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 →
I had the privilege of preaching on this passage last Sunday. It’s interesting because it’s sometimes claimed (wrongly) as showing Jesus being racist and sexist—Ian Paul tackles that well on his blog, here. The video of my sermon is and here are my slides—thoughts and comments most welcome.
I have had the fun of teaching a three-hour introduction (with breaks!) to the Theology of Paul for the (Anglican) Diocese of Leicester’s lay training programme on 12 March 2023. Here are the slides, saved in pdf format, for those interested. Thoughts and comments welcome!
I greatly enjoyed being in Denver a couple of weeks ago for the annual SBL meeting. It was a lovely opportunity to reconnect with people, many of whom I’d not seen in person for three years because of covid—I cannot recall a day when I have hugged so many people as the Friday! In particular, it was great to see current and former doctoral students in person again. I went to a bunch of papers, although I found myself generally selecting individual papers in a Continue reading →
I enjoyed contributing to to a seminar on ‘Wealth and Poverty in Luke-Acts, Revisited’ at the SBL annual meeting in Denver recently. I spoke on ‘Wealth and possessions according to Acts 11–28’, a neglected part of Luke-Acts in this discussion. Here are my slides from the talk, and here is the handout I made available through the SBL/AAR app (I liked this addition to the app this year)—I’d welcome thoughts and comments. Oh, and the sign above? It amused me!