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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The Suffering God

How Christ demonstrates the truth of Christianity


If God exists, why should we think that Christianity is true? Many point to the historical facts for the resurrection of Christ. However, this talk says there is more evidence than that!

Andrew argues that if God exists, we would expect intimate union with Him and that the incarnation of Christ provides the best account of how.

WHEN: 7-9 pm, Wednesday 1st August
WHERE: Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Road, Tauranga
WHAT: Presentation with Discussion and Q & A

Andrew Harland Smith
About Andrew Harland Smith

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Philosophy and Political Studies, an Honours Degree and a Masters of Philosophy with First Class Honours. His Thesis looked at the inherent plausibility of the Incarnation. He is soon to finish his LL.B in Law.

This presentation is a slightly extended version of the same talk given at our Auckland Confident Christianity Conference in May.


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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