Brendan Malone

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About Brendan

Brendan Malone is the Director of LifeNET NZ. He has been working full-time in pro-life, marriage, and family ministry for the last 14 years where he speaks at churches, universities, high schools, and conferences on bioethics and sexuality issues throughout New Zealand and Australia.  During that time he has delivered over 500 presentations, and spoken to more than 30,000 people. He is one of the founders of ACTIV8 Pro-Life Training Week – an annual philosophy, apologetics, and media/social-media training event for young adults which has been running for 10 years in New Zealand and over 7 years in Australia. He is married to Katie and they have five children. Brendan also has a background in communications and media training, and he regularly connects with people in the online space via his YouTube channel which has approximately 20,000 subscribers.

Talks and Presentations

Abortion and Human Rights

This presentation unpacks the pro-life arguments against abortion, as well as the serious logical flaws in the pro-choice ideas that are regularly used to try and give ethical justification for abortion. It also explains why the pro-life position is not an article of religious faith, but is instead a robust position based on the best available scientific evidence and human reasoning.

Euthanasia: We can live without it

This presentation explores the dangers of euthanasia and assisted suicide. It explains why legalising these acts creates a seismic and extremely harmful change for the medicine, ethics and wider society. It also robustly refutes the myth that legal safeguards can ever be employed to prevent serious harm to the vulnerable members of the community from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Pornography and Human Dignity

With the advent of the Internet pornography has now become a serious social issue which now regularly attracts media attention. But what exactly is the problem with pornography, and is it really as harmful as some people are claiming?  This presentation will explore these and many other related questions, offering an in-depth explanation of the difference between objectification and love, the harms caused by pornography, an explanation of human dignity and the way that pornography conflicts with it, how pornography affects the brain, as well as practical tips for helping others to avoid or deal with a pornography habit.

Critically Engaging Our Entertainment Media

Have you ever stopped to consider how the media you consume is shaping your view of the world and your approach to important moral and social issues? In this presentation we will explore the powerful way in which media can shape our thoughts and beliefs and how to apply a critical mind to the content we are watching in order to avoid indoctrination. We will also discuss the negative impacts that excessive social media consumption can have on God’s design for human community, as well as talking about what authentic Christian art might look like if it hopes to be an effective voice in the midst of this unceasing avalanche of media content.

The Broken Community

This presentation explores the profound crisis of isolation and loneliness that now plagues the West. It explores the root causes of this serious problem, and why the Church must urgently become a place of authentic community in order to be effective at evangelising the culture from this point forward. This presentation also offers practical advice on how community can be safeguarded and restored in an age of personal disconnection and individualism.

The Courage to be Counterculture

This presentation explores some of the philosophical roots of the current ideological confusion and brokenness that plagues Western society, as well as equipping participants with the practical skills and the hope they need to effectively live out a life-giving counterculture of self-giving love.

Effective use of social media

This presentation explores the impact of social media and offers practical advice about how to use it effectively as a communications tool. It also offers important advice about some of the risks associated with social media engagement, and how they can be mitigated for more positive outcomes.

Practical media skills and interview techniques

This presentation offers a comprehensive understanding of how the mainstream media works, and how to communicate with excellence in that space. This presentation offers practical advice of how to write effective media releases, as well as important media interview skills and strategies.

Contact details:

Mobile: 021 054 0762

Email: brendan@lifenet.co.nz

Website: www.lifenet.co.nz

Jason Knapp

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Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp


National Youth Director, Thinking Matters


Auckland



About

Jason is the National Youth Director for Thinking Matters and is passionate about seeing young people equipped to navigate culture and persuasively share their faith with others. He is a student of Psychology and Philosophy, and is a dynamic communicator who speaks to students across the country at youth ministries, churches, and university campuses.

Talk Descriptions

If God is Good, Why is There Evil & Suffering?

Sooner or later we are confronted by the the reality of suffering and as a result many pose the question: if God is loving and all-powerful why is our world filled with heartache, disaster, and tragedy. Within this talk we explore this question, it’s implications, and the many answers that can be found when we look more deeply into this issue. You will find answers that are both intellectually compelling and emotionally satisfying.

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality

According to the Biblical story every singe human being is born with inherent dignity and is designed to function as God intended. Yet, in modern society human dignity, value, and sexuality is under assault. Culture is rewriting the script and people are left more confused, broken, and off-track than ever.. In this talk you will learn about the underlying ideas driving much of this cultural change and learn how to respond to these issues both lovingly and truthfully.

The Truth About Freedom: How Limits Help Liberate Us

What does it truly mean to be free? Our answer to this question has huge implications on all areas of our life. With culture offering a vision of freedom that casts off all restraint many seek to find freedom in the pursuit of pleasure and gratification at all costs. However, upon closer investigation we see that this definition of freedom almost always leads to heartache, unfulfillment, and destruction. In this talk, you will discover how God’s vision of freedom is the most compelling of all – ultimately paving the way for us to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

The Intolerance of the New Tolerance

In today’s culture, tolerance is held up as a virtue. Yet, when someone disagrees with some of the common assumptions of culture there are branded with labels such as, hateful and intolerant. Interestingly, those who sound the siren song of tolerance are sometimes the most intolerant of all. In this presentation you will discover what it truly means to be tolerant and will be equipped with practical strategies for navigating this tricky area of culture with love, wisdom, and grace.

