At Oasis, we believe that theology isn’t just a subject to study; it’s a conversation to explore.
As a movement, rather than adopting immovable statements of faith and defending doctrinal positions, we commit ourselves to the continuous task of honouring and grappling with the Bible in community and with God. We seek to explore our beliefs through conversation, debate and dialogue.
Oasis has also developed the Open Church Network, which will contain a series of resources to help provoke thinking, feed directly into our conversations and encourage further exploration at a church, small group or individual level.
Click here to read Steve Chalke’s article A Matter of Integrity, where Steve calls us to grapple with the subject of sexuality as we aim to become a more inclusive Church.
Click here to read Steve’s article Restoring Confidence in the Bible, in which Steve unpacks how we can still use the Bible as a reliable moral and spiritual guide in our twenty-first century globalised world.
And click here for a list of good books to read, chosen by Jill Rowe, Oasis’s ethos and formation director and a member of the Oasis Church Waterloo leadership team.
Jill Rowe is the Oasis Ethos and Formation Director, and is also part of the leadership team at Oasis Church Waterloo. She’s also an avid reader so we asked her for a short list of useful books to read, and this is what she gave us. (We’re now glad we didn’t ask for a long list.)
Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes – Kenneth E. Bailey
Christianity Rediscovered – Vincent Donovan
Falling Upward – Richard Rohr
The Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard
Jewish New Testament Commentary – David H. Stern
The Bible Makes Sense – Walter Brueggemann
The Weight of Glory – C.S. Lewis
The Wounded Healer – Henri Nouwen
Return of the Prodigal – Henri Nouwen
Simply Jesus – Tom Wright
Meet the Rabbis – Brad Young
Love Wins – Rob Bell
A New Kind of Christianity – Brian McLaren
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
Everything Belongs – Richard Rohr
Breathing Under Water – Richard Rohr
Let Your Life Speak – Parker Palmer
Searching for Sunday – Rachel Held Evans
The ZimZum of Love – Rob Bell
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller
Unapologetic – Francis Spufford