Slides on Exodus 14:5-22: the sea crossing

Crossing the Red Sea, Rothschild Haggadah, ca. 1450 We’re having a sermon series from the book of Exodus in evening services at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, and I had the privilege of preaching on the crossing of the sea (Exodus 14:5-22) on Sunday 28 May. Here are my slides—alas, no video recording this time because of technical problems. Thoughts and comments welcome!

Jesus’ Ascension: slides and a sermon

I had the delight of speaking about Jesus’s ascension at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough this morning, based on Acts 1:1-14. Here are my slides and the video of the sermon. Thoughts most welcome! In case it’s of interest, I was drawing on some articles which I’ve written on this area: Walton, Steve. “‘The Heavens Opened’: Cosmological and Theological Transformation in Luke and Acts.” Pages 60-73 in Cosmology and New Testament Theology. Edited by Jonathan T. Pennington and Sean M. McDonough. LNTS 355. London: T. & T. Continue reading →

Frank Field’s Politics, Poverty and Belief

On 16 June 1986 Frank Field, then MP for Birkenhead, kindly came and spoke to the youth group at St Andrew’s, Bebington after being interviewed about his faith and politics in our 6.30 pm evening service. I was the curate who invited him to come and gave you a lift home to Birkenhead afterwards. He spoke very well in the service about Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God and its implications for national and political life, and the youth group found him inspiring as a Continue reading →

Saul’s change of name to Paul

The lovely people at the Logos Academic blog kindly commissioned and published a piece from me on what Saul of Tarsus’ name changed to Paul. This is an issue I had to think about in the light of this shift in Acts, and the fact that he’s always ‘Paul’ in his letters. Enjoy! Comments are most welcome.