Author Archives: King's Evangelical Divinity School

Former Student’s Talk on 1859 Ulster Revival

Having carried out an examination of the place of prayer in the Ulster Revival of 1859 for her M.A. dissertation taken through KEDS, Donna Orr (now an Associate Tutor at the school) has been asked to give an historical talk on this revival for Libraries N.I. at the end of October. A good number of attendees is expected, and Donna requests our prayers, particularly that although this is essentially a historical talk, many will be encouraged to seek and pray for a similar revival in Northern Ireland at this time.

For any KEDS students who live in Northern Ireland and would like to attend, the talk takes place on Thursday, 24 October 2013 in Greenisland Library, Carrickfergus at 6.30 p.m. Admission is free, but booking is advised.

KEDS student’s new pastorate in Australia

KEDS Student Chaplain Revd Chris Lazenby writes:

I’m sure all our students and tutors will wish to congratulate KEDS student Lee Wardle on his appointment as pastor of the Gospel Light Evangelical Church, Pymble, Sydney, NSW, Australia on 19th August this year. Lee, who originally hails from Scotland, UK, and has been a member of the church for around five years, tells us that he’ll be ‘carrying out all teaching and preaching duties (as well as all those other things a pastor does, evangelism, visiting, arranging church outings etc.’). Lee and wife, Lorraine, who have five children, Luke, David, Sarah, Lea Ann and Caleb, are looking forward to the many challenges to come.

Lee wishes to extend his appreciation and thanks to KEDS lecturers who have helped him over the years, adding that his experience with the college has enriched his growing knowledge of God’s word. He also wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness to Lorraine ‘for the way she has fully supported and encouraged me to keep going despite all my health issues.’

On this latter point, I know Lee would value the prayers of our students and faculty regarding his recent heart problems – for healing, and for strength to deal with any problems to come. Let’s pray too, that God’s light truly will shine through Lee’s work in his new role as pastor. Further information about Lee and the church can be found at http://www.glechurch.com/about and http://www.glechurch.com/ respectively.

Foreignisation and Bible Translation

The current edition of Tyndale Bulletin (63.2, Nov 2012, 257-73) includes an article by KEDS tutor Dr Andy Cheung which considers the notion of foreignisation with respect to Bible translation, a concept which originated with Schleiermacher.

The title of the article is “Foreignising Bible Translation: Retaining Foreign Origins when Rendering Scripture.” In his summary of the article, Andy writes: ‘”Foreignising translation” aims to relocate the reader in the world of the source text and attempts to make obvious the alien origins of the original text.’ Although foreignisation is well established in “secular” translation studies, it is less commonly used in biblical translation.

The article, which will be of interest to all students who are currently studying exegesis and hermeneutics, is available online.

New Publications By Visiting KEDS Tutor

KEDS tutor Dr Derek Tidball has many books and other published works to his name (for details view his Faculty page). His most recent titles are The Message of Holiness: Restoring God’s Image(Nottingham, IVP, BST, 2010) and The Message of Women: Creation, Gender and Grace (Nottingham, IVP, BST 2012), which is due out in October.

But perhaps of special interest to students of theology at this time (considering the furore over Rob Bell’s Love Wins) would be his article; ‘Can Evangelicals be Universalists?’, published in Evangelical Quarterly 84.1 (2012).

Apart from his busy life as a writer and visiting tutor for KEDS, Derek is also visiting Scholar at Spurgeon’s College, London.

Compassionate eating? Christians and vegetarianism

KEDS Dean of Students, Dr. Stephen Vantassel has a very interesting piece in the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics which should be of interest to students, especially those with a concern for animal welfare and ethical food production. Does the compassion of Christ really suggest that Christians should reduce animal suffering by abstaining from meat? And does the Bible have anything to say about factory farming? Dr. Vantassel, with Dr. Kloosterman, evaluates the claims made by Mark C. Halteman, (Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Professor at Calvin College, a prestigious evangelical college in the U.S.), in Compassionate Eating published by the Humane Society of the United States.

They demonstrate that Dr. Halteman’s arguments calling Christians to increased adoption of vegetarianism lack logical necessity and fail to give due attention to all the available data. Vantassel and Kloosterman conclude that if there is a convincing argument in favour of vegetarianism, Dr. Halteman has failed to make it.

KEDS tutor on benefits, dangers of Internet

Tim LimStudents may be interested in an article by new KEDS tutor Timothy Lim Teck Ngern, published in The Christian Post (Singapore Edition) of 8th May 2012.

In the piece, Tim highlights the fact that although technology has given us great opportunities for making our views widely known, it has  also highlighted the need for us to be extra careful about what we say – and how we say it.

In a brief outline of his article, Tim writes:

In a global and technologically savvy economy, the Netizens’ (i.e., Internet Citizens’) free-flowing conversations (on blogs, chatrooms, and other social mediums) can quickly be turned into a doubled-edged sword, unless the free-spirited use of the media is tempered with an ethic of godly civility, recognizing at the same time, that we are deeply human in our engagements.

Drawing from a broad Christian philosophical-theological tradition, the article suggests a fourfold role for Christians engaging in a political-economy. While the contribution is contextual to recent social-political developments in Singapore, the suggestions nevertheless would have parallel value for the development of godly civility in any demographically and religiously pluralistic context.
The original article is available here.