Iron Sharpens Iron – April 2022

Knife and sharpening steel

Event Date:

April 29, 2022

Event Time:

8:00 pm

Event Location:

Online, via Zoom

Please note that the event with Jackie Hird has been postponed to a future month. Keep an eye on our website, social media or mailing list for an updated date when we have one.


Mike Wagenman will be discussing a Christian response to the Church’s abuse of power.

Over the last two decades, the church’s abuse of power has come into the public eye (including clergy sex abuse scandals, and questions about the church’s role in colonisation). Dr Michael Wagenman has been research and writing about this, and suggests that claims that the church has abused its power presuppose that we have some positive notion of the church’s power within society. He will be discussing the church’s place and role within Creation and Redemption, as well as how we might think more theologically about what it means to be the church in today’s diverse and complex world.

Mike is senior research fellow and director of postgraduate studies at the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge, a regular contributor at the Faith in Scholarship blog, and a university chaplain in Canada.


Iron Sharpens Iron is all about sharpening up as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We are inspired by Proverbs 27:17,

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Iron Sharpens Iron is completely free and open to anyone, although we invite you to donate towards our work (with a suggestion of £5 per event). If you wish to donate an amount not given below, or set up a regular donation, you can donate online (opens in a new tab),

Each event starts at 8pm when our speaker presents a short talk, and then we discuss the topic in hand. We want everyone to contribute to the discussion. We encourage heated debate. We want to learn from each other so we can bear fruit for Jesus Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth. Join at 7.50pm to chat with other participants.

Meetings take place on Zoom. The invitation link and meeting details will be in your order confirmation emails which will be sent to you when you complete checkout of your order. If they do not arrive within a few minutes then please check your promotions, clutter, ‘other’, spam or junk folders (you may have multiple of these depending on your email provider) as order confirmations often get intercepted.

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Event Location:

Capacity: 50
  • Online, via Zoom

Event Schedule

  • April 29, 2022 8:00 pm   -   9:30 pm
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