Closing the Gap: a very worthwhile conference in Durham (2)

                      This is the second of three posts about this conference in Durham; the first is here. Prof. David Ford (University of Cambridge) gave us a swashbuckling paper, delivered with enthusiasm and panache, coming out of his own work over some years on a commentary on John’s Gospel. This was fascinating, for Ford is a theological scholar, rather than a biblical scholar (although it was pretty clear he’s no mean exegete!). He discussed a number of influences on his Continue reading →

Closing the Gap: a very worthwhile conference in Durham (1)

        I’ve spent a very enjoyable and stimulating couple of days in Durham this week at an excellent conference, ‘Closing the Gap: Best Practices for Integrating Historical and Theological Exegesis’ hosted by the Theology and Religion department of the university, and initiated and organised by two enterprising PhD students, Ben White and Justin Allison. Both had found that their PhD work in New Testament had raised theological questions which their supervisor, Prof. John Barclay, had encouraged them to pursue and to integrate into their Continue reading →

Kristen Padilla’s helpful book for women considering Christian ministry

Kristen Padilla Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018) ISBN 978 0 310 53218 7 My friend Kristen Padilla has published (out on 12 June) a very helpful new book aimed at young women from an evangelical tradition considering Christian ministry. It’s well-written, engaging and highly readable. Each of the chapters includes thought-provoking teaching and issues, questions for review of the chapter, questions for reflection with a mentor, and areas to dig deeper, plus the Continue reading →

(pre-)Order this book and get some good extras!

  My friend Kristen Padilla has written a valuable short book for young women considering a call to Christian ministry, and it’s published soon (12 June). I’ll write a longer review when it’s published—but suffice for now to say that I think it’s a clear, well-written and very helpful book, full of practical wisdom and sound biblically-based teaching. If you pre-order the book, you can get some specials in advance—a study guide for the book, and a pdf of the introduction to the book. You Continue reading →

My new role at Trinity College, Bristol

After leaving St Mary’s University, Twickenham at the end of December 2017, I am delighted to announce that I’ve now joined Trinity College, Bristol as an Associate Research Fellow, to supervise research students through their PhD and MTh research programme, which is validated by the University of Aberdeen. This means I’m available to supervise research students starting this autumn/fall, full-time or part-time, including at distance. The plan is that I’ll also lead a regular New Testament research seminar online for staff and research students all Continue reading →