STORY lunchtimes are an opportunity to ask big questions of the Christian story. Every day in the STORY marquee, there’ll be a short talk, a chance to grill our speaker, followed by plenty of opportunity to chat and share your thoughts over an artisan coffee at the STORY cafe. Oh, and there’ll be free lunch for everyone too.

Don’t forget to visit the STORY 2017 exhibition whilst you’re here!

A meaningless story

20 Feb

If I am only matter, do I even matter?

‘The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet…’ – Stephen Hawking

Does this story about our origins and our purpose make sense of our experiences, or of those around us? Could there be more to life and more to us than this? Or is it just wishful thinking?

An unreliable story

21 Feb

Isn’t the Bible just a book of myths?

It’s undeniable that the Bible has had a tremendous impact on the world— but has taking it seriously caused more harm than good? With a contested history, revisions and alterations, and a very sketchy origin story, how can thinking people trust what it has to say?

A restrictive story

22 Feb

Can I ever really be free?
In 1762, Rousseau famously wrote, ‘Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.’ Why is it that two and a half centuries later, with more liberties than he could have dreamed of, his words still ring true for us? For many, God is one source of those chains: wouldn’t He take our freedom away?

A hopeless story

23 Feb

Where is God when it hurts?

‘If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.’ – Woody Allen.
Nothing seems more at odds with the idea of a loving God than a world of pain. Natural disasters, systemic injustice, personal tragedies, deep depression…where is God in any of it? Does he even care? Is He even there?

A delusional story

24 Feb

How can anyone believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

Christianity confidently asserts that the impossible – a dead man coming back to life – not only actually happened, but that it changes everything today. Is there any reason at all to take this claim seriously? Can any twenty-first century person actually believe it