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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

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helen and danny smith

we are so sorry to hear your sad news and pray that god will strengthen you in the days ahead helen and danny smith

helen and danny smith

we are so sorry to hear of your sad loss and pray that god will strengthen you in the days ahead helen and danny smith

David Hodgson

Bigbulkyanglican was always the first blog I opened when I check my Bloglines. His love of life and its Giver cannot be forgotten.
"As in Adam all die, so in Christ will all be made alive"

David

So sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Thoughts and prayers with you all: the wit, wisdom and insight of "BigBulkyAnglican" will be greatly missed around the world.

jody

utter shock to hear this. your dad once commented on my blog, a real insight, a real gentleness, something i really needed at that moment. i was so thankful for his words. i will pray for you all.

steve

This is so sad. i have never met Tom, but have so appreciated his blog - his creativity, his spirituality, his intellect, his speaking on behalf of pastors and people.

I will light a candle tonight, for a man I never met, for his family and for those whom he influenced. And I will give thanks for Tom and for blogs, and the way they have connected me to a man who has enriched my life.

steve taylor

Richard Sudworth

Indeed, a real shock! I so appreciated the thoughts shared here and though we clearly crossed paths at numerous Greenbelt sessions over the years, never managed to meet "for real". God's peace be with family and friends at this time.....Richard

Richard Sudworth

Indeed, a real shock! I so appreciated the thoughts shared here and though we clearly crossed paths at numerous Greenbelt sessions over the years, never managed to meet "for real". God's peace be with family and friends at this time.....Richard

adrian

So sorry to hear the news - we never met but I found inspiration amongst his blogs.
adrian copping

Lee Barnes

Really sad news! A fantastic and creative thinker ... many prayers and thoughts with you all!

Catherine+

Stunned. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of such a wonderful witness and spirit of God's love. May light perpetual shine upon him...until we see him again!

hopeful amphibian

So, so sorry to hear this - as others have said, a real shock. Will pray for you all....Mark

Paul Fromont

What incredibly sad news. Like others, above, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I shall light a candle in the Anglican Cathedral down here and shall remember his bigness of perspective and his warmth.

andrea & graham watts

We've just read about Tom in the Keighley News, we can't believe it. Tom married us 5 years ago and christened our youngest daughter, OJ, 2 1/2 years ago. Megan and OJ loved to see Tom about the village and stop and have a chat with him. We were all sad to see Tom leave but thought that we would see him again when he visited the village.....how wrong. A lovely kind gentle giant.
Our thoughts go to Tom and his family.

Mark

Great shock! I never met Tom, but we have spoken "virtually"... Our (safespace) prayers are with you all. Shalom

Brother Tadhg

Im sorry to hear that. Rest assured my prayers and thoughts are with and for you and the rest of the family. God bless. Brother Tadhg

Doug Gay

Met Tom again at Greenbelt - we were due to meet up soon - only just realised he had moved to Scotland. Someone I liked and respected enormously - so sad for you all - peace be with you.

rodney neill

I am saddened by this news and my thoughts and prayers are with you

Sam Norton

So sorry to hear this; peace be with you all. I'll miss Tom's voice.

PamBG

My thoughts and prayers for the family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Dr Moose

What else can I say but echo the blogging host? Thoughts and prayers heading your way, and memories of insight. Peace be with you all at this time. Stuart.

Jason Clark

I'm so sorry to hear that, a real loss. You are in my prayers and close to my thoughts,
Jason

Ruth Gledhill

What sad and shocking news. Tom was a frequent contributor to my blog and I was often stimulated and assisted by his writing, in particular his recent comments on his own blog about Lambeth and his excellent coverage of Greenbelt which I was unable to attend this year. My thoughts are with his family.

(ps - not for publication - if any of the family wish to write an obit for publication on the blog email me at ruth.gledhill@thetimes.co.uk)

Helen Butler

Tom is remembered with such fondness by many of us in Mirfield. We had some good laughs and he was so supportive. You are, all of you, in our prayers love Helen, Steve, Sophie and Alex

Rick Lord

Very sad to read this. Tom's writing and virtual friendship meant a great deal to many. My sincere condolences to your family.

Rick Lord

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