John Launchbury

John is speaking on the subject “Writing the New Testament: regaining a sense of immediacy of the events that provoked the writing of the New Testament.”

In defence of Paul. Acts finishes at an intriguing point in time. Paul is under arrest awaiting a trial for his life. Luke (the author of Acts) leaves us wondering what happened next. What did happen next? And why ever did Luke stop his account here?

Crisis. The fledgling early church nearly tore itself apart because of deeply held but different understandings by liberal and conservative sub-communities. Handling this provoked Paul not only to write Galatians, but provides us with useful insights into how to handle corresponding issues today.

First witness. Personal witness to the life, work, and resurrection of Jesus was considered vital in the early church. Much of the New Testament was provoked by the value given to personal testimony.

The view from heaven. The Revelation visions provide an interesting perspective on issues facing the first century church. Their language and assurances are picked up and reflected by a number of the authors.


John will be known to many for his Christadelphian writing “Change us not God: Biblical Meditations on the Death of Jesus”.

John and Rachel married in Oxford 35 years ago. After their children, Zoe and Nathan, were born in Scotland, they all moved to Portland, Oregon, where they have lived for 25 years. John is a mathematician turned computer scientist, and Rachel is a social worker specializing in addiction and mental health. Oregon is an incredibly beautiful part of the world, and the Portland ecclesia is thoughtful and dynamic, with continued emphasis on personal spiritual development.