Peter S Williams
Questions Panel at Highfield Church

Questions Panel at Highfield Church

June 16, 2018

I participated in a questions panel on June 14th 2018 as part of Highfield Church's mission week.

The evening was introduced by Tim Billington. Our chair person was Elnor Spearing.

The pannelists were: Nick Pollard, Peter May, Peter S. Williams, David Torrance, Keith Fox and Trisha Williams.

European Leadership Forum 2018: ‘Defending an Early High Christology from Archaeology and New Testament Letters (with special reference to the Epistle of James)’

European Leadership Forum 2018: ‘Defending an Early High Christology from Archaeology and New Testament Letters (with special reference to the Epistle of James)’

May 28, 2018

My afternoon workshop at the European Leadership Forum 2018 on 'Defending an Early High Christology from Archaeology and New Testament Letters (with special reference to the Epistle of James).' The idea that Jesus was divine was not invented at the Council of Nicea in the fourth century (a claim one can disprove from archaeological finds alone), nor was it a second century idea that seeped into Christianity from pagan mythology. Rather, it was an idea that burst upon the first century religious landscape amongst the eyewitness generation of Jewish followers of Jesus, as shown by the multiple independent witness of the first century New Testament letters and the early sources they quote. I pay particular attention to the Epistle of James, arguing that a) it pre-dates the Jewish war and could be as early as c. 45 A.D, b) that whoever wrote it was a Jew writing to Jews, c) that it was probably written by James the (half) brother of Jesus - a man who'd formerly been sceptical about Jesus' claims, and that the best explanation of this data given Jesus' embarrassing crucifixion is that Jesus himself laid claim to divinity and rose from the dead in evidence of this claim.

Sermon: Acts 8:26-40 ‘Philip and the African Eunuch’

Sermon: Acts 8:26-40 ‘Philip and the African Eunuch’

April 10, 2018

Sermon from the 11 am service at Highfield Church Southampton, 8th April 2018.

Jesus the prophesied prophet

Jesus the prophesied prophet

March 26, 2018

Talk from the Reality 3:16 weekend in Northern Ireland, 17th March 2018.

Archaeological Evidence for New Testament Places, People and Beliefs

Archaeological Evidence for New Testament Places, People and Beliefs

March 26, 2018

Talk with Q&A from the Reality 3:16 residential weekend in Northern Ireland, 17th March 2018.

Understanding the Cultures of Atheism

Understanding the Cultures of Atheism

March 26, 2018

Talk with Q&A from the Reality 3:16 residential weekend in Northern Ireland, 16th March 2018.

Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer at Portrush Presbyterian Church

Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer at Portrush Presbyterian Church

March 25, 2018

Sermon on the Lord's Prayer in Matthew's Gospel delivered at Portrush Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland (http://www.portrushpresbyterian.org), 18th March 2018.

Debate: Does God Exist? Peter S. Williams vs. Einar Bohn at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim

Debate: Does God Exist? Peter S. Williams vs. Einar Bohn at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim

March 14, 2018

A debate on the existence of God between myself and Norwegian philosopher Dr Einar Duenger Bohn from the University of Agder, held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, 7th March 2018.

‘Evidence from Archaeology for New Testament Places, People and Beliefs’ at Trondheim University

‘Evidence from Archaeology for New Testament Places, People and Beliefs’ at Trondheim University

March 12, 2018

Talk with Q&A from Trondheim Universtiy's 'Skeptics Week', 8th March 2018.

‘Problems with the Problem of Evil’ at Trondheim University

‘Problems with the Problem of Evil’ at Trondheim University

March 12, 2018

Talk with Q&A at Trondheim University's 'Skeptics Week', 7th March 2018.

‘Why Richard Dawkins is Wrong About The God Delusion’ at Trondheim University

‘Why Richard Dawkins is Wrong About The God Delusion’ at Trondheim University

March 12, 2018

Talk with Q&A at Trondheim University's 'Skeptics Week', 6th March 2018.

