It was a real delight for Oak Hill to host Professor Jamie Smith recently. In what was a packed week, the Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, addressed parliamentarians in the House of Lords, spoke at two events in Oxford, as well as three events at Oak Hill, including a morning with over 100 leaders and influencers on the contents of his new book, Awaiting the King.
Not only is Jamie a gifted scholar and engaging communicator, but he modelled something quite rare: someone who is keen to understand his audience and context; someone who speaks to the brief he has been given; and someone who speaks to time!
While at Oak Hill, Jamie covered a number of topics concerning his cultural liturgies projects, issues to do with biblical interpretation and hermeneutics, as well as the area of Reformed public theology.
Those who attended these events were stimulated and stirred up not only with Jamie’s presentations, but with some very helpful question and answer sessions. What was encouraging was hearing animated conversations regarding Jamie’s presentations spilling out over coffee, lunch and dinner, as well as continuing in the faculty common room days later. The topics Jamie covered are vital ones we as evangelicals in the UK need to be discussing more and more in our particular cultural moment. Thanks, Jamie, for serving us.