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Cathy Deddo: Theology in the Everyday

Cathy Deddo

Cathy Deddo: Theology in the Everyday

What role does theology play in our every day relationships?

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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 does the concept of “participation” help make academic theology relevant to our lives?

2. How did the suggestion that God is involved in all aspects of our lives impact you personally?

3. Expound on the view that God always comes to us with “grace and light.”

4. What does the term “inclusion” or “included” mean to you as an adopted child of God?

5. What did you think of the proposition that God has an “agenda” for us?

6. Cathy said that sometimes God is leading us “just to be quiet.” Please comment.

7. Did you find the idea that God knows us better than we know ourselves encouraging? How?

8. How did you understand the statement, “We are inviting people into the peace we are living?”

9. “God frees us to experience his grace and extend it to others.” Please share your thoughts.

10. Why do we tend to think that we need to “help God out”? Please comment on “radical trust.”

11. Cathy spoke of “who we are.” What does becoming a “real person” in Christ mean to you? 

12. Discuss some of the ways the interview helped you see theology in a more relational manner.

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: Cathy, thanks for being with us today.

Cathy Deddo: Thank you very much, Mike. I’m glad to be here.

JMF: When we talk about Trinitarian theology, it sounds academic to many people. What does it mean for just plain day-to-day relationships?

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Dogmatics in Outline

Dogmatics in Outline

by Karl Barth

Reviewed by Terry Akers

bookKarl Barth (1886-1968) was the most influential theologian of the 20th century. In 1946, standing in the post-War rubble of Bonn University, Barth (pronounced "Bart") gave a series of lectures without notes to young German theology students. These lectures, framed by the Apostles’ Creed, were later combined to compose the small book Dogmatics in Outline.

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Elmer Colyer: Theology and the Bible

Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Theology and the Bible

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer explores the Bible and how the church has wrestled with how theology has shaped our interpretations.

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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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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. Please share your thoughts on the “hermeneutical circle” or the relationship between theology and Scripture.

2. The historical/critical approach to Scripture was described as useful but inadequate. Why?

3. In what ways do you think the Enlightenment has influenced Christianity?

4. What is your personal view of the ecumenical movement?

5. It was asserted that in every field everyone brings their presuppositions. Your thoughts?

6. A community with ultimate beliefs was emphasized. Why do you think this is important?

7. Dr. Colyer said we need a perspective to be able to rightly see reality. Please comment on this.

8. How did the Magic Eye analogy of the Bible (integration of form and knowing) impact 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: Grace Communion International presents You’re Included, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our host is Dr. Michael Morrison. 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.

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Embracing Trinitarian Theology

Almost ten years ago Jesus called me, and the two churches I serve, to a profound awakening in our understanding of the gospel. This article is a brief description of what we have learned in that journey. 

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Jonathan Stepp
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Ted Johnston: How Theology Affects Ministry

Ted Johnston

Ted Johnston: How Theology Affects Ministry

Ted Johnston examines how a Trinitarian perspective to theology impacts the way we carry out ministry. Ted is a Regional Pastor and Communications Coordinator with GCI's Church Administration and Development department and a faculty member at Grace Communion Seminary.

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J. Michael Feazell: How has Trinitarian theology made a difference in how we do ministry?

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The God Revealed in Jesus Christ

An Introduction to Trinitarian Faith

If we want the most accurate picture of God, we don’t need to look any further than Jesus Christ. In Jesus we meet God as God really is. “Anyone who has seen me,” Jesus said, “has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

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Questions and Answers About Trinitarian Theology

Let’s address several questions and objections.

Are you saying there is no difference between a Christian and a non-Christian?

No. We are saying that because of who Jesus is and what he has done, all humans—believers and non-believers—are joined to God in and through Jesus, through his human nature. As a result, God is reconciled to all people. All have been adopted as his dearly loved children. All, in and through Jesus, are included in the Triune love and life of God: Father, Son and Spirit.

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Theology Affects the Way We Live

Ideas have consequences. The way we think about God affects the way we respond to him. In other words, our theology affects the way we live. Some people think theology is dull and irrelevant, but perhaps that is because they think God is dull and irrelevant; they would rather get on with their life without dragging God into the discussion.

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Joseph Tkach
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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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An Introduction to Trinitarian Theology

I. Introduction: why we need this

A. Stating the topic

We say that we have a “Trinitarian theology.” However, most churches accept the doctrine of the Trinity, and their theology is at least some­what Trinitarian, but we emphasize the Trinity more than most churches do. Sometimes we say that we have an Incarnational Trinitarian theo­logy, or a Trinitarian Christ-centered theology. None of these are completely distinctive terms, but they do mention some of the emphases that we have.

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Michael Morrison
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