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Wednesday Evening Talks till 20 May
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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 5 February to 20 May. These talks are ideal for those who want their hearts and minds challenged biblically.
All 10 talks can be audited (listen and learn, but with no assessment) for $90 or studied with assessment for $395 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 (Visa/Mastercard) at 6.45pm.
Register for individual talks:
1. 5 February: Sharing God's Love? Medicine and the 'Social Gospel' - Andrew Browning
2. 12 February: Reclaiming Marriage: Risky Renegade Reformers - Rachel Ciano
3. 19 February: Sharing Truth in a Post-Truth World - Richard Shumack
4. 26 February: Meteorology and Theology: Climate Change and the Bible - Roger Lewis
5. 11 March: Social Media, Ourselves and Our Children - Myles Carrick
6. 18 March: What Happened When Jesus Died? Natural Disasters and the Crucifixion - Daryn Graham
7. 25 March: The Violence of God in the Old Testament - Kit Barker
8. 29 April: From the Word to Our World: Life-Transforming Application - Derek Brotherson
9. 13 May: Pastorally Caring for People with Gender Confusion - Rob & Claire Smith
10. 20 May: Understanding Grief and Loss Through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection - Colleen Hirst
OR call 02 9747 4780 during office hours to register
To register for all 10 Talks (for credit towards ICCS - $395) please contact our registrars here
1. SHARING GOD'S LOVE? MEDICINE AND THE 'SOCIAL GOSPEL'
5 FEBRUARY - ANDREW BROWNING
How do we share God’s love in a suffering world? Is there hope amidst suffering? Is there a difference between sharing the good news and doing good works? Dr Andrew Browning has worked as a missionary doctor in some of the poorest areas of the world – especially Africa – in areas of war, famine, ebola, poverty and HIV. He will help us reflect on Christians caring for people: balancing their immediate physical needs without losing the eternal perspective.
2. RECLAIMING MARRIAGE: RISKY RENEGADE REFORMERS
12 FEBRUARY - RACHEL CIANO
Marriage of church leaders is commonplace today, but for the Reformers it was a renegade decision. They reclaimed marriage after centuries of enforced clerical celibacy. Those who chose to marry faced risk and ridicule; even Martin Luther’s best friend held deep concerns about the wisdom of Luther marrying, and did not attend the wedding. Rachel, a church history lecturer at SMBC, will explore why the Reformers were reclaiming much more than marriage itself.
3. SHARING TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD
19 FEBRUARY - RICHARD SHUMACK
Increasingly, Australia is a culture where the important truths in people’s lives are recognised by what we prefer or feel, rather than by how things objectively are. Christians, however, follow a Lord who declares he is the Truth and who speaks powerfully inconvenient truths to us that radically challenge our preferences. Richard, visiting missions and critical thinking lecturer at SMBC, helps us negotiate these shifting cultural sands so we can speak Jesus’ truth with wisdom and confidence.
4. METEOROLOGY AND THEOLOGY: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE BIBLE
26 FEBRUARY - ROGER LEWIS
Global warming is a hot topic. Scientific consensus for climate change is strong but skepticism and denial persist, including among Christians. What, if anything, does the Bible say about these things? How should we understand stewardship of the earth (in Genesis) in light of Revelation’s vision of the new heavens and new earth? Prof Roger Lewis, a physicist at the University of Wollongong and Chair of the Australian College of Theology, will examine the scientific and biblical data.
5. SOCIAL MEDIA, OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN
11 MARCH - MYLES CARRICK
Is technology rapidly becoming our tyrant and master? Myles Carrick is an educational technology leader, with experience in schools and the corporate world. He will explore the ways we manage our digital lives: distraction and focus, social media and privacy. Myles will provide insights into how Christians can withstand the pressure, navigate the complex choices and build positive technology habits for our families, schools, workplaces and personal lives.
6. WHAT HAPPENED WHEN JESUS DIED? NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE CRUCIFIXION
18 MARCH - DARYN GRAHAM
The crucifixion of Jesus was accompanied by extreme phenomena including an earthquake, darkness, the breaking open of tombs and the tearing of the curtain of the Jewish Temple. These certainly betokened the magnitude of the death of the Son of God. Historian Daryn Graham draws upon his PhD research at Macquarie University to explain the historical importance of these events, and the responses to them by people living at the time they occurred.
7. THE VIOLENCE OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
25 MARCH - KIT BARKER
Kit loves the Old Testament, which he teaches at SMBC. But parts of it can be troubling, with accounts of violence, blood sacrifice, and slaughter of (or by) Israel’s enemies. Sometimes God appears not just to help Israel win battles, but to actually command them to conquer and punish their enemies in a way that leaves no survivors. How does the violence of God on the Old Testament fit with the God of love we know and see in Jesus?
8. FROM THE WORD TO OUR WORLD: LIFE-TRANSFORMING APPLICATION
29 APRIL - DEREK BROTHERSON
No one wants to "listen to the word but not do what it says" (James 1:23); but it’s sometimes hard to know how to move from reading the Bible to applying it in concrete ways in everyday life. Derek is the incoming principal of SMBC. He has researched biblical application in his PhD studies, and explored a range of approaches in his ministry in Asia. He will suggest some practical tips for our personal and group Bible study.
9. PASTORALLY CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH GENDER CONFUSION
13 MAY - CLAIRE & ROB SMITH
With a growing number of people identifying as transgender, non-binary or gender variant, and with the rise of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria among teens, many churches and Christians are facing pastoral challenges for which they feel largely unprepared. On the basis of what the Bible teaches about sex and gender, Rob and Claire Smith will help us think through how best to pastor and care for those who are confused about their gender identity.
10. UNDERSTANDING GRIEF AND LOSS THROUGH JESUS’ DEATH AND RESURRECTION
20 MAY - COLLEEN HIRST
The death of someone we love is one of the most significant losses we can experience. People often feel shattered, lost and alone. For months, if not years, it can be hard to think, sleep or make decisions. How do we care for ourselves – and for others – in grief? The most profound death in history speaks gentle and life-changing wisdom to guide us through the valley. Colleen, a clinical psychologist and family therapist, lost her husband three years ago.
Note: The views of our Hot Topics speakers don't necessarily represent the views of SMBC.
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