In the upcoming issue of New Daylight

New Daylight

Find out more about New Daylight May - August 2019:

The Editor writes...

One of my tasks as editor of New Daylight is to read through the entire issue just before I send it to BRF for further editing and proofreading. Usually I end up with my head reeling with hundreds of new ideas, reflections and insights, and it takes me a few days to return to 'normal'. This issue is no exception - for the next few months you will experience a wide range of writers, subjects and approaches, some of which will challenge, some comfort and others entertain you. All, I hope, will inform your spiritual life.

Amy Boucher Pye bravely tackles Judges, a difficult and challenging book, which seems concerned mostly with recording the many ways in which God's people turn away from him and towards other gods. However, Amy finds pockets of hope in the stories of Deborah and Gideon, and useful lessons for us all in the way that God never loses faith in his people, even when they lose faith in him. She demonstrates the way in which the Old Testament can provide depth and new dimensions to our understanding of God and of the redemption of his promises in the person of Christ.

Penelope Wilcock's reflections challenge us in a different way. Through her examination of the roles of women in the New Testament, she helps us to see that our task is to assist with the 'restoration of equality' for men and women, away from attitudes of 'dominance and subjugation', which have their roots, she asserts, as far back as the fall. She declares, however, that our challenge is to ensure that such restoration takes place 'quietly, gently, gracefully and with propriety, as befits the Christian way'.

Finally, Paul Gravelle's reflections on harvest are particularly interesting, since they come to us from the other side of the world - New Zealand. Harvest is both a universal theme and a highly place-specific phenomenon, and Paul helps us to explore both physical and spiritual harvest times.

All the reflections in this issue are written by enthusiastic and thoughtful people, whose heart for the gospel is such that they share it in the best way they can, to everyone possible. I wish you good reading!

Sally Welch

In this issue:

Jesus' wisdom in Luke
Amanda Bloor

Judges 1-12
Amy Boucher Pye

Songs of praise
Harry Smart

Tony Horsfall

Titus and Philemon: a gift of encouragement
John Twistleton

Barbara Mosse

My favourite prayers
Lakshmi Jeffreys

Women in the New Testamen
Penelope Wilcock

The presence of God
John Ryeland

# p>Harvest
Paul Gravelle

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About the contributors in this issue:

Amanda Bloor is Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity Bembridge, Assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Portsmouth, and has chaplaincy responsibilities with the Army Cadet Force, the RNLI and local sailing clubs.

Amy Boucher Pye is a writer and speaker who runs the Woman Alive book club. She is the author of the award-winning Finding Myself in Britain (Authentic, 2015) and The Living Cross (BRF, 2016).

Paul Gravelle is an Anglican priest in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a poet, writer and retreat leader and has ministered in military, urban and rural settings, supporting himself as an industrial journalist.

Tony Horsfall is a retreat leader and author based in Yorkshire. He is actively involved in his local church and tries to keep active by playing walking football and spending time with his grandchildren.

Lakshmi Jeffreys is the rector of a parish just outside Northampton. She combines this with being a wife, mother, friend, dog-walker, school governor and various other roles.

Barbara Mosse is a retired Anglican priest with experience in various chaplaincies and theological education. A freelance lecturer and retreat-giver, she is the author of Welcoming the Way of the Cross (BRF, 2013).

John Ryeland is ordained in the Church of England and has been the Director of The Christian Healing Mission for the past 20 years. As well as writing a number of books, including Encountering the God Who Heals (MD Publishing, 2017), he also writes at

Harry Smart is an Anglican priest and has been a mental and general hospital chaplain for many years. He has an interest in mindfulness and in labyrinths and has used them for patient and staff support.

John Twistleton is a priest, writer and broadcaster based in Haywards Heath. He is author of Meet Jesus (BRF, 2011), Using the Jesus Prayer (BRF, 2014) and Experiencing Christ's Love (BRF, 2017).

Penelope Wilcock writes Christian fiction, pastoral theology and Bible studies. Her books include Spiritual Care of Dying and Bereaved People (BRF, 2013). She blogs at

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