Server update

Some of the talks on virtualtheology.net have been unavailable recently because of server changes which have crept in over the past months. We have now changed the URLs, so that all linked talks and handouts should be available again. If you experience further problems, please let us know.  Paul and Simon.

Bluffers at Greenbelt, Day 2

A big thanks to those who came to the Bluffer’s Guide to God at the Greenbelt Festival yesterday – it was great to see a good number in the Jesus Arms. Simon had a go at doing a rough recording of the session on his iPhone, so we’ll have to see how that turns out. The talk was not officially recorded, so we’ll have to see whether we can get the talk up in some form, but if not – our apologies. Those Greenbelters who aren’t able to get to our other talks at the festival may be able to get an idea of what they missed by looking at our 2005 Series. Versions of our 2005 talks are available on the ReJesus website here.

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Handouts for the Greenbelt Talks

We’ve printed out handouts for our Greenbelt Talks (see post below) working on the long-established “name it: claim it” faith principle of asking God for the ridiculously impossible and threatening to go off in a huff if we don’t get it. Therefore in an act of outrageous faith, we’ve printed 25 handouts per session for GB. If a miracle happens and we run out, clever GB folk with clever phones will be able to download PDFs of our talks here. So …

Saturday, 6.30pm (Jesus Arms) – Session 1 (on God and why he doesn’t exist) Handout
Sunday, 6.30pm (Jesus Arms) – Session 2 (Is Jesus God?) Handout
Monday, 3.30pm (Jesus Arms) – Session 3 (Holy Spirit and the Trinity) Handout and Background Bible Readings

So off to pack the tents then …

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Bluffing at Greenbelt 2011

Hello folks. Although there hasn’t been any activity on the Bluffers’ Guides over the summer, attenders at this year’Greenbelt Festival (in Cheltenham, UK) will be able to find that Paul and Simon are appearing live and doing a shortened version of the first series, entitled The Bluffer’s Guide to God. The sessions are designed for ordinary Christian folk who have not done any Christian Theology before and have always wondered why all that stuff is in the creeds. There will be three sessions:

  • Saturday 27th August at 6.30pm
  • Sunday 28th August at 6.30pm
  • Monday 29th August at 3.30pm

Those who know of us are likely to respond in two possible ways to this information:

  1. Greenbelt must really be desperate this year and have started scraping the bottle of the barrel…
  2. What’s Greenbelt?

Either way, if you happen to be on or near Cheltenham Racecourse next weekend (26th – 29th August), please come along and cheer us on our way, otherwise we’ll just be talking to ourselves.

And by the way – rather appropriately, the above sessions will be taking place in The Real Ale Tent (aka The Jesus Arms) at the festival. Ah, God is good!

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The Bible in an Hour 2: John

The Gospel of John has fascinated, mystified and inspired the Church with its unique style and method of telling the story of Jesus. Simon Taylor gives his introduction to the gospel in this talk. You can download the accompanying handout here.

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The Bible in an Hour 2: Jonah

“He made his home in – a fish’s abdomen…” (Noel Coward). Catch Simon Taylor’s talk on the story of Jonah, prophet and fish-food: the only man in the Bible who is annoyed by his own success. The handout for the talk is here.

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The Bible in an Hour 2: Job

Probably one of the most taxing and enlightening books in the Bible, the Book of Job is a no-holds-barred engagement with human suffering. What kind of a God is God? What is the point in human life if there is so much suffering in it? Can a very old book from the ancient near-East answer some of these very contemporary questions. Listen to the talk, read the book and judge for yourself. You can download the accompanying handout here.

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The Bible in an Hour 2: Two Testaments, Four J’s, One Hour, One Book

This year, Simon Taylor has produced a second series of The Bible in an Hour. This year he gave four talks on four books beginning with the letter J: Job, Jonah, John and James.

These are now available for download on this website. The next posts give you a link to each of the talks. Enjoy.

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A few site updates

Through various devious means, we have a nice new server for our site. We have updated the old broken links for the talks on the Church, so they should be downloadable again for any who were searching for them. No plans for Bluffer’s Guide Talks so far, but then one day (any day) we may get some inspiration for a new subject. Best wishes Paul Roberts and Simon Taylor.

Just in time for Christmas: the last talk of The Bible in One Hour

Sorry to everyone for the long delay in posting Simon’s last talk in the Bible in One Hour series. You can now download the talk from here and the handout for the talk from here. A talk on the Book of Revelation goes with the season of Advent rather nicely. A Happy Christmas to all our listeners!

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