The Forge Christchurch

The Forge is a monthly Thinking Matters gathering in Christchurch which seeks to deepen people’s understanding and awareness of various Christian issues and culturally relevant topics – as seen from a biblical worldview.

Each month we host a guest speaker who presents an apologetics talk on a given topic.  Those attending are invited to dialogue with the speaker during a Q&A time after the main presentation.



The Courage to be Counter-Cultural 

Speaker: Brendan Malone

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 counter-culture of self-giving love.

Beckenham Baptist Church, 146 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

Sunday, 1st November 2020, 7 PM – 9 PM


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 more than 33,000 subscribers.


Religion – More Harm Than Good? 

Speaker: Dr Bob Robinson

As Christians we long to talk to our friends about Jesus and share the Gospel with them, but often all our friends hear from us is, “They’re trying to talk me into religion – and we all know religion does more harm than good …” And many of our friends use that as an excuse to block their ears to the Good News. Is there a helpful way to respond?

In this presentation, Dr Bob Robinson will outline a workable plan for helping you work through those hard questions your friends and family have. He then uses those insights to deconstruct the ‘harmful religion’ generalisation, while acknowledging this is sometimes true, with an aim to turn an apparent barrier to the Gospel into a bridge over which Jesus can walk into people’s lives.

Beckenham Baptist Church, 146 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

Sunday, 6th September 2020, 7 PM – 9 PM


Dr. Bob Robinson was a missionary in SE Asia and then taught a degree-level apologetics course (‘Faith has its reasons’) for 22 years at Laidlaw College. His Ph.D. is from the University of London with a thesis on the gospel and Hinduism – part of Bob’s ongoing research, publishing and passionate presenting about the truth of the gospel, and the uniqueness, finality, and universality of Christ, in our world of many religions.

Why Thinking Matters

Speaker: Bruce Fraser

1 Peter 3:15 reminds Christians to be prepared to give a reason for the hope that we have. To do that, we carefully study God’s message, as recorded by the Biblical authors, understand the original audience and context, and wrestle with how that interacts with the culture around us today. Finally, we grapple with the application of those words for the person right in front of us who is asking questions.

We will do that with this passage and in the process, discover that it contains so much more than a clever tag line for people interested in apologetics. It is a recipe for every Christian in every culture to live a compelling apologetic lifestyle that demonstrates the reality of God’s kingdom.

Beckenham Baptist Church, 146 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

Sunday, 2 August 2020 7 PM – 9 PM

Bruce Fraser


Bruce Fraser is the Christchurch Director for Thinking Matters, a member of the Canterbury Evangelism Network, a local church leader, and an apprentice of King Jesus.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a keen interest in the intersection of faith and science. He works as a Software Architect to pay the bills. He is married to Lee Fraser with two boys: Liam and Julian.


WHEN: Sunday, 1st November 2020

TIME: 7pm -9pm

WHEREBeckenham Baptist Church, 146 Colombo St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

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

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


Bruce Fraser


PHONE: 021-056-7358

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