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Paul Molnar: The Giver and the Gift

Paul Molnar

Paul Molnar: The Giver and the Gift

When we try to separate the gift from the giver, grace separated from God, we make salvation about ourselves.

(29.5 minutes)
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Paul Molnar

Paul Molnar is a professor of systematic theology at St. John's University in New York and a former president of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. For a PDF of all interviews with him, click here. He has written the following books, including:
__Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity
__Incarnation and Resurrection: Toward a Contemporary Understanding

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1. Why do you think it is important that we not separate Christ’s gifts from Christ himself?

2. Did you find the explanation of God’s “being and acts as one” satisfying? Why or why not?

3. Natural theology was described as attempting to know God without biblical faith. To what extent can this be done?

4. How do you understand the quote, “Words are subject to realities, not realities to words”?

5. It was implied that in trusting God we are obeying his law of love. Please share your thoughts about that.

6. What does the concept of God’s unconditional love mean to you?

7. Repentance was depicted not as a condition of returning to God, but as a response to his grace. How do you understand this?

8. “You can’t judge the truth of Christology by the ethical fruits of Christians.” That is, you cannot judge who Jesus is by the way Christian act. Why would people think otherwise?

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Introduction: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Dr. Paul Molnar.

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Steve McVey: What Is God's Wrath?

Steve McVey

Steve McVey: What Is God's Wrath?

Dr. Steve McVey discusses the frequently misunderstood topic of God's wrath, and its relationship with God's love.

(36.6 minutes)
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Steve McVey

Dr. Steve McVey is founder of GraceWalk Ministries. He is the author of Grace Walk, Grace Rules, Grace Amazing, The Godward Gaze, A Divine Invitation, Walking in the Will of God, The Grace Walk Experience, Beyond an Angry God, The Secret of Grace, Anchored and 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday. For a PDF file of five YI interviews, click here.

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1. Why do you think people assume there is a split between the love and wrath of God?

2. Steve said that everything about God must be understood through the lens of his love. Why?

3. How do you understand, “The wrath of God is an expression of God’s love”?

4. Please comment on Steve’s discussion of the various usages of the biblical word “wrath.”

5. What did you think of the claim that people hate God’s “wrath” unless it is perceived as love?

6. Why is it critical to differentiate between love as an attribute of God and God being love?

7. Please share with us your impressions of Steve’s analogy of the “sin house.”

8. Please comment on the statement, “Grace makes you want to glorify God and say no to sin.”

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Mike Morrison: Steve, I’m really glad that you could come back again and have another discussion.

Steve McVey: Thanks Mike, I’m glad to be back. I’ve enjoyed this time, these programs with you.

MM: You talked before about the love of God, and I agree with you on that, but I wanted to ask you about the other side. Scripture talks about the wrath of God as well. How does this fit in with a God who is love?

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David Torrance: The Importance of Prayer in Pastoral Work

Rev. David Torrance

David Torrance: The Importance of Prayer in Pastoral Work

Rev. David Torrance shares some of the lessons he has learned about parish ministry.

(34.7 minutes)
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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. Please cite some examples of how prayer has been crucial to your personal ministry.

2. Share your thoughts on, “Ministry is not like a normal job—we have to go with the Spirit.”

3. Reverend Torrance said that preaching and pastoral work go hand-in-hand. Please comment.

4. It was asserted that restricting the atonement to the death of Christ leads to legalism. How?

5. What did you think of, “We want the blessings of Christ rather than the person of Christ”?

6. The pastor identified salvation as being “in Christ.” What does this mean to you?

7. How do you understand the concept that it’s not our faith—we enter into Christ’s faith?

8. How can we explain the difference between universal reconciliation and universal salvation?

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JMF: When you first became a pastor and then through the course of your ministry, what are some of the experiences that stand out? What kinds of things did you find that churches need, that individuals need, and what did you have to have, and be as a pastor, to serve in that day?

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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.

(32.8 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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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 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?

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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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Andrew Purves: Let the Lord be the Lord

Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves: Let the Lord be the Lord

Ministers are not messiahs -- their role is to join the Messiah in the work he is already doing.

(31.2 minutes)
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Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves received his PhD in 1978 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has been a church pastor and a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here. He has written numerous books on pastoral theology, including The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation, The Crucifixion of Ministry, & The Resurrection of Ministry.

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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. Why is it critical to know that we participate under Christ in ministry, that we don’t do it for him?

2. How do you understand “the big theological question is a who question, not a how question”?

3. “The NT isn’t interested in the resurrection, rather the resurrected Jesus.” Your thoughts?

4. Dr. Purves said that ministers are to declare the gospel, not be “psychological fixers.” Why?

5. Why is it important that we do not view our relationship with Jesus as an “arrangement”?

6. What do you think of the suggestion that we read not just the words of the Bible, but through them to the Reality beyond?

7. “God’s word confronts us with an unconditional claim on our life.” Please comment.

8. Why is, “What is Jesus doing now?” a more powerful question than WWJD?

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Introduction: Grace Communion International presents You’re Included, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our host is Dr. Michael Morrison. You’re Included is the unique interview series devoted to exploring the practical implications of Trinitarian Theology. Today’s guest is Dr. Andrew Purves, Professor of Reformed Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr.

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Trevor Hart: Zooming in on Salvation

Trevor Hart

Trevor Hart: Zooming in on Salvation

God's heart beats with love for everyone he’s made, so he calls them into fellowship with himself. This is good news, not just for Christians but for everyone.

