Levison Holy Spirit

Jack Levison on the Holy Spirit

In this WTCLive episode, hosted by Dr. Matt Lynch, Dr. Lucy Peppiatt, and Nick Crawley in a coffee shop in Bristol Old Testament scholar Jack Levison discusses his own journey in discovering more about the Bible and the Holy Spirit.


Jack LevisonJack Levison
Southern Methodist University

Jack holds the W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of TheologySouthern Methodist University. Raised in a small tract house in Levittown, New York, Jack left to attend Wheaton College, where his Greek professor regaled him with stories of Cambridge University. At Christ’s College, Cambridge, Jack received the Fitzpatrick Prize for theology and was awarded a College Scholarship. When he returned from England to pursue doctoral studies at Duke University, Jack fell in love with a divinity student, Priscilla Pope, alongside of whom he now works at SMU.

Jack is an internationally recognized scholar, whose books have received wide acclaim. Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed, characterized Filled with the Spirit as “the benchmark and starting point for all future studies of the Spirit.” Walter Brueggemann hailed it as “inspired.” Eugene Peterson called Fresh Air: the Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life “a rare and remarkable achievement.” Phyllis Tickle calls him “a brilliant and spirited theologian,” and N. T. Wright notes that Jack’s “account of the holy spirit–and what the spirit can do for whole churches, not just individuals!–is mature, seasoned, challenging, and wise.”

Jack has received many fellowships and grants from the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Fellows Program, the Louisville Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, the International Catacomb Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He recently directed, with Jörg Frey, an interdisciplinary, international research project on The Historical Roots of the Holy Spirit and is founding editor of a scholarly book series, Ekstasis: Religious Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

Jack’s books and teaching have a global reach. He has lectured around the States, as well as in Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, and Scotland. He has been an Honorary Visiting Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Von Humboldt Fellow at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany. Several of his books have been translated into Spanish, Korean, and German.

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Craig Keener – The Mind of the Spirit


The Mind of the Spirit

In this WTCLive episode, hosted by Dr. Lucy Peppiatt, New Testament scholar Craig Keener discusses his recent book The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Baker Publishing Group, 2016) in which he looks at how the Holy Spirit functions from Paul’s perspective in the New Testament. Keener also discusses how the Holy Spirit has impacted his own life in a very personal way.


Craig KeenerCraig Keener
Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is a professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is especially known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background (commentaries on the New Testament in its early Jewish and Greco-Roman settings). His popular-level IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (now available in a number of languages) has sold over half a million copies.

Craig has authored 18 books, four of which have won awards in Christianity Today. His recent books include Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011); The Historical Jesus of the Gospels (Eerdmans, 2009); The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009); Romans (Cascade, 2009); 1-2 Corinthians (Cambridge, 2005); The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Hendrickson/Baker Academic, 2003).

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The Mind of the Spirit

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Creation Violence part 2

Richard Middleton & William Brown – Creation, Violence and the God of the Old Testament (Part 2)

With: Richard Middleton and William Brown.

In this WTCLive episode, Matt continues the discussion on the subject of creation, violence and God with two of his favourite Old Testament scholars. Creation and the question of violence occupy an important place in the work of these Old Testament gurus. Plus, they’ve both just come out with some fantastic new books that you’ll want to read to help you navigate these topics and to open up new worlds. Middleton’s book is A New Heaven and A New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Baker 2014) and Brown’s is Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature (Eerdmans, 2014).

This is the second in our series on ‘Creation, Violence and God of the Old Testament’ (see part one here.)


J. Richard Middleton, PhD

richard_middletonRichard earned a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in a joint-degree program with the Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto. His other degrees include: M.A. in Philosophy, University of Guelph (Canada), 1985, and B.Th., Jamaica Theological Seminary, 1977. Dr. Middleton has done additional graduate studies in the Old Testament at Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1986-1988), and in religious studies and philosophy at Syracuse University (1984-1985).

He is widely published in religious periodicals and journals, as well as the author of four books. His most recent books are The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1 (Brazos) and A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Baker Academic). He has edited a volume of essays on Caribbean Theology for Pickwick Publications, and is working on a manuscript for Abingdon Press on the dynamics of human and divine agency in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. Special areas of interest are Old Testament theology, the Christian worldview, the books of Genesis and Samuel, the doctrine of Creation, and Christianity and postmodern culture. He also serves as an adjunct professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica, and is the president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association.

William P. Brown, PhD

william_p_brown_bwWilliam earned his Ph.D. at Emory University, his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his BA from Whitman College. He has abiding interests in the use of scripture in the life of the church and the world, particularly in the context of ecology and justice. Specific interests include creation theology, faith and science dialogue, the Psalms, and wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes).  Recent books include The Seven Pillars of Creation: Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University) and Wisdom’s Wonder (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Recently, he helped Columbia Seminary earn one of 10 grants totalling $1.5 million awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to integrate science into the seminary’s curriculum.

