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Stephen Seamands: From 'What' to 'So What'

Stephen Seamands

Stephen Seamands: From 'What' to 'So What'

What are the practical implications of doctrines? Do they just try and prove the existence and sovereignty of Christ? Or, are they meant to do something greater by informing us and giving us a framework.

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Stephen Seamands

Stephen Seamands is professor of Christian doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He received his PhD from Drew University. For a PDF of all three interviews, click here.

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Michael Morrison: Steve, you’ve been a pastor, and you describe yourself as “a practical theologian.” To some people, that seems like a contradiction of terms. Theology doesn’t seem very practical. How do you see theology as practical for the church?

Stephen Seamands: Well, Mike, I don’t think I would be teaching this stuff if I didn’t think it was practical. Sometimes I say to my students the reason I love theology is because it is so practical.

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C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Trinity and Evangelism

C. Baxter Kruger & Paul Young

C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Trinity and Evangelism

Author Paul Young, and Theologian C. Baxter Kruger discuss the impact of the Trinity on evangelism, and our participation in the message of Jesus.

(31.0 minutes)
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C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

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For a PDF of all the edited transcripts of our interviews with Paul Young, click here.

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1. The relational nature of the Trinity was emphasized. How does this affect our evangelism?

2. It was stated that we were called to much more than evangelism. In what ways?

3. How do you personally view the important subject of the vicarious humanity of Jesus? 

4. Why do you think the gospel is often presented as bad news in popular evangelism? 

5. “Inclusion” and “acceptance” were often discussed. What do these terms mean to you?

6. Please share your thoughts on the distinction between “participation” and “partnership.”

7. Evangelism was described as an invitation to “come share life.” Your thoughts?

8. What are some of the practical ways the “sacred-secular dichotomy” can be overcome?

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J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being with us on You’re Included.

Wm. Paul Young: Thank you, it’s always fun to be here.

JMF: Well, we enjoy it.

C. Baxter Kruger: Good to see you again, Mike.

JMF: This time we want to talk about something a little bit different. Evangelism is the big word in Western Christianity. Everything revolves around evangelism and what are you doing to share the gospel. It’s like the eleventh commandment in the Old Testament and it’s the…

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N.T. Wright: How God Became King (Part 2)

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright: How God Became King (Part 2)

Prof. N.T. Wright talks about his book, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels.

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N.T. Wright

Nicholas Thomas (Tom) Wright was the Bishop of Durham (Church of England) 2003-2010. He is now Professor of New Testament and Early Church History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is the author of more than 60 books. Among them are Justification, After You Believe, Scripture and the Authority of God, The New Testament for Everyone, Simply Jesus, How God Became King, and Paul and the Faithfulness of God.

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GD: Professor Wright, thank you for joining us again here in St. Andrews. I’d like to follow up with a few more questions that are derived mostly from your book How God Became King. I’m particularly interested in the connection and relationship between heaven and earth. Often we think of them as separate, and we’re going to heaven and leaving earth, but you want to bring out the relationship and the connection. Can you say something more about that?

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Paul Young and C. Baxter Kruger: New Relationship with God

C. Baxter Kruger & Paul Young

Paul Young and C. Baxter Kruger: New Relationship with God

Author Paul Young, and Theologian C. Baxter Kruger continue discussing The Shack, religion, and the hope for a new understanding of relationship with God.

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C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

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J. Michael Feazell: Great to have you guys with us.

William Paul Young: It’s an honor to be here.

C. Baxter Kruger: Good to be back, Mike.

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David Fergusson: Faith and its Critics

Prof. David Fergusson

David Fergusson: Faith and its Critics

Professor David Fergusson talks with Gary Deddo about his Gifford Lecture series and the resulting publication Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation. They discuss his thoughts on New Atheist's critical views of religion.

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David Fergusson

David A. S. Fergusson is Professor of Divinity at New College in the University of Edinburgh. He is a minister of the Church of Scotland. Fergusson delivered the Cunningham Lectures in Edinburgh in 1996, the Bampton Lectures in Oxford in 2001, the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow in 2008 and the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books:

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David Fergusson has delivered the Bampton Lectures in Oxford (2001), the Gifford Lectures in Glasgow (2008), the Warfield Lectures in Princeton (2009), the Birks Lectures in Montreal (2013) and has lectured widely in the USA, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Australia. A list of his published works can be found here.

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Gary Deddo: I’d like to focus our time together on the issues that you addressed in your Gifford Lectures and published as Faith and Its Critics. The Gifford lectures have a certain purpose and parameters, but why did you chose that topic?

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N.T. Wright: How God Became King

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright: How God Became King

N.T. Wright talks about themes in his book, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels.

(30.0 minutes)
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N.T. Wright

Nicholas Thomas (Tom) Wright was the Bishop of Durham (Church of England) 2003-2010. He is now Professor of New Testament and Early Church History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is the author of more than 60 books. Among them are Justification, After You Believe, Scripture and the Authority of God, The New Testament for Everyone, Simply Jesus, How God Became King, and Paul and the Faithfulness of God.

