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Alan Torrance: Being in Christ

Alan Torrance

Alan Torrance: Being in Christ

How should the work of Christ affect our lives and relationships?

(26.6 minutes)
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Alan Torrance

Alan J. Torrance is professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His work includes Persons in Communion: Trinitarian Description and Human Participation and The Theological Grounds for Advocating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Sociopolitical Realm. He earned his doctorate at theology at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany.

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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. “Christ took our alienated, sinful, fallen humanity and healed and transformed it.” Please share your thoughts on this.

2. The phrase “in Christ” was said to characterize participation. What does this mean to you?

3. Dr. Torrance emphasized the spirit of reconciliation as defining the Christian life. Why?

4. In what ways may we “image, reflect, and correspond to who God is in all that we are”?

5. How do you understand, “In everything we do, the aim, the goal, must be shalom”?

6. Torrance said that pride was the main cause of division in the body of Christ. Your thoughts?

7. “Institutionalism” was cited as a major hindrance to ecumenism. How can this be overcome?

8. “Within families people should be liberated to be free to be themselves, to know what it is to be loved.” What does this mean to you personally?

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J. Michael Feazell: Paul wrote to the Colossians that God was in Christ reconciling all things to himself. What are the implications of that for how human beings live together?

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George Hunsinger: The Eucharist and Ecumenism

George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger: The Eucharist and Ecumenism

Dr. George Hunsinger talks about his work; examining the theology of the Eucharist across different Christian heritages.

(44.9 minutes)
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George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger is a Presbyterian minister and professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. For a PDF with all four of his interviews, click here. His published works include
___The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast (Cambridge, 2008)

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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 personally understand the “real presence of Christ” in the Lord’s Supper?

2. Please share your thoughts on Jesus Christ retaining his “full humanity” after his ascension.

3. Why were the terms “participation” and “relational” used to describe the bread and the wine?

4. Dr. Hunsinger spoke of the incarnation as a “mystery.” Why don’t we fully understand it?

5. What do you think of the “iron in the fire” (abiding distinction/inseparable unity) analogy?

6. Does the concept of “transelementation” make sense to you? Please share your thoughts.

7. “Christ is present in the communion despite our faith traditions.” What does this mean to you?

8. How did the interview impress on you the need to engage on historically divisive issues?

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Introduction: You’re Included is the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Dr. George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology. Dr. Hunsinger is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a major contributor to the latest Presbyterian Catechism.

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David Torrance: Not My Will, But Yours

Rev. David Torrance

David Torrance: Not My Will, But Yours

Rev. David Torrance recounts how God led him into ministry.

(29.5 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.

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1. Cite instances in your life when you have “heard” God speaking through the Bible.

2. How would you describe the terms “evangelist” and “theologian”?

3. What struck you most about Reverend Torrance’s description of family life in China?

4. Can you tell us of times when prayer has saved you or loved ones from physical harm?

5. What is your impression of the pastor’s youthful wish to die in war rather than be a minister?

6. Describe how God has been present in your life like he was in Torrance’s military experience.

7. Peace of mind and joy was linked to our saying “yes” to God. Please share your thoughts.

8. How has God ultimately worked something in your life despite your initial objections?

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Missionary life in China

J. Michael Feazell: I wanted to ask you about your childhood, your story, how you came to be interested in ministry, how that came about, and what it was like to be in the Torrance household.

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Douglas Campbell: Understanding the Book of Romans (audio only)

Dr. Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell: Understanding the Book of Romans (audio only)

The Book of Romans can be confusing without centering on the core teachings of Romans chapters 5 through 8.

Due to a camera malfunction, we do not have video of this interview.

(27.1 minutes)
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Douglas Campbell

Dr. Douglas Campbell is Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of The Quest for Paul's Gospel and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here.

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Suggested topics:

1. Authentic and valid “right behavior” was linked to our union with Christ. What do you think about that?

2. Dr. Campbell said, “People have just got Paul very, very wrong.” Do you agree? Why or not?

3. It was stressed that Romans 1-4 needs to be read in light of chapters 5-8. Does this help us understand what Paul meant?

4. What do you think of the assertion that judgment has already taken place at the cross?

5. How does fear and misunderstanding of the gospel impact our “joyful assurance” in Christ?

6. How do you understand grace in contrast to “conditional” and “contractual” religion?

7. A misunderstanding of the gospel and Paul was associated with Western culture and politics. Do you see a link here? Why or why not?

8. Why is it critical to make the distinction between unconditional covenant and a contract?

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Introduction: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Douglas Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Campbell is author of The Deliverance of God and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being here.

Douglas Campbell: You’re welcome.

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Steve McVey: The Father Gets a Bad Rap

Steve McVey

Steve McVey: The Father Gets a Bad Rap

Dr. McVey stresses the importance of an accurate understanding of the cross, and how it affects our view of the whole being of God, Father, Son and Spirit.

(29.8 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. In what ways can a “penal substitution” view of the atonement affect our sense of intimacy    with the Father?

2. How does a Trinitarian perspective of the cross impact our view of the Father?

3. “The prodigal story is about God’s unconditional love, not the sons’ behavior.” Your views?

