I had the privilege of preaching on Jesus’ message to the church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) as part of a series on the book of Revelation at our church, Emmanuel, Loughborough on the evening of Sunday 1 October. Here are the slides from my talk. My scholarly readers will recognise the influence of Colin Hemer’s superb The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in their Local Setting, and the excellent popularisation of it by Stephen Travis, The Church under Fire, as well as Ian Continue reading →
My good friend (and former student) Dr Philip Richardson is teaching a four-week online course on the parables of Jesus with the overall title ‘Waiting on the Eternal King: Jesus’ Parables about Life, Death, Judgement and the Second Coming’, and it’s available to anyone in the world! The course is for students at Emmaus University, Haiti (where Philip is interim Vice President of Academic Affairs), and you can join in through Zoom here or YouTube (or @PhilipRichardson-ws5ls from YouTube) later. Philip is inviting donations to Continue reading →
I had the privilege of preaching on this passage last Sunday. It’s interesting because it’s sometimes claimed (wrongly) as showing Jesus being racist and sexist—Ian Paul tackles that well on his blog, here. The video of my sermon is and here are my slides—thoughts and comments most welcome.
I’m giving a paper to the Hindustan Bible Institute, Chennai, India’s online research seminar today (17 August), and so here are the slides and the handout for this talk. Thoughts and comments welcome!
My apologies for the sound between about 7 mins 20 secs and 8 mins 45 secs: there was some distortion on the original recording which I haven’t been able to fix. Please persist: the voice is audible (to my ear, at least) in the fuzzy bit, and it then becomes clear.