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City Bible Forum explores some of life's biggest questions. Perhaps you are considering where God might fit into your life. Our aim is to explore this with you in an open manner that is enjoyable, intellectually credible and which meets the needs of professional life. We love to discuss the relevance of God and the many obstacles to faith people have. We do this in a variety of forums and discussion groups over breakfast, lunch and after work at many different city venues. We are active in every state capital and in Canberra.

Latest Episodes

Did Jesus lose his temper?

Does Jesus endorse injustice, theft, an immoral life and temper tantrums? In a brand-new series for City Legal, Al Stewart will be unpacking four stories that Jesus told which at first blush seem completely antithetical to what you imagined Christianity was all about. These are indeed four strange stories from Jesus, but if we dig a little deeper they reveal surprising truths about Jesus and the God he reveals to us.

37 min4 d ago
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Did Jesus lose his temper?

You do you: pleasure

‘You do you’ sounds good. It encourages people to be authentic, to be true to who they are. Surely, a world full of conflict and division would benefit from more people adopting ‘you do you’ as a guiding principle in their dealings with others? But what would life look like if everyone did adopt such a ‘you do you’ attitude? What if ‘you do you’ is not as loving as we first think and actually leads to more conflict and division? Is there a better way to live and to love? Stephen McAlpine argues that ‘you do you’ is not a loving attitude when it comes to issues like freedom, sex, pleasure and spirituality. Steve will also help us consider that a better way to live and to love is found in the pages of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

32 min5 d ago
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You do you: pleasure

Ep 183: How can we prevent family violence?

This week we confront a serious but hidden problem in our country. We ask some very big questions about the issue of family violence. We approach this confronting but necessary issue with sensitivity and wisdom and discover a surprising alternative vision of harmony, peace and human flourishing. Our guest: Robyn Boosey (Melbourne Anglican Diocese program manager of the Prevention of Violence against Women) This show was recorded in partnership with St. Augustine's Moreland Anglican Church. Invest in Bigger thinking for as little as US$1 per podcast on Patreon. Bigger Questions asked in the conversation Now we want to acknowledge that today’s topic is a confronting one dealing with potentially disturbing issues as we talk about family violence. But Robyn, whilst confronting, do you think this is an important issue to talk about? Just also to clarify, Robyn, you don’t work on the specific individual cases of family violence, you look more at the bigger picture, don’t you? Now Robyn...

27 min1 w ago
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Ep 183: How can we prevent family violence?

Does Jesus dismiss the value of morality?

Does Jesus endorse injustice, theft, an immoral life and temper tantrums? In a brand-new series for City Legal, Al Stewart will be unpacking four stories that Jesus told which at first blush seem completely antithetical to what you imagined Christianity was all about. These are indeed four strange stories from Jesus, but if we dig a little deeper they reveal surprising truths about Jesus and the God he reveals to us.

35 min1 w ago
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Does Jesus dismiss the value of morality?

You do you: sex

‘You do you’ sounds good. It encourages people to be authentic, to be true to who they are. Surely, a world full of conflict and division would benefit from more people adopting ‘you do you’ as a guiding principle in their dealings with others? But what would life look like if everyone did adopt such a ‘you do you’ attitude? What if ‘you do you’ is not as loving as we first think and actually leads to more conflict and division? Is there a better way to live and to love? Stephen McAlpine argues that ‘you do you’ is not a loving attitude when it comes to issues like freedom, sex, pleasure and spirituality. Steve will also help us consider that a better way to live and to love is found in the pages of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

31 min1 w ago
Comments
You do you: sex

Ep 182: How can young people thrive in an ever changing world?

It's been a crazy year with many challenges, particularly for young people. With rising anxiety and mental health problems it seems hard to thrive. Yet we meet someone who has found a pathway to help young people grow. A positive conversation with some good news for a change. Our guest: Sharon Garro. Sharon works as a child and adolescent psychologist specialising in Education and Wellbeing through strengths based practice. She’s worked as a psychologist for over 15 years and is presently the head of Wellbeing at Red Rock Christian College - an independent school in Sunbury, north west of Melbourne. Invest in Bigger thinking for as little as US$1 per podcast on Patreon. Bigger Questions asked in the conversation What is Red Rock? Now Sharon you work at Red Rock Christian College - it’s not based in Uluru or connected to potato chips is it? Now Sharon - you’re a school psychologist - is it common for schools to employ psychologists? Particularly small schools? Smaller Questions To...

27 min2 w ago
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Ep 182: How can young people thrive in an ever changing world?

Does Jesus advocate stealing from your employer?

