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CMD Webinar - How do I choose what to read?

 
It's good to remain contemporary in our reading so that our theology and understanding of culture is constantly refreshed, but how do we know what to read? Should we go with the flow and read whatever comes our way, or be more strategic? To whom do we turn for ideas about our reading? How do we avoid remaining in an echo chamber in which we read only what we already agree with? Tim Fergusson was in conversation with Revd Dr Helen Paynter, Coordinator of Theological Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, at Bristol Baptist College. 

During and shortly after the webinar a number of resources were mentioned by Helen and by those participating.  They are listed here with no sense of preference, but for you to browse!

Helen's recommendations for today:
Shelterbox Book Club - a way of inviting serendipity in our reading.
The Liberating Image by J Richard Middleton.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

Helen's own recent book:
The Bible Doesn't Tell Me So; Why you don't have to submit to domestic abuse and coercive control by Helen Paynter.

Sources of reviews, resources and recommendations:
Baptist Ministers Journal - containing book reviews by Baptist ministers.
Regents Reviews - Regent's Park College's Journal that reviews books on Christian Ministry. 
Themelios - An international journal for theological studies.
Centre for Pastor Theologians - Articles, videos and podcasts.
CPAS - many leadership resources.
Think - articles and reviews from a group of thinkers originating in the New Frontiers tradition.

More specialised biblical study resources:
Denver Seminary New Testament and Old Testament book lists - A selected (but still long!) list of biblical resources and commentaries.
Society of Old Testament Studies and Society for New Testament Studies - more specialised biblical articles and annual book list.
Biblical Theology Bulletin - articles and reviews for those undertaking biblical and theological study.

               
 
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Wednesday 14 July 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Sally Nelson, Mike Peat and Andy Goodliff about the wealth of learning resources written by Baptists for Baptists in various regular publications including the Baptist Ministers' Journal.
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Wednesday 16 June 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Andy Glover, Amy Wearing and Pete Everitt about their vision for the Fresh Streams network that seeks to equip ministers and leadership teams for Spirit-led ministry and mission.
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Wednesday 12 May 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Mary Taylor, Alisdair Longwill and Nike Adebajo about learning communities and huddles as a form of discipleship, accountability and leadership development.
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Wednesday 14 April 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Colin Norris and Sarah Crane about the Order for Baptist Ministry and how it can help our CMD.
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Wednesday 17 March 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Simon Barrington about how we may prepare ourselves and our churches and missional communities for recovery from restrictions and deprivations that have come with the pandemic.
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