A new book: Poverty in the Early Church and Today—A Conversation

I’m delighted to announce the publication of a new book which I’ve co-edited with Hannah Swithinbank of Tearfund, Poverty in the Early Church and Today—A Conversation (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019). Here’s an abstract for the whole book: Poverty, its causes and alleviation, are a perennial concern for humanity, and particularly for Christians because of their belief that all people are made in God’s image, and therefore valued and valuable. This book offers creative engagement with issues concerning people in poverty by bringing into conversation perspectives from the earliest church and today’s world. Continue reading →

More Bible reading notes on Luke—and a free offer again!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had the fun of writing daily Bible reading notes on Luke for Bible Reading Fellowship’s Guidelines notes. The second chunk, covering Luke 14–18, appears in the edition just out—it has notes dated for January to April 2019. This issue has lots on Luke’s writing, including (Bishop) Jill Duff on women in Luke, and my good friend Ian Paul on resurrection in Acts. Here’s the free offer: Bible Reading Fellowship have offered to send a free set of these notes to Continue reading →

Chris Green on the excellent Full Focus Planner

I could write my own enthusiastic review of Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner, a planning/diary tool developed from his limpidly clear thinking on how to organise your life to achieve the things which are important (rather than trying to cram even more into the limited time you have)—but Chris Green has done such a good job that I refer you to Chris’ excellent review of the (new) third edition. I’m loving using this tool alongside the digital  Nozbe as my project software.

Offer: Bible reading notes for Sept to Dec this year

I’ve had the fun of writing daily Bible reading notes on Luke for Bible Reading Fellowship’s Guidelines notes, and the first chunk, covering the infancy narratives in Luke 1–2, appears in the edition just published. The whole set of readings looks great, and includes notes by my doctoral supervisor Andrew Lincoln, my former colleagues Steve Motyer and Miriam Hinksman (née Bier), and my (former) doctoral student Fiona Gregson. Here’s the offer: Bible Reading Fellowship have offered to send a free set of these notes to Continue reading →

My Morning Routine: reflections on reading this book

Benjamin Spall & Michael Xander, My Morning Routine London: Portfolio Penguin, 2018 This is a fascinating and easy-to-read book which has caused me to reflect carefully on what I do in the mornings. In the last few months I’ve been working with Michael Hyatt’s ideas on ordering your life so that you achieve the things you believe to be important to achieve, and one of his themes is about structuring your morning routine (he calls it ‘morning ritual’) so that you make a good start to Continue reading →