Home

Dating the Fourth Gospel: An Interdisciplinary Approach

24 May 2022 | Peter S. Williams

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to dating the fourth gospel, this talk contends that arguments for a pre-70 AD dating based on archaeology and history relating to John 5:2 are unsound, covers recent moves to date the gospel manuscript fragment Papyrus 52 to the late second or third century AD, and investigates the authorship and compositional history of the last gospel.

Introduction to Biblical Discipleship

22 May 2022 | Jay Mosser

Sometimes people think about the Christian life in the same way they buy a car. What model do I like? What optional equipment best fits my lifestyle? Do I need a rugged vehicle or something that primarily looks good? The Bible calls every believer to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). We call that "discipleship," a Holy Spirit-driven and non-optional process that is the subject of both warm encouragement and strong warnings in the book of Hebrews, our text for this talk.

Preventing Spiritually Abusive Leadership, Investigating Claims, & Caring for Victims

21 May 2022 | John Stevens

In the past couple of years, the evangelical church has tragically been engulfed by a number of appalling leadership scandals. These have included Bill Hybels, Mark Driscoll and Ravi Zacharias in the USA, and John Smyth, Jonathan Fletcher and Steve Timmis in the UK. Some of these scandals have included physical and sexual abuse, whereas others have been concerned with the misuse of power and authority in leadership. More and more victims of such ‘spiritual abuse’ are coming forwards, and there is an urgent need to revaluate leadership models that might facilitate such abuse.

Resisting Spiritually Abusive Leadership: When Is Leadership Spiritually Abusive?

21 May 2022 | John Stevens

In the past couple of years, the evangelical church has tragically been engulfed by a number of appalling leadership scandals. These have included Bill Hybels, Mark Driscoll and Ravi Zacharias in the USA, and John Smyth, Jonathan Fletcher and Steve Timmis in the UK. Some of these scandals have included physical and sexual abuse, whereas others have been concerned with the misuse of power and authority in leadership. More and more victims of such ‘spiritual abuse’ are coming forwards, and there is an urgent need to revaluate leadership models that might facilitate such abuse.

Resisting Spiritually Abusive Leadership: What Is 'Spiritual Abuse'?

21 May 2022 | John Stevens

In the past couple of years, the evangelical church has tragically been engulfed by a number of appalling leadership scandals. These have included Bill Hybels, Mark Driscoll and Ravi Zacharias in the USA, and John Smyth, Jonathan Fletcher and Steve Timmis in the UK. Some of these scandals have included physical and sexual abuse, whereas others have been concerned with the misuse of power and authority in leadership. More and more victims of such ‘spiritual abuse’ are coming forwards, and there is an urgent need to revaluate leadership models that might facilitate such abuse.

Resisting Spiritually Abusive Leadership: What Should Christian Leadership Look Like?

21 May 2022 | John Stevens

In the past couple of years, the evangelical church has tragically been engulfed by a number of appalling leadership scandals. These have included Bill Hybels, Mark Driscoll and Ravi Zacharias in the USA, and John Smyth, Jonathan Fletcher and Steve Timmis in the UK. Some of these scandals have included physical and sexual abuse, whereas others have been concerned with the misuse of power and authority in leadership. More and more victims of such ‘spiritual abuse’ are coming forwards, and there is an urgent need to revaluate leadership models that might facilitate such abuse.

The Teenage Brain: The Physiological and Emotional World of an Adolescent

24 May 2022 | Kristy Williams

The teenager's brain has incredible potential, yet if youth and the adults that work with them do not understand this powerful organ, we may be missing out on opportunities to shepherd and mentor the next generation. This talk looks at a teenager's brain development and its neurological stages, hormonal levels, stress functions, substance and addiction issues, and several other topics that give insight into why teenagers act and feel the ways that they do. 

Sustainability as a Goal and Hallmark of Scientific Projects of Christians

24 May 2022 | Peter Imming

Scientific research is more and more supposed to serve one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, while not formulated under particularly Christian auspices, can be traced back to God's command that humans exert good stewardship of creation. Using examples from the speaker's own drug and bioeconomics related research and teaching, this talk shows how Christians can tailor their work so that it serves one or more SDGs, concomitantly staying true to the Lord's stipulations.

Persevering in Leadership

23 May 2022 | Marcus Honeysett

When we begin in leadership it is common to set off at a sprint, only to find later on that we are in a marathon. Lots of people start the race, but the Apostle Paul talks about finishing. Tragically many people who start off well in Christian leadership don't get to the finish line. In this talk, we consider some of the main factors that cause leaders to cease persevering. Thinking about healthy spiritual formation, we consider what spiritual habits, patterns, structures and support help us to enjoy God over the long haul and to avoid spiritual unhealthiness and, later on, burning out.

Jesus as Apologist

23 May 2022 | Stefan Gustavsson

Jesus was a preacher, healer…and an apologist! Based on an article written by the speaker, this talk explores the role of apologetics in Jesus’ ministry by examining John 5, a passage which provides an excellent example of how Jesus related to the questions and objections of his contemporaries. It concludes with a discussion of how Jesus’ model of apologetic engagement can and should mould and shape the modern apologetic task.