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Historicity of the Exile in Babylon

22 May 2020 | Peter S. Williams

Are the historical narratives of the Old Testament a bunch of myths and legends concocted by Jews writing during the Babylonian exile? What is the evidence for the historicity of history according to the Old Testament? This talk explores the historicity of the fall of Jerusalem and the subsequent Jewish exile in Babylon, especially as related in the book of Daniel, as well as the prophesied return from exile.

Grow - Sound (Doctrine)

26 May 2020 | Philip Moore

Think of growing a church to maturity and you might easily think of numbers, programs and methodologies. A growing, healthy church needs to be ‘sound’. It needs robust doctrine. In this session we will consider a number of different confessions of faith and then explore why, where and how the presence of doctrine in a healthy church is essential.

Enlightened Evangelicals: The Subversive Architects of Freedom of Religion

24 May 2020 | Andrew Bunnell

Two hundred years ago, powerful Enlightenment-influenced politicians joined forces with Evangelical preachers around a unique sort of providentialism. Their political movement won an exceptional version of both religious and civil liberty. The instrumental role of Evangelicals in this struggle has urgent relevance for the contemporary world and Gospel proclamation, but sadly, it has been isolated, forgotten, or misunderstood by people on all sides of the theological/political spectrum.

Ministry and Mission in a Media World

27 May 2020 | Tony Watkins

Media technologies and media communication are transforming western culture, and the rate of change continues to be dizzying. They pervade every aspect of life; the world has become ‘mediatized’. This presents huge challenges and opportunities for both discipling Christians and for reaching those who are not Christians. How can we navigate the many diverse perspectives demanding our attention within both mainstream and social media, and stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ?

The Pain of Others, and Your Own: Facing Trauma in Ministry

24 May 2020 | Michael Longinow

Research in neuro-psychology and physical medicine tells us that traumatic events cause changes to our brain and to our body; they also affect our soul. Yet too many whose ministries deal with suffering, traumatic injury, or death neglect their own mental, physical, and spiritual health. They bear the burden of things that can wear them down. In this session we will explore some of the research on trauma, its effects on responders, and the scriptural approaches to helping ourselves as healers who seek to sustain their hands of help over the long term.

The Role of Social Media in Influencing Policy and Culture

25 May 2020 | Veronika Šumová

We live in an era where digital communication has a huge role in shaping policy and culture. In this session we will explore the significant influence of social media in these areas, while also analysing the connection between social media and religious freedom. What are the challenges that Christians face in terms of digital communications? What are the opportunities that they have in using social media? The aim of this session is to provide answers to these questions and to stir reflection and good conversations.

A House Divided: The Old Testament Era of the Divided Kingdom

22 May 2020 | Peter S. Williams

Are the historical narratives of the Old Testament a bunch of myths and legends concocted by Jews writing during the Babylonian exile? What is the evidence for the historicity of history according to the Old Testament? This seminar will focus on presenting the internal and external evidence as it relates to the sweep of biblical history. This talk looks at some fascinating events from the Old Testament era of the divided kingdom focusing on the black obelisk of Shalmaneser III, Sennacherib’s invasion and more.

The Hidden Church Workforce: Women Teaching the Bible with Reverence and Skill

24 May 2020 | Ann Blaser

There has always been controversy around the issue of the role of women in the church. But there is little disagreement among Christians that women can and should teach other women that the Bible is for them, and that they too can love God with their mind. So how might the body of Christ properly value, cultivate, and benefit from the gifting of women teachers?

 

Making Disciples in the Way of Jesus

27 May 2020 | Rick Hill

There are so many perspectives today on how to make disciples, we run the danger of believing that the Great Commission can be accomplished through programmes, courses, and resources alone. How can we learn from Jesus’ method of making disciples? This talk will consider some passages from the gospels and draw key principles from them that are crucial to help us make disciples in the way of Jesus. It aims to drive at the heart and life of the disciple-maker.