Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Talking Skepticism in Canada

This past weekend I was speaking at Lakeside Church in Ontario, CanadaIt was great to be there and my aim was to help people who are skeptical and unsure to think things through for themselves. Here's a section from it:

You can watch the whole talk, which I began by introducing and showing a clip from The Hobbit, where Gandalf invites Bilbo on "an adventure" and has his offer initially rejected, by going here.

If you have any questions or comments about it, please feel free to drop me a message at luke@chrysolis.org.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Muslim, LGBTQ, & atheist students engage with Jesus

Three scenes from my recent week of speaking at events on the campus of University of Groningen in the Netherlands:

Scene One

Monday afternoon I spoke with a Muslim student after my talk about whether we can know anything about God.

She told me that she loves being among Christians as her questions are welcomed and she is given space to explore her questions about God.

She then asked me if I could help her with a question: Why do Christians hold Jesus in such affection? What is that provokes this love on their part?

Friday, 4 November 2016

Training Romanian Speakers

One of our main foci is training communicators in Romania. Check out our short update on this aspect of our work:

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Update from Jakarta

I recently came back from two weeks in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the Lausanne Movement. Hear me share more about it on this video update:

You can also see the official summary video of the gathering, here:

Monday, 4 July 2016

Buddhist Alpha Course

I walked into the Buddhist meeting and everybody was speaking at once. Over and over they repeated the same phrase.

At the front of the room a white man in his 50s leading the chanting. He had the swiftly rolling enunciation of an experienced auctioneer calling out the current bid to a crowd of buyers, but the words were foreign to me.

Someone tapped me on the shoulder from behind and handed me a glossy business card. It had a picture of a lotus flower and the words "Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō".

"This is the chant," he told me helpfully, "feel free to join in".

"Thank you so much," I replied, "that's really kind, what language is this in?"

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Biggest Problem with Speakers

It's just after seven o'clock in the morning and I'm desperately waiting for the caffeine to kick in from the mug of coffee I'm gripping in my left hand.

In my right hand I'm holding a pen and sketching out some possible ways to structure a training seminar.

I don't normally start work so early; I'm ordinarily readying for the school run at this hour.

But Emi, one of the guys in the Bucharest cohort of our Chrysolis Academy training program for Christian communicators, has asked me round to help him develop the interactive elements of two sessions he is teaching this weekend at a local church's men's retreat.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Exciting Times in Ukrainian Universities

"I don't believe in God, do you think people here will judge me?"

He'd never been to a Christian event before and it was all quite new for him. But he'd loved the atmosphere and was also struck by hearing God discussed in intelligent and concrete terms by relatively normal people. But he didn't know how welcome his questions and doubts would be.

"Not at all," I replied to him, "people here absolutely love people who don't believe in God, you're like their favourite people. and they enjoy honest open discussion... you're definitely in the right place."

An expression of relief came across his face as he smiled back at me.

"Good," he said, "because I have so many questions and I think these are good people with whom to talk about them."