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How Does the Gospel Address the Problem of Racism?

23 Apr 2022 | John Stevens

In the final talk, we move to construct a biblical response to the issue of racism in our society and our churches. Whatever our view about the validity or otherwise of CRT, the gospel ought to produce radical racial reconciliation. We consider how this should be modelled and reflected in our lives, churches, and ministries. This is the final part of a 5-part series on Evangelical Responses to Critical Race Theory.

Is Critical Race Theory a False Gospel?

23 Apr 2022 | John Stevens

In this talk, John Stevens provides a biblical critique of CRT. Some evangelicals have dismissed CRT, and wider social justice ideology, as a false gospel that imperils the church and society. Others have argued that it sheds light on the reality of sin in our fallen world. We examine the arguments and assess their validity. This is part 4 of a 5-part series on Evangelical Responses to Critical Race Theory.

What Does It Mean to be an An Anti-Racist?

23 Apr 2022 | John Stevens

This talk examines the way in which CRT seeks to address racism in contemporary society. It considers what CRT theorists regard as necessary to be an ‘anti-racist’ and also the political objectives of the BLM movement. We also introduce some of the secular critiques of CRT. This is part 3 of a 5-part series on Evangelical Responses to Critical Race Theory.

What is Critical Race Theory? Evangelical Responses to Critical Race Theory

23 Apr 2022 | John Stevens

In recent years the Black Lives Matter movement has reignited the debate about racism in contemporary society, highlighting racial disparities and appalling abuses of power that have been directed at the black community. It has brought Critical Race Theory, which asserts that Western societies are institutionally racist by their very nature, to greater public and evangelical attention. Concepts such as ‘white privilege,’ ‘micro-aggressions,’ and ‘intersectionality’ dominate the discourse, and anti-racism training has become mainstream in many institutions.

What is Racism?

23 Apr 2022 | John Stevens

This talk considers and critiques the way in which CRT defines racism. CRT advances a very different understanding of what racism is than more traditional conceptualisations, highlighting its systemic or institutional nature. This understanding of racism underlies fundamental concepts such as ‘white privilege’ and determines the way in which CRT seeks to counter racism. This is part 2 of a 5-part series on Evangelical Responses to Critical Race Theory.

New Directions in the Ecumenical Movement: Critically Evaluating Challenges for Christian Unity

18 May 2021 | Leonardo De Chirico

The Ecumenical Movement (comprising the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church) is a significant player advocating for Christian unity. After working hard to find a sufficient doctrinal ground, in recent years the EM has majored on “spiritual ecumenism” (e.g. common prayer, local fellowship) and more recently on initiatives like the Global Christian Forum and “Season of Creation”. This talk critically assesses the theological basis for “spiritual ecumenism” and approaches issues like: What is at stake when we pray publicly in an ecumenical setting?

Promoting Spiritual Development in Adulthood

19 May 2021 | Eric Johnson

Where are the wise, loving Christian sages in the church today? Over the centuries the Christian community has developed a number of models of spiritual development in adulthood. We take a constructively critical look at some of the most important and consider how spiritual maturity can be promoted in the local church. 

Transforming Your Leadership: Know Who You Are and What You Were Made For

14 May 2021 | Dave Patty

Increasing your personal leadership capacity is one of the most effective ways to broaden your ministry impact. But how does that actually happen? What are the key skills you need to sharpen and the leadership principles you need to grasp to raise your leadership ceiling? Transforming leadership begins by understanding how God has uniquely created you as a leader, and what he has created you for. Every leader is different, and the strength of your leadership will flow out of the unique way God has created you. How can you lead out of how you are particularly made?