Interview with Rich Wyld of @codecuk, coming up 1st December: #BigBible #SatSess

Come and join us on Saturday 1st December.  Rich Wyld (CODEC) will be speaking at St John’s College on ‘Reading the Bible Hopefully’, drawing upon 1 Corinthians 13:12. The event will also be livestreamed online. Join us!

Rich, can you give us a brief insight into who you are, what you do, and what your specialism(s) is/are?

I’m studying for a PhD here in Durham as part of the CODEC team. My work focuses on how we interpret the Bible as Christian scripture, but I’m also interested in technology and ethics, and how we have invested hope in technology in different ways. I have done oridnation training up here, and am hoping to head that way next year.

Can you give us a bit of insight into what you will be offering in the session in December. Why 1 Corinthians 13:12? What might we learn from it? What can we do to prepare for the session – what can we be thinking about?

1 Corinthians 13.12 sort of sums up my whole area of research. I don’t think the problem of understanding the Bible is solved by better methods or academic study (though these can be valuable where possible) – it is really a human problem. This verse reminds us to be modest in what we can expect to achieve and understand now, and I’ll draw on other sections of 1 Corinthians to argue that it is not always the academics who are best able to explain a text. But 1 Corinthians 13.12 also reminds us that the promise of the gospel is not of perfect knowledge or understanding, but of seeing God face to face; it is the promise of a transformed relationship and I think it is this promise that underpins our reading of scripture in the present.

What is the best ‘good news story’ to come out of your journey as a disciple? What (Bible verse, or other) keeps you going when times are hard?

I’m passionate about political theology but I love Revelation 21 because it reminds me that I will not fix the world despite my best intentions. That restoration has been founded in Jesus and is a hope for the whole of creation, yet at the end there is also something tender and personal in these verses.

We’re working on the @bigbible project. How do you think the (stories in the) Bible can inform our discipleship, including online?

I’ve yet to learn exactly what changes online, but my experience has been that it takes time to make the most of it, and taking time seems to be an important part of Christian discipleship. The internet can seem like a hurried place to me, but then that might be just a feature of our world in general.

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