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Presented by Dan Paterson
Monday 29th May 2023

Is the age of apologetics over? The contention of some is that declining faith and the hostile dynamics of our post-everything moment should spark Christians to change our tactics, swapping out subversive persuasion for either a harder-edged proclamation or a socially conscious embodied witness. The question: Why present these as mutually exclusive options? Any move to jettison our apologetic endeavour seems foolish, not only in light of Scripture and the past scandal of our evangelical mind, but especially as we face emerging generations hungry for answers to life’s deepest questions.

Dan Paterson is the founder of Questioning Christianity, a ministry helping you connect the Christian story to life’s deepest questions. He has experience as a pastor, lecturer, and public speaker, having studied Theology and Apologetics in Australia and at Oxford. Dan currently lives in Brisbane with his wife, Erin, and their favourite job is raising three wonderful boys.

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Presented by Bree Mills
Monday 9th May 2022

Micro churches, missional communities, and house churches are on the rise in Australia. As Australians seek authenticity and connection these more innovative forms of church seem to connect well, but, are they new? Isn't that the way the early church lived? Many movements have been born from small communities seeking to be conformed to Christ and love their neighbours, but where are they today? Will this movement in Australia last, or is it just the latest fad in church growth?

Bree Mills believes micro churches are going to increasingly become a part of the Australian church landscape. Micro churches are adaptable, lightweight, and lay-led communities that live out their missional identity in a particular network or neighbourhood. If we are willing to learn from biblical and historical examples, Bree suggests that micro churches can co-exist with existing churches, working in partnership to reach all the nooks and crannies of Australian society.

The Disappearing Evangelist

Presented by Steve Chong
Tuesday 12th May 2020

All around the church, we see pastors, teachers, and church planters, but where is the evangelist? In fact, what even is ‘the evangelist?’ Is it the preacher at a crusade, the leader of your church’s Alpha course or the person in the marketplace? How will the church enter this new decade keeping evangelism at the forefront?

These are questions that Steve Chong, founding director of the RICE movement, believes the church should be asking in order to carry out its mission today. The church is at crossroads, there is a harvest waiting and a church unsure as to how to harvest it. Is it new methods we need, a return to old ones, or something else?

Does the evangelistic rally still have a place in the Australian church today? In 2014, Eternity magazine even asked, “Is it time to give up on the big evangelistic rally?”

Defying this trend is the phenomenal success of the RICE Movement. Since 2002 they have been bringing people together at their evangelistic rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Perth and now Sao Paulo (Brazil) with many more cities in the pipeline. Why is their ministry so effective? What does it tell us about the ministry of evangelism, the content of the gospel, and the needs and interests of young Australians?

The Bible in Australia

Thursday, 16 May 2019
Presenter: Dr Meredith Lake

We’re all pretty used to the idea that Australia isn’t a 'Christian country', but it is still a culture upon which the Bible has cast a pretty long shadow. Christian belief and practice have been here since the First Fleet arrived. Today, references to biblical phrases (“my brother’s keeper”) and allusions to Bible teaching (“Do unto others…”) are commonplace. But, as we saw in the same-sex marriage debate, no one wants to hear the Bible quoted authoritatively in public debates.

Based on her award-winning book, The Bible in Australia, Dr Lake presented the historical 'backstory' to where we are at with the Bible now, with a view to exploring the best uses of the Bible in public discourse and political debate.

Reclaiming Community: Mission, Church and Aboriginal Wisdom

Presented by Brooke Prentis
Monday, 26 March 2018



The Joy of the Gospel - From a Theology of the Balcony to a Theology of the Road

Presented by Dr Cathy Ross

Wednesday 24th May 2017



Uncommon Good: Peaceable Dialogue for Partisan Times

Presented by Dave Benson



Prayer as a Weapon: Clasped Hands as Nonviolent Uprising

Presented by Matt Anslow



Gender: Being Missional and the Reign of God

Presented by Rev. Karina Kreminski



Preaching to the Birds? The Mission of the Church to the Creation

Presented by Dr Mick Pope



Everyday Theology in the iWorld

Presented by Dr Justine Toh



Earlier Lectures

Copies of these lectures are available in written form by contacting Morling college.

2011 – How Dirty are the Hands and Feet that follow Jesus, by Jon Owen, Urban Neighbours of Hope, Sydney.

2010 – Lost in Salvation, by Michael Duncan, Alongsiders, Auckland.

2009 – Following Jesus into Suburbia, by Dr Simon Carey Holt, Whitley College, Melbourne.

2008 – Fitting into the Triune God’s Missional Plot, by Mary Fisher, Sydney Chinese Alliance Church, Sydney.

2007 – Mission After Christendom, by Dr Stuart Murray Williams, Anabaptist Network, Bristol.

2006 – Mission as Cultural Subversion, by Dr Vinoth Ramachandra, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Sri Lanka.

2005 – Promoting the Gospel, by Dr John Dickson, Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney.

2004 – Old Stories, New Directions, by Mary Evans, London School of Theology, London.

2003 – A Cross Cultural Missions Approach for the West, by Dr James Chancellor, Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville.

2002 – The Holy Love of God and the Mission of the Church, by Rev Peter Corney, Institute for Contemporary Christian Leadership, Melbourne.

2001 – Christianity in Three Crucial Dimensions, by Professor Charles Kraft, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena.

2000 – Missional Leadership, by Alan Hirsch, Forge Missions Training Network, Melbourne.

1999 – Mobilising the Local Church for Global Outreach, by Paul Borthwick, Development Associates International, Boston.