The Rt Revd Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, will speak on 9 June (Pentecost Sunday) on his new book ‘Freedom is Coming’, in which he considers how we can hold onto our sense of God’s faithfulness within the pressures and challenges of 21st century life.
Bishop Nick says, “We now live in a world of increasing uncertainty, if not fragility. Yet, there is wisdom to be found in texts from nearly three thousand years ago. But, words of promise also bring words of threat. Ahead of publication of a new book in August, I will be looking at what the prophet Isaiah might have to say to us in our context.”
Endorsing the book, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said:
"Nick Baines’ book reminds us that the story of Christmas is one chapter of a grand story, a story that has its roots deep into the Old Testament. He brings out both challenge and hope from living Advent side-by-side with the story of God’s people in Isaiah. A great book to take us through Advent."
Mark Oakley, Dean of St John's College, Cambridge, says: ‘Like the prophet he writes about, Nick Baines has the gift of dispelling illusions without leaving us disillusioned’.
Bishop Nick also gave a topical and well-received talk at the start of Bradford Cathedral’s Centenary year: “Going back a different way - being Christian in a populist world”.
Bishop Nick’s book, ‘Freedom is Coming: From Advent to Epiphany with the Prophet Isaiah’, provides six weeks of daily reflections for Advent and the Christmas period. It comes out in paperback on 15 August 2019.
‘Freedom is Coming’ is on Sunday 9th June at Bradford Cathedral starting at 2:30pm. Entry is free and your place can be reserved at bradfordcathedral.eventbrite.com, or you can just turn up on the door.