from the challenges provided by biblical stories. Likewise he proves startlingly adept at articulating the often uncomfortable questions the Bible poses for contemporary life. Paul, Job, Jeremiah, Elijah and Zachariah are among the biblical characters the author examines.
Spirituality is not a permanent high, a continual blissed out state. To experience the heights, one has also to know the depths. In this book based on speeches and sermons delivered in marquees, cathedrals and local churches, John Bell deals with issues as diverse as private devotion and public debt.
Daily readings for four months from a wide range of contributors within the Iona Community. These prayers, liturgies, songs, poems and articles, which reflect the concerns of the Community, can be used for group or individual reflection and are intended to inspire positive action and change in our lives.
When Jacqueline Ley's 23-year-old son told her that he was gay, she was shocked and hurt. Her fundamentalist Christian background told her that homosexuality was sinful and that her son had placed himself beyond the pale. But she underwent a remarkable transformation of attitude
Creativity of all kinds, in art, in prayer, in justice-making, in human relationships, is born where people wrestle with angels, outside Eden, on the border between heaven and earth, where they struggle to create a new form, a new song, a new template, a new ethic with all the discipline and passion they can bring to bear.
Five practical workshops, for groups or individuals, to explore the use of words and poetry in everyday life. The readings and activities in this book aim to lead us to a deeper understanding of how we use language.