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Richard B Hays – Jesus’ Divinity in the Gospels

With: Richard Hays, Duke Divinity School

Did all the Gospel writers believe that Jesus is divine? What do we gain by viewing the Gospels’ portraits of Jesus against the backdrop of the Old Testament? Join Richard Hays as he discusses these questions on Jesus divinity in the Gospels and his groundbreaking book Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness (Baylor, 2014).

Twenty-five years ago Richard Hays launched a quiet but highly effective revolution on how Paul read Israel’s scripture. Now he turns his attention to the four gospels …. Hays opens new and striking vistas on texts we thought we knew—and, particularly, on the early church’s remarkable belief in Jesus as the embodiment of Israel’s God – N. T. Wright on Hays’ Reading Backwards.


Richard B. Hays, PhD

richard_b_hayesRichard is Dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School and is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarly work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture.

His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century. His most recent books are The Art of Reading Scripture (2003, co-edited with Ellen Davis), The Conversion of the Imagination (2005), Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (2008, co-edited with Beverly Roberts Gaventa), and Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation (2012, co-edited with Stefan Alkier).

He has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to London’s Westminster Abbey. Professor Hays has chaired the Pauline Epistles Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as the Seminar on New Testament Ethics in the Society for New Testament Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of several leading scholarly journals. Professor Hays received an honorary doctorate (Dr. theol. honoris causa) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2009.

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Reading Backwards

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Violence and God part 1

Iain Provan – Creation, Violence, and the God of the Old Testament (Part 1)

With: Iain Provan and Matt Lynch.

Our guest is Iain Provan of Regent College, Vancouver. This is an opportunity for you to engage with Matt Lynch and Iain Provan on some of the difficult issues pertaining to the way violence and God are portrayed in the Old Testament. Matt will also be discussing Provan’s recent book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why it Matters (Baylor, 2014).


Iain W. Provan, PhD

Iain Provan RegentIain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College. He received his MA at Glasgow University in Mediaeval History and Archaeology, his BA from London Bible College in Theology, and his PhD from Cambridge. His academic teaching career took him to King’s College London, the University of Wales, and the University of Edinburgh, where he was a senior lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies. Dr. Provan has written numerous essays and articles, and several books including commentaries on Lamentations, 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs, and co-authored with Phil Long and Tremper Longman A Biblical History of Israel (John Knox Press, 2003). Most recently he released Against the Grain: Selected Essays (Regent College Publishing, 2015), Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (Baylor University Press, 2014) and Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was (Baylor University Press, 2013), and Discovering Genesis (SPCK, 2015). He is currently writing a book on Protestant biblical hermeneutics, projected for release in 2017.

Matt Lynch, PhD

Matt Lynch WTCMatt is an Old Testament scholar and the Dean of Studies at Westminster Theological Centre. His research interests include the theology of Isaiah and ethics in the Old Testament. Matt is the author of Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and various articles on the Old Testament. Matt is particularly interested in helping students grasp the theological and literary contours of the Old Testament, wrestle through its ethical and historical challenges, and understand its ongoing significance. Matt is married, with two children.

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Theology and Sport WTCLive

Lincoln Harvey, Andrew Parker, and Brian Brock – Theology and Sport

With: Lincoln Harvey, Andrew Parker and Brian Brock.

What can be said about theology and sport in the same breath? As we enter another frenzied World Cup Season, should we give a rest to our theological concerns? No way! say these two theologians of sport. Sport intersects in some fascinating ways with a life of faith, work, and worship. If you think theology and sport is a strange brew, or want to see how theologians think about purportedly ‘non-theological’ subjects, join Matt Lynch for this WTCLive event (or watch it later).


Rev Lincoln Harvey, PhD

lincoln_harvey_bwLincoln is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College, and author of the recent A Brief Theology of Sport (SCM/Cascade, 2014). He studied systematic theology at King’s College London under the supervision of Colin E. Gunton, on whose theology he has edited a collection of essays with T&T Clark (‘The Theology of Colin Gunton’). He was previously Tutor for Christian Doctrine at The South East Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), and has also taught on the MA programmes at King’s College London, where he continues to contribute to the AKC programme. He is also Associate Priest at St Andrew’s Fulham Fields, having served his curacy at St John-at-Hackney in East London.

Andrew Parker, PhD

andrew_parker_bwAndrew is Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, and is the co-author of the recent Sport and the Christian Religion: A Systematic Review of Literature (2014). He is also the editor of three other books on sport, sociology and Christianity. Andrew leads the University of Gloucestershire’s suite of courses (Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA) in Sport and Christian Outreach. He is also founding Director of the University’s Centre for Sport, Spirituality and Religion (CSSR). Andrew is a former physical education teacher and teacher-educator and also has experience of working in manufacturing industry. His research interests include: sport and social identity, sport and spirituality, physical activity and schooling, and broader issues of organisational behaviour and institutional relations.

