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John Stott London Lecture 2022

Date

Thursday 10 November | 7:00pm

Location

Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH

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Loving Disagreement: Christian Wisdom for a Polarised World

How can we heal divisions by disagreeing well?

In a society where social and traditional media often highlight conflict instead of helping resolve it, Christians can play a distinctive role by disagreeing constructively – and with love.

As John Stott said in response to Christians criticising the media: ‘Are you pointing the finger at them? Over there? I point the finger here. It’s our fault. It’s the fault of Christian people. If only we could be the salt of the earth as we were meant to be…’

In the 2022 John Stott London Lecture, Revd Dr Christopher Landau draws on his doctoral research on the New Testament ethics of disagreement to explore how Christians can combine a commitment to love their neighbours with a desire to reveal truth – and how that can set the tone for the culture we’re in.

During the lecture, he’ll explain how John 13:35 offers a Christian foundation for loving disagreement, as Jesus teaches that mutual love within the church is what identifies it to outsiders: ‘By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ Practising love for our neighbours within and beyond the church means we’re called to be peacemakers and bridge-builders in every sector of society.

Recognising the need to seek both unity and singular truth, he’ll also unpack our call to live out Colossians 4:6 – ‘Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.’ What does it mean to be both gracious and ‘salty’ when we disagree?

The 2022 John Stott London Lecture is hosted by LICC and organised in partnership with All Souls Langham Place, Langham Partnership, and A Rocha.

 

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