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Christmas what if it really happened

The Christmas story told by the Bible sounds unbelievable, but what if it really happened?

Santa, Stockings and Scrooge... they're nice stories that are told at Christmas to remind us of values we think are important however in the end they are completely fictitious. Many would say that the Christmas story, as told by the Bible, is basically the same.

In our final instalment of Bible Shots in 2018 Al Stewart helps us consider the historical evidence to answer the questions:
Did the Christmas story, as told by the Bible, actually happen?
What would it mean if it did?

Plan your Christmas stopping

Is looking forward to stopping at Christmas a sign that something is wrong?

What are you looking forward to about Christmas? It is a common question for small talk at this time of year.

For many people, one of the top answers is stopping! There is no doubt that after a long year, the chance to stop is good but have we set our sights too low?

In this Christmas edition of Bible Shots Lachlan Orr helps us consider why the Christmas story offers us so much more than simply stopping work.

Faith and the hard lesson of humility

Will hard times lead me to trust God?

"What would it take for you to trust God?"

A typical answer to this question might be "I would trust God if he showed me undeniable proof he exists." Another answer might be "I would trust God if he gave me (insert the thing I really want)." Not many, if any, would answer "I would start trusting God if he took away my power, wealth and status."

Al Stewart talks about humility. Being humbled by God might be exactly what leads to faith in him.

Faith when the heat is on

What does faith look like when the heat is on?

Faith can be costly. The cost can vary depending on which part of the world you're in. Sometimes, the cost may be more of an inconvenience but other times it is deadly. Why are people willing to pay the price of faith? What might it look like for people in our city to live with faith when the heat is on?

Faith sees the world clearly

How do you make sense of the world around you?

Some of the methods we use to make sense of the world around us offer more certainty than others. We might depend on someone's report in order to make a decision at work. We may consider the perspective of a journalist on a current event as we read a news story. Sometimes we weigh up competing takes on the same situation. As you try to make sense of the world, what role does faith have?

Faith when the mockers are laughing

Patience or payback?

In this week's episode from the book of Daniel we encounter a situation which asks us to consider: What does faith look like in the face of mockery and laughter? How can faith be sustained? And why does God appear to show so much patience with some people but not others?

Faith on the wrong side of history

Does faith make a difference?

The phrase "the wrong side of history" is often used as a put down. It is a critique of an outmoded idea, proved wrong by the facts of the modern world.

This week at City Legal, Al Stewart explored whether choosing to follow Jesus would put you on "the wrong side of history".

Faith and the seduction of success

Does faith make a difference?

Our city is full of powerful companies, governments and media outlets that seem to offer the path to success.

This week at City Legal, Al Stewart explored what it might look like to trust God when the world seems so big and powerful.

Living in the light of judgement

How to get ready for the end of the world

Our news is full of predictions of impending doom. Global warming, economic failure, and the rise of the alt-right.

Yet the Christian notion of a 'Day of Judgement' has been parodied as the domain of apocalyptic fanatics, or the ultimate form of spiritual manipulation. But what does the Bible have to say on the topic, and what if anything might it contribute to a contemporary spirituality?

Our speaker is Kanishka Raffel who is the Dean of the Anglican Cathedral of St Andrews in Sydney. Kanishka was formerly a lawyer with Blake Dawson (now Ashurst).

Understanding judgement

How to get ready for the end of the world

Our news is full of predictions of impending doom. Global warming, economic failure, and the rise of the alt-right.

Yet the Christian notion of a 'Day of Judgement' has been parodied as the domain of apocalyptic fanatics, or the ultimate form of spiritual manipulation. But what does the Bible have to say on the topic, and what if anything might it contribute to a contemporary spirituality?

Our speaker is Kanishka Raffel who is the Dean of the Anglican Cathedral of St Andrews in Sydney. Kanishka was formerly a lawyer with Blake Dawson (now Ashurst).