A new heaven and a new earth tour

Thinking Faith Network is delighted to present J. Richard Middleton on tour across the UK in spring 2017.

J. Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Studies at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York, and serves as Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a Theology Fellow for BioLogos, a US organisation helping Christians integrate theology and science.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Richard did his BTh at the Jamaica Theological Seminary, holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Guelph (Canada) and a PhD in theology from the Free University of Amsterdam.

He has authored a number of books and articles on topics from creation theology to biblical eschatology, via themes of suffering and power. These include The Transforming Vision and Truth is Stranger than it Used to Be (both with Brian Walsh) and The Liberating Image the first of which undergirds Thinking Faith’s Transforming Vision course.

Richard will be delivering a number of talks across the tour, details of those events open to the public are given below.

The tour


Fife

Thursday 20th April, evening (TBC)

"A New Heaven and a New Earth: for God so Loved the World"

Friday 21st April (TBC)

"Voices from the ragged edge, the gritty spirituality of the psalms for a broken world."

Both at the School of Divinity, St Mary's College, South Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JU.

For more information, please contact divinity@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Mirfield

Thursday 27th April, 3-5pm

"The silence of Abraham, the passion of Job"

Professor J. Richard Middleton will explore the silence of Abraham and God's response to Job's lament.
In contrast to suffering in silence (the default spirituality of many), the Bible suggests that God desires vigorous dialogue partners who will wrestle with him, baring heart and soul as they seek redress.

In light of this, Abraham's silence in Genesis 22 stands out in stark relief. Perhaps silence was not the response God wanted. Could Job's protest be a more faithful response in times of crisis?

Discussion / refreshments follow.

Lecture Room 1, Bilson Building, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Free, no booking required.

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Leeds

Friday 28th April, 7.30-9pm

"Why are we here? Our sacred calling in God's world."

Professor J. Richard Middleton's first talk will present a comprehensive biblical vision of God’s love and care for the entire universe, and his overarching purpose to fill creation with the fullness of his presence, culminating in 'a new heaven and a new earth'.

Saturday 29th April, 10am-12noon

"Voices from the ragged edge, the gritty spirituality of the psalms for a broken world."

What are we to do in times of crisis and suffering, when God's purposes do not seem to be fulfilled? The lament psalms provide us with faithful models for bold and honest prayer to the God of all creation.

Both at Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DX

£6 (£3 students) by 17/04, £7 (£4) after (single ticket for both talks).

Book now.

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Oxford

Monday 1st May, 7.30pm (TBC)

"A New Heaven and a New Earth: for God so Loved the World"

Graduate Christian Forum, Oxford

Wednesday 3rd May, morning (TBC)

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford


Cambridge

Tuesday 2nd May, 1pm

"Human Distinctiveness and the Origin of Evil in Biblical and Evolutionary Perspectives"

The Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

Tuesday 2nd May, 6 for 6.30-8pm

"A New Heaven and a New Earth: for God so Loved the World"

Professor J. Richard Middleton's gripping talk will present a comprehensive biblical vision of God's love and care for the entire universe, and his overarching purpose to fill creation with the fullness of his presence.

Surveying the biblical vistas of God’s creation purpose, the pervasive tragedy of human rebellion, and the redemptive incarnation of Christ, Richard’s talk will climax with the New Testament's promise of the redemption of all things - 'a new heaven and a new earth'.

Jubilee Centre, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BZ.

Free, book at jubilee-centre.org/Middleton.

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Cheltenham

Wednesday 3rd May, 6-7.30pm

"A New Heaven and a New Earth: for God so Loved the World"

Professor J. Richard Middleton's gripping talk will present a comprehensive biblical vision of God's love and care for the entire universe, and his overarching purpose to fill creation with the fullness of his presence.

Surveying the biblical vistas of God’s creation purpose, the pervasive tragedy of human rebellion, and the redemptive incarnation of Christ, Richard's talk will climax with the New Testament's promise of the redemption of all things - 'a new heaven and a new earth'.

TC001, Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ

Free, reserve your places.

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Bristol

Thursday 4th May, 7-9pm

"A New Heaven and a New Earth: for God so Loved the World"

Professor J. Richard Middleton's gripping talk will present a comprehensive biblical vision of God's love and care for the entire universe, and his overarching purpose to fill creation with the fullness of his presence.

Surveying the biblical vistas of God’s creation purpose, the pervasive tragedy of human rebellion, and the redemptive incarnation of Christ, Richard’s talk will climax with the New Testament’s promise of the redemption of all things - 'a new heaven and a new earth'.

Trinity College, Bristol, BS9 1JW

Free, no booking required.

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