A sermon on Luke 1:26-38

Here’s a video sermon (just over 20 minutes) which I have just recorded for a church in Pune, India (hence the greetings at the beginning) on Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. Comments most welcome! Incidentally, I had two incidents in November of my blog being hacked. Following good help from my hosting company, InMotion, all now seems to be well. For those who know about such things, I’ve gone over to a secure URL—hence it now begins https, rather than http.

Remembering Larry Hurtado

The good folk at the Lexham Press blog have this week put up three excellent posts remembering the fine contributions Professor Larry Hurtado (who died a year ago this week) made to New Testament Studies, on textual criticism (by Tommy Wasserman), Christology (by Chris Tilling), and the Gospel of Mark (by Holly J. Carey). They’re well worth your time, and summarise beautifully the way Larry moved each of these fields forward through his scholarship. He’s one of a few giants who’ve left us in the Continue reading →

A ‘starter list’ of New Testament journals, book series, sources of reviews, etc.

One of my new-ish doctoral students asked what particular journals, book series, and the like I would recommend he keep an eye on. This was a very good question, and led to me producing this file (three pages) following very helpful input from a number of colleagues around the world. I’m happy to share it here—please do pass it on to any others you think would benefit from it, and do email me (my email address is in the footer of the document) with any Continue reading →

Love: a two-part sermon

Below are the two parts of a sermon on love based on Matthew 22:34-40 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, recorded for my church’s online service for Sunday 25 October 2020. The first part focuses on Jesus’s teaching on love (Matthew; c. 16 mins), and the second Paul, Timothy and Silas as examples of love in action (1 Thessalonians; c. 8 mins). Comments welcome!