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Coffee Shop Evangelism – in Aberdeen

In partnership we Trinity Church in Aberdeen, we put together an outreach event. A few weeks before that I had spoken about evangelism at the church’s weekend away; and their pastor, David Gibson was really keen to put what we had learnt into practice as soon as possible. I had spoken a bit about coffee-shop evangelism, so they booked a branch of Costa Coffee, and invited me to come and speak.

The Costa Coffee shop they booked, is just around the corner from their new church premises. They currently meet in a hotel, but have bought a wonderful building which is a huge former Church of Scotland building. They are in the process of redeveloping it, and it will be a wonderful place for them to meet, and worship and minister in.

Watch our webinar on “How to Run a Small Scale Evangelistic Event” just like this one!

The night I was in Aberdeen though they made a point of not meeting in the church buildings, but taking the gospel outside the church. They asked me to speak on “Where is God When Things Go Wrong?” Trinity is a really mission-minded church, because loads of people invited friends who aren’t Christians, who aren’t part of the church; and the coffee shop was nicely crowded. The coffee shop is “U-shaped”, so it was like speaking in the round!

I spoke for twenty minutes or so, and connected the “Where is God when things go wrong” theme to Christmas as I observed that when things go wrong, when we experience pain or injustice, we don’t want something just said; we want something done. And that’s what God did at Christmas, in the incarnation of Jesus Christ which is really God stepping into history – and that is the beginning of God’s answer to the problem of sin, evil and suffering. So although the starting point was the problem of suffering, the end-point of the talk was really Christmas; that God is with us – Immanuel!

Then, as usual we did a Q&A, and it was a great Q&A session! There weren’t any angry atheists there, but there were a lot of good questions from friendly people who are really searching. However I had a really long, and positive conversation, with one visitor who started the conversation with a question about suffering. However as we began to dig into the issues, it turned out that this person had really been put off by a very bad experience of ‘church’ and ‘religion’ and was deeply suspicious. The only thing you can do when people have been let down by the church is to apologise and to point them to Jesus.

And these sorts of conversations demonstrate the importance of taking the gospel of Jesus outside the church premises into places like coffee shops. The person I spoke to in Aberdeen would not have gone to a church; but was very happy to sit and chat about faith in a high street coffee shop. So it was wonderful to be able to share the gospel with folks in Aberdeen, and to renew our friendship and fellowship with Trinity Church too!

PEP Talk Podcast With Nay Dawson

Today we hear from Nay Dawson who leads Passion for Evangelism, a mentoring and networking group for women evangelists. She speaks with Andy and Kristi about her own passion for evangelism, building community and how we can encourage both men and women to develop their evangelistic gifting in their local church context.

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Our Guest

Naomi (Nay) Dawson is the Regional Training Coordinator for IFES Europe. She has been one of the writers behind the UCCF Uncover project and is part of the UCCF Leadership Network. She is the founder of Passion for Evangelism and Community in a Crisis, an initiative to help churches get online during COVID19.

About PEP Talk

The Persuasive Evangelism Podcast aims to equip listeners to share their faith more effectively in a sceptical world. Each episode, Andy Bannister (Solas) and Kristi Mair (Oak Hill College) chat to a guest who has a great story, a useful resource, or some other expertise that helps equip you to talk persuasively, winsomely, and engagingly with your friends, colleagues and neighbours about Jesus.

Book: God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking said and why it matters by David Hutchings & David Wilkinson

At a conference few years ago I heard an academic (whose name I have conveniently forgotten) remark that ‘Stephen Hawking isn’t the best cosmologist in the world. He isn’t even the best cosmologist in Cambridge.’ It was, I suppose, a jealous remark, and since I’m  not a cosmologist I am not even remotely qualified to judge on its accuracy. It does however place on the table the fact that at the highest levels of science there are many razor-sharp minds and the general public only hear of a very few of them. Certainly one of the few they have heard of is Hawking. His combination of intellectual brilliance, dogged determination in the face of severe illness, and ability to write a number of hugely successful popular science books, made him a scientific celebrity.

