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The Table: Knowing Jesus: Prayer, Friendship, Justice

Paul Bayes
Darton, Longman, and Todd, 2019, £12.99, ISBN 978-0232533729

<strong>The Table: Knowing Jesus: Prayer, Friendship, Justice</strong>

In this book the Bishop of Liverpool proposes a vision of the Church as a table, built by the carpenter Jesus and reaching into every corner of society. At the table everyone is invited to sit and eat, agree and disagree, as equals with their Lord. The table is built to accommodate a rich diversity of people, and when the Church constructs barriers to inclusion it is acting against the will of the Host.

The current decline of the Church of England, and the church in England, is seen in a positive light. The people who should be invited to this table are not in positions of power and privilege, but ‘on the edge and underneath.’ If the church finds itself there, it finds itself in the place of ministry it is intended to inhabit. Justice that demands quiet and determined perseverance are part of the call of Jesus to the church.

This is a readable and approachable book, offering a clear understanding not only of Bishop Paul’s theological perspectives, but also of doctrines of inclusion. To preachers it offers a way of seeing the church as hospitable space, and discipleship as involving prayer, friendship and justice.

 

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