Holding Together: Catholic Evangelical Worship in the Spirit
The Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth is Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge and a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission. He has published widely in the area of Christian worship.
In his 2004 Michael Vasey Memorial Lecture delivered at St. John's College, Durham, Christopher Cocksworth provides a vision of Evangelical, cross-centred, gospel worship that is held together with catholic instincts about the ecclesial character of worship and charismatic experience of the dynamic of the Spirit in worship. In describing this pattern of the church's worship he discusses the role of anamnesis, catechesis, epiclesis and prolepsis and offers practical implications in relation to the place of Scripture, liturgy and the eucharist in our worship.
Preaching The Love of One's Enemies: Two Features and Four Clues from the Persecuted Church
Ronald Boyd-MacMillan is the Writer-At-Large for the ministry, Open Doors International. He is at work on a book entitled, The Fifth Seal - a Guide to the Persecuted Churches of the World Today and completing a doctorate in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. He also runs a non-profit tuition agency for preachers, called Points-A-Cross Inc and has written Bomb-throwing for Preachers - Everything you wanted to know about preaching but were afraid to ask! (Paternoster Press, forthcoming in 2005).
Ronald Boyd-MacMillan concludes our series on loving enemies with practical guidance on preaching this difficult subject. He draws on the experience of preachers in the persecuted church to argue that we need to trust the simple, clear gospel message and speak out of our own suffering. He highlights how the sermons of those suffering persecution are marked by gratefulness, insight, realism and an apocalyptic triumphalism and suggests these clues provide us with four key questions whenever we preach on this subject.
The Justifying Judgement of God
The Revd Dr Justyn Terry is Vicar of St Helen's Church, North Kensington , London
Justyn Terry argues our contemporary preaching of the gospel message of the cross would be improved by making better use of the much neglected and misunderstood subject of divine judgement. He considers the breadth of the biblical use of judgement and argues that judgement as a metaphor of atonement provides the wider context in which penal substitution should be understood. Furthermore, the metaphor of judgement can be a means of co-ordinating disparate biblical images of the atonement. Expounding Barth's 'The Judge Judged in our Place' in his Church Dogmatics , he proposes that judgement is the primary metaphor of atonement and that redemption, victory and sacrifice are best understood in its light as subordinate metaphors to judgement.
Pop Music and the Church's Mission
Dr Trystan Owain Hughes has taught theology in the University of Wales, including courses on Christianity and Popular Music, and is currently an ordinand in the Church in Wales.
Trystan Owain Hughes analyses three different Christian stances towards pop music reflecting distinct paradigms for Christian mission and engagement with culture more broadly: prohibition, appropriation and conversation. He critically examines both their relationship to pop music and their underlying theological rationale, arguing that the conversational approach offers the best paradigm and illustrating how it might be applied in both Christian mission and worship so as to assist the church's outreach, especially to younger generations.