(27.9 minutes)
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Trevor Hart

Trevor Hart received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 1989. He is Professor of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland. For a PDF of all three of our interviews with him, click here. Among his books are: 
__Faith Thinking: The Dynamics of Christian Theology (SPCK/IVP, 1995)
__Regarding Karl Barth: Toward a Reading of His Theology (Paternoster, 1999/IVP, 2000)

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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. Salvation was described as “multi-faceted.” In what ways did this discussion expand your view of the subject?

2. A “broken relationship with our maker” was presented as the real problem. Your thoughts?

3. Please comment on the “imagery of crucifixion and resurrection” regarding the Christian life.      

4. Dr. Hart, citing Karl Barth, said that God grants each of us our time. What is your reaction to that?

5. What do you think of the concept, “faith is about gratitude, not just discovering who God is”?

6. How did the claim that a fear message should be recast to one of good news impact you?

7. What do you think about the salvation of the firemen who died on 9/11?

8. Dr. Hart asserted that God made us to enjoy being in his presence. Why do some people act otherwise?

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Introduction: St. Andrews, Scotland, is well known as the birthplace of golf some 600 years ago. Here also stand the 850-year-old ruins of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, three of whose 100-feet-high towers rise majestically over the east end of the city. Nearby, the esteemed University of St. Andrews, founded in 1413, is the home of St. Mary’s College, the university’s renowned divinity school, which still uses its 16th century buildings. In College Hall, a room within one of those buildings, You’re Included host J.

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Robert Walker: The Implications of Jesus' Resurrection

Robert Walker

Robert Walker: The Implications of Jesus' Resurrection

Jesus' resurrection frees us from death and sin, and it is the beginning of the reconstitution of everything in Christ.

(29.3 minutes)
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Robert T. Walker

Robert T. Walker is nephew of the late Thomas F. Torrance. Walker edited Torrance's lecture notes into two books describing Torrance's teachings about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The first is Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ (InterVarsity, 2008); the second is Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ (InterVarsity, 2009). For a PDF of all three 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. Dr. Walker emphasized the resurrection over the cross. Please share your thoughts on this.

2. Please expand on the concept, “It’s the resurrection that makes us righteous.”

3. The resurrection was linked to forgiveness and the undoing of sin and death. Please comment.

4. “The resurrection is the beginning of a new creation—the beginning of the renewal of all of space and time. How do you understand this?

5. The discussion revealed that our faith cannot be a “work.” How did this impact you?

6. It was stated that theology helps us to know God with our minds, not just our hearts. How?

7. What do you think of the idea that there is no separation between the secular and the spiritual?

8. New creation life was described as looking outward—living for and with others. Why is this important?

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J. Michael Feazell: As you were working on the project of editing Incarnation and Atonement, what were some of the memorable moments during the process?

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Paul Molnar: God's Will and Our Decisions

Paul Molnar

Paul Molnar: God's Will and Our Decisions

Dr. Paul Molnar discusses how God's will gets complicated when it intersects with our choices.

(24.7 minutes)
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Paul Molnar

Paul Molnar is a professor of systematic theology at St. John's University in New York and a former president of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. For a PDF of all interviews with him, click here. He has written the following books, including:
__Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity
__Incarnation and Resurrection: Toward a Contemporary Understanding

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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. “Christianized Hellenism” was offered over “Hellenized Christianity.” What do you think about these concepts?

2. How do you understand God’s “unchanging” nature?

3. Please comment on God acting not from need, but “the overflowing abundance of who he is.”  

4. “Created time must find its meaning in God’s eternal time.” How is this distinction helpful?

5. Dr. Molnar described obedience to God as a freedom, not “enslavement.” Please comment.

6. Do you share the belief that God redeems our bad decisions for the good? Why or why not?

7. It was asserted that we often have a “too human concept of God.” Why is this?

8. Why do you think looking to Christ, rather than Christian experience, was emphasized?

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: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian Theology. Our guest today is Dr. Paul Molnar.

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Elmer Colyer: Relying on Christ for Repentance

Dr. Elmer Colyer

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.

(30.2 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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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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Robin Parry - Hope for All Humanity

Dr. Robin Parry

Robin Parry - Hope for All Humanity

Dr. Parry discusses God's purpose for salvation. He shares with us that Christ's salvation is already achieved for everyone, and we can participate in that.

(36.8 minutes)
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Robin Parry

Dr. Robin Parry is Theological Books editor for Wipf and Stock Publishers. For a PDF of all three interviews with Dr. Parry, click here. He is author of 
__Worshipping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship,
__Old Testament Story and Christian Ethics, 
and 

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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. If the Bible allows for the hope that everyone will be saved, why do you think so many Christians deny this possibility?

2. Dr. Parry stated that Christ died and was raised for “all humanity.” Please share your thoughts.

3. How do you understand, “Everything that went wrong in Adam was put right in Christ”?

4. It was asserted that, “There is no sin that God can’t deal with in Christ.” Please comment.

5. How do you view the claim that “eschatological judgment is not a point of no return”?

6. Do you share the view that we all have the capacity to be like Hitler? Why or why not?

7. How would you explain God’s wrath and judgment being bound up in his love and grace?

8. Dr. Parry said the traditional view of hell “doesn’t work.” What are your thoughts on this?

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Introduction: This special edition of You’re Included comes to you from the city of St. Andrews, Scotland. The University of St. Andrews, founded in 1413, is the oldest university in Scotland and one of the oldest in the English-speaking world. In its 600-year history, the university has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading centers for teaching and research. St. Mary’s College, the university’s divinity school, was founded in 1539. The school is still housed in its original 16th century buildings. Join us now in St. Mary’s College Hall as J.

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