Divinity in a Grain of Bread

By David Martin

A series of powerful and intelligent meditations by Professor David Martin, spanning a wide variety of subjects, with a foreword by Robert Runcie.

ISBN: 9780718827878


David Martin’s Divinity in a Grain of Bread is a fresh and stimulating collection of meditations covering a wide range of topics. Part One contains meditations arranged for the Christian calendar, such as Advent and Christmas, while Part Two includes meditations on subjects such as Grace and Nature, and Harmony and Peace.

David Martin’s powerful and intelligent prose will stimulate the reader into deeper thought. His mediations are of interest to clergy and lay people alike, of all denominations.

With a Foreword by Dr Robert Runcie, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Dimensions 216 × 138 mm
Pages 176

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About the Author

David Martin is an internationally known sociologist now Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and specialising in religion. He has taught extensively in the USA, and has been guest lecturer in many countries, including Israel, Turkey. Japan and Australia. He is honorary assistant at Guildford Cathedral and F.D. Maurice Lecturer and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He has also been Gore Lecturer at Westminster Abbey.


Foreword by Dr Robert Runcie
Prologue: Worship, an Invitation

Part I: The Christian Year: Advent to Trinity
1. Advent: 1. The Quickening
2. Advent: 2. Coming-to-be
3. Christmas. The Human Gift
4. The Baptism. The Transition
5. John the Baptist. The Desert Way
6. Quinquagesima. The Way of Love
7. Lent. Tests and Angelic Assistance
8. Passion Sunday. Priestly Victim
9. Palm Sunday. The Crux
10. Good Friday. From Black to White
11. Easter: 1. The Rising Again
12. Easter: 2. Communicating
13. Easter: 3. Signs of the Breakthrough
14. Easter: 4. Dying to Live
15. Easter: 5. Bulletins of Immortality
16. Ascensiontide: 1. Glorification
17. Ascensiontide: 2. Exaltation
18. Whit-Sunday (Pentecost): 1. Inspiriting
19. Whit-Sunday (Pentecost): 2. New Generations
20. Whit-Sunday (Pentecost): 3. Dove Talk
21. Trinity: 1. The Presence
22. Trinity: 2. The Opening Door

Part II. The Christian Experience
23. Grace: 1. The Open Invitation
24. Grace: 2. Being Accepted
25. Nature. Manifold Works
26. Conversion. Turning Around
27. The Work of a Deacon. Dinner Service
28. The Work of a Priest. Re-Presenting
29. Blessed. Good Wording
30. Touched. Shaking and Quaking
31. Enlightened. Lucidity and Illumination
32. Harmony. Clash and Resolution
33. Music. Social and Personal
34. Peace: 1. The Price of Peace
35. Prayer. Spiritual Flexitime
36. Peace: 2. God’s Rule
37. Ecstasy. Inside Heaven
38. The Amen. Truth and Finality

Epilogue:The Sum of Worship