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Robin Parry: Lament and the Role of Israel in Salvation History

Dr. Robin Parry

Robin Parry: Lament and the Role of Israel in Salvation History

Dr. Parry discusses the importance of "lament" and the role of Israel in salvation history.

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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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1. Dr. Parry said that Jesus’ lament on the cross includes the entirety of Psalm 22. Does this help us understand what Jesus said?

2. The theology of “Holy Saturday” was mentioned. What are your thoughts on this concept?

3. “We need to give lament 'space' to be itself, but it never has the last word.” Your impressions?

4. How do you understand the resurrection and lament in terms of “hearing in stereo”?

5. Praying for destruction of one’s enemies in the Psalms meant, “Lord save us.” Is that an interpretation of the text, or just imposing our own ideas on the text?

6. Please share your views on the idea that the church “replaces” Israel in salvation history.

7. Should “one fulfilled covenant” be preferred over “two separate covenants”? Why or why not?

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Introduction: Join us now in St. Mary’s College Hall as J. Michael Feazell, [then] Vice President of Grace Communion International, interviews Robin Parry. Dr. Parry is Theological Books Editor with Wipf and Stock Publishers. His published works include Worshiping Trinity, Old Testament Story and Christian Ethics, and, most recently, Lamentations.

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Jeff McSwain: Everyone Belongs, Whether They Know It or Not

Jeff McSwain

Jeff McSwain: Everyone Belongs, Whether They Know It or Not

Jeff McSwain describes the goal of Reality Ministries - to help adolescents understand that they belong.

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1. Jeff said that we are included in what Christ is doing and that he is for us. How is this so?

2. How does inclusion (our belonging to Christ) transcend the Calvinist/Arminian debate?

3. Why do you think the gospel is so often presented as something other than good news?

4. Even though everyone is included in Christ, why is it important that each person come to know it?

5. “Satan has twisted our concept of reality, giving it a negative connotation.” Your thoughts? 

6. What is your impression of sin being described as “bucking reality”?

7. How can we make Christ the center of our lives when he is already the center of everything?

8. Trusting God’s love was likened to becoming “real persons” in Christ. Please comment.   

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J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Today we’re talking with Jeff McSwain, founder and Executive Director of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Master’s degree in theology; he studied with Alan and J.B. Torrance at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Jeff, it’s good to have you here.

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David Torrance: Not I, But Christ

Rev. David Torrance

David Torrance: Not I, But Christ

Rev. David Torrance explains what it means to receive Christ: that we share in his death and his resurrection -- death to our old life of sin, and a new life in Christ.

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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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1. Why do you think translators “alter” the Greek prepositions in verses such as Galatians 2:20?

2. Please share your thoughts on the statement, “Salvation is entirely of God and not of us.”

3. What is your perception of Christ as our response to God?

4. How do you understand belief as being required of us, but that it is also a gift of grace?

5. What do you think of the assertion that Jesus is the representative human for each of us?

6. Please give us your impressions of our “dying and rising” in Christ.

7. How do you see, “To receive God’s forgiveness means that we must share it with others”?

8. Forgiveness was described as a “gift of God,” “real grace,” and “healing.” Please comment.

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The faith of Christ

MM: You’ve been a parish minister for many years, and you’ve seen God’s grace being given to people in the parish, and you see how people respond to that with faith. I’d like to ask you about what faith is.

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Daniel Thimell: The Trinity, United With Humanity

Dan Thimell

Daniel Thimell: The Trinity, United With Humanity

Dr. Daniel Thimell and Mike Feazell discuss the Trinity; it is the foundation for both the doctrine of God’s love and the knowledge of God. They also examine how we are called to participate in the life of Christ.

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Daniel Thimell

Daniel Thimell received his doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is associate professor of theological-historical studies at Oral Roberts University. He is the author of God, Grace, and the Gospel, and co-editor of Christ in Our Place: The Humanity of God in Christ for the Reconciliation of the World. For an edited transcript of all four of his interviews with us, click here.

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1. How does the Trinity help us to see Jesus, not as an emissary, but as God himself?

2. In what ways does the Trinity doctrine enhance our understanding that God is love?

3. Please share with us how an awareness of the Trinity has made God more personal to you.

4. “We’re already included; repentance and faith are gifts of grace.” Please comment.

5. How do you understand, “We’re already reconciled but called to believe”?

6. What is your impression--is repentance a condition of grace, or a response to grace?

7. Do you agree that, “When bad things happen, God is working for our good?” Why?

8. Dr. Thimell said, “God is closer to us than the air we breathe.” Please share your thoughts.

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J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. We’re talking today with Dr. Daniel Thimell, Associate Professor of Theological and Historical Studies at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Thimell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in 1993. He has 30 years of pastoral experience and he has taught at Trinity College in Bristol, England, and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

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Andrew Root: Entering into the Full Humanity of Adolescence

Andrew Root

Andrew Root: Entering into the Full Humanity of Adolescence

Dr. Andrew Root talks about relational Youth Ministry arising out of place sharing rather than patterns of influence.

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Andrew Root

Dr. Andrew Root, Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, received his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is author of Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation. For a PDF file of all four interviews, click here.

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1. What does the term “relational youth ministry” mean to you?

2. Cite practical ways we can correspond to the “reality” and “full humanity” of adolescents.

3. How can we use the “secret” of the empty tomb to encourage the alienated and despondent?

4. Young people demand that we “call a thing what it is.” Why is this so hard to do?

5. How does the fear of not being in control, of not showing any vulnerability, hurt relationships?

6. Dr. Root said, “You can’t get a relationship through judgment.” What are your views on this?

7. How can “sharing our yearning and brokenness” with youth lead to deeper relationships?

8. How can a congregation become more “incarnational” or fully relational toward its youth?

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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. With us today is Dr. Andrew Root, Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. His new book is Relationships Unfiltered.

