2016 Events

Wednesday October 19 2016 (new event!)

Can We Talk About Same-Sex Marriage?

There is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak, says the Bible (Eccl 3:7). What time is it, then, when the subject of same-sex marriage comes up around the watercooler? Should Christians speak up on the topic—in our personal conversations, and in the public square? And if we do, how can we talk in a way that is loving, gracious and truthful?

When: 7.30pm - 9:30pm

Where: Moore College, 15 King St Newtown 

Speakers: Michael Kellahan and Tony Payne

Past Events Highlights

March 11 2015

Can We Talk About Islam?

When: 7.30pm
Where: Moore College
Speakers: Tony Payne and Andrew Shead

One thing that most Australian Christians and Muslims share is a frustration with the standard media-driven categories in which nearly all religious claims or subjects are discussed in our society. Clichés, misunderstandings and misrepresentations are common. Even simply talking publicly and clearly about religious teachings and practices is often seen as undesirable, inappropriate and divisive.

Why is that? And could things be different?

Would it be possible, for example, for us to have an open discussion in our community about the nature of ‘Islam’ (if indeed there is just one thing called ‘Islam’?) How could Christians play a constructive part in such a discussion? How could we bring gospel salt and light not only to our conversations with Muslim friends, but also with our non-Muslim friends about the topic of Islam?

Tony Payne, author of Islam in our Backyard and director of CCL, addressed these and related questions at the 2015 CCL launch held on March 11 at Moore College.

If you missed the event you can watch the event videos here.

May 26 2015

The Troubled Conscience

When: 7.30pm
Where: Toongabbie Anglican Church 
Speakers: Tony Payne and Peter Bolt

Does God speak to us through our conscience?

What exactly is our conscience, and what place does it have in our daily lives? Where does the ‘mind’ fit in?

Should we trust our head or our heart or a bit of both?

Tony Payne and Peter Bolt spoke helpfully on these subjects.

If you missed the event you can watch the event videos here.

August 26 2015

Redefining Sex and Marriage: how to think, live and speak as Christians when the world heads in a different direction

When: 7.30pm

Where: Moore College
Speakers: Sandy Grant and Tony Payne

As our society contemplates redefining sexuality and marriage, Christians find themselves increasingly out of step with the ‘orthodoxies’ that dominate public opinion. In the face of this difference and the hostility that often accompanies it, how are Christians to think clearly about the issues, to act courageously and yet graciously, and to speak the words of truth and love that our world needs to hear?

Sandy Grant and Tony Payne addressed these topics deftly and with thoughtfulness. 

If you missed the event you can watch the event videos here.

October 22 2015 7:30pm at St Michael’s Wollongong

October 28 2015 7:30pm at Moore College

How To Be Moral Without Being A Moralist

Speaker: Peter Bolt

Nobody likes a wowser. But then again, it’s strange how modern life is full of things we’re not allowed to do, eat, drink or say (no sugar, no carbon, no sexism, no GM foods, and of course no religious people telling us what to do). What do you think Jesus would say about all this? Is it possible to be genuinely moral and seek to do what is good and right, without becoming a legalistic scold (like his most bitter opponents, the Pharisees)?

One of the world’s leading authorities on Mark’s Gospel, Peter Bolt, explained how the Jesus we meet in Mark frees us from moralism in order to be moral.

If you missed the event you can watch the event videos here.

A highlight from one of our popular previous events:

‘Christian Voices in the Public Square: How should Christians speak on public issues?’

On Wednesday 26th June 2013 Archbishop Peter Jensen spoke to a full house at St Barnabas’ Church Broadway, about Christians and their engagement with others in public discussions. Over three hundred people listened as he covered a range of issues. He began by observing the many shifts in Australian culture that have made this engagement fraught. He observed theological reasons why such engagement remains necessary, including the structure of God’s world, the logic of God’s revelation in law and gospel, and the necessity to preach for repentance, to alleviate suffering and to do good. He offered a ‘Christian social philosophy’, which he illustrated by reference to his opposition to voluntary euthanasia. A lively question time ensued. The talk and an outline of it is available here. Here’s another report on the night.