In the upcoming issue of Guidelines

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The Editor writes...

The next four months have as their spiritual focus the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, when we commemorate again the gift of the Holy Spirit to the gathered disciples, with all the implications for communicating the gospel, the empowering for mission and the reproduction in our lives of the character of Jesus.

This issue of Guidelines engages with several of these great themes. Kate Bruce offers us some reflections on the role of the Holy Spirit in communicating. David Dewey also offers us different ways of reading the Bible which are themselves formed by approaches found within scripture.

George M. Wieland takes us through Acts, looking at it through a mission and spirituality lens. By drawing on his own cross-cultural experience and linking it with his passion for mission, he brings fresh insight and challenges to this foundational text for the church's mission today.

If Acts is the foundational text, then Romans could claim to be the foundational epistle. Conrad Gempf gives us a short overview of this great letter – but with a twist. He draws attention to how one chapter's teaching should influence our understanding of another chapter. This makes for a fascinating rereading of Romans.

In the description of the fruit of the Spirit is peace. Andrew Francis, a new writer for Guidelines, focuses on shalom, bringing to us his insights through the text of both the Old and New Testaments.

In addition to all of these, we have substantial contributions from Steve Walton, who continues taking us through the second half of Luke's gospel, and also from C.L. Crouch on that fascinating and heart-searching prophetic book of Hosea. Neil le Tissier helps us appreciate the significance of metaphors as a form of divine and human communication by unpacking 'trees' in the Bible. And Father Henry Wansbrough uses his extensive biblical knowledge to examine some of the key passages in 1 Chronicles.

Finally, I have some exciting news: Dr Helen Paynter will take over as commissioning editor in the September–December 2019 issue. Helen left a career in hospital medicine in 2008 to obey the call to Baptist ministry. She trained at Bristol Baptist College, and then went on to combine pastoral ministry at Victoria Park Baptist Church, Bristol, with further study, doing her doctorate in the Old Testament. She is now Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence at Bristol Baptist College, and Associate Minister of Westbury on Trym Baptist Church, Bristol.

My prayer is that, through all of these enriching notes, our awareness of the life-giving power of God's Holy Spirit will be increased.

David Spriggs

In this issue:

Acts: participating in the unfolding mission of God
George M. Wieland

Reading God's word today
David Dewey

The role of the Holy Spirit in the communication process
Kate Bruce

C.L. Crouch

Shalom: God's manifesto
Andrew Francis

Luke 19:1-22:2
Steve Walton

Like a tree, planted…
Neil Le Tissier

1 Chronicles
Henry Wansbrough OSB

Romans: two at a time
Conrad Gempf

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About the contributors in this issue:

George M. Wieland is the Director of Mission Research and Training at Carey Baptist College and Carey Graduate School, New Zealand. His background includes mission in Brazil, pastoring Baptist churches in the UK and teaching the New Testament. He is the author of The Significance of Salvation (Paternoster, 2006) and other publications on the Bible and mission.

David Dewey is a Baptist minister now serving both Baptist and Anglican communities in South Yorkshire. Alongside helping people engage with scripture, his interests include Bible translation and interpretation.

Kate Bruce is an RAF chaplain. In her previous role as Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall, Durham, she taught preaching at BA and MA level. She did her PhD on preaching and imagination and now continues her work in teaching and researching on preaching, alongside her commitment to the RAF.

C.L. Crouch is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of several books and numerous articles, including An Introduction to the Study of Jeremiah (Bloomsbury, 2017). She has particular interests in Old Testament ethics and in the prophetic books.

Andrew Francis is a URC minister, published poet/writer and community theologian. He is a popular conference speaker, congregational educator and Sunday preacher. His latest book is Eat, Pray, Tell (BRF, 2018).

Steve Walton is a researcher and teacher of the New Testament who serves as an Associate Research Fellow of Trinity College, Bristol. He is an Anglican priest, and has served in different ministries and taught in many colleges and universities. Steve is presently working on a major commentary on Acts.

Neil Le Tissier is a Regional Minister with the Heart of England Baptist Association, having previously served as Minister of Southborough Lane, and then Sutton Coldfield Baptist Churches. He contributed to The NIV Comprehensive Concordance (Hodder & Stoughton, 2001).

Henry Wansbrough OSB is a monk at Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire. He has been Chairman of the Oxford Faculty of Theology and a member of the Pope's Biblical Commission. More recently, he has been Professor of Biblical Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He has just published a new annotated version of the Bible,The Revised New Jerusalem Bible.

Conrad Gempf has been a Lecturer in New Testam ent at London School of Theology for more than 25 years. He is the author of several books on New Testament subjects, including How to Like Paul Again (Authentic, 2013).

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