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  • John V. Taylor: The Christlike God (Scm Classics)

    John V. Taylor: The Christlike God (Scm Classics)
    A serious theological book which is the companion to JVT's classic work "The Go-between God". Anyone who is frustrated by (fellow) Christians that choose to define God so tightly that faith seems impossible, or seem to align faith with "happiness" despite the evidence to the contrary should read how faith is really a mix of " wonder and comprehension, illumination and darkness, loss and possession, abasement and bliss". If you want to stop to "think" about God then this is a book to read thoughtfully in the company of one of great Christians of the 20th Century

  • Jean Vanier: Community and Growth: Our Pilgrimage Together Revised Edition

    Jean Vanier: Community and Growth: Our Pilgrimage Together Revised Edition
    A revised collection of the thoughts and ideas of the founder of the L'arche Community - "faith without boundaries". This is a classic book - for everyone seeking faith and to grow in their faith

  • Rowan  Williams: Anglican Identities

    Rowan Williams: Anglican Identities
    As someone who is both a passionate but frustrated Anglican - glimpsing sometimes all that Anglican could be and seeing on a daily basis all that it isn't, this book was a wonderful account of what liberal Anglicanism - tolerant, inclusive, supportive, intelligent and profoundly spiritual, just might be. Of course it is not an easy read - it takes time and effort to grasp what RW is saying but the effort is worthwhile

  • John Drane         : Do Christians Know How to Be Spiritual?

    John Drane : Do Christians Know How to Be Spiritual?
    If you are a committed member of a local Church and wonder why others do not see the point - or wonder whether it might be possible to be more spiritual outside the confines then you could read this book which is a thoughtful introduction to what is meant by a post-christian society.

  • Tom Wright: Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

    Tom Wright: Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
    This is a detailed read from Tom Wright which makes the case for the Christian faith in contemporary society. Its thoughtful, challenging, and gentle.

  • W.H. Vanstone: Farewell in Christ

    W.H. Vanstone: Farewell in Christ
    Vanstone's final work, which explores the mystery of existence, the mystery of my soul, the mystery of meaning, - and none of this becomes possible without intellectual doubt. Is this what Dawkins et al will never understand?

  • John Pritchard: The Life and Work of a Priest

    John Pritchard: The Life and Work of a Priest
    This book should be compulsory reading for all enquirers, ordinands, and current clergy - perhaps adding in all elders and churchwardens for good measure. It charts in a profoundly hopeful way the joys and pressures of contemporary priesthood, and avoids the pitfalls of theological bias or the bland functional understandings of leadership.

  • Timothy Radcliffe: What Is the Point of Being a Christian?

    Timothy Radcliffe: What Is the Point of Being a Christian?
    A prophetic introduction to the Christian faith for those who struggle to find God amid the complexities of life

  • Robert Dimery: 1001 Albums you must hear before you die

    Robert Dimery: 1001 Albums you must hear before you die
    Just a great read - extensive intelligent reviews which bring back memories, stimulate to seek out, and inspire to add to the wish list.

All time Top Ten albums

  • Bob Dylan -

    Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
    Probably the best single collection of orginal songs - performed by Bob with his inimitable non-music style - the best produced Dylan album into the bargain

  • Miles Davis -

    Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
    I remember the first time I heard this - on a loaned Walkman on a very turbulent flight to Belfast - it has rightly been described as a milestone in 20th century jazz. I remember playing to a group of spell-bound 9/10 year olds in a Primary school music workshop

  • Portishead -

    Portishead: Dummy
    Every once in while I listen to an album whose orginality leaves me instinctively knowing that music will never be the same - that the goalposts of repetoire have been changed for ever. Dummy is just one of those rare treats

  • Prefab Sprout -

    Prefab Sprout: Andromeda Heights
    In 1997 I escaped for the afternoon from the madhouse of an ordination training residential to the comparative sanity of my friend Tony's studio. During a tea break in a session, Tony said these imortal words " I've just found this amazing album" and my love affair with Andromeda Heights began - sanity was restored and I completed the residental and training.

