Towards Jerusalem

A pilgrim's regress and progress to God's Holy City

Steve Brady

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God has an agenda for cities. Steve Brady is convinced of it. The Bible is full of significant cities and the biblical story is full of imagery of cities-culminating in God's 'holy city', birthed in and through his people. Towards Jerusalem is a unique Lent book, a call to live for a vision bigger than ourselves, marching to a different drumbeat towards 'Zion', God's New Jerusalem and all that this means in transformative terms for today's Christian believer.



  • Ash Wednesday: Temptations
  • Thursday: Blessed are the balanced
  • Friday: The ultimate mission statement
  • Saturday: Runners and spectators
  • Week 1: Seeking a city: unfamiliar people and places

  • Sunday: From a garden to a city
  • Monday: Superheroes or villains?
  • Tuesday: Human potential and its hubris
  • Wednesday: A saved soul and a wasted life
  • Thursday: A place for tears
  • Friday: Mid-life crisis
  • Saturday: Eisodus comes before exodus
  • Week 2: Finding a home: undulating experiences of God

  • Sunday: Everybody needs good neighbours
  • Monday: Upwardly mobile
  • Tuesday: The ideal home show
  • Wednesday: Strong foundations
  • Thursday: Life in perspective
  • Friday: Peace in the city
  • Saturday: Troubled waters
  • Week 3: Rebuilding a ruin: unpromising situations

  • Sunday: Praying
  • Monday: Influencing
  • Tuesday: Organising
  • Wednesday: Coping
  • Thursday: Rectifying
  • Friday: Completing
  • Saturday: Reforming
  • Week 4: Creating communities of faith: unpredictable churches

  • Sunday: Sound Street Abbey - Ephesus
  • Monday: Crown Close Cathedral - Smyrna
  • Tuesday: Martyr's Memorial Church - Pergamum
  • Wednesday: Loose Lane Fellowship - Thyatira
  • Thursday: Cemetery Junction Church - Sardis
  • Friday: Main Road Assembly - Philadelphia
  • Saturday: Cool Court Chapel - Laodicea
  • Week 5: Approaching Jerusalem: unexpected heroes and villains

  • Sunday: A short-sighted trio
  • Monday: Samaritans
  • Tuesday: A midnight caller
  • Wednesday: Amazing grace
  • Thursday: Future shock
  • Friday: Open all hours?
  • Saturday: What's so dangerous about grace?
  • Week 6: Redeeming the world: the unrecognised builder

  • Palm Sunday: Crossing the Rubicon
  • Monday: Givers and takers
  • Tuesday: Back to the future
  • Wednesday: Red-letter day
  • Maundy Thursday: Gethsemane
  • Good Friday: A dying thief, a living hope
  • Holy Saturday: Dead and gone?
  • Easter Day: The short walk to freedom
  • Epilogue: Easter Monday: Our man in heaven
  • Notes
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Author info

Steve Brady was born in Liverpool. He has been in full-time Christian ministry for over 40 years, is Principal of Moorlands College, holds a PhD in theology, and serves as a trustee of the Keswick Convention. He has authored several books, including BRF's Advent title, The Incredible Journey: Christmas from Genesis to Jesus. He is married to Brenda, and they have two children and four grandchildren.


Church Times (19 Jan 2018). Review by Peter McGeary, vicar of St Mary's, Cable Street, London and a Priest-Vicar of Westminster Abbey

Lent is a journey on many levels towards, and the narrative of Holy Week pulls us into, the city of Jerusalem. Steve Brady engages in such a multi-layered journey in 'Towards Jerusalem'... Lent is a serious time and Brady takes Lent seriously.

Each day involves the discipline of reading a passage of scripture and reflecting on it, against an overarching background of pilgrimage, a journey towards a place of resurrection. This is the Bible Reading Fellowship's Lent book. I have long been impressed by BRF's ability to produce books of high quality and clarity, and this is no exception. Clear and thoughtful exposition of scripture, fed by pastoral experience and a knowledge of contemporary culture.

Review by Peter McGeary

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857465603
  • Published: 17 November 2017
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 184
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