At one level Hutchings & Wilkinson’s book on Hawking is quite simply an extremely good piece of popular science writing. They cover the major topics within physics; quantum mechanics, particle physics, general relativity and cosmology. This is all well pitched for a popular audience, and gives good scaffolding to enable Hawking’s ‘big ideas’ in cosmology to be explained. Each chapter is introduced with a story which nicely ‘hooks’ the reader into the topic to be covered and engagingly weaves narrative and science together.

The authors take Hawking’s major contributions to be the existence of (yet to be detected) Hawking Radiation from black holes; the idea that the universe began with a singularity (or infinity) in space-time; and the Hartle-Hawking model which uses the idea of imaginary time in the very early universe. All three of these highly technical ideas are described in clear, nontechnical language.

However, Hutchings and Wilkinson give us much more that great popular science. When we discuss fundamental physics, philosophy, and occasionally theology, are not far away, and Hawking was not shy of commenting on them. The authors take Hawking’s forays into these areas ‘head-on’ and point out that it is when Hawking moves onto this ground he was outside he own area of expertise and at his weakest.

Hawkings comment that ‘philosophy is dead’ (in The Grand Design, co-authored with Mlodinow deserves about as much respect as Albert Camus saying ‘physics is dead’.  (Though it has to be said that Hutchings and Wilkinson are much too polite to put it that directly.) His idea of an ultimately superfluous deity who, at most, did no more than light the blue touch paper of the universe, is rightly met with a shrug by theists, who don’t believe in a deity like that anyway. The authors point out, graciously, but firmly, that while Hawking was a brilliant physicist, when he stepped into matters of philosophy he was an amateur.

And then there is the multiverse. This is the idea (which does not originate with Hawking) that certain aspects of modern physics lend themselves to there being an infinite number of universes. Within this infinity of universes all things that can happen do happen. Thus there are universes with all possible variants of ourselves; universes where all the  PG Wodehouse stories are not fiction but fact; and universes which cover all the possible laws of physics.

The authors note that the multiverse is both highly speculative and (more importantly) is arguably not even a scientific theory, since in principle  none of the infinite number of alternative universes are open to any type of scientific interrogation by us. The multiverse is (in this reviewer’s humble opinion) the most ridiculous speculation to have come out of modern physics. I say this despite the fact that I really am a big fan of Wodehouse, and the idea that there is a universe where Bertie Wooster does indeed exist rather appeals to me.

However, in a very clever ending to the book the authors point out that Hawking and the Christian do indeed live in different universes. In one there are the laws of physics, and, amongst other things, further statements about the nature of God, the miracles of Jesus, his resurrection etc. In the other there are the laws of physics, and the negation of statements about Christianity. In this sense, claim Hutchings and Wilkinson, the Christian and the atheist ‘are not seeking to explain the same universe’ (p.183). It is a well placed observation. There is more to the universe than science, or to put in another way, the universe is too rich a place to be adequately explained by science alone.

To conclude, this is a book which works very well at more than one level. It is very good popular science, and a very good introduction to Hawking’s ‘big ideas’. But it is also takes apart some of the hype and unjustified bravado around suggestions that modern cosmology has everything ‘sewn-up’ and has disposed with a Creator.

A very good read!


David Hutchings is a Physics teacher at Pocklington School near York, England. A Fellow of the Institute of Physics, he has written several books about the relationship between science and religion and speaks regularly on the topic around the country at conferences, schools, universities, and churches. David has also run multiple training events for science teachers, specializing in dealing with common misconceptions in the discipline. He lives in York with his wife and two young daughters.

David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He lives in Newcastle with his wife Alison and has two grown up children. He is a writer and speaker on Christianity and Science not just in the UK but around the world. He has doctorates in astrophysics and theology and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is a Methodist minister, and author of many books.

Mark McCartney is senior lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Ulster

God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking said and why it matters by David Hutchings & David Wilkinson is available here.

Published by SPCK, 2020, 210 pages. £9.92 (Paperback)

Why Do Christians Believe That Jesus Was God?

Many people think that Jesus of Nazareth was just a good man, a wise teacher of morals, or even a prophet. But Christians go further, claiming he was God’s own son, stepping into space and time to show us what God was really like. Why do Christians believe this? What’s the evidence that Jesus was more than just another religious teacher? In this packed episode of Short Answers, Solas Director Andy Bannister tackles arguably the most important question of all: who exactly was Jesus?

