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Ed Shaw

Ed’s Top Books of 2018

HFM Prescott, The Man on a Donkey  Brad & Drew Harper, Space at the Table: Conversations Bewtween an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ   John Bew, Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee George Eliot, Adam Bede  John D Inazu, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference  Rankin Wilbourne, Union with Christ:…

Christian Identity

‘Some Christians base their identity on being a sinner. I think they have it wrong – or only half right. You are not simply a sinner; you are a deeply loved sinner. And there is all the difference in the world between the two.’  David G Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself, p.60.


‘…to know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. It is to measure oneself against Truth, and not the other way around.’ Flannery O’Connor, ‘The Fiction Writer & His Country’ in Mystery & Manners, p.35.

Link of the Week – The Pelican Project

“According to ancient legend, during times of famine a mother pelican would pierce her breast with her own beak in order to feed her young with her blood. Early Christians adopted the pelican as a symbol of Christ’s sacrificial love for the church. We embrace this powerful symbol as a reminder during this time of…

The Importance of Humanity

‘People are more important and more enduring than things. In an unstable and perishable universe the one stable and imperishable factor is human personality. It is with this that God is primarily concerned. A man’s character is the only thing he can take out of this life with him.’ Michael Green, 2 Peter and Jude, p.152.