The introductory textbooks Exploring the New Testament are a one-stop guide to engaging with the Gospels and Acts (volume 1) and the Letters and Revelation (volume 2). Published by SPCK in the UK and IVP in the USA, volume 1 has just appeared in a third, substantially revised, edition. The third edition of volume 2, revised by Stephen Travis and Ian Paul, will appear in May. Here’s an interview which Ian Paul (IP) did with David Wenham and me (SW & DW) about the new edition of volume 1. Ian Continue reading →
I’ve recorded a two-part sermon on Mark 1:9-15, the set reading in the Church of England lectionary for this Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent (21 February 2021), and the two sections are below. Part 1 is just over 10 minutes, and part 2 is a little over 13 minutes. Comments are most welcome! At the end of the video, I mention a reading plan I’ve devised to read the whole of Mark’s Gospel over the coming six weeks of Lent. You can do it Continue reading →
I am preaching on Mark 1:9–15 this Sunday for All Saints’, Ealing, and got to thinking about how the focus of this passage is on Jesus and what happens to him—as opposed to the easy danger of assuming that the Gospels are all about us, our experience is just like that of Jesus, and the story is really about us hearing God say, ‘You are my son/daughter’ to us. Like all the stories in Mark, an ancient biography, the focus is on Jesus, and that Continue reading →
Here’s a sermon which is a touch over 25 minutes, and explores Psalm 2 both in its Old Testament setting and in the way Luke and Acts make use of the psalm. Thoughts and comments welcome! Warning for those who are sensitive to lack of political correctness: I start with a joke about a blonde, making clear in my introductory words that it trades on a caricature.
Last week I posted my overview of the book of Ruth, produced for my church, All Saints, Ealing in London. This week I’ve done the first of the sermon series, on Ruth chapter 1; part 1 is about 11 mins and part 2 about 13 mins. Thoughts and responses welcome!