‘Apologetics in 3D’ - ‘Input’ at Trondheim Frikirke

‘Apologetics in 3D’ - ‘Input’ at Trondheim Frikirke

March 12, 2018

Talk on the what, why and how of apologetics at the 'Input' student meeting (https://input-trh.no/2018/03/01/input-7-3-apologetikk/) at Trondheim Frikirke (Free Church) - https://www.facebook.com/trondheimfrikirke/, 6th March 2018.

Sermon: Acts 4:1-22

Sermon: Acts 4:1-22

February 4, 2018

Sermon from the 8am communion service at Highfield Church Southampton, 4th February 2018.

Who was the historical Jesus? Seminar on ‘Understanding Jesus: Five Ways to Spiritual Enlightenment’ (Paternoster, 2011)

Who was the historical Jesus? Seminar on ‘Understanding Jesus: Five Ways to Spiritual Enlightenment’ (Paternoster, 2011)

January 13, 2018

Seminar on the historical Jesus based on my book Understanding Jesus (Paternoster, 2011), with Bjorn Hinderaker (opening comments) and student Lars Magnus, from Gimlekollen, NLA University College, Norway, January 4th 2018.

Preaching Acts 7:54-8:8

Preaching Acts 7:54-8:8

January 12, 2018

Second of two teaching sessions on the book of Acts, from Gimlekollen, NLA University College, Norway, 4th January 2018.

Preaching Acts 1:1-11

Preaching Acts 1:1-11

January 11, 2018

First of two teaching sessions on the book of Acts from Gimlekollen, NLA University College, Norway, January 4th 2018.

Christian Identity

Christian Identity

January 10, 2018

An exploration of Christian identity 'in Christ'. Teaching session at Gimlekollen, NLA University College, Norway, 5th January 2018.

John Rutter, ‘What sweeter music’

John Rutter, ‘What sweeter music’

November 6, 2017

A better recording of John Rutter's 'What sweeter music', as sung by Southampton University Chamber Choir and additional volunteers at the 'Desert Island Discs with Paul Mealor' event at Highfield Church Southampton, 29th October 2017. The choir was conducted by George Richford and the organ was played by Merrielle Billington.

Orlando Gibbons: ‘See, see the word incarnate’

Orlando Gibbons: ‘See, see the word incarnate’

November 6, 2017

A better recording of Orlando Gibbons' 'See, see the word incarnate', as sung by Southampton University Chamber Choir and additional volunteers at the 'Desert Island Discs with Paul Mealor' event at Highfield Church, Sunday 29th October 2017. The choir was conducted by George Richford and the organ was played by Merrielle Billington.

‘Desert Island Discs’ event with composer Paul Mealor

‘Desert Island Discs’ event with composer Paul Mealor

November 5, 2017

My 'Desert Island Discs' style interview with Christian composer Paul Mealor, which took place at Highfield Church Southampton on the evening of Sunday Ocober 29th 2017.

This recording includes two pieces of music (by Orlando Gibbons and John Rutter) sung by Southampton University Chamber Choir and volunteers from Highfield Church and the local community. Apologies for some distortion on these recordings, made with my mp3 recorder. The other musical extracts played from youtube clips during the evening have been edited out for copyright reasons. Here's a list of all the music played during the interview: 

Where ever I am (Militrary Wives Choir, composed by Paul Mealor) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hR6O7VxKaQ) 

Paul Mealor: Love’s as Warm as Tears (https://youtu.be/MvGNx5Vl9DE)

Art Garfunkel: Bright Eyes (https://youtu.be/cGyQmH9NZcw)

Orlando Gibbons: See, See, the Word is Incarnate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa9fFWMFJw0)

Score: http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/a/ac/Gibbons_See_See_The_Word.pdf  

John Rutter: What Sweeter Music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sCxg8iqsQY)

Score: http://www.liencadoan.org/Hop_Lien_Ca_Doan_2006/Songs_TKBL_IV/WhatSweeterMusic.vocal.1.pdf

William Mathias: Let the People Praise Thee, O God (https://youtu.be/-BFYDL-Ekkg)

Frederic Chopin: Nocturne in C# Minor (https://youtu.be/OvoObzPGXZ0)

Score: http://www.freesheetmusic.net/chopin/Nocturne,%20Op%20ph.pdf

Paul Mealor: Ubi caritas (https://youtu.be/KQE4ryqdvMg)