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Argument from Music

“From a mother singing to her baby, to the professional singer, or a local church choir to a teenage rock band “jamming” in their parents garage, one thing is for certain…. everyone loves music. Whether we are musical or not, musical appreciation seems to be wired into nearly all regions of our brain. And we do more than hear it; we “feel” the heart of a song. Why? What is it about music that makes it so powerful? And where is that source of power from?

What makes music so powerful, is what it is, and what it is not. Music, like language is universal, but unlike language, music does not rely on a linguistic or physical context. Rather, music is based on the organisation and interpretation that is perceived in sound itself. Put another way, music is the sound within the sounds. Hearing a series of sounds is not hearing music. Music is not just clicks or random sounds (unless the composer dictates it for a particular effect), but exists when rhythm, melodic or harmonic order is deliberately created and consciously listened to. And only a rational being with self-consciousness, intention and the ability to represent the world can experience sound this way, so says the late Professor Roger Scruton in his book Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation[1]  Interestingly enough, we human beings are the only creatures that fit that description among all things inhabitants of planet Earth.

What makes us different from the rest of creation? The Bible says that it is that we are made in the image of God. After God created light, the moon, stars, oceans, rivers, the moon, stars and animals that fly, swim, burrow or crawl, etc., he created mankind beginning with Adam. After creating his body from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7), God breathed into the formed man, and Adam became a living soul. That God breath bequeathed human beings with a unique nature that is non-existent in the rest of creation. The Bible affirms that man is the chief of God’s creation, making us just a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5). It is our soul that grants us consciousness, creativity, beliefs, the desire for truth as well as the ability to make and understand music.

However, our atheist friends deny this explanation because of their naturalistic worldview. In lieu of supervenient (top down) graces or gifts from God to man, evolutionary science declares that music originated from the love calls of primates during their courtship for the sake of charming the opposite sex, and is a collection of coordinated sounds that emerged (bottom up) as an adaption selected for us by the course of evolution as a result of computational theory of the human brain[2] However, these theories remain highly speculative. Professor Scruton dismisses that framework stating “Attempting to understand music through the interpretative lens of evolution or science principles exclusively will fail, as music belongs to another order of experience from the cries of animals.” [3] Unlike the instinctive sounds of songbirds, music is a creative endeavour that humans engage in for artistic, spiritual and emotional reasons. It takes intelligence, intention and creative activity to make music.

God’s creatures (both animal and human) can make sounds, but only the human being is endowed with the type of information necessary to hear and interpret sounds heard in nature (as well as their own mind) and creates new sounds as unique expression of life and feeling. Even people groups in remote parts of our planet who have never heard a violin, a xylophone or the exhilarating sounds of electronic dance music, nevertheless, create music with intention and deliberation to be consciously listened to with others.

Even the simple song Happy Birthday (which just happens to be the most popular song in the world) has a system of order in sound. Written in 1890 by an American schoolteacher, Happy Birthday was composed with the intention of being a song simple enough for children to sing. The song did not emerge randomly, but was created with intention, for a purpose. Though it is the simplest of songs, nevertheless, an intelligent being with consciousness, intention and purpose deliberately created it to celebrate someone’s birthday (and rally her noisy kindergarten class back into order!)

The element of intention in the creative process has nothing to do with survival instinct. Rather, it defies sole explanation in terms of the “survival of the fittest”, its only position in the Naturalistic worldview and supports the Christian Worldview that we are more than our brains, and music is more than just sound. As professor Jeremy Begbie argues “science is not qualified to adjudicate on the existence or otherwise of a creator.”[4] Hence, Naturalism simply is not qualified to determine the origin of the existence of things not seen, such as music.

Do animals respond to sound? Yes, and some might have the ability to imitate sound, but it is more of a Morse code type of communication than true song. For example, the nightingale bird cannot “hear” the song in her birdsong. She didn’t create it. She simply repeats what God put in her DNA and operates by instinct. We may describe her sounds as musical, but animals do not have the capacity for music. Rather, they release various “tracks” of a prerecorded program given in their nature. Some louder in case of fear, or softer if they are cuddling their young, but it is not music. Neither do animals worship or cry. Animals eat, sleep, do their best to survive and mate. They are of a different order of creation.

