Ian Paul on practising evangelical spirituality

Ian Paul, The Practice of Evangelical Spirituality, Grove Spirituality series 162Cambridge: Grove Books, 2022; ISSN 0262-799X; £3.95Available in print or e-book format from Grove Books website here I’ve read this recent booklet (28 pages) by Ian Paul with appreciation. He brings together lots of thinking about the kind of spirituality evangelical Christians practise (particularly in the UK), with a view to helping such people grow and expand in their practise of spirituality. In doing so he draws on a number of classic treatments of the Continue reading →

Reading Acts Theologically—in paperback!

I’m delighted to say that my book Reading Acts Theologically, published in July 2022 by T. & T. Clark/Bloomsbury, will be available in paperback on 24 January 2024, which makes it much more affordable. The official price is £28.99, but you can pre-prder it from the Bloomsbury website here for £26.09. For more about the book, see my post about the hardback here. I warmly recommend the Library for New Testament Studies series, to which my book belongs, not least because of their policy of 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.

Con Campbell’s Jesus v. Evangelicals—a review

Constantine R. Campbell, Jesus v. Evangelicals: A Biblical Critique of a Wayward Movement.Grand Rapids: Zondervan Reflective, 2023. ISBN 978-0-310-13544-9. $12.99. This is a fascinating book by my friend Con Campbell, an Aussie New Testament scholar (presently Associate Research Director of the Sydney College of Divinity)—and very fine saxophonist—who worked in the US for several years. Full disclosure: he kindly asked his publisher to send me a copy, and I’ve read it with interest and appreciation. Con sets out to offer a critique of the American Continue reading →