I publish in both academic and practitioner contexts.
- Love, leadership and McDonald’s Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association [print publication forthcoming in 2018].
Abstract: Understanding leadership as a process of influence towards a goal, this paper considers the primary end towards which ecclesial leadership is appropriately directed. It first examines the narrative of managerialism, sometimes called the McDonaldisation thesis, and explores its impact on the discourse and practice of ecclesial leadership. Arguing that the McDonaldisation of ecclesial leadership is theologically bankrupt, the paper then engages the ecclesiology of Ray S. Anderson to advocate an alternative narrative for determining the proper primary telos of ecclesial leadership. This alternative narrative proposes a telos described here in terms of Spirit-enabled participation in Christ’s ministry of love, a love which in its extension towards human others constitutes, simultaneously, a response to God’s love in Christ.
- In 1 Peter 5:1-5, who are the πρϵσβύτϵροι and what is said about their role? Expository Times (August 2012).
Abstract: In 1 Peter 5:1-5, instructions are given to the πρϵσβύτϵροι. But who are these elders and what does the author say about their role? This article starts with an exploration of the conceptual background of eldership, before focusing on the specific references to the term in verses 1 and 5 of our passage. Following this, we offer an in-depth exegetical analysis of the instruction to elders concerning their role in verses 2 and 3, before giving brief consideration in closing to the implications of verse 5.
- How convincing is Walter Wink’s interpretation of Paul’s language of the powers? Evangelical Quarterly 83:3 (July 2011): 251-266.
Abstract: This article assesses Walter Wink’s interpretation of Paul’s language of the powers. Whilst Wink’s approach, which seems to issue from a concern to articulate a social theology, has been favourably received by many scholars, it is submitted that the interpretation is deeply flawed. This analysis begins by recognising the interpretative continuum within which Wink is writing, before summarising his view and seeking to place it within its wider interpretative context. An exegesis of the main Pauline powers texts follows, alongside critique of Wink’s interpretation of each of these texts. After this exegetical critique, we also review Wink’s methodological and hermeneutical assumptions, giving special consideration to the worldview which serves as his interpretative framework. There is, furthermore, some brief reference to practical concerns with his hypothesis.
- I blog regularly at The Art of Steering and I have also written a couple of devotional series for Scripture Union’s Closer to God publication and been published by Preach magazine.
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