Our Eternal Destiny: A Discussion about Universalism

Next month in Tauranga, Joe Fleener and Bryan Winters will be discussing universalism and the Christian understanding of salvation. Both will be offering different perspectives, with Bryan defending universalism and Joe defending the traditional Christian approach.

With the recent controversy surrounding Rob Bell’s defense of universalism and its place in evangelical orthodoxy, it should be an interesting event.

Our Eternal Destiny.  Who goes to heaven and who goes to hell?
Saturday 2nd July
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem, Tauranga

About the speakers:

Bryan Winters has an Honours degree in Geography and Economics and has been a school teacher in New Zealand, West Africa and London. He now works in IT sales and consulting where he has worked in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

Joe Fleener holds a Masters of Divinity and has served as a fulltime Bible College lecturer in New Zealand in the areas of Old Testament, Church History, Apologetics, Christian Worldview and Ethics before entering his current role as Associate Pastor of Howick Baptist Church in Auckland. He blogs at the Kiwifruit Blog and you can follow him on twitter at @jfleener5.

Why Should we Read the Old Testament, and How? Iain Provan in Auckland

Regent College’s Iain Provan will be in Auckland next month. Compass have organised for him to give a talk on the topic: ‘Why Should we Read the Old Testament, and How?’ on Monday 4 July, 7pm to 9pm at Greenlane Christian Centre, 17 Marewa Road, Greenlane, Auckland. Read more

Is there Evidence for God? Craig v Krauss streamed live at Auckland Uni

The Evangelical Union and the Reason and Science Society, along with Thinking Matters, will be streaming the upcoming debate between William Lane Craig and Lawrence Krauss at the University of Auckland on Thursday 31 March 1-3 pm.

If you’re in the city and free for lunch, come along and join us for what should prove to be an interesting exchange. Christian philosopher, theologian, and blogger Matt Flannagan has also kindly agreed to take some Q&A at the conclusion of the debate.

What: Is there Evidence for God? Krauss v Craig Debate Streamed Live (Q&A with Matthew Flannagan)
When: Thursday 31 March 1-3pm
Where: Cap and Gown Lounge, Level 2, 34 Princes St (AUSA building), The University of Auckland.

Visit the Facebook page here.

Lawrence Krauss is a professor at Arizona State University and an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology. He received undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Physics at Carleton University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books including a national best-seller, The Physics of Star Trek.

William Lane Craig is a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in California. He specializes in philosophy of religion and philosophy of time and, as a theologian, in historical Jesus studies. Dr Craig pursued graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Birmingham (Ph.D), and the University of Munich. He has written over a hundred articles in professional journals and authored or edited over over thirty books including the Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology and God, Time and Eternity.

John Lennox coming to New Zealand (Updated)

Next month, John Lennox will be visiting New Zealand for a speaking tour. Here are the public events that have been confirmed:

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John Lennox coming to New Zealand

Next month, John Lennox will be visiting New Zealand for a speaking tour. Here are the public events that have been confirmed so far:

AUCKLAND (27 February – 2 March)

– Sunday 27 February:

9:30 – 11:00am Howick Baptist Church

1:00 – 3:00pm Q&A with John Lennox, at Salvation Army (East City Corps) 37-45 Wellington Street, Howick Auckland (hosted by Howick Baptist Church)

7pm Greenlane Christian Centre

Monday 28 February:

7:00 – 9:00pm “Christ Among the Philosophers”: An evening with John Lennox” at St. Paul’s (hosted by Compass). Facebook page here.

Tuesday 1 March:

12:00 – 1:00pm Lecture at Auckland University (Room TBA), “Has Science Buried God?” (organised by TSCF)

1:00-2:00pm Lecture at Auckland University (Room TBA), “Has Science Buried God?” (organised by TSCF)

3:00pm Meeting for Christian Academic Staff, “Faithfully Engaging with the Academy”

7:30-9:30pm “So you want to change the world?” Organised by TSCF for Christian students and young adults – 441 Queen Street, TSCF Offices

Wednesday 2 March:

8:30 Speaking at World Vision chapel

Afternoon: Lecturing for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme

WELLINGTON (2 – 4 March)

7pm Lecture: “Why God Loves Richard Dawkins?” or “God and Stephen Hawking) at St Michael’s, Kelburn

Thursday 3 March:

Lecturing for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme

Friday 4 March:

Lecturing for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme


Sunday 6 March:

Spreydon Baptist Church (9am, 11am and 7pm)

[Updated 15 Feb]

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, a philosopher of science, and a seasoned Christian apologist.  Lennox has twice debated Richard Dawkins and is the author of the excellent book, Has Science Buried God?. We don’t often get apologists of his stature here in New Zealand and it will be exciting for Kiwis to have the opportunity to hear him.

