Sermons on Apologetics and Worldviews

Sermons on Apologetics and Worldviews

Is Adam our Earliest Ancestor? (48 min)

Jim Allen examines a central claim of the theory of evolution that man, rather than being a creation of God from the dust and made in His image, has simply evolved by chance mutation and natural selection from an ape-like ancestor. Mr Allen discusses numerous so-called missing links and finds them all wanting, and also tackles the issue of the origin of life, proving that the spontaneous generation of life is a scientific impossibility. The second half of his message…

Do Fossils Prove Evolution? (45 min)

Darwin’s theory of evolution, propounded in his book On The Origin of Species (1859), would never have seen the light of day had it not been for Charles Lyell’s earlier book The Principles of Geology (1830-1833). Lyell’s work single-handedly convinced multitudes of people that the fossil record wasn’t laid down during the catastrophe of Noah’s flood, but rather over millions of years of history by processes visible in the world today. This idea became known as uniformitarianism, and the whole…

Can We Trust Genesis? (51 min)

Jim Allen visited us in 1982 and one evening gave us a powerful presentation on the topic of creation vs evolution. He described the fairy tale of accidental cosmic, chemical and biological evolution, and contrasted it with the truth of divine creation as outlined in the inspired record of Genesis. In a similar recording given at Ballymena 31st Oct 1981, Mr Allen sets out the truth of God’s word in relation to the beginning of the universe, life and human…

Where is History Headed? (50 min)

PART 4 – Mervyn Hall completes his series on the ‘Christian worldview’ by addressing what the Bible says about where history is heading. He shows that history is not meaningless (just a series of unrelated random events) or even cyclical (the same things happening over and over again), but is linear, purposeful and controlled by God. He concludes with a stark warning of final judgment – the Great White Throne – and shows that sinners can be cleared from judgment…

Is There Any Hope? (41 min)

PART 3 – Addressing the third of four major questions, “Is there any hope?” Mervyn Hall turns to the Bible and expands God’s way of Salvation as presented by Paul in Athens – Jesus and His resurrection. He underlines the futility of hoping in society, or government, or charity, or self, and points to Christ as the only means of salvation (Message given Oct 16th 2016)

What Went Wrong with the World? (49 min)

PART 2 – What is the solution to the world’s ills? Social justice? Politics? Economics? In a wide ranging message, Mervyn Hall tackles a number of related questions in this field of enquiry: “What actually is wrong with the world?”, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” and “If there’s a God, why all the suffering?” Central to his treatment of these issues are “human free will” and “human sin”, the latter of which he defines Biblically as “when…

Why is There Something Rather than Nothing? (44 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall poses the most fundamental of all existential questions – “Why is there something rather than nothing?” How did space, time and matter come into existence? Was it created by God or did it create itself? Using a presuppositional approach, Mervyn explores whether or not the Bible gives a credible answer to this big “worldview question” (Message given Oct 2nd 2016)

Why Are We Cleverer but Less Wise? (47 min)

Universal access to formal education has been enshrined as a basic human right by UNICEF. Yet despite the obvious benefits of global education, the world’s moral, social, economic and political problems show no sign of disappearing. Scientific and medical advances have not brought the utopia that was anticipated. Head Teacher David Castles takes us through a history of learning and ponders why we seem to be cleverer but not wiser. David relates his own journey through Oxford University and homes…

Why Are We Richer but Less Satisfied? (47 min)

Studies and statistics show that the acquisition of more and more money is not matched by increased life satisfaction. As our society wrestles with this existential crisis, politicians, psychologists and philosophers have proposed various answers to the problem, yet the problem has not gone away. How come? Mervyn Hall, a Christian who is also an economist by profession, takes us on a journey to discover the answer to the question “Why are we richer but less satisfied?” and outlines the…

Why Are We Freer but Less Happy? (49 min)

What if people are allowed to be totally free to do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want – as long as it doesn’t harm anyone – will this produce personal fulfillment and happiness? Is such “freedom” actually freedom at all? Former hedonist Paul Thomas relates his life story, which serves as a good test case for this proposition. He pursued an unbridled party lifestyle for a number of years, but found himself becoming a slave, not a…

Economists and Politicians (42 min)

PART 6 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Mervyn Hall examines the history and nature of politics and ecomomics in light of the truth of God’s word, the Bible. Socialism or capitialism, or neither – what does the Bible teach? Starting in the early chapters of Genesis, Mervyn explains that “sin in the heart of man” corrupts the thinking and undermines the efforts of governments both to rule and to manage their finances. He also gives helpful insights into…

Entertainers and the News Media (39 min)

PART 5 – “Try the Spirits” (1 John 4:1) – Michael Penfold examines the power and influence of the entertainment industry and the news media. Under the headings of consumption, consequences and cure, he describes a world addicted to “the screen” and the corrosive output of Hollywood. The negative impact of  “53 hours a week in front of the screen for the average teenager” on independent thinking, Biblical discernment, good use of time, and holiness, are immense. The cure? Recognise the…