My inaugural lecture: ‘Doing theology Lukewise: Luke as theologian and storyteller’

I’m preparing for my inaugural professorial lecture (something UK academics do when appointed professor), and am planning to speak about how Luke ‘does theology’—in order words, how he uses narrative to reflect on and speak about God and God’s ways. The lecture will look at key features of how Luke uses narrative to ‘do theology’, both drawing out principles of Luke’s approach, and looking at how particular parts of his Gospel and Acts communicate about God and God’s ways. This study will, I’m aiming, illuminate ways in Continue reading →

Thinking theologically about sport—guest post by Ben McNamara

I’m delighted to present a guest post by my former student Ben McNamara about the recent conference in York on Christianity and sport. Ben is a fine up-and-coming rugby (union) referee, and spoke at the conference from that perspective. Those who know me will know that I’m a (very) retired international volleyball referee and trainer of referees, so I’m delighted to present this thoughtful post. Here’s Ben… I was directed to the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity (IGCSC) by a fellow Vineyard churchgoer, Continue reading →

Videos and appointments from St Mary’s University

It’s been an exciting period in the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham! We’ve recently published videos of some of the papers from our very successful conference on Jesus and memory, held in June 2016—well worth seeing if you couldn’t be there. They’re available from our Centre conference pages or on YouTube.                                           And three of the core staff of the Continue reading →

Video of my lecture on Acts and missio Dei

The good folk at Laidlaw College, Auckland (New Zealand) have posted a video of a lecture I did last August online. I spoke on ‘Acts and the mission of God’ and enjoyed a thoughtful and engaging question time afterwards. There are also lots of other good and interesting videos on their Youtube channel by folk such as Richard Bauckham, Rikk Watts. Enjoy!

Engaging with Poverty in the Early Church and Today—report

Well, two excellent days of conference are over and we’ve heard some 15 papers and two short reflections on the whole conference, as well as engaging in eight half-hour question and discussion times. It’s been very stimulating with fine talks, passion and a sense of the importance of the issues we’ve discussed. And all this grew out of a conversation over coffee after the morning service one Sunday between Chris Keith and David Parish—on this evidence, let’s have more of those kinds of conversations, please! The conference was Continue reading →