I’ll update the blog as soon as the dates are finalized and available.  In the meantime, here are some of his lectures to whet your appetite:

• Engaging the New Atheism (Basics 2009 Conference) – Download Audio
• Engaging the Mind: The Defense of Christianity (Basics 2009 Conference) – Download Audio
• Using Scripture to Engage the Mind and Imagination (Basics 2009 Conference) – Download Audio

• In the beginning God (New Horizon 2008) – Download Audio or Video
•Reasons for Hope (New Horizon 2008) – Download Audio or Video

Auckland Event: Jeff Tallon on Creation and Christianity

This Sunday and the next, Jeff Tallon, former Professor of Physics at Victoria University, will be speaking at East City Wesleyan Church in a series on Christianity. Dr Tallon began the series last weekend with a discussion of God as Creator and this week he will be addressing the case for the Bible. Dr Tallon is both an internationally renown scientist and a Christian who is committed to thinking deeply about the integration of biblical and disciplinary knowledge-claims. We’ve enjoyed hearing from him at our Thinking Matters events and can’t recommend him enough. For more details, check out the Facebook page.

26 September – God and Scripture: the rational case for taking the Bible seriously

3 October – Jesus: a scientist’s personal view

Location: East City Wesleyan Church – 219 Burswood Drive, Auckland

Time: 7pm

More about the speaker: Dr Jeff Tallon is Distinguished Scientist at Industrial Research Ltd and a former Professor of Physics at Victoria University. He is internationally known for his research in high-temperature superconductors, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2002 was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s highest science award.

Auckland Event: John Warwick Montgomery on the claims of Jesus

Just a head’s up for those in the Auckland or upper North Island regions. This Sunday, Dr John Warwick Montgomery will be speaking at the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle. This is his only New Zealand event, so if you’re free, you really won’t want to miss the chance to hear one of the world’s top international apologists.

Title: Can We Trust the Claims of Jesus Christ about Himself in the New Testament?
Time: 2.15pm -4.30pm, Sunday 26 September
Location: Level 3, Baptist Tabernacle, 429 Queen Street, Auckland CBD.
Cost: $10 for adult workers, $5 students.
For more info, email

About the speaker: Dr John Warwick Montgomery is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought at the Patrick Henry College and Emeritus Professor of Law and Humanities at the University of Luton. He has earned eleven degrees in multiple disciplines, including philosophy, librarianship, theology, and law. Internationally regarded for both his work as a lawyer and as a Christian apologist, Dr Montgomery has debated many scholars – notably Thomas Altizer and situation-ethicist Joseph Fletcher. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly journal articles and more than fifty books, including Christianity for the Tough Minded and Human Rights and Human Dignity. Currently,  Dr Montgomery serves as the director of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, & Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Auckland Event: Christ in the Workplace

The Tertiary Student Christian Fellowship’s graduate ministry is organizing their National Conference this year on Christ and the workplace. With a vision to seeing godly people who are willing to bring their faith and professional lives together, Catalyst are hosting a compelling program of speakers, worship and workshops to nurture and encourage Christians to be better disciples of Christ in the workplace.

The conference will be held at Laidlaw College in Henderson, Auckland, beginning on the 3rd of September and ending on the 5th. Catalyst have organized some amazing speakers from a broad range of specialized fields and working environments, from architecture, health care, law, business, farming, town planning and more. Speakers include Andrew Thorburn (CEO of the BNZ bank), Andrew Becroft (Principal Youth Court Judge), Chris Clarke (CEO of World Vision NZ), Peter Thirkell (professor of Marketing at Victoria University), and Paul Windsor (associate director of Langham Preaching).

The conference will offer a unique opportunity to develop networks with colleagues gathered from around New Zealand and deepen professional, intellectual, and spiritual relationships. Catalyst hopes that participants will be able to leave able to:

• communicate the gospel in word and deed
• translate the Bible’s story into their profession
• live for Christ on Monday as much as Sunday
• are participants with God in his global mission

You can download the brochure here or visit the Catalyst site for more details.

Event Details:

What: Christ in the Workplace: National Catalyst Conference 2010
When: 3 – 5 September 2010
Where: Laidlaw College, 80A Central Park Drive Henderson, West Auckland

Auckland Event: Exploring Biblical Spirituality

This Friday, Rev Dr Peter Adam will be speaking at St Margaret’s Anglican Church in Auckland on the topic of Christian spirituality. Adam is the Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne and the author of several books, including Written For Us (read Paul Windsor’s review here) and Speaking God’s words: A Practical Theology of Preaching. His latest book, Hearing God’s words: Exploring biblical spirituality is a part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology, edited by D. A. Carson.  With the concept of spirituality today becoming increasingly fuzzy – both outside and within the church – Adam is passionate about calling Christians to be confident in the model of spirituality taught in the Bible.

