“Sceptical” Kristiansand mission week – Day 2

Tom and Emily are in Kristiansand, Norway this week. Tom writes:

“It’s Day 2 here in Kristiansand and it’s been a good start to the week. Emily and I are here working with the LAGET group (the IFES movement in Norway) on the first ever Mission Week in the city. The theme of the week is “Sceptical” and we’re inviting students to come and investigate some of the popular doubts people have about the Christian faith.

Yesterday, we began the week with a debate on the subject of God’s existence. Stefan Gustavsson (head of the Evangelical Alliance in Sweden) came over for the day to debate for us. We packed a lot of guests into one of the largest lecture theatres on campus and there were many questions raised afterwards. In the evening, Emily gave a talk on God’s attitude towards sex. Unsurprisingly, this provoked lots of thoughtful questions and a number of non-Christians who came were eager to talk more. The evening was rounded off by a performance from a local band, SEEK.

Today, the topics up for discussion were “Sceptical about the Bible” where I spoke on the reliability of the New Testament, and “Sceptical about God’s goodness” where Emily addressed the problem of evil in the world and its implications for God’s existence. Numbers were down on yesterday, so please pray that more people come along later in the week. The Christian students are so passionate about sharing Jesus, it would be great to see more of their friends joining us at lunchtime and in the evenings.

Tonight, a Norwegian speaker called Erik Jensen will be speaking on “The X-Factor of Life: what is life’s meaning?” Pray for him and for all of us as we welcome more guests along. There are no events taking place on campus tomorrow, but you can pray for Emily and I as we both speak once more on Thursday.”

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