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A Fond Farewell and Warm Welcome.

After 9 years serving as General Manager of Methodist Publishing House, Mr George Vine is retiring.   We wish him all the best in his retirement and Thank him for the years of commitment, leadership, dedication and undying passion he has shown over the years.  

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Deon Swanepoel, who will be the new General Manager of Methodist Publishing House.  Mr Swanepoel has had the privilege of working in companies all around the world.  We look forward to the fresh ideas, challenges and changes that come from his experiences.  

Wishing Mr Vine and Mr Swanepoel all the best for what the future may hold, may it be Blessed! 
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Book available at Christian Connexion Shops:

HOW (not) TO SPEAK OF GOD by Peter Rollins (SPCK 2006)  - R215

Orthodox and traditional. Transformative and revolutionary. Four words that could describe the way Peter Rollins investigates the theory and praxis of the “emerging church” movement. His thinking is bound to disturb some and challenge others, but it should force us all to re-examine and clarify the way we think and speak of God. This is a serious read, endorsed by such people as Brian McLaren and Phyllis Tickle.  

~ Rev Ken Leverton
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GOD LOST and FOUND by John Pritchard (SPCK 2011)  - R185

Many people feel that despite keeping up with religious observances, they have somehow lost touch with God. This book offers no trite or simplistic reasons for this distressing experience. Rather, Pritchard draws on his own experiences of dark times and offers starting points from which we may rediscover a more realistic faith in the God who, despite appearances, never leaves us. An honest, sympathetic and encouraging guide to those of us (and that’s most of us) who have journeyed this way.  

~ Rev Ken Leverton
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IMMORTAL DIAMOND by Richard Rohr (SPCK 2013)  - R195

In his previous writings, Richard Rohr has had much to say about the ego, or False Self, and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. Here he asks whether there is also a True Self, and if there is, what and where is it? In this book he likens the True Self to a diamond, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, needing to be uncovered and separated from the debris of ego that surrounds it. He explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality and meaning, and concludes that the True Self must be resurrected in a process of transformation.  

~ Rev Ken Leverton
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Special interest book available from Christian Connexion Resource Centres
(This book is not available through our website, only directly from the shops)

DREAMS: The Theatre of the Soul, by Joan Lougheed.  (340 pages)  R260
Through contemplating our dreams, we can learn much about ourselves.
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Wishing everybody a Blessed and safe Easter.  

May Lord bless you on this auspicious day of Easter, and May it be a new beginning of greater prosperity, success and happiness.

Easter is a time to rejoice, be thankful, be assured that all is forgiven so life extends beyond the soil of earth.
Easter is a time to rejoice, be thankful, be assured that all is forgiven so life extends beyond the soil of earth.
~   Byron Pulsifer
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A little bit of MPH History:  

Have you ever wondered when or how Methodist Publishing House started?   Here is a little bit of Methodist Publishing House history.

The first Methodist publication in South Africa was published privately in Cape Town in 1816 and the first Methodist printing press was set up in Cape Town in 1824.  The first “Bookroom” – from which Methodist Publishing House sprang – was established in 1894.  MPH then published mainly hymnbooks in the local vernacular languages as well as basic Christian education resources and preachers’ aids from a mission perspective.

A small bookshop was established in Cape Town in the Central Church and after the Second World War others were started in Johannesburg and Durban.  These three shops traded as the Methodist Bookroom and were an integral part of the Church’s mission and outreach.  MPH now has thirteen shops.  In late 2006 the bookshops were re-launched as Christian Connexion Resource Centres.

In 1987 a Wholesale Division was established.  Apart from distributing MPH’s own titles and products to the trade, the Wholesale Division also represents overseas publishers in South Africa and holds stock of their major titles.  They include Abingdon Press (the major Methodist publisher in USA and an MPH sole agency) and Paraclete Press.  We also stock and distribute Westminster John Knox Press, DLT and Eerdman titles on a non-exclusive basis.

Over the years the range carried by Methodist Publishing House has extended beyond books and we have become known as an important supplier to the trade.  Likewise our customer base has extended beyond Methodist-affiliated outlets to encompass most Christian retailers.
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For the man that inspired not only a nation, but the whole world.
A selfless man with the vision of unity, a man who fought for what he believed at any cost.


“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” 
—Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 
—Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
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Healdtown - Under the Eagles Wings.
The Legacy of an African Mission School by Trevor Webster. 

Available at all Christian Connexion Resource Centres across South Africa.   #Healdtown #nelsonmandela #robertsobukwe #Govanmbeki #TrevorWebster  
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