Summer Conference – Day 1

It is our great pleasure to invite you to day 1 of this year’s Summer Conference, which will be held entirely online. You can find out a little more our event programme and incredible speakers by scrolling through this page!

Tickets are free but please consider donating a £10 daily attendance gift, which will be used to support our Students in Need Fund.

We really hope you can join us and we look forward to meeting you virtually!


Today we will be joined by keynote speaker John Goldingay, along with our Principal Mark Cartledge, who will be speaking on Scripture, the Church & the Holy Spirit. Whether it is to get a taste of theological education or take some time to invest in vocational training or professional development, LST’s Summer Conference will inspire and equip you for all walks of life including the church, home and workplace.

Time Monday
09:00 Welcome & Worship
09:15 Keynote Speaker - John Goldingay: Jeremiah - The Man and the Scroll
10:15 Comfort Break
10:30 Scripture, the Church & the Holy Spirit: Mark Cartledge
12:30 Break for Lunch
13:30 Worship & Prayer
14:00 Topic Seminar
15:00 MA Presentation
15:15 Closing
15:30 Finish

Today’s Speakers

John Goldingay

John Goldingay will be our keynote speaker throughout the four days, leading a series entitled, Jeremiah Then and Now. John has previously worked in a parish in Finchley, and then moved on to teach at St John’s College Nottingham and at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, where he was also priest-in-charge of St Barnabas, Pasadena. He now lives in Oxford and he and his wife Kathleen are members of the congregation at Christ Church Cathedral, but he still teaches online for Fuller. He is the author of a number of books on the Old Testament and has been working on a commentary on Jeremiah of which these lectures will be a spin off. In his spare time with Kathleen he walks along the Thames, listens to jazz, watches BBC I-player, marvels at how Britain is both different and the same, and tries to relearn how to speak British and to learn modern Hebrew.

Jeremiah - The Man and the Scroll

Jeremiah lived and worked at a time when the people of God had put out of mind the old truths about God and about what God had done for them. They had put out of mind how they had related to God in the past and how God expected them to relate to him in the present. Jeremiah confronted them about these facts, but found people rejecting him because it was a way of rejecting God. He lived on into a time of catastrophe when he could whisper to them that God might not have finished with them.

His book is complicated and his theology is complicated but we will try to find our way through both, and also imagine Jeremiah and Ezekiel and Daniel comparing notes about the issues they need to deal with.

Before the conference, you will receive written versions of the talks that you can read ahead of time if you wish, and you can email questions arising from them. In the sessions Dr Goldingay will talk a bit but spend much of the time engaging in dialogue with these questions, and other questions that people ask live.

John Goldingay SC 2020

Mark Cartledge

Mark J. Cartledge on the topic of Scripture, the Church and the Holy Spirit: The Weird, the Wacky and the Wonderful.

Professor Mark J. Cartledge is a Church of England minister with extensive experience in ministry over many years. He has taught in seminaries in Nigeria and the USA, as well as St John’s College, Durham. He has also worked in departments of Theology and Religion at the Universities of Wales (Lampeter, now called Trinity Saint David) and Birmingham. He is a practical theologian who has specialised in the study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. His most recent book is co-authored and is entitled: Megachurches and Social Engagement: Public Theology in Practice (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

Scripture, the Church and the Holy Spirit: The Weird, the Wacky and the Wonderful

In this lecture and the following seminar, I shall explore the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the Church in Scripture. In particular, I shall consider the kinds of things we read about in the Acts of the Apostles, from the day of Pentecostal with speaking in tongues to other topics such as healing, prophecy, exorcism and the use of artefacts like handkerchiefs to mediate the presence of God. As we think about these things, we find ourselves bringing these biblical ideas into conversation with contemporary practices. At times, certain manifestations of the Holy Spirit appear “weird or wacky”, and I would like to consider some of the “odd” things that are associated with the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church today. I expect this discussion to be open-ended, but it gives us an opportunity to think together and share our wisdom in the reading of Scripture.

Mark SC 2020