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Publication Date: 20 Nov 2014
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 192
Author: Graham Tomlin
ISBN-13: 9780281069026, 9780281069033

The Widening Circle

Priesthood As God'S Way Of Blessing The World
By Graham Tomlin
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Summary
In The Widening Circle, Graham Tomlin explores an exhilarating new approach to priesthood.

The author suggests that ‘Priest’ is much more than a term to describe certain Christian ministers – it is a vital category for understanding God’s way of blessing his world.

This world was made for joy: the joy of God and the joy of Creation. But to know that joy, the world needs the divine blessing that is focused in Jesus Christ, the only true High Priest. His priestly ministry consists of mediating between God and the world, perfecting that very creation, and then offering this perfected creation back to the God from whom it came. Yet this very ministry is enacted through others. As we explore how this priesthood of Christ has an impact on everyday life, we discover that the human race is chosen to play a priestly role between God and Creation. The Church is then called out to be a kingdom of priests, enabling humanity to fulfil its divine calling. And, finally, the minister himself or herself – experiencing as Christ did, both strands of priestly reality, the mundane and the heavenly, the routine and the remarkable, the normal and the numinous – is called to enable the rest of the Church to play its distinct part. In each case, the part is the means by which the whole becomes all that it is intended to be, in an ever widening circle of divine blessing, so that the world might know the joy for which it was created.
About the Author
Graham Tomlin, formerly Dean (now President) of St Mellitus College and Principal of St Paul’s Theological Centre, London, is Bishop of Kensington. Among his publications are The Widening Circle (SPCK, 2014), Looking through the Cross: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2014 (Bloomsbury Continuum) and The Provocative Church(SPCK, fourth edition, 2014).
Press Reviews

Here we have a gripping (even exciting) new approach to priesthood . . . almost every page is rich with biblical, theological, historical and practical wisdom – to be read, considered, and then read again!

- Gordon Kuhrt

[On The Provocative Church] A refreshingly honest book from a theologian who clearly knows that most of society doesn’t think the way the church does, and wants to do something about it.

- Church of England Newspaper

One of the best, most honest, most theologically grounded and therefore most practically helpful books on evangelism to have come out in recent years.

- Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford

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