The Forge Dunedin

The Forge Dunedin is a weekly apologetics programme that takes place every Sunday from 3.30-5pm at a location in or near Dunedin. Christians and non-Christians are invited, though the primary purpose is to equip believers, both adults and youth. Participants are encouraged to purchase and read books that correspond to each course or lecture.

A number of lecturers and discussion leaders will be involved. The plan is for The Forge Dunedin to run continually throughout 2021.


When: Every Sunday beginning 25 October 2020

Time: 3.30-5pm

Location: Various (please see schedule below)

Cost: Free (but Koha encouraged)

Contact: Jeff Coleman, 027 557 9314



Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Christianity

This training programme, created by Greg Koukl, presents methods of holding conversations with people in a way that is non-offensive and gets people thinking. Explaining easy-to-use tactics and providing knowledge of practical logic over six sessions, this series will equip you to feel calm and confident to talk to others about their beliefs. As Greg Koukl promises, “I am going to give you a game plan that will allow you to converse with confidence in any situation, no matter how little you know or how knowledgeable or aggressive or even obnoxious the other person might be.” The book that corresponds to the training programme is available for purchase here.

Where: Mornington Presbyterian Church, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington, Dunedin

Time: Sundays, 3.30-5pm

Leader: Jono Thompson


November 15: Not meeting

November 22: The S Tactic

November 29: The-Taking-the-Roof-Off Tactic

December 6: The Steamroller Tactic

How Should We The Live?

This is Francis Schaeffer's spectacular eight-week series on the rise and decline of Western civilisation from a Christian perspective. In plain language, Schaeffer draws upon biblical truth and his outstanding knowledge of history to explain where Western culture has been and where it is going. While written in 1976, the video series is as relevant today as when it was first published.  Essentially Schaeffer details the rise and decline of Western culture from philosophic, scientific and religious points of view. This series will give you a comprehensive understanding of why New Zealand culture is changing so quickly and help you to be a better Christian apologist and evangelist today.

Where: Home of Jeff and Averil Coleman, 66 Otokia-Kuri Bush Road West, Henley

Time: Sundays, 3.30-5pm (potluck dinner will follow)

Leader: Jeff Coleman


December 13: The Roman Age and The Middle Ages

December 20: The Renaissance

January 3: The Reformation

January 10: The Revolutionary Age

January 17: The Scientific Age

January 24: The Age of Non-Reason

January 31: The Age of Fragmentation

God's Crime Scene

Join J. Warner Wallace, former atheist, seasoned cold-case detective, and popular speaker as he tackles his most important case...with you on the jury! With the expertise of a cold-case detective, Wallace examines eight critical pieces of evidence in the "crime scene" of the universe to determine if they point to a Divine Intruder. If you have ever wondered if something (or someone) outside the natural realm created the universe and everything in it, this is the case for you!

Where: TBD

Time: Sundays, 3.30-5pm

Leader: Jono Thompson


February 21: In the Beginning

February 28: Tampering with the Evidence

March 7: The Origin of Life

March 14: The Signs of Design

March 21: Our Experience of Consciousness

March 28: Free Will or Full Wiring

April 4: Law and Order

April 11: The Evidence of Evil


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