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Elmer Colyer: Theology and the Bible

Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Theology and the Bible

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer explores the Bible and how the church has wrestled with how theology has shaped our interpretations.

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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

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1. Please share your thoughts on the “hermeneutical circle” or the relationship between theology and Scripture.

2. The historical/critical approach to Scripture was described as useful but inadequate. Why?

3. In what ways do you think the Enlightenment has influenced Christianity?

4. What is your personal view of the ecumenical movement?

5. It was asserted that in every field everyone brings their presuppositions. Your thoughts?

6. A community with ultimate beliefs was emphasized. Why do you think this is important?

7. Dr. Colyer said we need a perspective to be able to rightly see reality. Please comment on this.

8. How did the Magic Eye analogy of the Bible (integration of form and knowing) impact you?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Introduction: Grace Communion International presents You’re Included, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our host is Dr. Michael Morrison. You’re Included is a unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Reverend Dr. Elmer Colyer. Dr. Colyer is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr.

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Elmer Colyer: True Church Renewal

Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: True Church Renewal

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer explains why church renewal programs don't work and how gospel-centered congregations need to take the lead.

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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

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1. How do you understand the assertion that programs don’t work very well because renewal is primarily something God does?

2. It was stated that renewal always has an element of returning to the core of the gospel. Why?

3. How were you impacted by Dr. Colyer’s experience with the angry and dysfunctional church?

4. “If the rose has fragrance, people will come to smell it.” What meaning did this have for you?

5. The quality of community was emphasized. Why do you think this is important?

6. “We’re not simply saved from sin; we’re saved for loving relationships.” Please comment.

7. Please share your views regarding large churches, small churches, and small groups.

8. Why is it critical to revitalize our congregations before we talk about outreach?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Introduction: You’re Included is a unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Reverend Dr. Elmer Colyer. Dr. Colyer is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T.F. Torrance, and he is the author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding his Trinitarian and Scientific Theology.

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Elmer Colyer: Relying on Christ for Repentance

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Elmer Colyer: Relying on Christ for Repentance

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer discusses repentance with us and why we don't repent well on our own.

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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Whatever we do in and of ourselves apart from grace was described as the “weak link” in the salvation chain. Why?

2. Our salvation is bound up in the “100% divine agency of Jesus Christ.” Please comment.

3. Share your views on, “God’s grace frees us from our human agency, it doesn’t undermine it.”

4. How does “doing our part” mess up our Christian freedom when it becomes an obsession?

5. “In Christ’s vicarious humanity, he believed, repented, and obeyed in our place.” Please share your thoughts.

6. Why does the concordance method not work? Why do you have to look at the “entire fabric” of scripture to get it?

7. Why is it crucial for preventing pastor burnout to know that Christ is the High Priest?

8.  Why is it futile to place the burden of making disciples on our own shoulders?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Introduction: You’re Included is a unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Reverend Dr. Elmer Colyer. Dr. Colyer is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T.F. Torrance, and he is the author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding his Trinitarian and Scientific Theology.

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Elmer Colyer: Dealing With Sin Among Christians

Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Dealing With Sin Among Christians

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer examines the relationship between judgment and grace.

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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:   

1. Why must we not separate God’s judgment from his grace?

2. Please comment on, “The line between good and evil runs through the heart of each of us.”

3. Why do you think people believe there is “a dark, inscrutable God behind the back of Christ”?

4. Why is it important to present both God’s holiness and his love and acceptance to the hurting?

5. Dr. Colyer emphasized the need to take everything to the cross and leave it there. Why?

6. What is your view on the Christian tendency to think that there are limits to God’s love for us?

7. Why is there often more acceptance, love, and openness in 12-step groups than in the church?

8. How do you understand the statement, “Christianity isn’t difficult—it’s impossible”?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Introduction: You’re Included is a unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Reverend Dr. Elmer Colyer. Dr. Colyer is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T.F. Torrance, and he is the author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding his Trinitarian and Scientific Theology.

