After Christmas – what?

With the arrival of October we will begin to see the signs of Christmas in the shops (some may be there already).  The lead up to Christmas will be frenetic and stressful, and hopefully we will have a wonderful time celebrating Jesus’ birth.  But what then?  Winter will drag on, and it will be a few more months before the hope of spring and summer becomes real.  And then we are into preparations for Easter.

What can we do with this ‘dead’ time?

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. Easter celebrates the fulfillment of of his mission on earth.  Between the two, Jesus explained who he was and why he was here.  We too can use the time between Christmas and Easter to explore more about God and Jesus .

But in the modern world we need to take a step or two back and demonstrate that God is real and rational before many will listen to what Jesus had to say.  Secular schooling and materialist thinking have implied that God is just a ‘concept’ to be tolerated, but do not stimulate an interest in finding out more. Yet a detailed study of science, reason and history suggests otherwise.  The challenge is how to get that message to others.

The God, Science and Purpose discussion series has been developed to give the opportunity to look at evidence and think rationally about, well: God, science and purpose.

The discussion series material provides a lot of information, suggested discussion questions, and guidelines on how to run the series.  More in depth background can be found in “The Big Picture”.

Each session takes relatively little preparation, although you can adapt the material to suit your own circumstances: make it longer or shorter, add your own clips from the internet, ask your own questions.  The main thing is to have an enjoyable time discussing important questions and stimulating an interest in finding out more.

Why is it time to start thinking about running the discussion series now?  Because Christmas preparations will soon kick in and if you haven’t planned to run the discussion series soon then you will be overtaken by events!  And also, what better time to promote the discussions than over the Christmas period?

And it’s free!

To find out more go to

What is a human being

About Minimalist Christian

Phil Hemsley is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He works for a multinational company in the power industry, has presented technical papers at international conferences and holds many patents. He has published two books, the most recent is "The Big Picture, an Honest Examination of God Science and Purpose". He has lived on both sides of the faith fence. He is married, with two daughters.
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