Does Jesus endorse injustice, theft, an immoral life and temper tantrums? In a brand-new series for City Legal, Al Stewart will be unpacking four stories that Jesus told which at first blush seem completely antithetical to what you imagined Christianity was all about. These are indeed four strange stories from Jesus, but if we dig a little deeper they reveal surprising truths about Jesus and the God he reveals to us.

36 min2 w ago
Comments
Does Jesus advocate stealing from your employer?

You do you: freedom

‘You do you’ sounds good. It encourages people to be authentic, to be true to who they are. Surely, a world full of conflict and division would benefit from more people adopting ‘you do you’ as a guiding principle in their dealings with others? But what would life look like if everyone did adopt such a ‘you do you’ attitude? What if ‘you do you’ is not as loving as we first think and actually leads to more conflict and division? Is there a better way to live and to love? Stephen McAlpine argues that ‘you do you’ is not a loving attitude when it comes to issues like freedom, sex, pleasure and spirituality. Steve will also help us consider that a better way to live and to love is found in the pages of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

31 min2 w ago
Comments
You do you: freedom

Ep 181: Is God bloodthirsty?

What do we make of blood and violence in the Bible? The so-called 'good book' contains many stories of killing and death and Christians even rejoice over the 'blood of Jesus'. Why is there so much blood in the Bible? We confront some of the most confronting parts of the Bible with sensitivity and wisdom and even find some good news. Our guest: Mike is Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching based in Melbourne. He is an in-demand speaker across Australia and around the world. This show was recorded in partnership with Darebin Presbyterian Church. Invest in Bigger thinking for as little as US$1 per podcast on Patreon. Bigger Questions asked in the conversation Now Mike today’s big question is about blood. Do you get squeamish at the sight of blood? Now we want to acknowledge that today’s topic is a confronting one dealing with potentially disturbing issues as we confront violence and blood in the Bible. But Mike, whilst confronting, is it important to talk about? Smaller Quest...

27 min3 w ago
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Ep 181: Is God bloodthirsty?

Everything put right

As we reach the final stretch of 2020, we are still adjusting to the demands of the new normal and planning for the challenges and opportunities that it will continue to bring. But what about the NOT so new normal? While the new normal might adjust some of the details, the big questions of life and the problems humanity faces remain: Why does life seem meaningless? Why can I never have enough? Why does it feel like there is something more? Why can’t we achieve justice for all? It would be foolish to ignore the not so new normal and the questions it has continued to raise. Join us at Bible Shots as David Robertson opens the Bible and helps us consider the wisdom offered in Ecclesiastes, one of the most surprising books of the Bible, as we grapple with the big questions posed by the not so new normal.

31 min3 w ago
Comments
Everything put right

Latest Episodes

Did Jesus lose his temper?

Does Jesus endorse injustice, theft, an immoral life and temper tantrums? In a brand-new series for City Legal, Al Stewart will be unpacking four stories that Jesus told which at first blush seem completely antithetical to what you imagined Christianity was all about. These are indeed four strange stories from Jesus, but if we dig a little deeper they reveal surprising truths about Jesus and the God he reveals to us.

37 min4 d ago
Comments
Did Jesus lose his temper?

You do you: pleasure

‘You do you’ sounds good. It encourages people to be authentic, to be true to who they are. Surely, a world full of conflict and division would benefit from more people adopting ‘you do you’ as a guiding principle in their dealings with others? But what would life look like if everyone did adopt such a ‘you do you’ attitude? What if ‘you do you’ is not as loving as we first think and actually leads to more conflict and division? Is there a better way to live and to love? Stephen McAlpine argues that ‘you do you’ is not a loving attitude when it comes to issues like freedom, sex, pleasure and spirituality. Steve will also help us consider that a better way to live and to love is found in the pages of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

32 min5 d ago
Comments
You do you: pleasure

Ep 183: How can we prevent family violence?

This week we confront a serious but hidden problem in our country. We ask some very big questions about the issue of family violence. We approach this confronting but necessary issue with sensitivity and wisdom and discover a surprising alternative vision of harmony, peace and human flourishing. Our guest: Robyn Boosey (Melbourne Anglican Diocese program manager of the Prevention of Violence against Women) This show was recorded in partnership with St. Augustine's Moreland Anglican Church. Invest in Bigger thinking for as little as US$1 per podcast on Patreon. Bigger Questions asked in the conversation Now we want to acknowledge that today’s topic is a confronting one dealing with potentially disturbing issues as we talk about family violence. But Robyn, whilst confronting, do you think this is an important issue to talk about? Just also to clarify, Robyn, you don’t work on the specific individual cases of family violence, you look more at the bigger picture, don’t you? Now Robyn...

27 min1 w ago
Comments
Ep 183: How can we prevent family violence?

Does Jesus dismiss the value of morality?