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Steve McVey: We Will Never Overestimate God's Grace

Steve McVey

Steve McVey: We Will Never Overestimate God's Grace

Dr. Steve McVey shares the theological insights he has gained over the years.

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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. Steve realized that it isn’t about him—it’s about God and our participation in what he is doing. Please comment.

2. How have you personally benefitted by viewing the Bible through a fresh “new lens”?

3. Please share your thoughts on, “Love is not an attribute of God -- it is the DNA of God.”

4. How does the “Trinitarian perspective” help us appreciate God’s grace toward us in Christ?

5. What did you think of the analogy of God and Jesus as “bad cop/good cop”—a schizo-God?

6. Why is the gospel message of inclusion and acceptance viewed with skepticism by religion?

7. How did you react to the common view of repentance being equated to idolatry?

8. “Grace enables us to live a godly lifestyle—it doesn’t create a desire to sin.” Your thoughts?

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Michael Morrison: Steve, thanks for being with us.

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

MM: In an earlier interview, you talked about how you had a couple of theological transitions in your life and you gave a synopsis of the first one. Could you could give an even briefer synopsis now, and then describe the second one?

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Trevor Hart: Art and Imagination in the Church

Trevor Hart

Trevor Hart: Art and Imagination in the Church

There is a place for the various arts and for imagination in the church.

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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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1. In what ways has Christian art shaped some of your views, either positively or negatively?

2. Do you agree that “art forms engage us in ways that words alone can’t”? Why or why not?

3. How do you feel about the use of contemporary Christian music in church worship services?

4. Dr. Hart said that it is important for the lyrics of worship songs to be theologically sound. Why?

5. In what ways, if any, does “idolatry” concern you regarding the use of art forms in church?

6. How do you personally view the use of imagination in Christian thought and worship?

7. The use of story, poetry, and parable in the Bible was described as “imaginative.” Your comments?

8. Why is the church important for the reading of Scripture rather than as an individual exercise?

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Introduction: St. Andrews, Scotland, is 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.

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Cherith Fee Nordling: Image Bearers for God

Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling: Image Bearers for God

From the beginning God has wanted his people to bear his image.

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Cherith Fee Nordling

Cherith Fee Nordling earned her PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has written Knowing and Naming the Triune God: Elizabeth Johnson and Karl Barth in Conversation and she is one of the authors of Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. She is now Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary. For all four interviews in one PDF file, click here.

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1. Why is it important to view the more obscure biblical passages in light of the clear ones?

2. How does reading the Bible in context help us prevent our own “privatized Christianity”?

3. Jesus’ parables express God’s unconditional love. Why are they often interpreted negatively?

4. Why is it important to know what the biblical writers were saying to their original audiences?

5. Why are literary forms and figures of speech vital considerations for biblical interpretation?

6. How does Trinitarian theology help us appreciate the Bible’s unfolding story of redemption?

7. Dr. Nordling said, “Every time God says ‘no’ it’s so that his ‘yes’ can be what it is.” Your thoughts?

8. Why is grasping the whole story of redemption better than asking, “But what about that?”

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JMF: One objection we often hear about Trinitarian theology, and the idea that God loves everyone, goes along this line: If God hates one person, then he doesn’t love everyone, and Scripture specifically says that God hated Esau. He loved Jacob and he hated Esau. How do we respond to that?

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Douglas Campbell: Sin and Its Seriousness

Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell: Sin and Its Seriousness

Dr. Campbell encourages us to look at the gospel of grace in a new way. He speaks about how the gospel addresses and informs our understanding of sin and ethics in a way that challenges the model of a conditional or contractual grace.

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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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1. In reference to the gospel, why is it inappropriate to say, “Grace, but…”?

2. Why do people worry about sin, justice, and judgment when Christ made provision for them?

3. What do you think accounts for our “conditional mentality” mentioned by Dr. Campbell?

4. It was said that true liberty and real freedom involve “freedom of response.” Please comment.

5. What do you think of the concept, “We have to resonate with what God is doing in our lives”?

6. Give us your thoughts on the statement, “We are released from sin as well as forgiven of sin.”

7. Why is it critical to realize that it is Christ’s faith imparted to us and not our faith in him?

8. How do you view Jesus Christ as being “our perfect response to God for us”?

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Introduction: Grace Communion International presents You’re Included, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our host is Dr. J. Michael Feazell. Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Douglas A. 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 with us.

Douglas Campbell: You’re welcome.

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C. Baxter Kruger: Where Is God in the Darkness?

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger

C. Baxter Kruger: Where Is God in the Darkness?

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger discusses the goodness of God and our moments of darkness.

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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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1. How would you explain the goodness that comes from “unbelievers”?

2. What did you think of the statement, “All goodness that there is comes from God”?

3. How do you view God being the origin of our grief and our participation with God in his grief?

4. Please comment on Dr. Kruger’s assertion that God meets us in our “darkness.”

5. Tell us some of the ways that the “light” of Jesus Christ has affected your personal darkness.

6. How did the concept of God’s forgiveness as an “overflow” of his triune love affect you?

7. “The gospel is completely about relationship.” Why do you think this is hard for people to accept this?

8. How does the word “dance” help us understand relationships and acceptance?

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J. Michael Feazell: When unbelievers are good, where does that come from?

C. Baxter Kruger: I think that’s a fantastic question. If you grew up (like I did) with Calvinism, then you would look at people who are outside of the church and say “that’s not really goodness. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really depravity, because it’s really sin.”

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