Dismissed and ridiculed by the establishment, Jeremiah is often perceived as the pessimist who in reality was a realist. His persistence in delivering his unwelcome message is remarkable. He simply would not quit. His words, while generally unfamiliar to our modern ears, were heard by Jesus and Paul, and shaped their teaching and their lives. We will consider how this prophet’s words should still shape us today—and get a taste of what this book is all about. Maybe you might even be encouraged to read it or preach it yourself?
Ben works for St David’s Church, Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, as a pioneer minister, overseeing a new congregation aiming to reach those not used to attending church. He is also studying part-time for a PhD in Old Testament, exploring the themes of pride and kingship in 1&2 Samuel. He grew up in Surrey, and studied at Cambridge University. After leaving college, he worked in a couple of churches in Cambridge before going to Oak Hill where he spent four years studying theology. He is married to Suzy, and they have three children, Molly, Dylan and Finlay. Ben loves sport, films, his family, and playing the drums (not very well).