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Photo of students, faculty and council members at graduation day

Our graduation day is always one of the most important events in our college calender, and certainly our most public. Saturday was no different as a full lecture theatre witnessed last year’s student cohort receiving their hard-earned awards. Our graduation ceremony is always a little different from graduation ceremonies you may have attended before. There is fair amount of formality, local dignitaries are in attendance, and there are some fabulous gowns on show. But the singing is loud and heartfelt, and the gospel is always proclaimed in bold and challenging ways.

It’s probably breaking etiquette, but this year there were handshakes, hugs and kisses as the graduands received their awards. Given the year we’ve had as a college, it was an especially poignant time, and I thought it...

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
11 October 2017

 
 
Photo of Anthony Levandowski

A recent piece in the Guardian (by Olivia Solon, Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god) comments on a religious organization newly founded by Anthony Levandowski called ‘Way of the Future.’ Its mission is ‘to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.’ Certainly not a goal lacking in ambition!

A quick Google search shows there’s more being written about Levandowksi than by him, and others have not been slow either to express support for or fear about the prospect of what is termed the AI singularity—the hypothetical point at which artificial intelligence (AI) will supposedly surpass human intelligence and become...

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Eric Ortlund
Eric Ortlund
05 October 2017

 
 

This summer, I visited Paris and saw a number of West Semitic inscriptions in the Louvre. These are texts I have studied and taught, but never seen with my own eyes.

photo of the Moabite stone

This is the Moabite stone. If memory serves, there’s one other Moabite inscription in existence, but it’s really small and doesn’t reveal much. So this is basically the Moabite corpus, right here. (I joke with students you can read 30-odd lines of Moabite and justly claim to be an expert in it.) Moabite is virtually the same as ancient Hebrew and thus easy to read, even after one year of Hebrew. King Mesha mentions King Omri and says Israel conquered Moab because Chemosh (his deity) was angry with his land, showing a quasi-Deuteronomistic theology. It’s fascinating.

(My daughter commented that most people take...

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Eric Ortlund
Eric Ortlund
17 August 2017

 
 
Photo of Revd Jonathan Juckes

The College Council of Oak Hill College is pleased to announce that the Reverend Jonathan Juckes has been appointed as President with effect from January 1st 2018.

Johnny brings to the role practical parish and pastoral experience across a wide variety of parish situations, as well as many years of involvement in theological training.

As President he will join Dan Strange, Acting Principal, and the current leadership of the college to bring additional strategic vision, an energised partnership across the evangelical and wider community, and an entrepreneurial approach to considering how we best enhance our formation of men and women preparing for a lifetime of ministry and mission leadership in Britain and around the world.

Following a global search and advertising process, and a...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
14 August 2017

 
 
Image for the Leaders who last three-day summer intensive at Oak Hill

Nathan Weston reflects on our three-day summer intensive, Leaders Who Last, at Oak Hill. The focus of the conference was resilience in ministry.

It was exactly the wrong time for this conference.

It’s late in the ministry year and I’m itching for a holiday – and yet there is so much more to do. Plans to make, people to meet, sermons to prepare, youth conferences on the horizon. How is it wise to give up three days of precious prep time and make the long trip down south to Oak Hill?

And what’s more, this promised to be that most dreaded of things, not just a conference, but an ‘interactive workshop with plenty of opportunities to practise and get feedback’. Not my cup of tea. Is it anyone’s?

And yet here I am, fresh from the long trip back home, giving thanks to God for a...

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Nathan Weston
Nathan Weston
14 July 2017

 
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