Tyndale NT Study Group 2020: theology in a world on the move

We have a fascinating line-up of papers for the 2020 NT Study Group which will be meeting with all the study groups for the interdisciplinary Quadrennial Tyndale Fellowship Conference at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire from 

Monday 29th June to Wed 1st July 2020.

 Our theme this year (for all the groups together) is

Doing Theology in a World on the Move – Migration, Borders and Citizenship.

The Tyndale New Testament Study Group is part of the Tyndale Fellowship for biblical and theological research, based at Tyndale House in Cambridge, and including evangelical scholars from all over the world.

You can book your place at the conference through the Tyndale Fellowship website. There is an early bird discount until 31st January 2020. 

The full programme of papers is as follows:

Acts

Batanayi I. Manyika: Reading Acts 12 in the Shadow of Empire

Delano V. Palmer: Movement and Dispersion in the Book of Acts  

Miles Tradewell: Monarchy and Sacred Space Reimagined: Decentralisation and Internationalism in the Early Chapters of Acts?

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Are we allowed to fear immigration?

When you wake up to hear that the Archbishop of Canterbury is the lead item on the morning news, then you feel something has either gone very right or something has gone very wrong. That’s what I felt last Friday, and the comments that prompted the headlines were in Justin Welby’s interview with Parliament’s The House magazine. … Continue Reading

Virtue signalling and moral decisions

In the discussion about how to respond to the refugee crisis, I have come across a new phrase: virtue signalling. Apparently coined by Libby Purves, it involves saying something that has moral appeal but without being founded on any kind of clear thinking. Up till now, when I have read Giles Fraser’s public pronouncements, the … Continue Reading

Thinking about migration

Having talked in my last post about our immediate response to the situation of refugees from Syria in Europe, some other issues have challenged me to engage mind as well as heart. There have been several things about the reporting and comment over the last few days that puzzled me. First was the tragic story of … Continue Reading

Responding to refugees

Compassion. Surely that is the only legitimate response to seeing a three-year-old boy, drowned and washed up on a Turkish beach, fleeing with his family from the way in Syria. It was especially poignant yesterday, since it mingled on my Facebook feed with photographs of other boys, dressing in a red top, ready for the … Continue Reading