School of Theology Celebration of Research

We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate the important research and writing that has been conducted through Laidlaw’s School of Theology, including the launch of two books that have been published in the last year. We will also hear from guest speaker Ven Dr Lyndon Drake on the value of research to the church.

Join us on campus at Henderson and stay for supper afterwards. Please register below to let us know if you are coming.

We look forward to hosting you for this special evening.

Where Henderson Campus
When 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP Please register below

Dr Greg Liston
Kingdom Come: An Eschatological Third Article Ecclesiology.

Kingdom Come is the first systematic and detailed book length examination of the intrinsically pneumatological relationship between church and kingdom. It outlines an authentic, rigorous, and future-oriented vision of ecclesiology that can helpfully inform contemporary church practice and development.

Greg is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at Laidlaw College. He teaches primarily in the area of systematic theology. His research interests focus on the role of the Spirit in the life of the church, and exploring how the interaction between science and theology raises fundamental questions about reality and the nature of time. Before taking up his current role, Greg’s journey has included Ph.D.’s in both systematic theology and quantum physics, being the senior pastor of a local Auckland suburban Baptist church, and strategic management consulting. Greg is married to Diane and has two children, Emily and James. He and his family attend Mt Albert Baptist Church.

Dr Jacqueline Lloyd
Archaeology and the Itinerant Jesus: A historical enquiry into Jesus’ itinerant ministry in the north
(Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2022)

New Testament scholars generally agree that the historical Jesus was itinerant. Mark claims that Jesus travelled among the towns and villages of Galilee, preached in their synagogues, attracted large crowds, and journeyed through the surrounding regions. Yet few settlements are named, there is no clear itinerary of Jesus’ travels, and the summary travel statements belong to Mark’s editorial material. Consequently, there is a high degree of uncertainty about Mark’s depiction of Jesus’ itinerant ministry in and around Galilee. However, archaeological surveys have discovered approximately 200 Early Roman period towns and villages in Galilee, with a material culture that is distinctively Jewish. Jewish identity markers have also been found at sites in surrounding regions. In this study, Jacqui Lloyd draws on archaeological data and literary sources to explore the extent and plausibility of Jesus’ itinerant ministry as depicted in Mark 1.14–8.30.

Jacqui Lloyd has been part of the Laidlaw community since 1996, when she enrolled as an undergraduate student. After graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Ministries, she was invited onto staff and spent the next fifteen years teaching Biblical studies and Theology. Jacqui currently works for the NZ Christian Proprietors Trust providing professional development for teachers in state-integrated Christian schools from Kerikeri to Queenstown. Jacqui is passionate about building teacher biblical and theological capacity and confidence to deliver their local curriculum in a way that aligns with their school’s Christian character. Jacqui currently lives in Auckland and is a member of Shore Vineyard Church where you may find her on the welcoming team or preaching a sermon. She is also a Senior Research Fellow School of Theology at Laidlaw College.

You can read more about Jacqui’s story here.

The Ven Dr Lyndon Drake (Ngāi Tahu) serves as the Archdeacon of Tāmaki Makaurau in the Māori Anglican bishopric of Te Tai Tokerau. He is married to Miriam with three children. Until 2010, Lyndon was a Vice President at Barclays Capital, trading government bonds and interest-rate derivatives. Since then, he has served as a pastor in a city centre church in New Zealand, as well as teaching theology and serving in a range of Christian leadership roles. Lyndon has degrees in science and commerce (Auckland), a PhD in computer science (York), two degrees in theology (Oxford), and a number of peer-reviewed academic publications in science and theology. He has recently submitted a Theology DPhil thesis at Oxford on theology and economic capital in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He sits on a number of boards, including as chair of the Venn Foundation and of Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri Trust Board. Lyndon has written *Capital Markets for the Common Good: A Christian Perspective* (Oxford: 2017, Oxford Centre for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethics).

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