Rodney Lake is the National Director of Thinking Matters NZ Foundation, a national Christian apologetics ministry that encourages Christians to know the reasons why we believe what we believe. Rodney speaks at churches, youth groups, Christian schools and to non-believers at outreach events around the country on the reasons why Christianity is true. He is an adjunct apologetics lecturer at Faith Bible College and teaches regular ‘Introduction to Christianity’ courses at Bethlehem College and serves on the board of Bethlehem College Limited.
He is passionate about seeing people loving and seeking God with all their mind, developing a resilient faith that is supported with solid reasons to believe, while confidently and graciously sharing that faith with others.
“Rodney Lake is one of those rare individuals who can communicate the core truths of the Gospel to a lost world in a thoughtful way while still being accessible and fun. He’s certain to be a hit for any church service or youth event. I recommend him highly.” – Lenny Esposito, President – Come Reason Ministries
“Rodney did a wonderful job, and the feedback from our church was excellent. He spoke clearly, and illustrated his points well.” – David Dishroon, Senior Pastor – Changepoint Church Tauranga
“Brilliant. Rodney was enthusiastic, very well informed and able to bring so much information to the class. Really got us thinking and helped us prepare answers for people who ask questions about God and Christianity.” – Student (anonymous) – Faith Bible College
The following are talks Rodney has given to youth groups, churches, Christian schools, conferences and at outreach events to non-believers. Rodney can deliver a single talk, or teach a series that builds a cumulative case for Christianity that includes a mix and match of any of the following talks:
Why Thinking Matters: The importance of apologetics in the church
In this talk Rodney gives an introduction to apologetics and the growing need for Christians to be better prepared to give clear and gracious reasons for our faith. He highlights the first great commandment and the need for us to seek God with our minds, as much as our heart, soul and strength.
True for you, but not for me: Are religious truths true for everyone?
In this talk Rodney examines the nature of truth and highlights two different kinds of claim: Universal Truth that is true for everyone, and Personal Truth based on your own preferences and personal beliefs. Then we examine religions claims about God and Jesus – and ask: are such claims Universal or Personal? Are they just true for me – or is there something much deeper going on?
Is Jesus the Only Way? What about all the other religions in the world?
Jesus claimed to be the only way – but how can only one religion be true when there are so many beliefs out there? What about those who are truly sincere in their religious beliefs – are they going to hell? Isn’t it intolerant to think others are wrong? Don’t all paths lead to God? In this talk we dismantle ten of the most common claims we hear that suggest all religions are equally true – and show just how important the question of truth really is.
True for you but not for me. How can there be only one way?
NOTE: This is a shorter combined version of the two above talks
Jesus Christ claimed to be the only way to God – yet we live in a culture where multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance are highly esteemed and necessary for a peaceful society. So is it possible for one religion to be true? Or are there really many paths to God? What does it mean to be tolerant of other religions? In this presentation we examine the difference between subjective and objective truth and look deeper at the nature of religious truth claims – and in particular the claim that Jesus is the only path.
Science and God: Is there Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God?
Everything that begins to exist has a cause – including the universe itself. So is there any scientific or philosophical evidence for a creator as a cause of the Big Bang? In this presentation we examine the nature of the Big Bang and look at the evidence a divine supernatural cause was at work. We’ll also examine how the original purpose of science as a way of understanding the natural world around us has become distorted; resulting in biased outcomes in scientific enquiry that unnecessarily exclude the possibility of God.
The Power of a Question: Creating Conversations that Matter
Do you sometimes find yourself intimidated in conversations about your Christian faith and values? Do you let opportunities slip by because you don’t know what to say? In this talk you’ll be equipped with two simple questions you can use in your conversations about God and faith with others. You’ll come away more confident to engage others in friendly conversation and be better prepared to present Christ in an intelligent, yet gracious way.
A Misunderstood Theory: Understanding the limitations and implications of the theory of Evolution
In this talk Rodney outlines the misconceptions about what evolution is and the power it has to create new organisms. He attempts to bring some clarity to a theory that is often wrongly used to explain things it’s not capable of explaining. He then highlights some of the problems in the theory of evolution and examines the very disturbing consequences that must be accepted if the theory is actually true.
What is Christianity? An introduction to the basic beliefs of the Christian Faith
This presentation is for those who want to learn about who Jesus Christ is and just what Christians’ believe. We cover some of the central beliefs of the faith and why we believe them – including topics such as God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell, Sin & Salvation. We finish by explaining what the Bible and the Church is and why we need them. Come and learn the basics and ask your deepest questions about the Christian faith.
Why Thinking Matters to our Kids: A practical four part strategy to get our kids engaging with worldview and apologetics
Why is apologetics so important in the discipleship of our kids? Why are so many of our young Christians not sharing their faith with others – or even walking away altogether? In this talk Rodney will examine the role apologetics and worldview training has in preparing our kids for adulthood and presents a practical four part strategy for getting them intellectually engaged in their faith and culture. This talk is suitable for parents, youth leaders, Christian educators and homeschoolers.
Other talks under development
The following talks will be available soon. Please talk with Rodney if any of these interest you:
Planned talks yet to be started:
Right and Wrong: What is moral relativism? Who gets to decide what’s right and wrong?
God among us: The historical evidence for the miraculous life and claims of Jesus.
Naturalism: How bias has distorted science to avoid the inescapable God conclusion.
Post-modernism: An empty philosophy according to the traditions of man.
Where did life come from? An introduction to the theory of Intelligent Design.