New Daylight January - April 2018

Sustaining your daily journey with the Bible

Edited by Sally Welch

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New Daylight offers four months of daily Bible reading and reflection for everybody who wants to go deeper with God. It is ideal for those looking for a fresh approach to regular Bible study, and offers a talented team of contributors who present a Bible passage (text included), helpful comment and a prayer or thought for the day ahead.

The Editor writes...

The beginning of a new year can be a challenging period. After the colour and activity of Christmas, the days can seem gloomier and damper than ever; the nights are long and cold; and we are in danger of falling prey to the ailments of the season. Opportunities for fun are limited, perhaps, by the need to tighten our belts after a period of indulgence and it can seem a long time indeed until the first signs of spring arrive. But even in these shaded times, there are reasons for optimism. Resolutions can be made, new patterns created, new habits begun. Seeds of growth can be planted in our hearts and souls which, if carefully tended, can bring forth a spiritual fruit to benefit us all.

To help you with this time of preparation and beginning, there are some wonderful reflections and insights within this issue of New Daylight. Naomi Starkey examines the implications of discipleship and the importance of keeping our minds focused on the main thing - 'the testimony about God... Jesus Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:1-2). Discipleship is not without its struggles, but there are plenty of people to help us on our journey - John Twisleton is a wonderful travel guide as he helps us to explore the ancient city of Jerusalem and all that it means for the children of God, and Liz Hoare takes us gently through the challenges of those Old Testament prophets Joel and Amos, leading us to greater understanding and appreciation.

We approach Holy Week with Ian Adams' sensitive exploration of some of the most famous passages concerning that time, and finally arrive at Easter to experience the enormous privilege of sharing this festival with Rachel Boulding, who occupies that liminal territory of one who was given less than a year to live at the time of writing her notes. Her reflections, filled with hope and joy and the vital importance of filling each day with a sense of thankfulness, are powerful and moving - a true flowering of the spirit in the midst of apparent darkness; a witness to the eternal love of God.

I thank God for her and for all of you this season.

Sally Welch

In this issue:

Where it all started: Genesis 1-11
Veronica Zundel
1-13 January

Bread in John
David Runcorn
14-27 January

Sally Welch
28 January-10 February

Joel and Amos
Liz Hoare
11-24 February

Naomi Starkey
25 February-10 March

John Twisleton
11-24 March

Holy Week
Ian Adams
25-30 March

Grief and glory
Rachel Boulding
31 March-7 April

God's blessings
Amy Boucher Pye
8-21 April

Songs of praise
Andrew John
22-30 April

About the contributors in this issue:

Ian Adams is a poet, writer, photographer and priest. He is the author of Cave Refectory Road, Running Over Rocks and Unfurling (all Canterbury Press). He is the Church Mission Society's Spirituality Adviser and is a Fresh Expressions Associate.

Amy Boucher Pye is the author of The Living Cross (BRF, 2016) and the award-winning Finding Myself in Britain (Authentic Media, 2015). She enjoys running the Woman Alive book club and speaking at churches. She blogs at

Rachel Boulding, who died of cancer in April 2017, was Deputy Editor of the Church Times, and the author of Facing Death (BRF, 2017) and Companions on the Bethlehem Road (BRF, 2012).

Liz Hoare is an ordained Anglican priest and teaches spiritual formation at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Her interests lie in the history and literature of Christian spirituality and their connections with today's world.

Andrew John is the Bishop of Bangor and has served there for nine years. He has spent all his ministry in the Church in Wales. Apart from being a bishop, he occasionally attempts marathons (Snowdonia being a favourite) and enjoys time with his now grown-up children.

David Runcorn is Director of Ordinands and Warden of Readers in the Diocese of Gloucester. He is the author of a number of books including Spirituality (SPCK, 2011) and Dust and Glory (BRF, 2015).

Naomi Starkey is a curate in the Church in Wales, working in Welsh and English across six rural churches. She previously worked as a BRF commissioning editor from 1997 to 2015 and has written a number of books for BRF including The Recovery of Hope (2016) and The Recovery of Joy (2017).

John Twisleton is Rector of Horsted Keynes in Sussex and has served as priest, theological college principal and diocesan missioner. He writes on prayer and apologetics, broadcasts on Premier Radio and is author of Experiencing Christ's Love (BRF, 2017).

Veronica Zundel is an Oxford graduate, writer and columnist. She lives with her husband and son in north London. Her most recent book is Everything I Know about God, I've Learned from Being a Parent (BRF, 2013).

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Author info

Sally Welch is Vicar of Charlbury and Area Dean of Chipping Norton. Sally also leads training events for the Diocese of Oxford in the area of spirituality and is a Diocesan Labyrinth Coordinator. A published author, Sally's works include: Making a Pilgrimage (Lion Hudson 2009), Walking the Labyrinth (Canterbury Press 2010) and Every Place is Holy Ground (Canterbury Press 2011), Edible Bible Crafts (Barnabas for Children, 2014) and Celebrating Festivals (Barnabas for Children, 2014). She is also the editor of the Bible reading notes New Daylight.


Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857465979
  • Published: 01 November 2017
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
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