This is from a press release that we have just sent out about Prof Steve Walton’s forthcoming public lecture on Acts. See more on our Annual Lecture in Bible and Mission

Action plans or missio Dei – the 2012 Redcliffe Lecture in Bible and Mission

Action plans are frequently used to develop a churches’ mission strategy, but are they the right approach to take? Who really drives mission in the church – God or people?

Professor Steve Walton from LST will be exploring possible answers to this question in the 2012 Bible and Mission lecture on the topic of The Acts of the Apostles as the Mission of God at Redcliffe College on Tuesday 15 May from 7.30-9.30pm.

Using the Acts of the Apostles as a framework, Professor Walton will reflect on the work of God in the early church in driving the story of Acts forward, in the light of the contemporary emphasis on Christians joining God where he is already at work (missio Dei).

Tim Davy, Lecturer in Bible and Mission at Redcliffe commented, “We’re really excited to be turning our attention to the book of Acts in this year’s lecture. At the cutting edge of New Testament scholarship, Steve Walton will bring fresh thinking to this familiar ‘missionary’ book and enlarge our horizons for understanding its place (and ours!) in the mission of God.’

The lecture is free, but pre-booking is required – you can book online at or phone 01452 308 097.

Prof Walton’s lecture is one of the events organised by Redcliffe’s Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission.  From the 1-7 July 2012, there is also the opportunity to learn Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek in a week. The two short courses are aimed at people who want to get to know the Bible in deeper ways and who are looking for a friendly environment in which to learn.  There is a 20% discount on the costs for people working with churches or mission agencies. Booking deadline is 1 June.

For more information about these and other Redcliffe College events, visit

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