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The Editor writes...

I wonder which of the gospels is your favourite. I am especially attracted to Luke so I'm looking forward to this year's lectionary gospel notes. We are guided through the second half of this gospel by Dr Steve Walton and so will have the opportunity to see it with fresh eyes and discover new and significant things about Jesus the Saviour as we follow his journey to the cross. Inevitably, we will gain fresh insights about our own leadership and mission.
We begin this issue with 'Leadership for kingdom building', written by Martin Lee. He will utilise his knowledge of the church worldwide as well as his own experience of leading Christian organisations to share with us the challenges, pitfalls and opportunities of those who are called to be leaders in the Christian community.
Pauline Hoggarth is a new writer. She takes us on the journey with Naomi and Ruth. At one level, this is a delightful 'country story', but it is also strangely relevant today; the plotline is about migration, death, poverty and vulnerability. Within and beyond this, there is the action of God, who rescues even in these terrifying circumstances.
Brian Howell engages us with the stories of the patriarchs as they unfold in Genesis 12-36. In his reflections, he brings us further personal challenges.
We have a specific Lent focus from John Rackley, a Baptist minister, who has led many conferences. This is his first contribution. He takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage as he explores various 'pathways'.
Then, let me introduce you to Torsten Uhlig, another new author, who lectures in Germany. He focuses on some core themes in Isaiah.
In addition to this wealth of contributions, Dr Andrew Mayes (Third Order, Society of St Francis) encourages us to use the Bible to deepen our spirituality. He opens our eyes (perhaps it would be more appropriate to say, 'our five senses') to the intense physicality of the fourth gospel as a means of appreciating the reality of the incarnation. At the same time, he brings deep challenges to us to develop our own spirituality.
As we approach the end of Lent, Jill Duff's helpful reflections on women, especially those we meet in Luke's gospel, will complement this focus. To help us travel through Holy Week, I have looked at the leadership pressures Jesus was under as he moved towards the cross.
Then Ian Paul takes on the baton as he looks backwards from the perspective of Acts at the resurrection. This serves to remind us that all the New Testament is a 'post-Easter' document and that the resurrection is at the centre of our redemption and has impact and implications for the Christian church throughout all time.

David Spriggs

In this issue:

Leadership for kingdom building
Martin Lee

Luke 14-18
Steve Walton

Ruth
Pauline Hoggarth

Genesis 12-36
Brian Howell

The Pathways of God
John Rackley

Isaiah 1-39
Torsten Uhlig

Sensing the divine: John's word made flesh
Andrew Mayes

Women in Luke's Gospel
Jill Duff

A week in the life of Jesus
David Spriggs

Resurrection in Acts
Ian Paul

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About the contributors in this issue:

From 2014 to 2017, Martin Lee was Director of Global Connections, a UK network of churches and agencies that long to see mission placed at the heart of the church. He now works as a consultant with a variety of charities.

Steve Walton is a researcher and teacher of the New Testament. He is an Anglican priest, and has served in student ministry and parish ministry. Steve has published a number of books and articles.

Pauline Hoggarth was born in Peru. She has served with Scripture Union in three different roles in the UK and overseas. She is the author of The Seed and the Soil: Engaging with the word of God (Langham, 2011).


Brian Howell is visiting lecturer in Old Testament at London School of Theology. Previously he served as the Dean of Studies for Bible Society. He has published on interpreting divine metaphors, and currently researches the Imago Dei when not playing saxophone.


John Rackley is a Baptist minister. He has held positions with the BBC, Baptist Union, Retreat Association and Churches Together in England. As a Spiritual Director, he leads retreats and blogs at windingquest.wordpress.com.


Torsten Uhlig is currently a teacher of the Old Testament. Previously, he served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church of Saxony, Germany for eight years. He loves both ministries.


Andrew Mayes is Spirituality Adviser to the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and parish priest of Limassol. An associate professor of St George's College Jerusalem, he has lived in the Holy Land and is the author of several books.


Jill Duff is Bishop of Lancaster, with responsibility for mission, evangelism and church planting in the diocese of Blackburn. Previously, she was Director of St Mellitus NW (where she taught New Testament and Mission) and has planted several congregations in diverse contexts.


David Spriggs provides occasional consultancy services for Bible Society, but his main role is as a Baptist minister again. He is a part-time minister with the Friar Lane and Braunstone Baptist Church, Leicester.


Ian Paul is Associate Minister at St Nic's Nottingham, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, as well as Managing Editor at Grove Books in Cambridge. He blogs at psephizo.com.

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