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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: 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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Bluffer’s Guide 8: Keeping faith with doctrine

The final talk in The Bluffer’s Guide to Christian Doctrine is now ready for download and accessible via our Podcast feed. It deals with the way Christian faith and doctrine (and studying theology) relate to each other. Amongst other subjects, the talk covers the way we can understand the relationships between faith, belief, doubt and dissent. As usual the accompanying handouts for this are available via links on the right.

Bluffer’s Guide 6: The End of the World (and other stories)

The podcast of Simon’s talk from last week is now available here. It’s a big download (45MB) containing about 2 hours of material. It covers the question of the world’s future and our future (after death) in two separate parts. Links to the handouts are on the right. Enjoy.

Bluffer’s Guide 5: Why bother with the Church?

The latest installment of the Bluffer’s Guide to Christian Doctrine tries to answer this question. A Bible study on Ephesians and one of the most useless wayside pulpits ever await you in the fifth installment of the Bluffer’s Guide. You can download it here or via our podcasting feed.

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity

The latest Bluffer’s Guide is now available. This week the small topic of the Holy Spirit is supplemented by the equally small one of the doctrine of the Trinity! The talk can be found here, or by subscribing to our podcast feed. You will need to look at Rublev’s Icon of the Hospitality of Abraham for the end of the section on the Trinity. A good version can be found here.

The bluffer’s guide to Christian doctrine

An introduction to Christian Doctrine for everyone!

This is a chance to grapple with the central questions of Christian theology. Done with the minimum of jargon and the maximum of approachability, we hope to engage you in serious theology in a relaxed way. We’ll try and answer your questions, and maybe add some new ones of our own. So here it is, a once in a lifetime’s opportunity: The Bluffer’s Guide to Christian Doctrine is running for one season only. It’s free, it’s fun, and who knows – you might learn something new!

A series of eight talks:

  • Thursday July 7th God: why he doesn’t exist!
  • Thursday July 14th Jesus: who is he?
  • Thursday July 21st Jesus: what did he do?
  • Thursday July 28th Holy Spirit: the eternal gooseberry?
  • Thursday August 4th Why bother with the church?
  • Thursday August 11th The end of the world and other stories
  • Thursday August 18th Reading scripture with the creed
  • Thursday August 25th Keeping faith with doctrine

The summer school is free:

  • Free of charge
  • Free of textbooks
  • Free of homework
  • Free of assessment

The teachers will be Paul Roberts & Simon Taylor.

Paul and Simon both have doctorates in theology. They thought it was about time they put them to some use! In their spare time they are vicar and curate of two parishes in Bristol.

Thursday evenings in July and August.
8pm – 9.30pm.
Venue: III (Bar Three), aka The Mauritania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. UK.

This has got loos and is on the ground floor!

Recordings of these live talks are scheduled to be podcast on this site. Watch this space…

Update 1
We have published a basic bibliography (for those who like those sort of things) here.

Update 2
The handouts for Session 1 are now also available here and here.