An invitation over 2020 to consider five tough questions for the world's largest religion
Questions taken from Rebecca McLaughlin's excellent book, 'Confronting Christianity'
8th mARCH: How could a loving god allow suffering?
Author of 'When darkness seems my closest friend'
Mark was born in London and works as a freelance writer, a chaplain in Whitehall, and Director (Europe & Caribbean) for Langham Preaching (part of Langham Partnership). Married to Rachel, they have 2 children – Joshua and Zanna.
10th may: how can you take the bible literally?
TIM WARD, MA, PhD
Lecturer and Author of 'Words of Life'
Tim is a lecturer at Oak Hill Bible College. Previously he taught at the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill Training Course. Prior to that he served in pastoral ministry for 14 years. He is the author of a book on the doctrine of scripture, Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God (IVP). He gained his PhD at Edinburgh University in the 1990s, which was published as Word and Supplement: Speech Acts, Biblical Texts and the Sufficiency of Scripture (OUP).
5TH JULY: HASN'T SCIENCE DISPROVED CHRISTIANITY?
JAMIE HENSHALL, PhD
Drug Discovery Scientist
After gaining his PhD in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, Jamie has worked for a large BioPharma company for 12 years where he develops new drugs for diseases such as Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Asthma. He serves as committee member to a global scientific society and is published in international journals. Jamie is married to Victoria and they have two young children, Eva and Annie.
date tbc: HOW CAN YOU SAY THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE FAITH?
UK Director for RZIM Zacharius Trust and Assistant Chaplain of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
Simon’s areas of interest include moral apologetics, human dignity, faith and reason, the nature of truth, evidence for the resurrection, suffering and ethics. He has been invited to speak on a number of BBC Radio programmes regarding the evidence for the Christian faith, particularly from his perspective as a lawyer. Simon is married to Natasha and they have two young children, Grace and Jonathan.
22nd november: isn't christianity homophobic?
Minister Woodstock Road Baptist Church, Oxford
Andy has been the Pastor at Woodstock Road Baptist Church for over 15 years now. He has a deep passion for teaching the truth from God’s word whether it be in a sermon on Sunday, at a church weekend away, a university Christian Union or at the South Central Ministry Training Course. In his free time Andy like to umpire cricket, play golf and watch pretty much any sport! Andy describes himself as same-sex attracted.