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Gary Deddo: Professor Wright, thank you for taking some time out here at Saint Andrews [Scotland] this morning and joining us for the You’re Included interview series of Grace Communion International.

NTW: Good to be with you.

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C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Shack Revisited

C. Baxter Kruger & Paul Young

C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Shack Revisited

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young talk about Dr. Kruger's book, The Shack Revisited, which examines the theology embedded in Young's original narrative.

(30.4 minutes)
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C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

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For a PDF of all the edited transcripts of our interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.


For a PDF of all the edited transcripts of our interviews with Paul Young, click here.

Discussion Questions

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 theology behind the engaging novel, The Shack.

2. How do you understand the opposition to the book if it is theologically orthodox?

3. Did this discussion help you understand the concept of “unconditional” grace? How?

4. Why do you think there is so much fear associated with the God of grace and acceptance?

5. How does the Trinity doctrine help you understand God’s eternal nature of love and grace?  

6. “Father, Son, and Spirit are loving me constantly to set me free to live in that love.” Thoughts?

7.  How did “the degree that there’s fear in my life; to that degree I don’t understand the love of God for me” impact you personally?

8. “God is flipping back and forth between being our judge and being our Father.” Comments?

9. Where do you think the idea of performance-based love originates, if not from God?

10. Please expound on the statement, “intimacy creates a higher degree of respect.”

11. Why do you think love and grace are superior motivators to fear and wrath?

12. Does the phrase, “God loves everyone” bring you joy or anger? Why?

13. “The incarnation allows us to be included in this communion; that we may participate in the Trinitarian life of God.” Please share your thoughts. 

14. What do the terms “inclusion” and “acceptance” in relation to the gospel mean to you?

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On this episode of You’re Included: Dr. C. Baxter Kruger, theologian and author; with [William] Paul Young, author of The Shack. They talk with us about Dr. Kruger’s book, The Shack Revisited, and the theology embedded in Young’s original narrative.

Our host today is Dr. J. Michael Feazell.

JMF: Baxter and Paul, thanks for being with us again. It’s good to see you guys.

CBK: It’s good to be back.

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Cathy Deddo: Theology in the Everyday

Cathy Deddo

Cathy Deddo: Theology in the Everyday

What role does theology play in our every day relationships?

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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. How does the concept of “participation” help make academic theology relevant to our lives?

2. How did the suggestion that God is involved in all aspects of our lives impact you personally?

3. Expound on the view that God always comes to us with “grace and light.”

4. What does the term “inclusion” or “included” mean to you as an adopted child of God?

5. What did you think of the proposition that God has an “agenda” for us?

6. Cathy said that sometimes God is leading us “just to be quiet.” Please comment.

7. Did you find the idea that God knows us better than we know ourselves encouraging? How?

8. How did you understand the statement, “We are inviting people into the peace we are living?”

9. “God frees us to experience his grace and extend it to others.” Please share your thoughts.

10. Why do we tend to think that we need to “help God out”? Please comment on “radical trust.”

11. Cathy spoke of “who we are.” What does becoming a “real person” in Christ mean to you? 

12. Discuss some of the ways the interview helped you see theology in a more relational manner.

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: Cathy, thanks for being with us today.

Cathy Deddo: Thank you very much, Mike. I’m glad to be here.

JMF: When we talk about Trinitarian theology, it sounds academic to many people. What does it mean for just plain day-to-day relationships?

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David Torrance: Already Forgiven

David Torrance

David Torrance: Already Forgiven

Rev. David Torrance talks about how to approach our sin, personally and in the pulpit.

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David Torrance

David Torrance served for 36 years in parish ministry in the Church of Scotland; he is the brother of theologians Thomas and James Torrance. He helped edit the English edition of Calvin's New Testament commentaries, and is a co-author of A Passion for Christ: Vision That Ignites Ministry. His website is at www.livebyfaith.org.uk. For a transcript of all five YI interviews, click here.

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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.

Suggested topics:

1. Regarding the Christian life, Rev. Torrance stated that it is wrong to say, “With God’s help…” Why?

2. Why is it critical to realize that the triune God is in charge of the relationship and not us?

3. Please share your thoughts on the stated concept: “Jesus has lived out our lives for us.”

4. Participation was emphasized over “partnership” in our new life in Christ. Please comment.

5. How did David Torrance’s reflection on his wife’s death impact you personally? 

6. It was asserted that Christ accomplished everything for salvation and we are to look to his complete victory for all our needs. Please share your views on this.

7. How do you understand, “The gospel is simple, we (and the church) make it complicated?”

8. Asking forgiveness was described as a sharing in Christ’s finished work. Please comment.

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.

The Christian life

J. Michael Feazell: Reverend Torrance, it’s a joy to have you back with us. I want to ask you to draw on your many years of pastoral experience to talk about a topic that has to do with how a Christian lives in light of the fact that they are union with Christ, and how a pastor should work with a congregation in light of the sin that so easily besets us and that we’re surrounded with. How do those things work?

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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.

Suggested topics:

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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