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Are we more than our biology?

Scientist Praveen Sethupathy talks about discovering Jesus and evaluating the bible’s claims about him.

Is Christianity bad news for women?

Amy Orr-Ewing delivers the 2017 Richard Johnson Lecture, “Is Christianity Bad News for Women?”

The 2nd-century Greek philosopher Celsus famously dismissed Christianity as a religion of women, children, and slaves – that is to say, not to be taken seriously. But Christianity is much more likely to be condemned today, not for being a religion of  women, but a religion  against  women. If gender equality mattered to the early church, what happened to it? What does Christianity’s chequered treatment of women mean for its credibility today? And is the Christian faith a force for the oppression of women, or for their flourishing?

Amy Orr-Ewing is Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford focused on the British novelist, essayist, and “Christian humanist” Dorothy L. Sayers. The author of several books, Amy is also a widely sought-after international speaker addressing audiences at the White House and on Capitol Hill, as well as in the UK Parliament. She regularly appears on TV and radio, including on BBC Television and Radio 4, to comment on a variety of topics relating to the Christian faith.

For more information about the annual Richard Johnson Lecture, visit the event website here.

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This article re-posted from CPX.

The Transformed Life

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What would it take to change your life?

Would winning the lottery achieve everything you really need?

The above graphic went viral on social media recently, due to the miscalculation that actually ends up with everyone only getting about $1.44, rather than 4.33 million each. Like many things in life, it’s a nice idea that gets it monumentally wrong.

In this talk, Andy Buchan looks at the story of two men who once encountered Jesus and had their lives changed like they would never had imagined. Jesus offers acceptance and hope like nothing or no-one else. Have you considered what he offers you?

(25 minutes)

Read the stories from Luke’s Gospel here.

What does it take?

What does it take to meet someone really famous?

What requirements to you have to meet?

Is that anything like meeting Jesus?

In this talk, Andy Buchan outlines what Jesus himself has to say about what it takes to come and follow him. The text is from Luke’s Gospel:

READ Luke 18:9-33 here.

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Jesus is the Real Thing

How is Jesus different to any other religious leader?

Why is Jesus so special?

In the attached talk, Don Elliott unpacks why Jesus is so important.

John 1:1-12

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life,and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

 

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