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Christian Stories Collection (2 vols.)
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Christian Stories Collection (2 vols.)


SPCK 2007–2008

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This duo of texts from Anglican churchman Trevor Dennis challenge conventional conceptions of the Christmas and Easter stories. Dennis takes a new look at Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection as depicted in the Gospels. He offers his insight into the new life and reconciliation with God presented in accounts of his resurrection and the significance of how God came to meet us in a manger. Dennis also includes selections of his own poetry and fiction inspired by the Gospel accounts. His work offers an innovative perspective on the Bible and popular culture’s narratives of Easter and Christmas.

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Key Features

  • Critiques popular narratives of Christmas and Easter
  • Offers a unique perspective on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection
  • Includes sections of Dennis’ own original poetry and fiction

Individual Titles

The Christmas Stories

  • Author: Trevor Dennis
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 160

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, Trevor Dennis argues that the popular story of Christmas is derived from a mixture of carols and carol services, nativity plays, children’s Bibles, and paintings. He goes on to say that the Bible itself offers two stories, each quite different from the other, not just in detail, but in tone. Neither of them is reproduced in the familiar Christmas story, and indeed, that story sometimes runs counter to the biblical text. This book, which incorporates some of the Dennis’ own stories and poems on the Christmas theme, begins by examining the two biblical accounts in turn. Matthew’s is a dark tale—or at least a tale of light shining in darkness—while Luke’s is full of light and joy. The author explores the concept of the virgin birth, while acknowledging that the narratives retain a certain ambiguity, and looks at the strangely neglected question: given the world and the God that we know, what story must we tell now? His response is that the church itself desperately needs the vision of the God in a manger, and must allow this vision (together with that of God on a cross) to determine its theology and practice.

The Easter Stories

  • Author: Trevor Dennis
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 160

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The resurrection accounts are not only about God’s triumph over evil and death. According to Trevor Dennis they are also stories of encounters with God—the recovery of that ancient intimacy briefly enjoyed in the Garden of Eden. This absorbing volume, which includes some of the author’s own poetry and reflective pieces, suggests that in entering into the resurrection stories from the Gospels, we step outside time and place, into a strange and wonderful world where death no longer holds sway. Here we meet a wounded God, scarred with the marks of crucifixion—a risen Christ, in whom God once more becomes familiar. Through this wonderful intimacy we are able to have joy alongside this truly close yet ever mysterious God. We gain the energy and courage to take part in establishing his topsy-turvy kingdom on this, his own dear earth.

Product Details

  • Title: Christian Stories Collection
  • Author: Trevor Dennis
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 320

About Trevor Dennis

Trevor Dennis joined the staff of Chester Cathedral in 1994, where he was vice dean and canon chancellor until his retirement in 2010. For nearly 12 years before that he was tutor in Old Testament studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College.