Although we watched the “Monster God or Monster Man” debate between Dr Michael Brown and Brian Zahnd some time ago, we only recently stumbled across this interesting review of it (which contains a link to the debate). The debate is a great starting point to get a handle on the issues… and then Rob Grayson’s review provides helpful reflection.
If you like being astounded by God and being built up by a dose of pure Gospel, then set aside 54 mins and watch (or listen) to this. Peter has profound insights and understanding that I have never seen the likes of before, and I doubt I ever will again. Bathe, soak, drown… and be renewed:
This presentation from the January Series, Calvin College 2017 is well worth a listen. Tom Wright explores what the Kingdom of God is about, and shows what is woefully missing from our Western “theories” of the atonement.
For a clear understanding of the issues as stake in this debate, the whole talk is definitely worth the investment (Tom actually starts 5 mins in). Tom is clear and persuasive.
If you don’t have time and just want a pertinent “highlight” start at 40 mins in (stopping at around 44 mins, or 49 mins):
(N.B. I would challenge/disagree with his phrasing in a sentence or two, but it’s relatively minor. I still thought the talk was excellent)
Here’s a really encouraging sermon from Andrew Farley. Totally biblical and easy to follow. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Audio of Roy A Harrisville is hard to come by, but boy does he pack a rich picture of God into just a few minutes. Witty, deep, and humble he’s a real joy to listen to.
The audio is poor, but it’s well worth it:
2 soundbites from the fabulous Brennan Manning:
For anyone who has been told that God cannot tolerate sinners and that God’s justice demands He must punish them, then this is a great antidote.
Brad takes a few liberties (e.g. technically Adam and Eve were banished from the garden so that they would not eat of the tree of life) but the white hot asbestos suit comment is, sadly, true. We think his presentation provides a necessary corrective to the dominant western view of the Gospel, and gives a more Christ-like picture of God. It is a breath of fresh air!
Brad Jersak – the gospel in chairs:
Performance from St Mary Magdalene (South Bersted). Who Likes Puppets? (the Puppet Theatre) do a take on Adele’s “Hello”. Enjoy!