Renee Joubert

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What is The Forge?

The Forge is a monthly Thinking Matters Auckland gathering held at Greenlane Christian Centre which seeks to deepen people’s understanding and awareness of various Christian issues and culturally relevant topics discussed from a biblical worldview.

Each month we have a guest speaker present on a given topic, while inviting you to dialogue during intermittent discussion breaks both with the speaker and those at your table.  The objective is to allow you to soak up the information through interaction with others, to apply what you’ve learned and perhaps challenge yourself and others with a different point of view.

A FORGE is a place where we “make or shape an object by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammering it to create something strong, enduring and successful”.  This definition perfectly encapsulate our vision to have these interactive events be a place where messy and difficult topics are re-shaped and merged with deep biblical truths.  Our desire is to see hard questions and honest discussions uncover God’s beautiful truth to create something strong, enduring and successful.

WHEN: Whenever possible we aim to have this on the first Wednesday of each month
TIME: 7pm – 9pm
WHERE: Greenlane Christian Centre, 17 Marewa Rd, Greenlane, Auckland
COST: Free – but a Koha for the speaker is encouraged
RSVP: None needed – just turn up and bring a friend!The Forge Logo

Next Event – Wednesday 1st November

Good and Evil – Who Decides? Are Ethical Principles Real and How Do We Know Them?

Good and Evil

Mark Powell – Carey College

Mark PowellWhat is good and evil? What’s fairness/unfairness, justice/injustice and right/wrong? Are these real things, real entities, objective realities or are they just societal constructions? If societal constructions why ought or should we have to follow them? If objectively real, what are they and how can we know them?

In this months FORGE Mark will interactively address each of these questions at an existential, philosophical and theological level , but also at a simple and intensely practical level.

Mark Powell is a lecturer at Carey College, a Professional Company Director and ‘CEO in Residence’ at Massey Business School, but is perhaps best known for his time as CEO of The Warehouse Group (which includes The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and Torpedo7). However, Mark also has a degree in Theology and a passion for wanting to help Christians have a confident faith, where they know not just what they believe, but why they believe it. Mark is an adviser and supporter of the Thinking Matters ministry and has just completed a Masters in Christian apologetics from Biola University.


Wednesday 6th December

Todd Funk – Harbourside Church

Topic to be announced

Todd Funk


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