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The Forge Dunedin

“…In your hearts honour Messiah the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who ask you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15

The Forge is a weekly apologetics programme that takes place every Sunday from 3.30-5pm at a location in or near Dunedin. Christians and non-Christians are invited, though the primary purpose of The Forge Dunedin is to equip believers, both adults and youth. Participants are encouraged to purchase and read books that correspond to each series.

A number of lecturers and discussion leaders will be involved. The plan is for The Forge Dunedin to run continually throughout 2021.


How Should We Then Live? | Francis Schaeffer | Discussion Leader – Jeff Coleman

Where: The Coleman’s, 66 Otokia-Kuri Bush Road West, Henley

This summer, The Forge Dunedin will present Francis A. Schaeffer’s spectacular ten-part series on the rise and decline of Western civilisation from a Christian perspective. Schaeffer draws upon his outstanding knowledge of history and art to explain where Western culture has come from and where it is going. Although written in 1976, the series is as relevant today as when it was first published. This series will give you a comprehensive understanding of why New Zealand culture is changing so quickly and will help you to be a better Christian apologist and evangelist today.

Please note the schedule has changed, as we will watch two videos per session. Each week, please bring along a potluck dish to share.

December 13: The Roman Age
January 10: The Middle Ages, The Renaissance
January 17: The Reformation and The Revolutionary Age
January 24: The Scientific Age and The Age of Non-Reason
January 31: The Age of Fragmentation and The Age of Personal Peace and Affluence
February 7th: Final Choices

God’s Crime Scene | J. Warner Wallace | Discussion Leader – Jono Thompson

Where: Caversham Community Church, 17 Playfair Street, Caversham, Dunedin
Time: Sundays, 3.30-5pm

Join J. Warner Wallace, former atheist, seasoned cold-case detective, and popular speaker, as he tackles his most important case…with you on the jury! With the expertise of a cold-case detective, Wallace examines eight critical pieces of evidence in the ‘crime scene’ of the universe to determine if they point to a Divine Intruder. If you have ever wondered if something (or someone) outside the natural realm created the universe and everything in it, this is the course for you!

February 21: In the Beginning
February 28: Tampering with the Evidence
March 7: The Origin of Life
March 14: The Signs of Design
March 21: Our Experience of Consciousness
March 28: Free Will or Full Wiring
April 4: Law and Order
April 11: The Evidence of Evil


Tactics | Gregory Koukl | Discussion Leader – Jono Thompson

Where: Mornington Presbyterian Church, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Maryhill, Dunedin

This series, created by Greg Koukl, presents methods of holding conversations with people from other worldviews in a way that is non-offensive and gets people thinking. Explaining easy-to-use tactics and a knowledge of practical logic over the course of 6 sessions, this series will equip you to feel calm and confident to talk to others about their beliefs. As Greg Koukl promises, “I am going to give you a game plan that will allow you to converse with confidence in any situation, no matter how little you know or how knowledgeable or aggressive or even obnoxious the other person might be.”

Tactics is available for purchase here.

October 25: Learning the Columbo Tactic
November 1: Refining the Columbo Tactic
November 8: Perfecting the Columbo Tactic
November 22: The S Tactic
November 29: The Taking-The-Roof-Off Tactic
December 6: The Steamroller Tactic

WHEN: Sundays:  January 17th, 24th, and 31st and February 7th

TIME: 3.00pm – 5.00pm (followed by pot-luck dinner)

WHERE: Jeff & Averil Coleman, 66 Otokia-Kuri Bush Road West, Henley 

COST: Free – but Koha gratefully accepted.

RSVP: None needed – just turn up, bring a friend & please bring a pot-luck dish for dinner

Jeff Coleman


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