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My name is Alex Muir and I consider myself most fulfilled when managing a healthy combination of: orare, laborare, currere (praying/worshipping, working/studying, running). This blog is a devotional outlet which often brings together all three. I am a Christian who remains enthusiastic about the Church. I come from a broadly Anglican evangelical-charismatic tradition, but I seek to understand people from different ecclesial and theological perspectives.
After undergraduate studies in Classics and French at Oxford, I served as a ministry apprentice for two years at my home church, St Nic’s Newbury, before embarking on postgraduate study in theology at the University of Edinburgh. Initially, I studied for an MTh in Biblical Studies, and I was so enthralled by the discipline that I went on to do a PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins. My recently completed thesis is entitled: ‘Paul and Seneca on Consolation: A Comparative Study’. Two short sections of this thesis have been published as an article in a world-leading New Testament journal (Novum Testamentum) and I hope to publish a version of the whole thesis in an academic monograph series soon.
I enjoy teaching and tutoring. I have done both in a variety of settings: as an English language assistant in France; a teacher of Maths in an international school and one-to-one Maths tutor; and most recently, a tutor on some undergraduate courses at New College. I am committed to bridging the gap between academy and church: I have been involved in different ministry areas and some lay theology initiatives, most recently at Ps & Gs Church in Edinburgh.
I am also a keen distance runner and have done this for many years now. I have competed at most distances up to half-marathon. The mud of the cross-country is where I feel most at home though. I have represented Newbury AC, Oxford University, Berkshire, Edinburgh University, and Scottish Unis. My persistence and longevity within the sport is perhaps best reflected by my ‘Blues’ both for Oxford (2011/12) and Edinburgh (2019/20). I also enjoy other sports (especially: football, darts, snooker) and have an eclectic taste in music, which often features in this blog.