Here are the slides from my 2017 Paradosis lecture at the Melbourne School of Theology, on ‘Deciding about deciding: Early Christian communal decision-making in Acts’. I was exploring how the earliest Christians made significant decisions, according to the book of Acts—strikingly, they do it communally, rather than a ‘CEO’ or ‘eldership’ model. Interestingly, Acts is one of the few places in the NT where we get a window into how the early believers made decisions, and it has fascinating implications for how churches today do that. The Continue reading →
In case you missed it, here’s a fascinating post by Larry Hurtado, based on a very interesting article by Leander Keck about whether we should consider the New Testament as a ‘field of study’ separate from other early Christian literature. Hurtado’s conclusion is particularly interesting to me: In short, for theological purposes the NT is (and should be) a “privileged” body of texts. But for historical purposes we should both take account of the breadth and diversity of early Christian literature and also Continue reading →
The Revd Suse McBay Here’s the second piece on how someone grew spiritually through doing a PhD, this time by Suse McBay, who is awaiting a viva shortly (if you’re a person who prays, say one for her, please). Interestingly, she and Gabby Thomas (who wrote the previous piece) were at St John’s College, Nottingham training for ordination at the same time. Suse is now associate rector for adult education at St Martin’s Church, Houston, Texas. My warm thanks to her for being willing to Continue reading →
The Revd Dr Gabby (Gabrielle) Thomas I recently read a fascinating piece on the excellent Thesis Whisperer blog by a Hindu lady (I presume, since she talks about the Bhagavad Gita), giving her reflections on the spiritual growth she is experiencing in doing a PhD, and that prompted me to wonder aloud on facebook what Christian reflection on the process would look like. A couple of people responded, and have kindly agreed to provide guest blog pieces. This is the first, by the Revd Dr Gabby Continue reading →
We are delighted to announce a fully-funded PhD scholarship in New Testament studies in our Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, starting in October 2017. Come and work with two from me, James Crossley, Chris Keith and Chris Meredith (OT/HB scholar just joining us from the University of Winchester)—this will be fun! Details on our website, here. Deadline for applications is 7 November 2016. Let us know if you’re interested!