Brian Brock, DPhil

brian_brock_bwBrian is a reader in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Brian’s teaching focuses on practical theology, ethics, and scriptural interpretation. He is the author of Christian Ethics in a Technological Age (Eerdmans, 2010) and Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture (Eerdmans, 2007), and has edited several other books. In addition, Brian has written a recent article entitled ‘Discipline, Sport, and the Religion of Winners: Paul on Running to Win the Prize, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27,’ Studies in Christian Ethics 25/1 (2012): 4-19. Brian’s engagements with Christian doctrine and cultural hermeneutics are tied together by a third interest in the role scripture plays in God’s work of generating a people with a distinctive ethos.

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Dave Landrum, John Stackhouse, and David Gushee – Public Christianity: Wealth & Obligations to the Least

With: Dave Landrum, John Stackhouse and David Gushee.

This is the second instalment in our series on ‘Public Christianity’ with Dave Landrum, David Gushee, and John Stackhouse (see the first here). This online WTCLive event revolves around the questions of Christian attitudes toward wealth and poverty by those in places of public influence. As Christians, how do we think through issues like immigration, welfare, poverty alleviation, wealth disparities, and more? In wrestling through this question, our goal is to help Christians find their voice in the public spaces they inhabit – a mum’s group, a business, a school board, city council, a church, and so on- but also to reflect on the kind of voice (and listening ear!) Christians should adopt in affluent (or not) society.


Dave Landrum, PhD

Dr. Dave Landrum has been director of advocacy at the Evangelical Alliance since June 2011, when he joined the Evangelical Alliance from his previous role as parliamentary officer for the Bible Society. Dave also serves on the board of directors of WTC. He has a first-class degree in contemporary politics and urban policy studies and a doctorate in politics and policy process in education. Well-respected in parliament, Dave’s passion is to see Christianity making an impact on society by being at the centre of political, cultural and economic life.

John G. Stackhouse Jr., PhD

Dr. John Stackhouse serves as Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor, Theology & Culture at Regent College, Vancouver. He has published more than 500 articles, book chapters, and reviews in the history, sociology, and philosophy of religion, in ethics, and in theology. He has authored seven books and co-authored, edited, or co-edited seven more, many of which address the place of Christianity and the public sphere.

David P. Gushee, PhD

Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee, a Christian ethicist, teacher, activist, and churchman, serves as Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, Atlanta. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. He has published sixteen books, with three more in development, and many hundreds of essays, book chapters, articles, reviews, and opinion pieces.

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Lucy Peppiatt, Brad Jersak, and Bob Ekblad – Prophetic Ministry

With: Lucy Peppiatt, Brad Jersak, and Bob Ekblad

The goal of this online WTCLive! event is to think reflectively about Prophetic Ministry: What it means to be ‘prophetic’, and to consider ways that Christian ministry takes distinctive shape when engaged from a prophetic perspective.


Lucy Peppiatt, PhD

Lucy is the Principal of WTC, and a lecturer in Systematic Theology. Lucy’s areas of research are Spirit Christology and Mission. She has written The Disciple: On Becoming Truly Human (Wipf and Stock, 2012) and Women and Worship at Corinth (Wipf and Stock, 2015). Lucy lives in Bristol with her husband, Nick Crawley, where they lead Crossnet Community. She has four sons, loves pastoring young people and students and enjoys the good things in life.

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Rev Brad Jersak, PhD

Brad is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. from Bangor University, Wales, and has completed post-doctoral research at the University of Nottingham. He teaches Graduate Gospel Studies for WTC. After serving as a pastor and church planter for twenty years, he now attends Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship, an ‘Isaiah 58 church’, where his wife, Eden, is the lead pastor. Brad’s focus today is on writing accessible theology, facilitating ‘listening prayer’ seminars, and teaching college courses. His emphases are the Gospels, the theology of the Cross, and contemplative spirituality applied to prophetic justice. He is currently chair of the board of Soul Stream (www.soulstream.org) and associate editor of The Plain Truth magazine (www.ptm.org). Among Brad’s various books are Her Gates will Never be Shut: Hope, Hell and the New Jerusalem (Wipf and Stock, 2009), Fear No Evil: Breaking Free from the Culture of Fear (Fresh Wind, 2006), Kissing the Leper: Seeing Jesus in the Least of These (Fresh Wind, 2006), Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God who Speaks (Fresh Wind, 2003) and A More Christlike God, A More Beautiful Gospel (Plain Truth, 2015).

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Rev Bob Ekblad, PhD

Bob is a theologian and missionary. He has spent 25 years in international mission and is particularly passionate about working with the poor and ethnic minorities, as well as teaching on Mission and Social Justice Classes. Bob is an international speaker and has authored three books including Reading the Bible With the Damned (WJK, 2005). He founded the Tierra Nueva outreach ministry which ministers to prisoners and runs a social coffee farming project.

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