Breaking the Patterns of Porn Addiction

Pornography is more accessible, accepted, and aggressive than ever before. It is a HUGE problem facing all Christians, including Christian teens. Studies show that viewing porn affects how we view ourselves, other people, and God. It even physically alters the structure of the brain and hurts our ability to develop loving, lasting relationships. In this talk, I unpack scriptural, psychological, and practical strategies to escape the trap of pornography addiction.

Jason Knapp

Contact Jason

Email:
jason.knapp@thinkingmatters.org.nz

Phone:
0211147846

Bruce Fraser

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Bruce Fraser

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Bruce Fraser

Kia Ora! I am a Software Architect, lay Pastor, husband, father and the Christchurch Regional Director for Thinking Matters. I’ve loved the opportunities this has given me to meet great people across Canterbury and New Zealand. I’m available to speak primarily in Christchurch, and elsewhere as needed.

I spent several years learning apologetics from good friends Mike Licona, Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood and Mary Jo Sharp, while living in the U. S. I learned much about the arguments and demeanour that best communicate the Great News of Jesus to those hostile to Christianity, presenting the truth of Jesus in a way that is gentle and respects their intellect.

I spent most of my life as a Software Engineer until a series of unexpected life events propelled me to leave the U. S. for missions work in Kenya. There I met and married my Kiwi wife Lee. A year later, we moved to New Zealand. We have two primary school boys who love maths and science. We’re passionate about seeing people love God and loving others well, inside and outside the church.

TALKS

For Churches

These talks have a more biblical basis and are received well in churches.

Why Thinking Matters

1 Peter 3:15 is a favourite verse of many who are passionate about sharing their faith. But verse 16 has much to say about how and when we share. As we examine the context of these verses, we discover that our whole lives are an apologetic for the Great News of Jesus.

Know Doubt

Doubting Thomas gets a bad reputation for saying what many of us would have in his place. Some Christians believe doubt is a sign of weak faith and should be avoided. However, many find doubt is a powerful catalyst to a strong, vibrant faith. We will look at the science of doubt and how Jesus responds to it.

So Easy Your Nana Can Do It

Many Christians think talking to people about Jesus is awkward or that they don’t know enough to communicate effectively. But the conversational approach that your Nana takes can provide some powerful openings. We will also examine how the apostle Paul used different approaches that suited each of the people groups he was trying to reach.

Did Jesus Really Claim To Be God?

Muslims and secular religious studies scholars tell us that Jesus never actually claimed to be God; that this was the creation of followers who later invented claims of Jesus’ deity. Since Jesus never said, “I am God,” who should we believe?

For Christian Audiences

These talks are primarily aimed at an audience that accepts Christianity as true.

Meh, Whatever?!

Is engaging Kiwi apathy in the too-hard basket? What would move someone toward an active interest in faith? What can we learn from psychology about speaking to people who have no interest in Christianity?

For General Audiences

These talks are suitable for mixed audiences that include atheists, agnostics, and people of other religions. They first present a strong case against the Christian view which helps those who don’t accept Christianity to be more open when the Christian view is presented. They respectfully address the case against and build a positive case for the Christian view.

Doubting Church

The church has given us the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials. It has also given us hospitals, universities, slavery abolition, and protection of rights for women and children. How can we reconcile these two difference faces of the church and come to peace with God’s plan for the church?

Has Science Buried God?

Are science and faith natural enemies? Does naturalism provide sufficient grounding for the success of science? Does the evidence from science point away from or towards a creator God? Can you be a scientist and a Christian?

The Fantastic Ferrari Factory

Where did this Universe come from? Some prominent scientists have argued that it is the product of a Universe generating factory and therefore God is not required. Is this a testable truth claim? We will investigate two of the most powerful evidences for God and see how science strongly points to the existence of God. We will also seek to understand how we can respect the scientists who make these claims while still rejecting their conclusions.

Does Life Have Meaning?

Is this life just a lucky accident? Do our lives have purpose or should we invent our own? Does having an answer to this question make any difference? What can we learn from philosophy, the arts, science and theology about this timeless question?

Is The New Testament Reliable?

Is the New Testament an unreliable translation of a translation of a translation, written by unknown authors, and full of contradictions as Bart Ehrman claims? If we don’t have the originals, how do we know that we have a faithful copy? Do contradictions mean that we should reject the contents of these 2000 year old manuscripts?

Jesus: Man or Myth?

C. S. Lewis famously said that Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic or Lord. But some people have opted for a forth option: Legend. Jesus never really existed, the stories of him were stolen from Pagan mystery religions. Was Jesus the first ‘dying and rising’ god? Nope. Orsiris, Horus, Dionysius and Mithras all bet him to it. Or did they?

Dead Men Don’t Come Back … Or Do They?

Did Jesus really rise from the dead? “Yes,” says the Christian. “It’s in the Bible, so it’s true.” The sceptic says, “Obviously not. People don’t rise from the dead. If that happened, we’d know about it.”

If someone doesn’t assume the Bible is true, is there evidence that could convince them Jesus rose from the dead?