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Elmer Colyer: Hell: The Love and Wrath of God

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Elmer Colyer: Hell: The Love and Wrath of God

Elmer Colyer discusses how hell and God's wrath are related to God's love.

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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

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Suggested topics:

1. Why is God’s love and mercy inseparable from his wrath and judgment?

2. Why do we tend to divide God’s traits rather than seeing them as one unified attribute?

3. Why should we see God’s character as revealed in Christ and not project our ideas onto him?

4. How does “double predestination” promote legalism and works righteousness?

5. How do you understand the statement, “God made provision for hell on the cross”?

6. Why do you think Dr. Colyer said that “hell is a better place for sinners than heaven”?

7. Why is it as wrong for Christians to see Jesus as a “political conqueror” as it was for the Jews?

8. Was the “Fatherhood of God” as revealed in the New Testament encouraging to you? How?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Elmer, thanks for being with us.

Elmer Colyer: It’s delightful to be with you again.

JMF: It’s a pleasure to have you.

Hell. We want to talk about hell today. A lot of churches will not even preach about it. In those, you never hear anybody preaching about hell. Other churches, that’s pretty much what they preach about every week. So why the divide? What does Trinitarian theology have to say about hell? And how can we understand it in terms of the grace of God and the judgment of God?

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Elmer Colyer: Predestination and God's Power Over Evil

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Elmer Colyer: Predestination and God's Power Over Evil

Dr. Colyer discusses predestination and Trinitarian theology. Some people assume that God is the best of our own ideals, others accept him the way he has revealed himself in Christ.

(29.2 minutes)
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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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In the first interview, Dr. Colyer talks about the weaknesses of the concordance method of theology, that the Bible is not an end in itself, and about Trinitarian theology.

In the second interview, Dr. Colyer talks about the theology of Thomas Torrance, the vicarious humanity of Christ, and "the logic of grace."

In the fourth interview, Dr. Colyer talks with Mike Feazell about the practical theology of Thomas F. Torrance.

JMF: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included – the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Elmer Colyer, Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer edited The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance, and he is author of How to Read T.F.

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Elmer Colyer: How Theology is Relevant to the Church

Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: How Theology is Relevant to the Church

Dr. Colyer talks about the weaknesses of the concordance method of theology, that the Bible is not an end in itself, and Trinitarian theology.

(36.7 minutes)
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Biography:
Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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In his second interview, Dr. Colyer talks about the theology of Thomas Torrance, the vicarious humanity of Christ, and "the logic of grace."

In his third interview, Dr. Colyer discusses predestination and Trinitarian theology. Some people assume that God is the best of our own ideals; others accept him the way he has revealed himself in Christ.

In his fourth interview, Dr. Colyer talks with Mike Feazell about the practical theology of Thomas F. Torrance.

JMF: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included – the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology in today’s complex world. Our guest today is Elmer Colyer, Professor of Historical Theology and Stanley Professor of Wesley Studies at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist Pastor and elder. Dr.

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Elmer Colyer: Our Faith Is Weak, But He Is Strong

Dr. Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Our Faith Is Weak, But He Is Strong

Dr. Colyer talks about the theology of Thomas Torrance, the vicarious humanity of Christ, and "the logic of grace."

(29.3 minutes)
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Biography:
Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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In his first interview, Dr. Colyer talks about the weaknesses of the concordance method of theology, that the Bible is not an end in itself, and Trinitarian theology. 
In the third interview, Dr. Colyer discusses predestination and Trinitarian theology. Do we accept God the way he has revealed himself in Christ?
In the
fourth interview, Dr. Colyer talks with Mike Feazell about the practical theology of Thomas F. Torrance. 

JMF: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included – the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology in today’s complex world. Our guest today is Elmer Colyer, Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer edited the The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance, and he is author of How to Read T.F.

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