Lectures to discuss ‘what matters’

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by Greta Yeoman

St Mary’s Church is hosting a series of religious talks.

The series began on Friday night with a talk on purpose by Timaru evangelist Jeff Coleman, and the second will be held this Friday.

The “Things That Matter” series of lectures will be held in the church hall, in Church St.

The second talk, on this Friday night, would be led St Mary’s minister the Rev John Shoaf.

He would talk about the reasoning for God.

Mr Shoaf said the five-session series had been pitched to him by Mr Coleman, who runs bible study and Christian evangelism organisation Firm Foundation New Zealand.

It was the second series of talks Mr Coleman had hosted in Timaru, following events earlier in the year, Mr Shoaf said.

Gleniti Baptist pastor John Pavelka would talk about the cross on August 3, followed by a session by St John’s Anglican minister the Rev Josh Taylor on August 10, about Jesus’ resurrection.

The series of talks would conclude on August 24 with a talk about the Bible, taken by Mr Coleman.

Mr Shoaf said the series was based on American theologian Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God

Previous talks by Mr Coleman had attracted a mixed audience, including long-time Christians and others interested in learning more about the faith, he said.

The evening events, which would start at 7pm, would involve a 30-40 minute lecture followed by a question-and-answer session, which had previously involved plenty of audience debate, Mr Shoaf said.

“[It] worked out really well last time.”

All of the talks will be held in the St Mary’s Church hall, beside the main church building, as the church itself is still undergoing renovation.

Mr Shoaf said the work was on track for the church building to reopen at the end of August.

Other upcoming events at the church included the air force service in September and the seafarers’ service in October, along with the schools music festival in October, he said.

For more information, contact John Shoaf at 021 440-901 or shoafrc@yahoo.com.