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Chalke Talk - 95 burning questions for the 21st Century Church


On the 500th anniversary since Martin Luther supposedly posted his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg - effectively ushering in what would become known as the protestant reformation – Rev Canon Steve Chalke is launching the new ‘Chalke Talk’ video web series. Through a weekly succession of videos, Steve will focus minds on ninety five burning questions that he believes the Church needs to face up to as part of a radical rethink of its theology, engagement and role in society.

Rev Canon Steve Chalke says, “In the early years of the 16th century, German priest and scholar Martin Luther came to believe that the shape of the established Church and its relationship to the State did not fit the needs of the world in which he was called to live and serve.

“In the early years of the 21st century it is clear, once more, that the shape of the established Church and its relationship to the State no longer fits the needs of the world in which we are called to live and serve. It is time, once again, to reimagine the role of faith, Church and its place in the public square.

Over the coming two years Steve Chalke, who as well as leading Oasis Globally serves as the senior minister of Oasis Church in Waterloo, central London, will be posting his ninety five revolutionary questions about the way the Church operates in video form, one at a time, week-by-week, on the worldwide web.  So far the series consists of:



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WATCH week 1: Introduction and an invitation to conversation

WATCH week 2: Luther, the state and misunderstanding Scripture

WATCH week 3: Bad theology costs lives

WATCH week 4: The Church needs heretics

WATCH week 5: Here I stand, I can do no other

WATCH week 6: Dealing with the difficult bits of the Bible

WATCH week 7: We must interpret the Bible or we make it irrelevant 

WATCH week 8: If it doesn't look like Jesus, it's not God

WATCH week 9: The way we use the Bible is driving down church attendance

WATCH week 10: Take the Bible seriously, not literally

WATCH week 11: Dealing with the Bible's contradictions

WATCH week 12: Calling the Bible infallible has stopped us taking it seriously

WATCH week 13: Juvenile Bible reading endangering LGBT mental health

WATCH week 14: The Bible is a library that invites disagreement

WATCH week 15: 100 years after women get the vote, the church still lags on social change

WATCH week 16: The Bible cannot have the final word on morality

WATCH week 17: The catastrophic consequences of misunderstanding Paul

WATCH week 18: Society needs spirituality and character

WATCH week 19: Jesus abandoned the letter of the law to embrace the spirit of it

WATCH week 20: Jesus got angry - but only with the religious

WATCH week 21 - The story of Genesis is the story of inclusion

WATCH week 22: The scandalous inclusion of Acts 8

WATCH week 23: Jesus wasn't afraid of scandal when it came to inclusion

WATCH week 24: Heaven can't just be for Christians

WATCH week 25: Christianity NOT about life after death

WATCH week 26: God is not angry; God is love

WATCH week 27: Anguish is different than Anger 

WATCH week 28: We're made in God's image, but he's not made in ours

WATCH week 29: We all need to worship something   

WATCH week 30: To journey with God is to know God

WATCH week 31: Holiness means engaging, not withdrawing 

WATCH week 32: God suffers too

WATCH week 33: Traditional view of the cross "cheapens God's forgiveness"

WATCH week 34: Misunderstanding the Cross has made Church 'judgemental' and 'angry'

WATCH week 35: Christianity is not a personal rescue plan

WATCH week 36: Banning conversion therapy is still in danger of missing the heart of the issue

WATCH week 37: Making the cross about vengeance stops us from loving our enemies 

WATCH week 38: The Cross and the Pain of Loss

WATCH week 39: Why does good theology matter?

WATCH week 40: What are life's biggest questions?

WATCH week 41: The Spirit or The Letter of the Law?

WATCH week 42: Original sin or original goodness?

WATCH week 43: Can we really believe the story of Adam and Eve?

WATCH week 44: What does the "image of God" mean? Part I

WATCH week 45: What does the "image of God" mean? Part II

WATCH week 46: So what is a Christian anyway?

WATCH week 47: Did Paul defy Jesus' teaching?

WATCH week 48: Whose God is it anyway?

WATCH week 49: Jesus 'couldn't care less' about religion

WATCH week 50: Does God love religion or people?

WATCH week 51: Is religion the invention of the powerful – the ultimate mechanism for maintaining control?

WATCH week 52: Is the Bible the Word of God, or does it point to the Word of God?

WATCH week 53: Does God always get his own way?

WATCH week 54: How do we take evil seriously?

WATCH week 55: Is God's grace really available to everyone?

WATCH week 56: Is the "good news" for ALL people?

WATCH week 57: Why bother with Christianity if "everyone goes to heaven?"

WATCH week 58: If God loves everyone, what is the point of Jesus's life?

WATCH week 59: Is our salvation dependent on the cross?

WATCH week 60: Christianity: Leisure or Revolutionary?

WATCH week 61: Is faith exclusive to the faithful?

WATCH week 62: Does belief have anything to do with faith?

WATCH week 63: What is prayer?

WATCH week 64: Is hope a mood or belief?

WATCH week 65: Should the Ten Commandments be obeyed or understood?

WATCH week 66: Can you truly be ethical without connecting to a bigger story?

WATCH week 67: What does "living well" really look like?

WATCH week 68: Is it the rules or principles behind them that matter more?

WATCH week 69: Have we misunderstood the Apostle Paul, badly?

WATCH week 70: How do we start again with Paul?

WATCH week 71: What do the Apostle Paul and Elvis have in common?

WATCH week 72: Did the Apostle Paul really teach exclusion?

WATCH week 73: Apostle Paul: Preacher or Political Revolutionary?

WATCH week 74: Have we turned Paul into our ventriloquist’s dummy?

WATCH week 75: Saved by faith alone: A doctrine of straw?

WATCH week 76: Does the church need another reformation?

WATCH week 77: Has the church misunderstood Paul?

WATCH week 78: Tough work or free gift?

WATCH week 79: Was Luther's mistake the biggest misreading of the Bible ever?

WATCH week 80: What is the opposite of God's love?

WATCH week 81: A God of Love, or Megalomaniac?

WATCH week 82: What’s beyond the 'ABC’s' of Christianity?

WATCH week 83: Has the Church misunderstood the afterlife?

WATCH week 84: Did the Apostle Paul believe in hell or damnation?

WATCH week 85: Would the God of love choose to condemn anyone to everlasting punishment?

WATCH week 86: Does God believe in me?

WATCH week 87: Is every exclusion a failure of love?

WATCH week 88: Why do we think Paul thought like us?

WATCH week 89: The Judgement of God: What does that mean?

WATCH week 90: Is ”the end” about punishment or reconciliation?

WATCH week 91: What about the Sheep, the Goats and ‘eternal punishment.’?