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September 2017

Dr Casey Strine: Migration and Exile then and now

September 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road
Harrogate, HG2 8AY United Kingdom
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Dr Strine will explore what both the Old Testament and New Testament say about migration, developing the insight that a massive number of biblical texts are written by migrants to other migrants about migration. By recognising this feature, analysing what these texts say about migration, and thinking carefully about how this compares to contemporary experiences, Strine will outline a biblical basis for responding to the current debates about migrants and migration policy in the United Kingdom.

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October 2017

Dr Graham Tomlin: The Wisdom Literature part 1

October 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mowbray Community Church, Westmoreland Street
Harrogate, HG1 5AT United Kingdom
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First of two in-depth sessions on the so-called wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament) which lays foundations for much of Judeo-Christian reflection through the ages and is still influential today, although often unacknowledged by secular thinkers. This is an important part of the Bible Jesus and Paul used and without which we cannot begin to appreciate the full impact of the New Testament.

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November 2017

Revd David Runcorn: The road to growth less travelled – spiritual paths in a missionary church

November 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road
Harrogate, HG2 8AY United Kingdom
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We are in unfamiliar country. A faith urgently needs to seek new ways of being present to a culture adrift from any spiritual roots and unable to recognise its loss. We will be exploring, experimenting and in conflict for the foreseeable future. ‘We do not see what we shall become’ (1 John 3.2). This is both exciting and disorientating. How individuals and communities are to live and pray faithfully through such times needs much wisdom. Jesus describes his way of…

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December 2017

Dr Graham Tomlin: The Wisdom Literature part 2

December 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mowbray Community Church, Westmoreland Street
Harrogate, HG1 5AT United Kingdom

Second of two in-depth sessions on the so-called wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament) which lays foundations for much of Judeo-Christian reflection through the ages and is still influential today, although often unacknowledged by secular thinkers. This is an important part of the Bible Jesus and Paul used and without which we cannot begin to appreciate the full impact of the New Testament.

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January 2018

The Rt Revd John Pritchard: Five Events that Changed the World

January 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road
Harrogate, HG2 8AY United Kingdom
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Bishop John will be exploring what holds together the ‘big five’ of the Christian faith: incarnation, the cross, resurrection, ascension and Pentecost. What are they all really about and how can we grasp their significance intellectually and spiritually? Big issues made accessible.

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February 2018

Dr Jeremy Duff: Gospel Narratives Part 1

February 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mowbray Community Church, Westmoreland Street
Harrogate, HG1 5AT United Kingdom
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First of two in-depth sessions on the the gospel narratives which lay at the heart of the New Testament and are our window onto the life and work of Jesus. How can we understand both the unity and diversity of these four portraits of Christ and interpret them in ways that are relevant for today’s world? An overview of the theological and literary issues relating to our records of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. (same for…

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March 2018

Revd Alan Garrow: What did Jesus really say?

March 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road
Harrogate, HG2 8AY United Kingdom
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It might seem quite straightforward – Jesus said what he is reported as saying in the Gospels. At one level this is true. At another, however, things may be rather more complicated. A significant complicating factor is that, for more than a century, most scholars have suspected the existence of an entity known as Q. This Q is a hypothetical source that many scholars believe was copied by the authors of Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels. If Q existed then, by…

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April 2018

Dr Jeremy Duff: Gospel Narrative Part 2

April 14, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mowbray Community Church, Westmoreland Street
Harrogate, HG1 5AT United Kingdom
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Second of two in-depth sessions on the the gospel narratives which lay at the heart of the New Testament and are our window onto the life and work of Jesus. How can we understand both the unity and diversity of these four portraits of Christ and interpret them in ways that are relevant for today’s world? An overview of the theological and literary issues relating to our records of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. (same for…

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