How to Think about Jesus

Venue: The Church of St John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX 77019 (view on map)

Jesus is one of the most intriguing, perplexing, appealing, troubling, controversial and influential figures in history. To Charles Swinburne, he was the ‘pale Galilean’ whose breath turned the world grey. To George Herbert, he was ‘my only music’.

We, all of us, need a deeper understanding of who he was, and there is no better guide than the historian and New Testament scholar, Professor N T Wright, who has spent a lifetime studying Jesus in his first century context, and has written books on Jesus’ prayer, his final meal, his death, his resurrection, on following Jesus, on the challenge of Jesus, and on each of the four accounts of Jesus’ life. He will give three talks: 

  • The Image in the Temple: from Cosmos to Christos 
  • Son of Man at the Right Hand: The Gospels as the Story of God Incarnate 
  • Jesus as Lord in Caesar’s world – Then and Now 

Alongside Professor Wright, we will hear from:

Dr Suse McBay, a pastor and an expert in the Judaism of Jesus’ day, on:

  • Beginning with Moses and all the prophets: Jesus as the fulfilment of the Old Testament
  • "He commands even the unclean spirits!" Jesus as Lord of the spiritual world

Revd Dr Michael Lloyd on:

  • A demonstration of the Messias: Jesus in the theology of Handel

Revd Dr Jonathan Brant on:

  • Reel Saviour: How to think about Jesus by reflecting on movies

Join us and the Friends of Wycliffe Hall in Houston as together, they help us understand and enjoy more fully the complexities and depths of Herbert’s ‘only music’.


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Friday, March 8

8am             Register and light breakfast
8:30am        Morning prayer
9am             Morning session
12noon       Lunch
1pm             Afternoon session
4pm             End

Saturday, March 9

8:30am        Light breakfast
9am             Morning session
12noon       Lunch
1pm             Afternoon session
4pm             End


NT Wright headshot

The Right Revd Prof N T Wright 

N T Wright is one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars and a world authority on the apostle Paul.  He is the author of over 80 academic and lay-level books.  N T Wright served as Bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010, when he became Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews.  He is now Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford.







Suse McBay

The Revd Dr Suse McBay

Suse McBay has a PhD in Second Temple Judaism, focusing on the Sibylline Oracles and the language of cosmic catastrophe and divine warrior myth in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. She has since written for the Journal for the Study of Judaism on differing Jewish perspectives on the Greek and Roman empires. Her research interests currently include the various uses of Stoic cosmological language in the first century and the portrayal of Zacchaeus in Luke 19.

She is now Tutor in Ministry and Biblical Studies at Wycliffe Hall after spending almost a decade in the USA, serving as curate and then associate rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. 



michael lloyd

The Revd Dr Michael Lloyd

Michael Lloyd is the Principal of Wycliffe Hall and was formerly the chaplain at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford and the Chaplain and Director of Studies in Theology at Christ’s College, Cambridge University. Dr Lloyd has taught theology and doctrine at the University of Oxford, Cambridge University and St Paul’s Theological Centre, London. He has published the popular introduction Café Theology and has co-written Image Bearers with Rachel Atkinson. He has a particular interest in the problem of evil - and an inexplicable love of cricket.






Jonathan Brant

The Revd Dr Jonathan Brant

Jonathan Brant has served in mission and ministry for over three decades – in the United States, Latin America and the United Kingdom. Since completing his doctorate at Trinity College (Oxford) in 2008, he has served as the Oxford Pastorate Chaplain with overall responsibility for leading a team serving the postgraduate and research community.

He is the Founding Director of the Oxford Character Project and has taught and conducted research as a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion since 2014. He is the author of many popular and academic books and articles and his research and teaching interests lie in the fields of systematic theology; theology of arts and culture; virtue ethics; and the theory and practice of contemporary mission.




Registration fees

Full delegate fee: US$150

The delegate fee includes admission to two days' teaching and lunch on both days.  It does not include accommodation, travel to/from Houston or other meals. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellations may be made by emailing us on until February 29, 2024.  Payment includes a non-refundable deposit of US$50. If cancellation is made before February 29, 2024, a refund of US$100 will be given.