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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Why Science Matters

Wednesday 2 May 7-9pm

John Norsworthy will show where modern science fits into a Christian view of the world.   For the person who likes things explained simply, this evening will introduce you to what the Bible teaches about things related to science and how the Bible laid the philosophical and ethical foundations for modern science. It will show that it is not real science that opposes the Bible but rather an ideology with matter and science at its centre that is in conflict with the Bible. Every regular church member and senior high school or university student, whether they are studying science or not, needs to understand this message.

Presented by John Norsworthy

John NorsworthyJohn has taught in secondary and primary schools, and in the tertiary sector, Bible colleges and teacher education for over 45 years and is a board member for Thinking Matters NZ.  He has served on curriculum committees and professional development in both the state and Christian sectors and served as secretary to the NZ Association for Christian Schools for twenty years. He has authored the books, Why Culture Matters, a Biblical approach to things cultural, Educating our Children Faithfully, a history of the NZ Christian School movement, and Why Science Matters. which is about the topic of this evening’s talk and discussion. He currently is an adjunct lecturer at Faith Bible College, NZ and is passionate about the influence of the biblical revelation on all areas of human life.

WHAT: Presentation with discussions and Q&A
WHEN:  Wednesday 2nd May
7.00pm – 9pm
Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Road, Tauranga 3110
COST: Free – but a Koha/gift for the speaker will be encouraged
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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