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We had the great privilege of hosting David Suchet at Oak Hill earlier in January to do a masterclass on reading the Bible in public, when he spent two hours with over 100 students.

His love of God and his word was so evident, and his deep desire and passion for reading the Bible well in public was infectious. His message was that Bible readings should help us hear God speaking through his word.

He said: ‘You stand there with confidence, you have the gift of reading, you have prepared it all, you’re doing it because you know it’s God’s word, not yours. This is God speaking to whomever you’re talking to. It’s very important.’

I had the chance to chat with David afterwards about this.

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
26 January 2018

 
 
Photo of Chris Stead and Andrew Nicholls

I am delighted to announce two new positions at Oak Hill, both of which are significant and strategic steps in our development and growth as a college.

We’re thrilled that the Rev. Chris Stead has been appointed as the inaugural Mike Ovey Fellow, beginning in September 2018. The Mike Ovey Fellowship was established in the weeks following Mike’s death, given his passionate plea in recent years that we train the next generation of theological educators. Chris trained at Oak Hill after several years practising as a barrister. He is currently finishing a curacy at Grace Church, Highlands, as well as being a visiting lecturer at Oak Hill.

The purpose of the Mike Ovey Fellowship is to raise up theological educators for the future, so the fellowship is in two parallel parts. On the one...

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
12 December 2017

 
 
Photo of students, faculty and council members at graduation day

Our graduation day is always one of the most important events in our college calender, and certainly our most public. Saturday was no different as a full lecture theatre witnessed last year’s student cohort receiving their hard-earned awards. Our graduation ceremony is always a little different from graduation ceremonies you may have attended before. There is fair amount of formality, local dignitaries are in attendance, and there are some fabulous gowns on show. But the singing is loud and heartfelt, and the gospel is always proclaimed in bold and challenging ways.

It’s probably breaking etiquette, but this year there were handshakes, hugs and kisses as the graduands received their awards. Given the year we’ve had as a college, it was an especially poignant time, and I thought it...

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
11 October 2017

 
 
Photo of Anthony Levandowski

A recent piece in the Guardian (by Olivia Solon, Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god) comments on a religious organization newly founded by Anthony Levandowski called ‘Way of the Future.’ Its mission is ‘to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.’ Certainly not a goal lacking in ambition!

A quick Google search shows there’s more being written about Levandowksi than by him, and others have not been slow either to express support for or fear about the prospect of what is termed the AI singularity—the hypothetical point at which artificial intelligence (AI) will supposedly surpass human intelligence and become...

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Eric Ortlund
Eric Ortlund
05 October 2017

 
 

This summer, I visited Paris and saw a number of West Semitic inscriptions in the Louvre. These are texts I have studied and taught, but never seen with my own eyes.

photo of the Moabite stone

This is the Moabite stone. If memory serves, there’s one other Moabite inscription in existence, but it’s really small and doesn’t reveal much. So this is basically the Moabite corpus, right here. (I joke with students you can read 30-odd lines of Moabite and justly claim to be an expert in it.) Moabite is virtually the same as ancient Hebrew and thus easy to read, even after one year of Hebrew. King Mesha mentions King Omri and says Israel conquered Moab because Chemosh (his deity) was angry with his land, showing a quasi-Deuteronomistic theology. It’s fascinating.

(My daughter commented that most people take...

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Eric Ortlund
Eric Ortlund
17 August 2017

 
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