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.
The spiritual encounter with the 'otherness' that Christians call God is part of the experience of being human, recognised down the ages. In this book you will find a wide variety of spiritual experiences openly explored - from the mystical to the practical, from very personal reflections, to stories with passion for social justice.
Ian Fraser has been a prophet in our land - and far beyond - for the lifetimes of most of us. Here he reflects on the banking crisis and the world order, getting rid of war, Israel and Palestine, the USA and Cuba, fundamentalism, proselytism and evangelism, law and grace, the theology of fashion and much more.
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.
Controversial and passionate, The Way Ahead challenges all people of God to seek unity in and beyond the norms of dogma and hierarchy - to step out in faith and courageously grasp this new time. Ian Fraser touches the edge of excitement and newness in an earthy, scholarly and profound way. His life quest for integration flows through this book. Sister Christine Anderson, FCJ, Craighead Institute
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.
A book about basic Christian communities, first published in 1990. At that time, Ian Fraser had gained more than 30 years' experience of visiting and making personal contact with such communities around the world.
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.
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
Ian Fraser entered industry in 1942 as the first of what became a worker-priest/pastor movement. This book's underlying conviction is that just as ministry belongs to more than only the clergy, so does the task of theologising belong to all and not just to the professional theologian.