Renewal Journal 20: Life
The God who dies: Exploring themes of life and death, by Irene Alexander
Body Ministry and Looking to Jesus: Journey into Renewal and Revival, by Geoff Waugh
I edited 20 issues of the Renewal Journal, beginning from 1993. I am indeed grateful for all the contributors to the Renewal Journal. They identified and created cutting edge issues in this momentous decade into the 21st century, now updated in 2nd editions. Renewal Journals, 2nd edition (2012) are now available in print – see Amazon and The Book Depository. They are available in four bound volumes
The Renewal Journal is been ecumenical and interdenominational in its scope both for writers and readers. Renewal and revival transcend our divisions and transform our relationships. I am grateful. The 21st century continues to see the spread of powerful, current revival and renewal movements worldwide.
Most of the articles in this issue were presented and discussed at a Contemporary Issues in Ministry conference held at the School of Ministries of Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Australia. Their titles indicate their content. They invite and challenge us to die to the old and rise to the new.
Death is painful, especially where love is deep and strong. The longer we live, the more we have to live with the pain of that loss of loved ones (parents, spouse, relatives, friends) and the loss of loved things (possessions, activities, vocations) until ultimately our own death transforms us and unites us in perfect love.
Meanwhile, if we choose to die to self-centred living, we can live in resurrection life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Gal 2:20).
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