References to: Karl Barth

What’s Barth Got To Do With It?

Dr. Joseph Tkach

What’s Barth Got To Do With It?

Great Theology always points us to the person who really matters -- 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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You might not expect to see a theologian on the cover of TIME magazine, but in April 1962, that’s exactly where you could find Karl Barth. For anyone who doesn’t know, Barth was lauded by many as the most important theologian of the last century. And for us here at GCI, his work was instrumental in helping us grow in our knowledge of the loving Triune God.

But what was so great about Barth?

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George Hunsinger: Our Lives Are Hidden in Christ

George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger: Our Lives Are Hidden in Christ

Colossians 3:3 has been called a decisive verse for the entire New Testament. Our lives in Christ are real, and yet can't always be seen.

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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. What do you make of Dr. Hunsinger’s statement, “We live in “the time between the times”?

2. How does viewing time in sequence and simultaneously affect our understanding of Scripture?

3. How do you see sheep and goats verses in relation to “the world as the object of God’s love”?

4. Regarding hope: “Just because it’s hidden doesn’t mean that it’s not already real.” Comments?

5. “Grace translates everything out of the realm of necessity into the realm of freedom.” Why?

6. In what ways does “God’s free grace elicit our free response of total self giving back to him?”

7. “Grace has a way of prevailing even when it doesn’t seem to make rational sense.” Thoughts?

8. What does God’s being “eternally bound to humanity through Jesus Christ” mean 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: 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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George Hunsinger: What Christ Did Was Effective for All

George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger: What Christ Did Was Effective for All

The election that really counts: We are elected or chosen in Jesus Christ, the Chosen One. Mike Feazell interviews Dr. George Hunsinger, of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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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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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. How would you describe the “objective” and “subjective” sides of salvation?

2. What are your thoughts on “bottom up” and “top down” views of the New Testament?

3. How are people “awakened” to the reality of their salvation and acceptance in Christ?

4. What makes the “all” scriptural passages more clear than say, the parables?

5. What makes Christ’s vicarious humanity for all illogical to our way of thinking?

6. How has the “penitential” tradition affected your spiritual journey?

7. How can we be sinful and justified at the same time?

8. How have you found “more grace in God than in humans” to be true in your own life?

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.

J. Michael Feazell: Our guest today is 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 new Presbyterian Catechism. He is author of several books, including Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth, How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology, and The Eucharist and Ecumenism.

Thanks for being with us today.

George Hunsinger: I’m very glad to be here. Thank you.

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Daniel Thimell: Christ Atoned for Everyone

Daniel Thimell

Daniel Thimell: Christ Atoned for Everyone

Dr. Daniel Thimell discusses that Jesus Christ won a completed salvation for each of us.

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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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In his first interview, Dr. Thimell noted that a Scottish pastor named John McLeod Campbell found that members of the church had no joy in their Christianity. Why? Because they had not understood how effective the work of Christ was.

J. Michael Feazell: You’re particularly interested in the theology of John Calvin as well as the theology of Karl Barth. Could you, in a nutshell (even though that’s quite a tall order), give us a little comparison between the two?

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Theology: What Difference Does It Make?

“Don’t talk to me about theology. Just teach me the Bible.”

To the average Christian, theology might sound like something hopelessly complicated, frustratingly confusing and thoroughly irrelevant. Anybody can read the Bible (although people often come to very different conclusions). So why do we need head-in-the-clouds theologians with their long sentences and fancy terms?

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Terry Akers and J. Michael Feazell
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Jeff McSwain: Calvinism, Arminianism, and Karl Barth

Jeff McSwain

Jeff McSwain: Calvinism, Arminianism, and Karl Barth

In his third interview, Jeff McSwain explains the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism, and the Reformed view of Karl Barth.

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For an edited transcript of all six of our interviews with Jeff McSwain, click here.

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 of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Masters of Theology degree studying with Allan and JB Torrance at St. Andrews University in Scotland. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Thanks for joining us, Jeff.

Jeff McSwain: My pleasure, Mike, thanks for having me.

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Ray Anderson: God and the Prodigal Son

Dr. Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson: God and the Prodigal Son

In this extended program, Dr. Anderson talks about relating our lives to God’s reality, what God has become in becoming human, adoption, the parable of the prodigal, our necessary connection with Christ, and the emergent church.

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Ray Anderson

Dr. Ray Anderson was senior professor of theology and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He wrote more than 20 books, including An Emergent Theology of Emerging Churches, and Judas and Jesus, Amazing Grace for the Wounded Soul. Dr. Anderson was also a contributing editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology. He died on June 21, 2009, at the age of 83.

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In the first interview, Dr. Anderson points out the importance of having our theological viewpoint based on God's revelation of himself in Jesus Christ.

See also the interview in which Chris Kettler discusses the ministry and theology of Dr. Anderson.

For an edited transcript of our interviews with Ray Anderson, and the Chris Kettler interview about Dr. Anderson, click here.

JMF: Last time we were together, we were talking about Karl Barth, Thomas Torrance, whom you studied under, and Trinitarian theology and how important that is for the walk of the average Christian.

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