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The 2019 Didsbury Lecture

Event — 1st July 2019

“Matthew Matters: The Yoke of Jesus and the Church of Tomorrow”
Monday 21 October – Thursday 24 October 2019, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Venue J B Maclagan Chapel, NTC, M20 2GU

Time 7:30pm – 9:00pm (each evening)

Cost These are free lectures and open to the public. Tea and coffee will be served after the lecture.

The 2019 Didsbury Lectures will be given by: Professor Michael Lodahl from Point Loma Nazarene University

Michael Lodahl has been Professor of Theology & World Religions at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, since 1999. An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Lodahl’s interests focus on ecological theology and on Christians’ relationships with Jews and Muslims. Among his books are Shekhinah / Spirit: Divine Presence in Jewish and Christian Traditions, The Story of God: A Narrative Theology, God of Nature and of Grace: Reading the World in a Wesleyan Way, Claiming Abraham: Reading the Bible and the Qur’an Side-by-Side, and Renewal in Love: Living Holy Lives in God’s Good Creation.

“Matthew Matters: The Yoke of Jesus and the Church of Tomorrow” is an exploration of theological and Christological themes that arise from passages unique to the gospel of Matthew. The argument is that Matthew’s proclamation of Jesus and his significance is especially critical for the Church to hear and embody in our contemporary, self-consciously pluralistic societies — and shall remain so in the decades to come. Much of the argument is based in the Wisdom Christology of Matthew: What shall it mean for us, individually and collectively, to take upon ourselves the yoke of one who described himself as ‘gentle and humble in heart’? How might such discipleship direct us especially in our relationships with people of other religious traditions? What kind of churches may arise in response to a careful reading of this particularly ‘Jewish’ vision of Jesus?