What is The Forge

The Forge is a monthly Thinking Matters gathering held in Tauranga (Bethlehem Community Church) which seeks to deepen people’s understanding and awareness of various Christian issues and culturally relevant topics discussed from a biblical worldview.

Every month, we invite a guest speaker to present on a given topic with periodic breaks in their talk to encourage discussion both with the speaker and those around you.  The point of this is to allow you to soak up the information you just heard, process it with your neighbors, and perhaps even challenge others with a different point of view.

A forge is a place where a blacksmith “makes or shapes an object by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammers it to create something strong, enduring and successful”.  This definition is what our vision was built on. Our desire is for these interactive events to be a place where messy and difficult topics can be cleaned up, re-shaped, and smoothed out to help uncover God’s beautiful designs in this crazy world.

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Faith & Family: Encouraging the Defence of the Faith in the Home

7pm, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Giving a peek into her own family’s story – Mary Jo shares how the study of apologetics has changed their lives.  Her husband joins her to deliver a unique family presentation on the importance of learning the deep questions of life together. She will walk through some steps towards fostering a thriving educational environment in the home – encouraging the whole family to seek and love God with their minds.

Presented by Mary Jo Sharp

Mary Jo is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest, who thought religion was odd at best. She now holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics and is an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Mary Jo is an itinerant speaker throughout North America. She serves on faculty with Summit Ministries Student Conferences, and is a guest lecturer with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Mary Jo is a published author with Kregel PublicationsB&H Publications, and is the author of the top-selling Bible study, “Why Do You Believe That?” as well as Living in Truth with LifeWay Christian Resources.  A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Saviour.

WHAT: Presentation with discussions and Q&A
WHEN: Wednesday 23 May
TIME: 7pm – 9pm
WHERE: Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Road, Tauranga
COST: Free – but we have a donation box
RSVP: None needed – just turn up


WHEN: One Wednesday per Month (typically the third Wednesday – but exceptions happen depending on speaker availability)

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

WHEREBethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3110

COST: Free – but a Koha for the speaker is encouraged

RSVP: None needed – just turn up and bring a friend!


Rowan Locke

EMAIL: rowan.locke@thinkingmatters.org.nz

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