I had the fun of opening a series of sermons on John’s Gospel for St Mary’s, Sileby last Sunday, 5 March, and they’ve made the sermon available on their Youtube channel. So I thought I’d share it with my blog readers. I begin by looking at John’s purpose in writing, focusing on John 20:30-31, and then turn to look at how John opens his Gospel in a way which prepares for an anticipates what he will say in the whole book. Comments most welcome.
I have had the fun of teaching a three-hour introduction (with breaks!) to the Theology of Paul for the (Anglican) Diocese of Leicester’s lay training programme on 12 March 2023. Here are the slides, saved in pdf format, for those interested. Thoughts and comments welcome!
I learned a great deal by working on a sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17 with the quotation of Isaiah 7:14 in Matthew 1:22-23 for our church, Emmanuel, Loughborough, yesterday (Advent 4, 18 December). I’m particularly grateful to my friend Dan Gurtner, who is working on the revised Word Biblical Commentary on Matthew, for helping me think about how Matthew ‘reads’ Isaiah, although he should not, of course, be held responsible for my conclusions. Here are the video (just over 21 mins) and the slides from my Continue reading →
I greatly enjoyed being in Denver a couple of weeks ago for the annual SBL meeting. It was a lovely opportunity to reconnect with people, many of whom I’d not seen in person for three years because of covid—I cannot recall a day when I have hugged so many people as the Friday! In particular, it was great to see current and former doctoral students in person again. I went to a bunch of papers, although I found myself generally selecting individual papers in a Continue reading →
I enjoyed contributing to to a seminar on ‘Wealth and Poverty in Luke-Acts, Revisited’ at the SBL annual meeting in Denver recently. I spoke on ‘Wealth and possessions according to Acts 11–28’, a neglected part of Luke-Acts in this discussion. Here are my slides from the talk, and here is the handout I made available through the SBL/AAR app (I liked this addition to the app this year)—I’d welcome thoughts and comments. Oh, and the sign above? It amused me!