Though we love our fur family (as I like to call our rescue cat and chickens), only humans made in the image of God create, understand, and appreciate what music is and what it does. Music is not another cry of advanced animals, it is one of God’s invisible gifts shared with humans as a sign that we are more than our brains and music is more than merely sound.

Though the image of God is disfigured in us all because of sin, it can be restored through repentance and receiving the atoning work of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. If you haven’t done so yet, be reunited to God today. A simple, honest prayer of repentance and acknowledgement that you are a sinner and He is God, that you surrender and receive His eternal love will do. And when you do, the Bible says that the angels in heaven rejoice when one sinner repents.

The naturalistic explanation of music and our capacity to make and appreciate it, remains deeply unsatisfactory. Music is better understood as a sign of transcendence, a beautiful signpost towards our creator, and something which demands a response. So, start the band up in heaven and join in the song of the redeemed… Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found, I was blind but now I see.


Angela Courte MacKenzie is a broadcaster, pianist, vocalist, and worship leader.  Angela holds a B.A. degree in music/vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, and a M.A. in Apologetics from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. With her marriage to Kenneth MacKenzie in 2014, Angela has an immediate family of 30 (excluding pets) Through media, music, and speaking, Angela continues to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and enjoys life as an American in Scotland. @angelacourtemackenzie  www.angela.org

[1] Roger Scruton, “Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation”, New York: Continuum, 2009.

[2] Roger Scruton, “Why Music” Is music different from the other arts?” October 2011.  http://www.themusicalbrain.org/contentrogerscruton.pdf.4-9.

[3] Scruton, Understanding Music, p7

[4] Housley, Kathleen L. “A Conversation with Jeremy Begbie.” Image Journal (October 2015): p9

Book: The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-sex Attraction

I read a lot of books. I have to because that is the best way for me to learn. It is also the best way for me to have structured conversations with the individuals I engage with over a longer period of time in pastoral conversations. Therefore, I like books that are succinct, pastoral and biblically informed. Ed Shaw’s book ticks this brief list.

There is no uncertainty about Ed Shaw’s empathy with those who are same-sex attracted but he speaks with a convincingly biblical persuasion and with a pastoral heart borne out of personal struggle and ministry experience.

The book weaves his biography alongside fictitious others as he brings us in to the world of the same-sex attracted believer. The changing context for why the book is so necessary is clearly explained – a generation that is changing its mind on homosexuality today – who now think that the ‘ask’ from the Bible is seen as simply ‘not do-able in today’s world’. Ed identifies that the key problem is not the clarity of the biblical text but a lost appreciation of the fullness of life, identity and satisfaction in Christ. and I’m guilty of having lost that high view too. He identifies that addressing the same-sex issue is not just for same-sex attracted individuals but it is for us all – our ‘attitudes and actions’ that may impact on the life experiences and even lifestyle of same-sex attracted believers.

He unpacks the issues in ‘9 Missteps’ including Identity (Who is the true Ed Shaw?); Family (‘I do have a family!’, the origins of same-sex attraction (a brilliant challenge includes ‘I was born with no choice about whether to sin or not . And yet sin is still wrong…’); Happiness is…; True Intimacy; Equality and so on. The issues are addressed with a biblical fluency and evidence of broad reading but they are also at times humorous, but also deeply personal. I found myself being not only informed of the cultural norms our society and how these impact on our thinking but I warmed to Ed and to my same-sex attracted Christian brothers and sisters. My head was the gateway to my heart and I became profoundly moved as I began to understand the depth of the problem and more of the fullness of Christ.

The move towards the arguments about celibacy and suffering was carefully followed as the essential argument of his position is reached. Jesus is enough! More than enough! My usual pattern of reading is to leave the Appendices until last – and then only for a skim reading – but I would suggest that the serious groundwork of the interpretation of scripture in the Appendices could be read first before getting into the book ‘proper’.

My overall impression was that the issue could be summarised in the age-old phrase ‘between a rock and a hard place’ (biblical truth and personal reality). What Ed Shaw has done for me is to restore a grander view of the sufficiency of Christ and a much clearer, sympathetic understanding of the issue of same-sex attraction and the need for the church – and Christian brothers and sisters – to come to a greater understanding of what it means to ‘love one another’ as we ‘accept one another’.

