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’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!
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 →
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 →