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Apologetics and Theology

Apologetics and Theology

Dr. Alister McGrath discusses his journey into the study of science and theology, his discovery of C. S. Lewis, and various issues facing the church today.

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Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He was previously a professor at King's College London (2008-14), and at Oxford University (1999-2008). He holds doctorates from Oxford in molecular biophysics, systematic theology, and intellectual history. He is the author of many books, including T.F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography (2006). The sixth edition of his popular textbook Christian Theology: An Introduction was published in 2016.

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Gary Deddo: Alister, it’s good to have you with us today.

Alister McGrath: It’s great to be here.

GD: You have an unusual background – in both science and in theology. There aren’t many people who have that kind of background. Can you tell us a little about how those two things came together for you?

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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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Believing Thomas—God’s Reality vs. Our Reality

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Believing Thomas—God’s Reality vs. Our Reality

Thomas plays a unique and critical role in helping us understand the reality of Jesus' resurrection and what it really means for us.

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Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers earned his PhD in historical theology from Union Institute and University. He is now retired, after serving many years as the Director of Church Administration & Development in Grace Communion International.

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I don’t know how you deal with disappointment, but I have a method I’ve used since I was a child. I imagine a worst-case scenario, so if it happens, I won’t be disappointed, it’s just what I expected. If things don’t go wrong, I should be pleased. The problem is I’m not, and my negativity makes me and everyone around me miserable.

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Knock Yourself Out

Joseph Tkach

Knock Yourself Out

Some of us make the Christian life far harder than it needs to be. We knock ourselves out instead of trusting God.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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I read an interesting story about a boxer in the 1930s named C.D. “Bigboy” Blalock. Bigboy once took a fight against a boxer from Mississippi whose name has long since been forgotten. In fact, it seems the only reason Bigboy’s name is remembered is because of what happened in that one fight.

Now Bigboy was a powerful man with a devastating roundhouse punch. He decided to try his big haymaker against the boxer from Mississippi, but at that very moment his opponent stepped in close.

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Trusting God With the Problem of Sin

“OK, I understand that the blood of Christ covers all sin. And I understand that there is nothing I can add to the equation. But here’s my question: If God, for Christ’s sake, has completely forgiven me for all my sins, past, present and future, then what is to stop me from just going out and sinning all I want? I mean, is the law meaningless for Christians? Does God now condone sin? Doesn’t he want me to stop sinning?”

These questions are important. Let’s go through them one at a time, and see if any more crop up along the way.

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J. Michael Feazell
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Don't Be Spooked

Joseph Tkach

Don't Be Spooked

Christian faith spread in the first century not by winning technical debates, but because Christians lived in the love of Jesus Christ.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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It seems to be great sport in some circles today to question, undermine and ridicule Christian faith.

The whole idea of God is a delusion, argues the noted atheist, Professor Richard Dawkins. Others say that religion has had a negative impact on human society and should therefore be banned. Some believe that those who teach religious concepts to children be considered guilty of child abuse. And recently published books ask us to believe that certain extra-biblical “gospels” may give us deeper insights into understanding Jesus than the New Testament.

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When Were You Saved?

Dr. Joseph Tkach

When Were You Saved?

Our salvation was secured by Jesus long before we made any decision. Our faith doesn’t save us, or cause God to change his mind about us.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Before Christ was crucified, Peter was with him, eating, living, and interacting with him for at least three years. Yet, when crunch time came, Peter vigorously denied his Lord three times. Along with all the other disciples, he fled into the night, leaving Jesus to face crucifixion alone.

Three days later, the risen Christ appeared to these very disciples; those who had denied him and run away. Several days later he appeared to Peter, James, and John while they were casting nets from their fishing boat, inviting them to breakfast on the shore.

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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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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. 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.

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 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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Alan Torrance on Faith

Professor Alan J. Torrance discusses the nature of faith. 0.5 minute.


 

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Faith in Victory and in Death: A Study of Hebrews 11:23-40

It is easy to have faith when everything is going well. But faith is needed most when we face danger. The “faith chapter” continues with stories of how people remained faithful in life-threatening situations.

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Michael Morrison
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