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.
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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.
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?”
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.
Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling, theologian and ministry leader for church-based theology education and ministry training at Antioch Leadership Network of Grand Rapids, Michigan. An ordained minister, preacher and popular lecturer, Dr. Nordling is author of Knowing God by Name, recently published by the Peter Lang Publishing Group.
JMF: Thanks for joining us again.
Cherith Fee Nordling: Thank you for having me.