In November 2011, N. T. Wright gave a deep and impassioned talk at Fuller Theological Seminary, on why we need to put the Gospels back together, and have the whole gospel of the Kingom, Cross, Resurrection and Life of Jesus.
N. T. Wright brings his excellent big picture perspective to the book of acts. These are all split into short videos, but we have put them all in playlists for your viewing pleasure!
Great to see Archbishop Justin Welby using Facebook to connect more people with the Word of God!
N. T. Wright is known for his excellent writing and speaker. Lesser known is his guitar playing and singing, but here are a few highlights:
Another must watch talk from N. T. Wright.
N.T. Wright Speaking at Newbigin House of Studies Inaugural Conference: Leadership for the Church-In-Mission
"In the one case, freedom is pursued at the cost of equality, in the other equality is pursued at the cost of freedom. Both derive from the enlightenment vision of human beings as autonomous individuals within innate and equal rights to pursue self chosen ends to the limit of their powers. Each ideology can accuse the other of violating a faith they both hold, by the denial of freedom on one side, and the denial of equality on the other.
I believe that the Christian view of God's purpose for the human family is different from both of these, and arises from a distinct belief about what human nature is. From its first page to its last, the Bible is informed by a vision of human nature where neither freedom nor equality is fundamental.
What is fundamental is relatedness. Man, male and female, is made for God in such a way that being in the image of God involves being bound together in this most profound of all mutual relations. God binds himself in a covenant relationship which men and women, to which he remains faithful at whatever cost and however unfaithful his covenant partner is. And people and nations are called to live in binding covenant relationships of brotherhood. Human beings reach their true end in such relatedness, in bonds of mutual love and obedience, that reflect the mutual relatedness in love, that is the being of the triune God himself.
Neither freedom nor equality are ideas that can take us to the heart of the matter. The breakdown of relationships will destroy freedom and will destroy equality, but neither of these will be achieved by being sort for itself. True freedom is not found by seeking to develop the powers of self without limit, for the human person is not made for autonomy, but for true relatedness in love and obedience, and this also entails the acceptance of limits as a necessary part of what it means to be human.”
- Lesslie Newbigin: Foolishness to the Greeks, The Gospel and Western Culture
Gracious and well thought out speech from the chief Rabbi in the UK in support of persecuted Christians, particular after the Arab Spring.
"We make a great intellectual mistake in the west, when we assume that democracy in and of itself is a step towards freedom. Usually it is, but sometimes it isn't. As Alexis de Tocqueville and John Steward Mill pointed out in the nineteenth century; it may merely mean the tyranny of the majority."
Now is the shining fabric of our day
Torn open, flung apart,
Rent wide by Love.
The tight, enclosing sky,
The blue bowl,
Or the star-illumined tent.
We are laid open to infinity,
For Easter Love
His tomb and ours.
Now nothing shelters us
From God's desire
Not flesh, not sky,
Not stars, not even sin.
Now Glory waits
So He can enter in.
Now does the dance begin.
- Elizabeth Rooney
Some interesting evidence for an early canon; The Muratorian Fragment and the Diatessaron.