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Hot Topics

Hot Topics

WHAT: Hot Topics Series 10. Come to one, some, or all 10 talks!
WHEN: 7–9pm Wednesdays 8 February to 17 May (following Semester 1 academic calendar)
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon
WHO: Ideal for all those who want their hearts and minds challenged
COST: $10 (if booked and paid for before 2pm on the day), or $15 at door

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SMBC Hot Topics is a series of 10 talks held on Wednesday evenings at 7pm(sharp)–9pm. They are open to the public and run from Wednesday 8 February to 17 May. These talks are ideal for those who want their hearts and minds challenged.

The 10 talks can be audited (listen and learn, but with no assessment) for $90 or studied with assessment for $375 for credit (24hrs credit) toward the SMBC Introductory Certificate.

Alternatively, you can select to attend individual talks for $10 per person per talk if registration and payment are completed by no later than 2pm on the day of the Hot Topic attending. Note: after 2pm  the cost is $15 per person which is payable at the door at 6.45pm.


8 February
1. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TRUST GOD?

VANESSA HALL
Trust is a missing or damaged element in many human relationships, for Christians and unbelievers alike. Most seriously, our difficulty trusting God, or fully understanding what trust is, impacts our confidence and reliance on him, and his provision for us. Vanessa Hall heads Entente, an international movement teaching the importance and the practice of trust, grounded in the Bible.  

15 February
2. HAS CHRISTIANITY DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

DR JOHN DICKSON
There is a fast-growing belief that the world would be better off without religion – especially Christianity. The church is increasingly regarded as a burden, a spoiler, and even a poisonous influence on society. John will analyse the ‘mixed bag’ of Christian history and practice, realistically evaluating both its dark side and its contribution to civilisation.

22 February
3. ONE TRUTH, MANY VOICES: WHICH IS THE BEST BIBLE FOR ME TO USE?

DR MALCOLM GILL
In English alone, there’s a bewildering variety of Bible versions; and they keep coming. Why do we have so many? Should we all use the same one? Malcolm, who teaches preaching, New Testament and Greek at SMBC, will help us understand the diversity, and suggest which might be the most helpful translations for us to use. 

1 March
4. SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

KIM HAWTREY
What is ‘free speech’? Is it endangered? Ordinary Christians are increasingly paying a price (whether mockery, persecution at work or accusations of arrogant bigotry) for simply articulating Christian views. Kim, an author and speaker based in Sydney, will weigh up our call to faithfully proclaim the word, and the sensitivity required as we relate to outsiders in a world desiring to gag the gospel.  

15 March
5. OUR THREE-IN-ONE GOD: HOW THE TRINITY IMPACTS OUR LIVES

ROB SMITH
From what God has spoken in Scripture, we understand the truth he has revealed: that he is three persons in one. But what practical difference does that make to the way we think about God, how we relate to him, how we pray and how we live as his people under his lordship? Rob teaches theology and ethics at SMBC.

22 March
6. CONFRONTING PERSECUTION

ELIZABETH KENDALL
Across the globe, persecution of Christians and churches abounds, and is growing rapidly. It shouldn’t surprise us: Jesus warned his disciples to expect it. Elizabeth is an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, author, and research fellow at the Melbourne School of Theology's Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam. She will suggest biblical foundations for understanding and responding faithfully to this scourge. 

29 March
7. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE? MARRIAGE EQUALITY?

MICHAEL STEAD
Many people sincerely believe that marriage is ripe for redefinition. Is this a question of rights and equality, or something else? Does God’s word speak clearly about marriage? Can it legitimately make sense of the current debate and suggest how to respond wisely? Michael is the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, and has spoken and written thoughtfully on this contentious issue. 

26 April
8. IS 'MINDFULNESS' CHRISTIAN?

IVETTE MOUTZOURIS
Ivette, a Christian clinical psychologist and counsellor, will consider the popular therapeutic technique of mindfulness, and assess whether it is biblically responsible and useful. Is it compatible with a Christian world view, or is it a dangerous practice? She will also briefly evaluate hypnosis and recovered-memory therapy techniques from a Christian perspective.   

3 May
9. DO WE NEED A RIGHT TO DIE?

DR MEGAN BEST
Megan is a bioethicist and a palliative care doctor, often taking part in public discussion on beginning and end of life questions. With recent events in Europe, Australia and elsewhere, opinion on legalising euthanasia is shifting rapidly. Megan brings the Bible and evangelical theology to bear in helping Christians understand this urgent and practical area.  

17 May
10. WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT THE REFORMATION?

STUART COULTON
The day before All Saints Day 1517, Martin Luther posted a document on a German church’s wall. That’s a long time ago: 500 years, in fact. Surely it’s time to give the Reformation a break and get on with more modern Christian concerns. How can what took place so long ago better help us understand the authority of the Bible and the centrality of grace? Stuart is Principal at SMBC. 


1. Please arrive in time for a 7pm sharp start to the talk.
2. In the event you or any member of your group is unable to attend a particular night - you may swap for another Hot Topic.
3. Refunds for Hot Topics are not possible after 2pm on the day of your Hot Topic.

Parking note: for the benefit of our neighbours, please avoid parking in Badminton Road or near the corner of Beaufort and Arthur Street, thank you.


NOTE: Following on after the Hot Topics series on Wednesday evenings will be a series of three sample SMBC lectures. Find out more about these free 'Dipping In' lectures here


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