Thanks, Ed.

You can purchase The Plausibility Problem from our book partner – 10ofThose.com


Jim Crooks

14448874_1254439567934707_3646891147038719828_nis pastor of Tayside Christian Fellowship in Perth, Scotland.

PEP Talk Podcast With Phil Knox

Stories resonate deeply with human beings and we all have two powerful stories in our lives: God’s story and our story. What does it mean to bear those stories through our lives in a way that impacts those around us? Phil Knox speaks with Andy and Kristi to unpack his latest book, Story Bearer.

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Our Guest

Phil Knox is the head of mission to young adults at the Evangelical Alliance UK. He has a passion for his generation, the local church, loves learning and has degrees in law and mission and evangelism. Phil is married to Dani and they have two sons, Caleb and Jos. He is an avid runner, enthusiastic water-skier and also a performance poet. He lives in Birmingham.

About PEP Talk

The Persuasive Evangelism Podcast aims to equip listeners to share their faith more effectively in a sceptical world. Each episode, Andy Bannister (Solas) and Kristi Mair (Oak Hill College) chat to a guest who has a great story, a useful resource, or some other expertise that helps equip you to talk persuasively, winsomely, and engagingly with your friends, colleagues and neighbours about Jesus.

A Summer Reading Guide

Summer is upon us, but the beaches won’t hold quite the normal appeal this year.  But the opportunity is still here to pop the phone onto silent, grab a refreshing beverage and get stuck into some good books!  Whether you read voraciously or not, get a hold of a book which will encourage you in your walk with Jesus (like any of these) and invest your time wisely this summer. Here are ten suggestions to get you started.

You can purchase any of these titles from our book partner – 10ofThose.com Click on this link to visit our partner page and 10ofThose will donate a portion of all your purchases to Solas!

 Out of the Black Shadows

Christian Biographies are a fantastic way to read more, particularly if you are ‘not much of a reader.’  So much truth can be conveyed through the stories of others who have come to know Jesus – and their stories help us to see the world from another perspective.

Stephen Lungu was born into a nominal Christian family in Rhodesia but was estranged from his parents and abused by his aunt.  He got involved in a gang, which was violent and political.  But while carrying out a plan to petrol bomb a Christian gathering, he encountered the gospel…

Out of the Black Shadows is available here.


 Through Gates of Splendour

This is probably one of the best know missionary stories – and it’s one of my absolute favourites!  5 young men died in the jungle of Ecuador, having left wives and children behind.  But their deaths were not a waste or a meaningless tragedy; nor were they caused by recklessness or unpreparedness.  God has used this story to inspire and challenge thousands, and it’s one that we should pass on to others!

Through Gates of Splendour is available here.

 


 Life Stories

There are former terrorists and addicts following Jesus.  There are members of the police force, people in media, professors as well as people from differing ethnic and religious backgrounds – all of them being able to confess the same truths of the gospel.  These testimonies are powerful! The stories of how people from such different backgrounds all came to know Jesus as the Lord show that anyone can come to know Jesus, and often these stories can get around people’s apprehensions too.

Life Stories would be a great encouragement for any Christian but is even better as a give-away to someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet!

https://www.10ofthose.com/uk/products/25850/life-stories


 NIV Scripture Journals

Ideal for following along sermon series, personal bible studies, and for studying the text in preparation for preaching – this set of 19 volumes covers the New Testament, with the text on the left, and lined pages on the right.  These would be perfect to use to read the Bible with others.

NIV Scripture Journals are available here.

 


 An Identity to Die For

Paul Mallard takes us to Ephesians to show us who we are, and how that works out in our lives.  His experience and biblical wisdom pervade throughout, and this is so well written and helpful.  As he applies Ephesians to us, he invites us into his own family situation and gives us a solid confidence in the gospel.

An Identity to Die For is available here.

 

 


Training Leaders

Building up the next generation is a critical need for the health of the church.  Paul Williams argues in this book that it is part and parcel of the Apostle Paul’s fulfilment of his ministry.  Williams walks us through 2 Timothy, giving us 31 short, punchy chapters giving the key priorities of training, and it would be an exceptionally helpful read for leadership teams, elders and pastors who perhaps aren’t sure how to begin.

