The past three nights I've been privileged to attend a series of lectures by NT Wright - it's the first time I've heard him speak and he is a compelling communicator. I always love learning by listening so this has been great for me - getting to think deeply and theologically (and take copious notes!).
The series has been titled (somewhat provocatively) 'Why we've all misread the gospels' - Monday focused on The forgotten story of the Gospels, Tuesday covered The Gospels in four dimensions - using a helpful metaphor of a quadraphonic stereo system, yesterday's came to the heart of the matter with Kingdom and Cross, and tonight looks at how we apply these things - the so what? factor.
Fascinating stuff - some of which I was already familiar with but I always like revisiting concepts and being reminded of things that have slipped from view. Will try and post some summaries and impressions at some point.
On a personal level, it's been so refreshing to have the opportunity to reflect deeply and to be reminded of why I love studying theology - it always feels like a constant exercise in uncovering treasure. It also feeds my mind, which is very much appreciated when I am often isolated in my learning and studying.
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