The Wright – Hart smackdown on idiosyncratic Bible translation

Three months ago I commented somewhat dyspeptically on the imminent arrival of yet another Bible translation, this time by David Bentley Hart.

Now it has appeared, and almost immediately its author is embroiled in a reviewing spat with Tom Wright. Wright offered a fairly scathing review of Bentley Hart’s New Testament translation in The Christian Century. Now Bentley Hart has responded by issuing an equally scathing rebuttal, and review of Wright’s 2011 translation on a blog run by fellow Orthodox scholar Fr Kimel. Continue reading “The Wright – Hart smackdown on idiosyncratic Bible translation”

Resources for Holocaust Memorial Day

I’ve been working on our local Holocaust Memorial Day planning, which Worcestershire Interfaith Forum has organised here for the last few years. This year’s national theme is “The Power of Words”, and there are some really helpful resources available on the HMD Trust website.

Here I’m offering a couple of supplementary resources that I’ve been working on for our local commemoration. Please feel free to make use of them under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC Licence. (I owe the music in the video to a creative commons licensed recording by Daniel Veesey which he’s also placed in the public domain.)  Continue reading “Resources for Holocaust Memorial Day”

Chaplaincy: a pioneer ministry?

I’ve been reading A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy. The title is something of a misnomer, as Andrew Todd, one of the editors, effectively acknowledges in his conclusion: rather than “a definitive theology”, it’s a range of “contextual responses”. (p159)

It’s an important area of mission and ministry, and that’s underlined by the figures from a report Todd co-authored (PDF) for the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council. According to that piece of research, in 2013 there were 1415 reported chaplains, of whom 516 were ordained Anglicans paid by the institutions other than the Church of England, and another similarly paid 209 part time chaplains. The Church of England itself paid an additional 47 full-time and 121 part-time. That represents a substantial proportion of the numbers of the ordained. (The 2016 official statistics (PDF) don’t offer this precise breakdown, but reveal that 15% of licensed clergy work outside parish ministries, of whom over half are in chaplaincy.) Yet there is very little written about such a key plank of ministry, than there is about its sexy younger sibling “pioneer ministry”, though both are equally about approaches arising outside the church and parish context. Continue reading “Chaplaincy: a pioneer ministry?”