4. Steve likened the church to the older son in the prodigal story. Why do you think he did this?

5. The atonement is described as “game over.” Why is it so often presented as “your move”?

6. Hell was presented as of our own making and choosing. Please share your thoughts on this.

7. Please comment on the concept that all of humanity is wrapped up in the first and last Adams.

8. What do you think of Steve’s understanding that God did not forsake Jesus on the cross?

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Mike Morrison: Steve, thanks for being with us.

Steve McVey: Thank you. Glad to be back with you.

MM: Earlier, you commented that many people view the sacrifice of Jesus as God punishing Jesus. You objected strongly to that notion. Could you tell us why you think it’s important for people to have an accurate understanding of what was going on in the crucifixion of Jesus?

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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.

(31.0 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.

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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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George Hunsinger: Focus on Christ

George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger: Focus on Christ

Dr. George Hunsinger talks about the importance of keeping the focus on Christ and the relational nature of the eucharist; how it can serve to break down denominational barriers.

(35.0 minutes)
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George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger is a Presbyterian minister and professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. For a PDF with all four of his interviews, click here. His published works include
___The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast (Cambridge, 2008)

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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 can the “order of salvation” become a distraction to keeping our focus on Christ?

2. It was emphasized that the Eucharist should not be denied to “outside” believers. Why?

3. Please share your thoughts on “ecumenism” and church unity in general.

4. In what ways did the church “pie chart” change your perception of organized Christianity?

5. Do you view the fragmentation of the Protestant church in a positive or a negative way? Why?

6. “Reconciled” and “acceptable” diversity were mentioned regarding church unity. What do you think of this?

7. How do you understand the concept, “priesthood of all believers”?

8. Do you think the “Eucharistic unity” of the church can ever be achieved? Why or why not?

A few 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 the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Dr. George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology. Dr. Hunsinger is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a major contributor to the latest Presbyterian Catechism.

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Paul Molnar: God Chose to Enter Into Our Humanity

Paul Molnar

Paul Molnar: God Chose to Enter Into Our Humanity

When Christ saves us, he is drawing us into his relationship with God the Father. Although God is changeless in one sense, he was able to become human.

(26.0 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.

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1. “The problem of sin is trying to run on our own steam.” How did this concept impress you?

2. Human self-reliance and self-will was stressed. How do these work against God’s grace?

3. Dr. Molnar linked the essence of sin to lack of trust in God. Please share your thoughts on this.

4. How do you understand salvation as being in right relationship with God through Christ?

5. The atonement was said to be an act of grace rather than judicial in nature. Why?

6. Why is it critical to not separate the “immanent” trinity from the “economic” trinity?

7. God’s “unchangeableness” is defined as faithfulness to his covenant promise. Comments?

8. It was asserted that God created us out of free love rather than need. Why is this important?

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Introduction: Paul Molnar is a Catholic theologian and Professor of Systematic Theology at St. John’s University, in New York. He is author of Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity, Incarnation and Resurrection, and Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity: in Dialog with Karl Barth and Contemporary Theology. Dr. Molnar has also been editor of the Karl Barth Society of North America Newsletter and president of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship.

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Andrew Purves: We Are Not Generic

Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves: We Are Not Generic

Dr. Purves recounts valuable learning experiences he has had in ministry and stories of people who have had an impact on his life. He also speaks about the importance of bringing the gospel to people on a specific and personal level.

(27.0 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.

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1. Please share your thoughts on the importance of prayer for pastoral ministry.

2. Why is it necessary that we acknowledge the element of mystery within the gospel message?

3. Honesty and vulnerability were cited. Why are these so important for teaching and ministry?

4. “The borders between theology and proclamation should not to be far apart.” What does this mean to you?

5. Please share your impressions of Andrew’s last meeting with Tom Torrance.

6. “The ascension means that Jesus is in the present tense, not in the past tense.” Your thoughts?

7. How do you view the assertions that each of us is unique and God deals with us differently?

8. Dr. Purves said that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Why is this hard to accept?

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 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. Purves is author of numerous books, including Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology, The Crucifixion of Ministry, and The Resurrection of Ministry.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being with us again.

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Douglas Campbell: In Christ - Conversion and Calling

Dr. Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell: In Christ - Conversion and Calling

Douglas Campbell looks at examples of how Paul brought the gospel and purpose to the mission field.

(32.0 minutes)
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Douglas Campbell

Dr. Douglas Campbell is Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of The Quest for Paul's Gospel and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. For a PDF of all four 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. What do you think of the assertion that Paul was “called” rather than “converted”?

2. “People were converting within the context of relationships they already had.” Your thoughts?

3. Please share your impressions of Paul’s missionary work being described as “networking.”

4. Is evangelizing through nurturing relationships preferable to “preaching” today? If so why?

5. Why were Paul’s high behavioral expectations and strong ethics for the community stressed?

6. Dr. Campbell described Christianity as “participation in a new reality.” What does that mean to you?

7. Paul invested resources and time into keeping relationships alive. How important is this today?

8. Our identity in Christ involves affirmation of our “full personhood.” How important is this to 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: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Douglas Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Campbell is author of The Deliverance of God and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel.

Mike Morrison: Douglas, thanks for being with us.

Douglas Campbell: You’re welcome.

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