  • Moloko -

    Moloko: Things to make and do
    Brilliant music within the scope of the dance music genre. Crisp instrumentation, meets cool beats, and the voice of Roisin - how I love Moloko

  • Craig Armstrong -

    Craig Armstrong: Piano Works
    If I were not Tom Allen ( artistically and musically speaking) I would be Craig Armstrong - from my discovery of him through Massive Attack I have loved and admired his work - and Piano Works covers his repetoire in stunning style

  • Joe Cocker -

    Joe Cocker: Sheffield Steel
    The greatest album from the greatest rock intrepreter of them all - genius production meets some of the best songs of all time sung by that voice - I've confess that I have sampled the album to oblivion

  • Paul Simon -

    Paul Simon: Graceland
    Had to be a Paul Simon album and it had to be Graceland. A epoch making album which opened African music to the world but seamlessly combined that music with western rock and pop with songs to die for.

  • Cosmic Rough Riders -

    Cosmic Rough Riders: Enjoy the melodic sunshine
    Glasgow's finest produce the ultimate guitar-song album of pure delight and of a quality that puts Athlete et al in the shade - shame it was two years too early and the lead singer left after this debut album

  • Massive Attack -

    Massive Attack: Blue Lines
    OK so Bristol has launched Portishead, Tricky and Roni Size, but it was the staggering impact of this debut which created a genre in trip-hop and a collective approach to song-writing, band membership which has influenced a generation and spawned so many other deriratives. From the low-fi paranoia of "Five Man Army" and the unrepeatable melancholic splendour of "Unfinished Sympathy", this is a 20th century classic.

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09 September 2008


Ben Edson

thoughts and prayers with you. Ben


this is such a shock - many thoughts and prayers for you all. Maggi


What a shock and a great loss to you and your family, and the community. A kind and passionate man.

Stephen Tyler

Prayers to all of you, a loss to all. Steve


I'm shocked! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Andrew

Jim McRae

As a council member of MtS Scotland my acquaintance with Tom was very brief but I was very privileged to meet him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all whom I have never met. Tom will be remembered in a future Holy Mass at St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh close to my home. Requiescat in pace.

Dave Rattigan

I'm sorry to hear this. Such a shock. My thoughts are with you all.

David Keen

Very sorry to hear this, praying for God's peace and strength for you.

Bishop Alan Wilson

Love and prayers for you all. You'll be remembered here in prayer and Tom, that God will bless and hold him always in his love (and yours). the prmose is sure — the blessing is for ever +A.

Mike Farley

Rest in peace, Tom, and rise in glory!

Prayers for you all. Tom will be missed more than he'd ever have guessed...


I am so very sorry...He gave so much, in so many ways. May he rest in peace and rise in glory - and may all of you feel God's love surrounding you as you face this.

Howard Jameson

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. A wise and caring priest. Our prayers are with you all at this time.

dave paisley

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you from here in the US.

Judith Bland

Really sorry to hear such sad news. Will certainly be praying for you all.

Paul Walker

This news has just broken in Bradford Diocese where Tom served in recent years. I ma sure that there will be many here who remember Tom with gratitude and fondness. Blessings and prayers to you all.

Derek Walmsley

Very sorry to hear this news. You are very much in our prayers.

Mark Street

my thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a wise and insightful blogger. Peace.

Robin Figg

I was shocked to hear the news and offer my prayers for all the family for strength and comfort. May Tom rest in peace and rise in glory.

Paul Roberts

Your Dad was a wise, peaceful and gentle voice. My prayers are with you and all the family at this sad time.


I didn't come here very often but I always enjoyed it when I did. I'm so sorry. As others have said, may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Liam Byrnes

A real shock, I had only had brief words online with your Dad, and enjoyed his blog. I had been hoping to meet him in person because I live in Aberdeen and knew he travelled here occasionally, I look forward to meeting him at the resurection. Prayers and Comfort to you and your family. Liam Byrnes


So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Alison


So sorry and shocked to hear this news. Like others, I gained so much from his blog. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


Such a shock. I'm so sorry for the loss to those closest to Tom. May he be remembered well. He has inspired me and challenged me on several occasions: I am the better for having known him and thank God for him.

Gary Manders

I am so sorry to hear of this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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