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What is The Forge?

The Forge is a monthly Thinking Matters gathering held in Auckland (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.

Every month, we invite a guest speaker to present on a given topic with periodic breaks in their talk to encourage discussion both with the speaker and those around you.  The point of this is to allow you to soak up the information you just heard, process it with your neighbors, and perhaps even challenge others with a different point of view.

A forge is a place where a blacksmith “makes or shapes an object by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammers it to create something strong, enduring and successful”.  This definition is what our vision was built on. Our desire is for these interactive events to be a place where messy and difficult topics can be cleaned up, re-shaped, and smoothed out to help uncover God’s beautiful designs in this crazy world.

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Influencing the World

Presented by Dr Adam Claasen

A Jewish Teacher v Herod the Great

How did Jesus, an itinerant preacher with a dubious background from a rural backwater, become infinitely more influential in history than Herod the Great, one of the ancient world’s most accomplished leaders and builders? Dr Adam Claasen, senior lecturer of history from Massey University, looks forward to unpacking this topic which he presented at the Thinking Matters Confident Christianity Conference earlier this year.

This is a seeker friendly event. Please invite your friends.

About Dr Adam Claasen

Dr Adam Claasen is a university academic with nineteen years teaching and research experience in the field of history. He is a Smithsonian Institution Fellowship recipient and a Fulbright Scholar. In his spare time, he has been involved in a faith-based leadership institute and has taught on worldview, evidential apologetics, and Christian history at churches in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. He also talks on the intersection of faith and popular culture and the historical links between faith and science. He is married to Sandra and they have four sons.


WHEN: One Wednesday per Month (typically the first Wednesday – but exceptions happen depending on speaker availability)

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

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!


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PHONE: 0225257837

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