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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. 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?