N.T. (“Tom”) Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly bishop of Durham, and recognised as one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, Tom is also a prolific author. His books include the hugely popular For Everyone series on the New Testament and the magisterial series Christian Origins and the Question of God. This is Part 2 of an interview with James Stacey, a leader in the Jesus Army; in Part 1 they discussed the resurrection and new creation.
Published: 24th Dec 2014
Almost always in theology, one is seeing an imbalance and trying to correct it. You’ve seen something that’s been missed out and you’re trying to put it back in. That’s difficult when you’re talking about a subject which is many-sided and complex because you have to say everything all the time otherwise people think that you have deliberately missed something out!
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The way justification works in the three principle places that occurs – Romans 3, Galatians 3, and Philippians 3– always has a context of God constituting the church in unity as the new humanity: “Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female”. It is the unified church that God has justified, has declared, “These are my people.”
N.T. (“Tom”) Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly bishop of Durham, and recognised as one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, Tom is also a prolific author. His books include the hugely popular For Everyone series on the New Testament and the magisterial series Christian Origins and the Question of God. He talks to James Stacey, a leader in the Jesus Army.
Published: 19th Dec 2014
I had a very ordinary English upbringing – about as middle, middle class and as middle, middle Anglican as you could get. I was born and bred in Morpeth, in Northumberland. I grew up in a family where church was normal, prayers in the evening were normal, singing hymns around the piano on a Sunday afternoon was normal.
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I ran into a more evangelical strand of the Christian faith in my early teens at Scripture Union boys’ camps in Scotland (that’s where I really learnt to love Scotland – not that it’s difficult to fall in love with Scotland!) It was rock-climbing and canoeing, and in the morning and evening there would be prayers and a short talk based on the bible. At school I helped to start a little group who would meet weekly for bible study and prayer. By my late teens I was starting to lead them – and the whole business of making the bible my own, and then the excitement of helping other people making it their own, became important to me.
Carl Beech heads up Christian Vision for Men (CVM), an international evangelistic men’s movement. He is on the Councils of the Evangelical Alliance, the Proclaim Trust, Fusion and Restored. In February 2015, he is taking up a new role as Director of Church Planting and Church Development for the Elim movement. Recently he spoke at our 'Men Alive For God' conference, and here he talks to James Stacey, a senior leader in the Jesus Army.
Published: 12th Dec 2014
Great to meet you, Carl. Tell us how you first came to Christ.
I grew up in Romford. My dad was a flying squad police officer and mum was at home. I had no Christian background at all. I got my first bible when I was 12 – a Gideon’s bible I was given at school. I smoked it because it was made of rizlas.
At 18, I wanted to join the British Army; they...
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Julia Faire asks Matthew Bird, The Cinnamon Network’s founder a few questions.
Published: 13th Jun 2014
HI MATT. You are obviously very busy so thanks so much for giving us your time.
Please can you tell us why you are so passionate about helping set up church-run social action projects and what made you found Cinnamon Network?
The reason I started The Cinnamon Network is because, after loving God, the single most important thing any Christian must...
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Mark Jobe is the head Pastor of New Life Community Church in Chicago. Rob Halligan, a leader in the Jesus Army, met him and they talked about church planting, discipleship and God’s call.
Published: 14th Mar 2014
I FIRST met Mark in 1989 when he stayed with us in one of our church community houses. He was three years into pastoring New Life and was keen to explore ways of expressing a kingdom society. When he returned to Chicago, Mark and his wife Dee rented a house and experimented in community living with two other families.
“It was a great experience and our time with the Jesus...
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