Slides from study day on Matthew’s Gospel

I led a study day for preachers on Matthew in Nottingham recently—mainly Methodist lay preachers and ministers. I’m here sharing the slides from the three sessions where I gave input: one introducing Matthew and looking particularly at his use of the Old Testament; one introducing Tom Wright’s four ‘loudspeakers’ for listening to the Gospels in relation to Matthew; and one walking through Matthew 8–9. What resources have you found helpful for study Matthew, which will be the ‘controlling’ Gospel in the Revised Common Lectionary from Continue reading →

Get our book, Poverty in the Early Church and Today: A Conversation, in pdf for free!

I’m very pleased to announce that the wonderful people at Bloomsbury T&T Clark have agreed with the website Knowledge Unlatched to make Poverty in the Early Church and Today: A Conversation, the book which Hannah Swithinbank and I edited available online for free. We’re delighted, as we were keen to make the book freely accessible to people in the developing world—but our publishers have gone one better in making it freely available to anyone. For more about the book, see here and here. The download Continue reading →

Some helpful pieces on planning and study

I’ve been finding a number of really helpful pieces on different aspects of planning, research and study recently, and here share three of my favourites. Here is a belter of a piece by the wonderful Katherine Firth about ‘Taking a critical distance break’, explaining the very helpful process of stepping back from a project you’re engrossed in, to give yourself time and head space to see what’s really going on, what’s most important, how things fit together, etc. Here is a very helpful piece on Continue reading →

Sharing possessions in Acts

I recently gave a paper to a joint meeting of the Book of Acts and Use and Influence of the New Testament seminars at the British New Testament Society meeting in Liverpool. My full paper, offering an exegetical discussion of the sharing of possessions in Acts, especially in the early chapters, continues to be available for download for a short time here. It’s strictly work in progress, so please don’t cite it as a published work. I’d welcome feedback and comments. I’m also now making Continue reading →

A very interesting piece on improving your writing

Scott Young is a fascinating man; he thinks hard about ‘ultralearning’, how we learn and how we can learn better. Here’s a link to a fascinating piece he’s recently published online, reflecting on how he might improve his writing (he’s already published five books!). It made me think a bit about how I work on my writing, while I’m working on a commentary on Acts, and writing articles and papers along the way. It also made me reflect on how I help others—primarily my PhD Continue reading →