Ethics and Contemporary Issues (PE211i/301i)
The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ (TH402i/602i)
Christian Mentoring (PC720i)
All your part-time study needs under one roof in one evening!
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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 6 February to 15 May. These talks are ideal for those who want their hearts and minds challenged.
All 10 talks can be audited (listen and learn, but with no assessment) for $90 or studied with assessment for $385 for credit (24hrs credit) toward the SMBC Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS).
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. THE BIBLE AND THE UNDERWORLD
Do we Westerners scoff at ghosts, demons, the occult, evil spirits and the devil? Have these things become just an imaginary part of tantalizing modern entertainment, or are they real, and deserve to be taken seriously? Peter is a New Testament scholar who will take us through the Bible to show how Jesus came to expose the spiritual ‘underworld’, to deal with it decisively, and liberate us from it.
2. THE CHRISTIAN SPORTING LIFE?
Sport is a dominant cultural force in Australian life – but for good, or for evil? What does God think of sport? What have Christians thought of it? And how should we think about sport now? Can it be a plus, not a minus, for God’s kingdom? Stephen, a pastor, author and visiting SMBC lecturer, considers the theology, history and modern day practicalities and opportunities of Christianity and sport.
3. CULTURAL MARXISM: IMAGINARY CONSPIRACY OR GENUINE THREAT?
Various recent developments in the West (e.g., postmodernism, political correctness, victimhood culture and the erosion of various freedoms) have been spoken of as manifestations of a larger political and ideological development: Cultural (or neo-)Marxism. With a Christian worldview perspective and careful attention to history, Rob Smith will endeavour to sort fact from fiction to help us respond faithfully to the challenges of our rapidly changing world.
4. LISTENING BETTER TO INDIGENOUS CHRISTIANS
What do non-indigenous people have to learn about the story of Christianity amongst Indigenous Australians? How can we learn better? Are there some distinctively Christian solutions to “tone-deafness” around Indigenous issues? Meredith is an Honorary Associate of the Department of History, Sydney University, and author of the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year, The Bible in Australia: a Cultural History.
5. ANXIOUS CHRISTIANS
What is anxiety? Why is it growing in society, including amongst Christians? Ivette, a Christian psychologist, will explore what factors lie at the core of this apparent epidemic. She will help us understand what God has to say about it in the Bible, and how we might best view anxiety in this framework. As a Christian, how do I make sense of my (and others’) experience of anxiety? Can I overcome it?
6. THE MIDDLE EAST: WHAT IS GOD DOING THERE?
Elizabeth is a global religious liberty analyst and advocate, and author of After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. She will give us an up to date Christian picture of what is happening in the ME region, what's going on with persecution of Christians there, and exciting details about how God and his gospel are alive and well and at work in that area.
7. MONEY MATTERS
Money matters – if you have it or you don’t, what you do with it, and how you feel about it. It can silently divide us from each other and from God. David has helped manage money for banks with billions and for students with hundreds. He will help us think through what the Bible says, and how Christians can avoid unnecessary debt, save wisely, and give generously as we navigate a money-obsessed world.
8. THE STORIES WE LIVE BY
We’re used to reading stories in books, but what about the cultural stories we inhabit, that shape who we are and how we live? We’ll explore cultural literacy – understanding and critiquing pervasive values, attitudes, and beliefs – and why it’s so necessary for productive conversations about faith in an increasingly post-Christian world. Justine is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity.
9. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AUSTRALIA
Freedom of believers to live out our commitment and faith is being threatened in Australian society. The rise of ‘identity politics’ and a lack of ‘viewpoint diversity’ bring challenges to Christians speaking about faith. Neil is Associate Professor in Newcastle University’s Law School. He will outline both biblical and legal frameworks for religious freedom: what Australian law says, the Ruddock Review, and how Christians might usefully understand this.
10. THE PROBLEM WITH SINGLENESS
Why is there a significantly higher proportion of married people in our churches than in our population? Why are singles under-represented (by almost 50%) in churches? They often report feeling under-loved or even invisible in their church families. Dani Treweek draws upon her PhD research to consider how we as Christians might rediscover a faithful, biblical and pastoral understanding of the place and purpose of singleness in Christian life.
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 have registered for - you may swap for another Hot Topic - please contact us.
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)