Jesus in a World of Colliding Empires
Public Lecture and Book Launch with Dr Mark Keown

You are warmly invited to a public lecture on Tuesday 25 September by Dr Mark Keown at our Henderson campus. At this event, Mark’s new two-volume series Jesus in a World of Colliding Empires will also be launched.

At the time of Christ, world politics was an ebb and flow of colliding empires and forces. The world knew only dynastic succession and rule by force. Israel was swept up in this world. Her expectations of deliverance, while diverse, had in common the anticipation of violent liberation by an alliance of God, the expected one (Theo), and Israel’s forces. Her vision included the subjugation of the world to Yahweh. Any messianic claimant would be expected to fulfil this hope. Mark knows that Jesus’ plan of salvation differed radically from the prevailing expectations of military power. Rather than liberation through revolution, it involved deliverance through humble, loving service, and cross-bearing. The disciples follow Jesus but do not understand Jesus’ purpose. They constantly expect war. So, the Gospel needs to be read from Mark’s full understanding and the disciples’ flawed perspective.

At this event Mark Keown will share some of the themes his book addresses and applications we can make to life today.

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Where Henderson Campus
When 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP Register online at the link provided by Friday 21 September

About the Speaker and Author

Mark KeownMark Keown began his working life as a school teacher. He became a Christian in 1985 and went into full-time service in 1987 doing community outreach work with St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Pakuranga. He came to Laidlaw College as a student in 1990, completing a BTh with first class honours. After a year in ministry at St John's Presbyterian Church, Mark completed ordination training at the Dunedin School of Ministry and served as a minister alongside his wife Emma at Greenlane Presbyterian Church from 1997-2003 and then at Mt Roskill Baptist. In 2005 he completed his ThD, looking at a mandate for evangelism in the Pauline Epistles, and joined the Laidlaw College staff. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Theology (New Testament). He is author of Congregational Evangelism in Philippians (2008), What’s God Up To on Planet Earth (Wipf and Stock, 2011), the EEC Commentary on Philippians (2017), and a three-volume New Testament Introduction (2017–18).