Training Leaders is available here.

 



Willing but Weak

The book of Titus reveals that self-control is an essential component to living a faithful Christian life.  Motivated by the cross, the return of Christ and equipped by the Holy Spirit, self-control will both rescue us from ship-wrecking our lives and help us live more effectively for Christ’s glory.  From how we use our time, through to the use of our tongue, in drink, sex, money and exercise, Willing But Weak shows that putting self-control at the heart of discipleship is hugely beneficial for us.

Willing but Weak is available here.

 


Sketches of Faith

Church history is littered with seasoned saints who God used powerfully in their time and situation.  Sketches of Faith is a beautiful compilation of some of those stories, with pencil sketches and a timeline throughout the book to help you visualise how they fit into the bigger picture.  This would be a great gift, to introduce others to past champions of the faith.

Sketches of Faith is available here.

 


The Moon is Always Round

Even young children want answers to the hard questions about God and suffering.  In The Moon Is Always Round, seminary professor and author Jonathan Gibson uses the vivid imagery of the moon to explain to children how God’s goodness is always present, even when it might appear to be obscured by upsetting or difficult circumstances.

In this beautiful, full-colour illustrated book, he allows readers to eavesdrop on the conversations he had with his young son in response to his unborn sister’s death.  Father and son share a simple liturgy together that reminds them that, just as the moon is always round despite its different phases, so also the goodness of God is always present throughout the different phases of life.

The Moon is Always Round is available here.


Have no Fear

Most of us have known the feelings of dread when Christianity comes up as a topic among our family or colleagues.  It’s rarely a comfortable topic, and the temptation to duck the conversation can be incredibly powerful.  But sharing our faith can be relatively simple, and it need not be the cause of sweaty palms! Lennox helpfully shares some of his experiences and points us to Peter who encourages us to share our faith fearlessly!  He comes alongside as one who has done this himself countless times and shares some helpful pointers along the way.

This is a great book to spur us on to talk about Jesus to those around us and would be brilliant to read with others!

Have No Fear is available here.


Tim Foster is Ministry Development Officer with 10ofthose.com.

Andy Bannister at Destiny Church Edinburgh

“God and The Environment” – Andy Bannister at Destiny Church

I recently spoke at Destiny Church in Edinburgh. That Sunday was the final talk in a series they had been doing entitled, “God and The Headlines”. They had previously considered, “God and Suicide”, “God and Gender”, “God and Politics”; and the title they gave me was “God and the Environment”. That is a hugely important topic and one which everyone in our culture is talking about from Greta Thunberg to David Attenborough, and yet Christians often have a reputation for not caring about that issue, an accusation which shuts them down in evangelistic conversations. The accusation comes in, “you guys have nothing to say about the great issues of the day”. The other side of the coin is that very often Christians who do instinctively care about the environment, don’t know how to think about that issue theologically. However, when you handle the topic well, some amazing evangelistic opportunities arise!

I finished my talk by landing the message on the gospel. When we consider what the chief environmental issues are, perhaps even more significant than climate change or plastic in the oceans, are the core issue which underlie them, such as greed, selfishness and apathy. Those are very human, spiritual issues – which you can’t solve using science, because we actually need a spiritual transformation. So the gospel has something very powerful to say about that.  I ended by explaining the gospel and that spiritual transformation. Peter Anderson, the pastor at Destiny closed the service by inviting people to come to Christ in response to the message; and wonderfully somebody did in the morning, and two more folk in the later service, which also included an informal Q&A, with a much more ‘student-y’ audience.

My “God and the Environment” talk at Destiny in Edinburgh was recorded and can be found here: https://youtu.be/BQ48spE-Jxw


Editor’s note. As well us kindly sending us the link to the video of the talk, one of Destiny’s leaders said:

Andy was engaging, informative and really gave us a lot to think about concerning the Christian response to the environmental challenges that face our world. 

– Graeme Williamson.

 

Do All Religions Teach That God is a God of Love?

“Every religion teaches that God is love?” We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve heard this — it seems to be a common assumption. But is it true? Solas Director Andy Bannister draws on his years of experience with Islam to show that it’s a myth — and that the idea that “God is love” is unique to the Bible.

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