News Update March 2010

Bible and Church on the Road
Following the success of the Bible and Church day conference in June 2009 at Westminster Chapel we have exciting plans afoot to run a new day conference on 12th June 2010, at St Helen's Bishopsgate in London.
Bible and Church is aimed at equipping Christians to understand the historical basis of the Christian faith and to share it with confidence. To book the June 12th event please send us an email.

We are also delighted to announce a visit to Edinburgh on Saturday 29th January 2011 when Charlotte Chapel will host our first Scottish Bible and Church day.
As a taster for these events you can get a DVD of the 2009 talks here.

Thanksgiving Service for Professor Donald Wiseman
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and work of Professor Donald Wiseman has been arranged for Friday, 4th June at 2.30 p.m. in All Souls' Church, Langham Place, London, W1B 3DA.

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan contacted Tyndale House to pass his condolences to Professor Wiseman's family. His Royal Highness said:
"Donald Wiseman was in many ways a pioneer in the field of Oriental Studies. His belief in the importance of scholars studying religious texts in the original language and within the historical and cultural context of their provenance, irrespective of the difficulties and intellectual rigour this might demand was paramount. It is one that we would do well to emulate.
Ever a devout Christian, he was nonetheless prepared to be courageous in his re-examination of religious texts, refusing to countenance unjustified dogmatism in defence of even the most favoured theories, to wit the collection of scholarly contributions he brought together as Notes on Some Problems in the Book of Daniel (Tyndale Press, 1965).
It is my hope that today, when all and sundry are prepared to comment on our religious texts, that his commitment to true scholarship will be a legacy and inspiration to future generations."
Simon Chi-chung Cheung is a Hong Kong Chinese PhD student training in Old Testament. He qualified for the pastoral ministry in 2003 and worked full-time for four years. He plans to return to the Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong to train pastors and lay people for ministry in Hong Kong and mainland China. Simon lives on-site with his wife Bonnie and son Lucas.

Simon's most unusual experience was a communal Gardening Day, high-rise Hong Kong homes not having gardens:
"People used to working with books ran around with gardening tools and dirty hands, a monastic integration of studies and labour. My first time experience with weeds leaves me with the motto: dig deep and wide, helpful for my scholarship and spirituality."

In the Press
Dr Jonathan Chaplain is in the Guardian newspaper for the third time in recent weeks.
The director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics has been engaging in the debate over a new UK Equality Bill.

Dramatic Rescue
Australian reader Murray Smith helped rescue a man from the River Thames under Tower Bridge in London. While a group of onlookers tried to throw him a lifebelt, Murray called the police who attended very promptly in a patrol boat, and called him back later to thank him for reporting the incident.

Winning Team
PhD scholar Jonathan Gibson from Northern Ireland has been keeping fit by playing hockey for one of the University of Cambridge teams, recently winning against an Oxford University team.


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