Questions of life

Questions of Life: Why bother with religion?

Rico Tice brings us a very personal talk prompted by family incidents of his past. Rico’s godfather was killed in a cliff fall on 6th August 1982 which led Rico to seek answers to the issues of death and meaning, that had torpedoed him in the aftermath of the death of a loved one. Rico will look at Ecclesiastes 2 verses 1 to 11 where King Solomon faces similar issues.

Question of Life: 7 of 7: If Christianity is true, why don’t more believe?

John 10:22-30 Christianity has been around for millennia. In this country, there are churches everywhere, the basics are taught in schools, and Christmas has a high profile. Yet, despite all this, committed Christians seem few and far between, including in our workplaces. Surely, if Christianity is true, more would believe? To address this question, we’ll consider what Jesus has to say in John 10.

Questions of Life: 4 of 7: Is following Jesus really worth the cost?

Luke 9:18-27 Let’s be honest, following Jesus can be hard graft. Standing up as a follower of Jesus in your office is more likely to get you grief than praise and sometimes we’re tempted to ask the question ‘is it really worth it?’ Jesus is totally realistic about what it means to follow him and he doesn’t pull his punches when he says “deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” So is it really worth it? Whether you’re weighing up whether to follow Jesus at all or wondering about keeping going after years of doing it this talk is for you.

Questions of Life: 3 of 7: Does sin actually matter?

Genesis 3:1-24 A London drinking song begins with the lyrics “Here’s to sin and here’s to virtue, a little bit of both won’t hurt you,” and the common feeling is that as long as no-one gets too badly hurt, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of grown-up naughtiness from time to time. Perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to old-fashioned categories like sin, guilt, good and bad, and forgiveness? Listen in as we look at one of the foundational texts of the Old Testament – Genesis 3 – and see what relevance it has in our morally ambiguous world.

Questions of Life: 2 of 7: Can we love the Old Testament God?

Psalm 103 According to Richard Dawkins: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Although not all of us might express it quite like Dawkins does (!), many people question whether such a God should be worthy of our worship and love. Listen in as we consider this question together.