Launched in January 2016 BRICK (Building Resources In Christian Knowledge) is a programme of seminars designed to go a little deeper than we’re able to on Sundays. The sessions will each be an hour long and will be focused on various engaging subjects. All the sessions are free, and you can choose to come to one or all of the series. The seminars will include a presentation, followed by Q&A, with refreshments served afterwards. Talks take place at St Mark’s Church from 7.30-8.30pm.

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Previous Sessions

16th, 23rd, 30th April and 7th May Hearing God Led by Andrew Clarke We talk about hearing God but our experience often falls short of our language. It’s time to be honest ! We need to practise, to learn and to grow in hearing God – it’s vital for our walk of faith.

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Looking at the political and cultural background of the New Testament 

Three talks, with time for questions, by Dr Neil Tunnicliffe.

Mondays in January 2018, 7.30 – 8.30pm in St Mark’s Community Room (Narthex).

All welcome, coffee from 7.15.

Jan 15th: The Jewish world: Kingship and Tradition. Listen here

Jan 22nd: The Roman world: Power and Persecution. Listen here

Jan 29th: The Greek world: Language and Philosophy. Listen here

Members of St Mark’s share how they approach some of the challenges of their profession

Week 1 Jonathan and Cath Dixon – Medicine

Week 2 John Wood and Mark Edwards – Education

Week 3 Stewart Davies – Management

Week 4  Rachel Tunnicliffe and Zoe Robinson – Law

Look up! God-shaped worship

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Look in! Life-changing worship

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Look around! Sharing in worship Click here to listen to this talk Click here to read the notes

Sing to the Lord!  Music in worship

27th September
Hearing stories, Sharing experiences.
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4th September
Bishop James Bell.  A Search for Good Disagreement.

Rt Rev James Bell is Bishop of Ripon.  He was a parish priest for 11 years and he was an Area Dean for three years looking after 30 parishes and 60 clergy. He has been Adviser for Ministry and was Director of Ministry Training Programme at Willesden, Director of Ministry & Training for the Diocese of Ripon & Leeds and Director of Mission for the Diocese of Ripon & Leeds.  He has a background of parochial ministry, training and mission and his responsibilities include evangelism and church growth, rural affairs. Bishop James served a term as a member of General Synod and the House of Bishops and currently chairs the Rural Affairs Group of General Synod and the Yorkshire Ministry Course.

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13th October
Rev Dr Ian Paul.  The Biblical Case for the “Traditional Position”.

Rev Dr Ian Paul completed ordination training and a PhD on biblical interpretation (on Paul Ricoeur and the metaphors of Revelation 12–13) before 10 years in parish ministry in Poole, Dorset. He was then on the staff of St John’s, Nottingham, mostly as Dean of Studies for nine years. He is now Associate Minister at St Nic’s, Nottingham, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. He was a member of the General Synod for Salisbury Diocese, and has been Managing Editor of Grove Books Ltd for 20 years.

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20th September

Professor Robert Song.  Alternative Reflections.

Professor Song teaches in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.  Research interests include Bio-ethics, especially ethics & human genetics; Christian ethics; and Church and society. He is the author of Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships, (London: SCM Press, 2014) and edited The Authority of the Gospel: Explorations in Moral and Political Theology in Honour of Oliver O’Donovan, (Grand Rapids,
Mi.: Eerdmans, 2013).

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The cross is the centre of our christian faith, and yet remains a mystery. What happened when Jesus died? How did his death ‘save us from sin’? Can we ever understand it?

Here is a chance to learn more about the Cross:

23rd Feb.
The Meaning of the Cross

Background – why is it necessary for Jesus to die?
The symbolism of the Last Supper
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1st March.
The Meaning of the Cross

The Cross as a sacrifice for sin
The Cross as justification before the law
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8th March.
The Meaning of the Cross

The Cross as redemption from slavery
The Cross as reconciliation with God

15th March.
The Meaning of the Cross

The Cross as victory over evil
The Cross as a demonstration of God’s love
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Here is a chance to learn more about Science and God:

Thursday 14th April
Has Science Disproved God?
Are science and faith inevitably in conflict? Are there limits to science? What is our response to modern cosmology, the Big Bang and the ‘multiverse’?

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Thursday 21st April
Creation, Evolution and the Interpretation of Genesis
Can you be a Christian and believe in evolution? How does the modern understanding of man’s origins relate to the picture painted in the early chapters of Genesis?

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Thursday 28th April
Am I Just a Biological Machine?
Am I determined simply by my genes and my environment? What do we make of the biblical terms soul and spirit or ‘made in the image of God’? PLUS testimonies from working scientists.

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The Series will be led by Tim Cundy and Andrew Clarke. No particular scientific knowledge will be assumed.

The Gospels are for Christians the most important documents we have, because, without them, we would know very little about Jesus
BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FOUR GOSPELS?

Here is a chance to learn more about them:

Tues. 12th Jan.
An introduction to the Gospel
How did the Gospels come to be written?  Who wrote them and when?  In what ways do they differ?
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19th Jan.
The Gospel according to Mark
Announcing the Kingdom – a vivid Gospel
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26th Jan.
The Gospel according to Matthew
A teaching Gospel
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2nd Feb.
The Gospel according to Luke
A Gospel for the outsider
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9th Feb.
The Gospel according to John
A penetratingly reflective Gospel
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Whose world is it anyway?
15th November
We introduce the biblical worldview and start to see where it challenges the assumptions we may have taken on from society around us.

22nd November

Can human rights solve human wrongs?
We look at what secular and Christian worldviews have to say about what it means to be human and some practical implications that fall out of this (pun intended!).
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29th November

What makes work holy – and what about play?
We reflect on what God is doing in the world today, according to the Christian worldview, and where our time can be well spent.

What does Jesus think of profit?
We will explore 5 models of the relationship between Christ and Culture and aim to locate where we are on that spectrum. We will also indicate how that, and aspects of Christian history and tradition, might lead us to a particular starting point when considering corporate ethics.
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How do you decide what the loving thing to
do is?

We will look at the advantages of the “love ethic of Jesus, but also the problems that Christians have struggled with in trying to apply this to their daily lives.
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It may be legal, but is it right?
As soon as you have two people you have a ‘corporation’, but how should corporations conduct themselves?  We will look at some of the ways that question has been answered – which will include drawing on the experience of the attendees.
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How should we then live?
This is the ‘so what?’ session. We will consider if it is possible (or even desirable) to have a ‘Christian’ company. We will also consider if successful companies can have principles that are compatible with the Bible.
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