Does Jesus endorse injustice, theft, an immoral life and temper tantrums? In a brand-new series for City Legal, Al Stewart will be unpacking four stories that Jesus told which at first blush seem completely antithetical to what you imagined Christianity was all about. These are indeed four strange stories from Jesus, but if we dig a little deeper they reveal surprising truths about Jesus and the God he reveals to us.

35 min1 w ago
Comments
Does Jesus dismiss the value of morality?

You do you: sex

‘You do you’ sounds good. It encourages people to be authentic, to be true to who they are. Surely, a world full of conflict and division would benefit from more people adopting ‘you do you’ as a guiding principle in their dealings with others? But what would life look like if everyone did adopt such a ‘you do you’ attitude? What if ‘you do you’ is not as loving as we first think and actually leads to more conflict and division? Is there a better way to live and to love? Stephen McAlpine argues that ‘you do you’ is not a loving attitude when it comes to issues like freedom, sex, pleasure and spirituality. Steve will also help us consider that a better way to live and to love is found in the pages of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

31 min1 w ago
Comments
You do you: sex

Ep 182: How can young people thrive in an ever changing world?

It's been a crazy year with many challenges, particularly for young people. With rising anxiety and mental health problems it seems hard to thrive. Yet we meet someone who has found a pathway to help young people grow. A positive conversation with some good news for a change. Our guest: Sharon Garro. Sharon works as a child and adolescent psychologist specialising in Education and Wellbeing through strengths based practice. She’s worked as a psychologist for over 15 years and is presently the head of Wellbeing at Red Rock Christian College - an independent school in Sunbury, north west of Melbourne. Invest in Bigger thinking for as little as US$1 per podcast on Patreon. Bigger Questions asked in the conversation What is Red Rock? Now Sharon you work at Red Rock Christian College - it’s not based in Uluru or connected to potato chips is it? Now Sharon - you’re a school psychologist - is it common for schools to employ psychologists? Particularly small schools? Smaller Questions To...

27 min2 w ago
Comments
Ep 182: How can young people thrive in an ever changing world?

Does Jesus advocate stealing from your employer?

Does Jesus endorse injustice, theft, an immoral life and temper tantrums? In a brand-new series for City Legal, Al Stewart will be unpacking four stories that Jesus told which at first blush seem completely antithetical to what you imagined Christianity was all about. These are indeed four strange stories from Jesus, but if we dig a little deeper they reveal surprising truths about Jesus and the God he reveals to us.

36 min2 w ago
Comments
Does Jesus advocate stealing from your employer?

You do you: freedom

‘You do you’ sounds good. It encourages people to be authentic, to be true to who they are. Surely, a world full of conflict and division would benefit from more people adopting ‘you do you’ as a guiding principle in their dealings with others? But what would life look like if everyone did adopt such a ‘you do you’ attitude? What if ‘you do you’ is not as loving as we first think and actually leads to more conflict and division? Is there a better way to live and to love? Stephen McAlpine argues that ‘you do you’ is not a loving attitude when it comes to issues like freedom, sex, pleasure and spirituality. Steve will also help us consider that a better way to live and to love is found in the pages of the Bible and the message of Jesus.

31 min2 w ago
Comments
You do you: freedom

Ep 181: Is God bloodthirsty?

What do we make of blood and violence in the Bible? The so-called 'good book' contains many stories of killing and death and Christians even rejoice over the 'blood of Jesus'. Why is there so much blood in the Bible? We confront some of the most confronting parts of the Bible with sensitivity and wisdom and even find some good news. Our guest: Mike is Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching based in Melbourne. He is an in-demand speaker across Australia and around the world. This show was recorded in partnership with Darebin Presbyterian Church. Invest in Bigger thinking for as little as US$1 per podcast on Patreon. Bigger Questions asked in the conversation Now Mike today’s big question is about blood. Do you get squeamish at the sight of blood? Now we want to acknowledge that today’s topic is a confronting one dealing with potentially disturbing issues as we confront violence and blood in the Bible. But Mike, whilst confronting, is it important to talk about? Smaller Quest...

27 min3 w ago
Comments
Ep 181: Is God bloodthirsty?

Everything put right

As we reach the final stretch of 2020, we are still adjusting to the demands of the new normal and planning for the challenges and opportunities that it will continue to bring. But what about the NOT so new normal? While the new normal might adjust some of the details, the big questions of life and the problems humanity faces remain: Why does life seem meaningless? Why can I never have enough? Why does it feel like there is something more? Why can’t we achieve justice for all? It would be foolish to ignore the not so new normal and the questions it has continued to raise. Join us at Bible Shots as David Robertson opens the Bible and helps us consider the wisdom offered in Ecclesiastes, one of the most surprising books of the Bible, as we grapple with the big questions posed by the not so new normal.

31 min3 w ago
Comments
Everything put right
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