Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here. He is author of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church,
The Word of Christ and the Word of Culture: Sacred and Secular Through the Theology of Karl Barth, and
Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths.
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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.
1. Please comment on the importance of viewing Christian doctrine from the “vantage point of Trinitarian thought.”
2. How does the interpersonal nature of God help us look at the Bible relationally?
3. Why is it critical to see the Kingdom as a “church community” and not just as a future event?
4. Dr. Metzger said that relationality must be at the core of kingdom community building. Why?
5. In what ways can the “contemporary consumer problem” negatively impact our spirituality?
6. Why do you think it was stressed that we get beyond the idea of “sin management?”
7. How does participation (life in God) guard us from legalism and performance based spirituality?
8. How did the concept, “it’s not about measuring up, it’s the measureless overflow of God’s love in Christ,” impact you personally?
9. Please expound on Dr. Metgzer’s call to “be who you are in Christ.”
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: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest is Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary of Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Metzger’s passion is integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity. He’s a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, and has developed a strategic ministry partnership with Dr.