This is a guest post by my good friend Dr Sean Adams, Lecturer in New Testament and Ancient Culture at the University of Glasgow (picture above), on the conference ‘Being Jewish, Writing Greek’ hosted recently by the University of Cambridge. I’m very grateful to Sean for his willingness to share this summary of what was clearly an excellent and highly stimulating conference. Sean Adams writes… It was my privilege to attend and present at the ‘Being Jewish, Writing Greek’ conference that was held at Cambridge University Continue reading →
Here’s the text of an excellent talk by my friend Jonathan Pennington (Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY) about the life of a professor (non-Americans: read ‘lecturer’). He gave this for new faculty at his seminary, and I would think they found it very helpful. He very thoughtfully reflects on the aspects of teaching, scholarship, and mentoring and supervising others. Warmly recommended.
Here are the slides from my 2017 Paradosis lecture at the Melbourne School of Theology, on ‘Deciding about deciding: Early Christian communal decision-making in Acts’. I was exploring how the earliest Christians made significant decisions, according to the book of Acts—strikingly, they do it communally, rather than a ‘CEO’ or ‘eldership’ model. Interestingly, Acts is one of the few places in the NT where we get a window into how the early believers made decisions, and it has fascinating implications for how churches today do that. The Continue reading →
In case you missed it, here’s a fascinating post by Larry Hurtado, based on a very interesting article by Leander Keck about whether we should consider the New Testament as a ‘field of study’ separate from other early Christian literature. Hurtado’s conclusion is particularly interesting to me: In short, for theological purposes the NT is (and should be) a “privileged” body of texts. But for historical purposes we should both take account of the breadth and diversity of early Christian literature and also Continue reading →
The Revd Suse McBay Here’s the second piece on how someone grew spiritually through doing a PhD, this time by Suse McBay, who is awaiting a viva shortly (if you’re a person who prays, say one for her, please). Interestingly, she and Gabby Thomas (who wrote the previous piece) were at St John’s College, Nottingham training for ordination at the same time. Suse is now associate rector for adult education at St Martin’s Church, Houston, Texas. My warm thanks to her for being willing to Continue reading →