Two helpful recent productivity and writing posts

  Here are two recent posts which I’m finding helpful. The first is from patter (Professor Pat Thomson) about a new collection of short essays critiquing bad ideas about writing (which mostly seem to be US-based and derive from Strunk and White’s key book). Her summary is both clear and helpful (and a model of how to do so), and there is also a link to the book, which is freely available in digital format. The other is from the Nozbe team, and gives seven Continue reading →

Slides from my talk for the Healing and Exorcism conference

I’m in Örebro, Sweden at a conference on ‘Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity’. (The picture is one of the two amazing cakes we had for dessert at the dinner!) My paper is about why Paul silences the demonised slave girl in Philippi (Acts 16:16-18), and I connect it with the silencing of a demonised man by Jesus in Luke 4:33-37. Here are the title and abstract of my paper, and this link will open a pdf of my slides. Why Continue reading →

Slides from my talks on ‘Becoming and nurturing a more confident people of God’

Here are links to download the slides from my three main talks for the parish weekend away for St Andrew’s Church, Histon (near Cambridge—picture of their lovely building above), mainly for the St Andrew’s folk, but others are welcome to have them if interested. These aren’t ‘academic’ talks, but are me seeking to bring New Testament scholarship to bear on the question the organisers asked me to address: “How do we become and nurture a more confident people of God?’ The slides are available here: Continue reading →