Insights from N.T. Wright’s Inaugural Lecture: Left-Brain Epicurean Thinking Dominates Biblical Studies

Last night I had the opportunity to listen to Professor Tom Wright (a.k.a. N.T. Wright) give his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity here at the University of St Andrews. Professor Wright has actually been at the university a year now and has previously given major public addresses here, but I guess this one is more official.

I share here my notes from the lecture. Please be aware that the following is based on rather skimpy hand-written notes, and so does not do justice to Wright’s elegant and precise handling of the English language, but I hope I have preserved the thrust of his arguments.  The speech was entitled:  “Imagining the Kingdom: Mission and Theology in early Christianity.”

Wright begins by outlining how the four Gospels are remarkable documents that are still largely unknown to us. We are failing to understand the thrust of the Gospels. We need to apply our imagination and look beyond the boundaries of the various philosophies that guide our views.

Strengthening the Family Symposium October 28-29 2011

This Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, please consider attending the Strengthening the Family Symposium at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, UT. Pre-Registration ends today, October 26th.

The Keynote Speaker will be Lloyd D. Newell, Ph.D, Voice of the oldest continuous nationwide network radio broadcast in America, Music and the Spoken Word.

Featured speakers include:

  • Donald L. Hilton, Jr., M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Texas; Pornography and Sexual Addiction: A Disease of the Motivation and Reward Pathways of the Brain
  • Richard & Linda Eyre, Authors of New York Times #1 Bestseller, Teaching Your Children Values, and over 20 other titles; Parenting, the Ultimate Career

Visit studentsforthefamily.org to register and for more information.

Report from the 1st Annual Expound Symposium

(cross-posted from www.heavenlyascents.com)

On Saturday the 14th of May I had the opportunity to attend and participate in the 1st Annual Expound Symposium, which was held in Provo at the Brigham Young Academy building.  For anyone who was there, I hope I had a chance to talk to you — I met so many bright and interesting people there. If you didn’t attend, I’m sorry you missed out on a great event!  But no worries, they are already planning next year’s symposium, which, according to current plans, will focus on the topic of temples.  If you didn’t make it this time, you should start making plans to be there next year!

The symposium was very well put together and everyone, both the speakers and attendees, were very well taken care of (we’re talking lots of free food, free drawings for awesome publications, no entrance fee — it doesn’t get much better than this as far as these types of conferences go)!  LDS author Matthew Brown was largely responsible for putting the event together and he did an incredible job of making it a very enlightening and worthwhile experience for everyone involved.  A big thanks to him, his wife, and also to Jeffrey Bradshaw for making this event more than worth it for me to go from Scotland to Provo to be a part of it.  I also want to thank my wife and kids for letting me go and my parents virtually killing the fatted calf for their prodigal son’s return (albeit knowing it would be very short-lived).

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