Today has been a hub of fervor and fellowship and all in the midst of a crowd of people from different parts of the globe and with unique stories to share.
Yesterday afternoon, Michael Ots – founder of Michael Ots Evangelism Trust – came to strike us with his opinions and insight in regards to the questions [ which are particularly relevant to religious thought today ] Does Religion Cause Violence? and Does Religion Suppress women? It seems that these topics could potentially be personal and painful for many, however Michael provided us with great hope and new understanding in regards to claims about Christianity which are not true and / or not based on firm theology. If you missed this and want to find out more about what was said, then do come along to our lunch time talks today or our evening event and ask somebody your questions; Michael Ots will be happy to talk with you today. If you are hungry, on campus and out of pocket, (and alternatively if you are none of those things but just want a baguette) then please do not hesitate to come along for lunch at either 12pm or 1pm, we’re not looking to bombard you, merely wonder and hopefully discover.
Peter is based in Oxford and has spent much time invested in other cultures; predominantly Asian culture. This week we have been able to hear about his own experience of coming to learn and love his wife’s Chinese culture, as well as being offered teachings from Jesus’ life – not to mention free burgers!
Yesterday, in Fusion, we wondered with Peter at The Woman Who Thought She had Nothing, which explored a biblical event where an outcast woman approaches Jesus and pours perfume at his feet. If you are somebody unbothered by the intellectual aspect of our events week but find yourself hesitant to approach Christianity for other reasons, then remember that Jesus takes us as we are and can offer us a good life beyond any intellectual or emotional understanding. C.S. Lewis put it like this,
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Once again we were delighted by the words of Michael Green yesterday, who spoke to us about coping with stress. God isn’t offering a coping mechanism but instead the striking reality and perspective that we are created by and for him. If this seems barbaric to you, or like something from fantasy fiction [which is definitely how I have felt in the past] then come and question it. Enjoy our evening events full of cake, drama, music, poetry and stories of people who have gone from an atheistic world view to a theistic one. Bring your friends or come alone but don’t miss out on valuable time to Wonder!