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A number of us have been praying for two years to have Dr. John Lennox come to the University of Toronto. He accepted our invitation and will be in Toronto from March 19-22, 2015. This is indeed an answer to prayer as Dr. Lennox receives countless speaking requests a month. John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He received his D.Phil. from Oxford, a Ph.D. from Cambridge, and a D.Sc. from Cardiff. He is famous for debating atheist Richard Dawkins on “The God Delusion” at the University of Alabama (2007) and on “Has Science buried God?” at the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of “Is God Great?” (Samford University, 2010). He has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy and theology. These include God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (2009), God and Stephen Hawking, a response to The Grand Design (2011), Gunning for God, on the new atheism (2011), and Seven Days that Divide the World, on the early chapters of Genesis (2011). Furthermore, in addition to over seventy published mathematical papers, he is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.

Here are some of his debates and talks below:

The God Delusion Debate with Richard Dawkins

“Has Science Buried God?” with Richard Dawkins

“Is God Great?” with Christopher Hitchens

Talk on his book Seven Days that Divide the World

 

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Gospel Coalition conference. This sermon was one of my favourites from the conference.

Stephen Um (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is the senior minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, MA. He teaches New Testament studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition, and is Associate Training Director for Redeemer City to City. For the past 23 years, Stephen and his wife, have been involved in several Presbyterian Churches throughout the Northeastern part of the country. He is the author of The Kingdom of God (TGC Booklet) and Why Cities Matter (Crossway, 2013). His sermons and resources are available online at The Center for Gospel Culture.

Behold Our God!

Posted: May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“What then, is the God I worship? He can be none but the Lord God himself, for who but the Lord is God? What other refuge can there be, except our God? You, my God, are supreme, utmost in goodness, mightiest and all-powerful, most merciful and most just. You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present amongst us, the most beautiful and yet the most strong, ever enduring and yet we cannot comprehend you. You are unchangeable and yet you change all things. You are never new, never old, and yet all things have new life from you. You are the unseen power that brings decline upon the proud. You are ever active, yet always at rest. You gather all things to yourself, though you suffer no need. You support, you fill, and you protect all things. You create them, nourish the, and bring them to perfection. You seek to make them your own, though you lack for nothing. You love your creatures, but with a gentile love. You treasure them, but without apprehension. You grieve for wrong, but suffer no pain. You can be angry and yet serene. Your works are varied, but your purpose is one and the same. You welcome all who come to you, though you never lost them. You are never in need yet are glad to gain, never covetous yet you exact a return for your gifts. We give abundantly to you so that we may deserve a reward; yet which of us has anything that does not come from you? You repay us what we deserve, and yet you owe nothing to any. You release us from our debts, but you lose nothing thereby. You are my God, my Life, my holy Delight, but is this enough to say of you? Can any man say enough when he speaks of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you? For even those who are most gifted with speech cannot find words to describe you. Who will grant me to rest content in you? O whom shall I turn for the gift of your coming into my heart and filling it to the brim, so that I may forget all the wrong I have done and embrace you alone, my only source of good?” (Augustine, Confessions, Book I, 4-5).

Last year I had the privilege of helping to organize the following at the University of Toronto:

On February 9th, 2012 Power to Change hosted a lively debate titled “Should a Scientist Believe in God?”

Arguing for the Affirmative was Dr. Kirk Durston. Dr. Durston earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Guelph. Trained as an engineer and physicist, he also earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba on the problem of evil. He has peer-reviewed articles in both philosophy and science journals.

Arguing for the Negative was Dr. James Robert Brown, professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Leopoldina, the German Academy of Sciences. He has peer-reviewed articles in both philosophy and science journals.

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The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. — To go to heaven fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows. But the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean. — Therefore it becomes us to spend this life only as a journey towards heaven, as it becomes us to make the seeking of our highest end and proper good, the whole work of our lives, to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for, or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end, and true happiness?
– Jonathan Edwards, “The Christian Pilgrim.”