Friday, 10 June 2011

Man from the Palace on the Bible and Politics

John Wycliffe

“John Wycliffe, a 14th century English theologian, a forerunner of the Protestant Reformation. Translated the Bible from Latin into English”

The recent comments to the government, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, have sparked a debate on whether Christians should be involved in politics. David Landrum, might well have something to say about that, after all, he is the Bible Society man in the Houses of Parliament.

David  will be speaking at the evening service of celebration for the Bible Society, at St Paul’s on 19 June at 6.30pm. David is the the Senior Parliamentary Officer for the Bible Society, and the Executive Administrator for Christians in Parliament – the official, all-party group for the Christian community in the Palace of Westminster. He is also a member of the advisory group of the public theology think-tank Theos. I’ll let him introduce himself in this video.

Dave says: “The three words that characterise working for the Bible Society are pioneering, intelligent and important”.

Part of his diverse role focuses on developing ways to show the value and relevance of the Bible to politics past, present and in the future. That’s when he isn’t organising weekly bible studies, prayer and worship meetings, evening receptions, and the National Prayer Breakfast.

National Prayer Breakfast 2011

The National Prayer Breakfast brings people together to celebrate the contribution of Christianity to the national life of the UK and to pray for the institutions, government and people of our nation.

 

He regards this work as a calling to mission in politics. Dave says: “The three words that characterise working for the Bible Society are pioneering, intelligent and important”.

He specifically asked for the painting of John Wycliffe to be used as the backdrop during is talk. Very apt given Wycliffe translated the Bible into English.

Even the football club Dave supports (Everton) has a Christian base. Everton was founded as St Domingo's in 1878, so that people from the parish of St Domingo's Methodist Church in Everton could play a sport in non-summer months (Wikipedia).

Find out what he has to say, at St Paul’s on 19 June at 6.30pm (just don’t mention Everton football club!).

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