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Engaging with Poverty in the Early Church and Today—report

Well, two excellent days of conference are over and we’ve heard some 15 papers and two short reflections on the whole conference, as well as engaging in eight half-hour question and discussion times. It’s been very stimulating with fine talks, passion and a sense of the importance of the issues we’ve discussed. And all this grew out of a conversation over coffee after the morning service one Sunday between Chris Keith and David Parish—on this evidence, let’s have more of those kinds of conversations, please! The conference was Continue reading →

Coming very soon! Poverty in the Early Church and Today conference at St Mary’s University

Next week (Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December) is our conference at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on Poverty in the Early Church and Today, and there are still some spaces available—so if you’re thinking about coming, please register quickly here. The conference is aimed at thoughtful people concerned about this area, including those working in NGOs, clergy and ministers, and Christian laypeople. This will be a highly accessible and very thoughtful look at this important them. Our St Mary’s Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible Continue reading →

Matthew L. Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel

Here are some extracts from a review that I’ve done of Matthew Skinner’s new book—the full review is forthcoming in Themelios later this year. I’m grateful to the review editor, David Starling, for permission to share these extracts in advance here. Matthew L. Skinner Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2015. xix + 206 pp. £11.22/$16.99 Matthew Skinner has written extensively and intelligently on Acts, and so this new book is to be warmly welcomed. Continue reading →

Engaging with Poverty in the Early Church and Today—don’t miss this conference at St Mary’s!

I’m very excited to announce the conference on ‘Engaging with Poverty in the Early Church and Today’ at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London) on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December 2015. The conference is being jointly sponsored by the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Tearfund and Caritas (Diocese of Westminster). Details and a link to the registration page are here, and you can download the pdf poster from here. The conference is aimed at church leaders, those working in Continue reading →

Adelaide College of Divinity/Flinders University slides

Here are the Keynote slides from my Adelaide College of Divinity and Flinders University Annual Public Lecture yesterday evening in Adelaide on ‘Leadership, lifestyle and the book of Acts’. I’m very grateful to the faculty and staff of ACD, especially Dr Vicky Balabanski, for their  kind invitation and hospitality. I aim here to look at what leadership looks like in Acts, arguing that the primary leadership to attend to is divine—God drives the mission and growth of the believing community in Acts, regularly in spite of human leadership, and frequently against the opposition of some Continue reading →