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ALL 10 TALKS
TALK 1: WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD WE DO WITH ISAIAH?
TALK 2: LIVING WITH ANXIETY
TALK 3: REST AND SLEEP
TALK 4: TRAVELLING SAINTS
TALK 5: IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?
TALK 6: ARE THE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS FOR CHRISTIANS?
TALK 7: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A BIBLICAL AND PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE
TALK 8: HOW FAR IS TOO FAR IN A HOSTILE WORLD?
TALK 9: IS GOD INTERESTED IN OUR DAILY WORK?
TALK 10: CHRISTIAN PARENTING
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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 14 February to 23 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.
1. WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD WE DO WITH ISAIAH?
It’s long, majestic, vivid, complex, and a favourite for many New Testament writers to quote. Yet we often find Isaiah difficult to understand. How can we make the best use of Isaiah? Kirk teaches Old Testament at SMBC and has written a commentary on Isaiah. He will unwrap the book’s big themes of danger, trust, transformation, judgement, and surprising grace – and its riches, importance and significance for us as God’s people.
2. LIVING WITH ANXIETY
There seems to be an anxiety epidemic in 21st century Australia. Why? Sue is a clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist with extensive experience helping people with anxiety. She will explore the symptoms, sources and spectrum of anxiety, and how it relates to, but differs from, depression and grief. Sue will help us understand what anxiety sufferers are experiencing; and for those who experience it, to learn not to listen to the voice of fear.
3. REST AND SLEEP
Life can be wearisome. What is sleep, and what is rest, according to the Bible? Mark, who lectures in Biblical and Integrative Studies at Excelsia College, will unpack Scripture’s foundational theological ideas about rest in the present, in the future, and some redemptive implications of the question. He will help equip us to critique biblically our own assumptions and practices as incessantly busy (and perhaps rest-deprived) Christians in a restless culture.
4. TRAVELLING SAINTS
Is our quest for travel harmful or helpful for Christian life? Does the Bible guide us about whether Christians should travel? Stephen – an author, pastor, traveller and SMBC visiting lecturer – helps us think wisely and biblically about the what, why and how of overseas travel for Christians. What does it mean to travel the world as 'citizens of heaven' (Phil 3:20)? Practical advice about how to plan ahead to make our time overseas a benefit, not a peril, for our spiritual life.
5. IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?
In many ways, Pope Francis appears as a reformer: a breath of fresh air in the Roman Catholic Church. He engages intentionally with the world and its leaders. He has said Protestants and Catholics “agree on the doctrine of justification” and that on this point, Martin Luther “did not err.” Is the Reformation having an impact on the Catholic Church? Rachel, an SMBC church history lecturer, will consider this possibility.
6. ARE THE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS FOR CHRISTIANS?
If the Law was for the old covenant people of God, how are Christians to relate to it as we live by grace and the gospel? Jesus seemed to set the Law aside; yet he was also very positive about it. Is it still relevant, and are we required to keep the Ten Commandments? Or even the whole Old Testament law? We’re not saved by keeping it – but is it still important? We will explore these questions with Kit Barker, who teaches Old Testament at SMBC.
7. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A BIBLICAL AND PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE
In Ephesians, Paul told married women to ‘submit’ to their husbands. Psychologists, counsellors and others criticise this, seeing it as an excuse for perpetrating domestic violence, and for victims to patiently endure that. Sandy, who pastors in Wollongong, will explore this biblically and pastorally, suggesting appropriate ways for Christians and church leaders to think and behave, and to identify and help abuse victims.
8. HOW FAR IS TOO FAR IN A HOSTILE WORLD?
When it comes to the gospel and conversion to Christ, how should a new believer in a religiously hostile culture live and worship? What does becoming all things to all people (1 Corinthians 9) look like for both missionaries and new believers in contexts like this? Contextualisation versus syncretism. Derek, who works cross-culturally overseas, is living and researching ‘insider movements’ from biblical foundations and a practical life perspective.
9. IS GOD INTERESTED IN OUR DAILY WORK?
Most of us spend 95% of our waking hours outside church. We work to support ourselves and others; we study; we do chores around our homes; we care for parents, children and others. How does God regard all that busy worldly activity? Do the ‘spiritual’ things please him more? Kara mentors, lectures at Mary Andrews College, and wrote a recently shortlisted book, Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God.
10. CHRISTIAN PARENTING
Harriet, a mother, has recently published a biblical theology of parenting, Big Picture Parents, which was shortlisted for the Australian Christian Book of the Year. She will challenge us to sort carefully through the clamorous voices of our surrounding culture, including its assumptions about the necessity of happiness and perfection, as she unearths what the whole Bible has to teach us about wise Christian parenting.
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. (Street parking map)
NOTE: Following on after the Hot Topics series on Wednesday evenings will be a series of three sample SMBC lectures. More info available soon.