This Wednesday and Thursday he will be in Hamilton (see more details here) and Friday’s message will be from Isaiah 55, continuing his discussion of what we can learn from the Bible about spirituality and what spirituality results from using the Bible. For more resources by Peter, go to

WHAT: Hearing God’s Words: Exploring Biblical Spirituality with Peter Adam

WHEN: Friday June 25, 7.30pm

WHERE: St Margaret’s Anglican Church,  102 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Event: Postgrad Study for the Glory of God

This weekend, the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship is hosting a seminar in Auckland to consider the issues involved with postgraduate life, whether in further academic study or in the workplace. One of the biggest challenges Christians often face is in integrating their faith with vocational or academic work. This Saturday (the 29th of May) Catalyst, TSCF’s ministry to graduates, postgraduates and academics, will be running a one day seminary led by Dr Bev Norsworthy.  Norsworthy, one of New Zealand’s leading educators, will be exploring three crucial questions:

• What is the gospel and how does it impact your postgraduate study?
• In what ways can the gospel be applied to research and teaching?
• How can postgraduate research be done for the glory of God?

The seminar completes a national tour that has been running throughout the country in 2010. The day will run from 9am until 5pm, with morning and afternoon tea provided.

When: Saturday 29th May 9am-5pm

Where: Carey College Christian School, Domain Road, Panmure, Auckland

Cost: $20

For more information and registration visit or email

Auckland Event: God in the Light of the Critics

On Saturday the 29th of May, TANSA (Theology and the Natural Sciences in Aotearoa), in conjunction with the Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, will be holding a seminar on God and the new wave of  atheism. The event brings together speakers from a variety of theological and confessional commitments to interact with the new cultural movement of skepticism.

When: Saturday May 29, 9am – 3.30pm

Where: Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, 1043 Beach Road, Long Bay (ph 473 2600)

Cost: $20 / $15 students and unwaged


9.00  Registration

9.30  Welcome: Nicola Hoggard Creegan (Chair of TANSA, and lecturer at Laidlaw) and John Fairbrother (Director of Vaughan Park)

9.45 Tim Meadowcroft (Senior Lecturer at Laidlaw) Pascal’s Bus: A Conversation between Blaise Pascal and the British Humanist Association Buse.s

10.30 Morning Tea

11.00 Judith Brown (Adjunct lecturer, Laidlaw) Tracing the way Home: the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

11.45  John Bishop (Professor of philosophy, Uni of Auckland)  Some Thoughts on an Alternative to a ‘Personal omniGod’ Theism.

12.30 LUNCH

1.30  Peter Lineham (Professor of History, Massey) A History of Atheism: from Paine to Dawkins

2.15  Nicola Hoggard Creegan  Deeper than Darwin

2.35  John Fairbrother Thank God for Atheists

For more details phone Nicola @ 021 376 045 or check out the TANSA website.

Christianity On Trial

Just a reminder about our second forum event to be held this Tuesday (March 16th) at 7pm. Last night’s panel went well, and we were really pleased with the turn out. This next panel will be focused more on the New Atheist’s arguments against Christianity and we look forward to some good discussion. Please join us!

Christianity On Trial

Time: 7pm, Tuesday March 16
Location: 260 – 098
Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, The University of Auckland

Today, many best-selling atheists argue that belief in God is delusional and a roadblock to political, moral, and scientific progress. In this public Q and A event, several of New Zealand’s top Christian thinkers come together to consider popular arguments against Christianity and whether belief in God is merely a consequence of superstition and credulity.


  • Jeff Tallon (PhD) is Distinguished Scientist at Industrial Research Ltd and a former Professor of Physics at Victoria University. He is internationally known for his research in high-temperature superconductors, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2002 was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s highest science award.
  • Matthew Flannagan (PhD) lectures in the History of Philosophy at Laidlaw College and specializes in applied ethics and the interface between philosophy and theology. He is a prominent New Zealand Christian thinker, debater and blogger.
  • Michael Drake (DipTeach) is the principal of Carey College in Panmure and a pastor of the Tamaki Reformed Baptist Church. He has been involved in advocacy for Christian schools and in raising issues about race, education, and Christianity before Parliament. He is also a TSCF Associate Chaplain at the Manukau Institute of Technology.
  • Joe Fleener (MDiv) lectures in Old Testament, Church History, Christian Worldview, Apologetics, and Christian Ethics at The Shepherd’s Bible College.

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