Sinopse

Gospel Conversations takes a creative approach to attaining a deeper understanding of the gospel and what it means to us today. Our speakers are not ministers, but range from a diverse community of Christian thinkers who lead their various fields of knowledge in history, design thinking, theology, philosophy, and organisational leadershipamong others. Each month we host a live event in Sydney, then publish it as a podcast.

Episódios

  • Brad Jersak: Plato, Plantinga, and Paul—toward Christian knowing

    Brad Jersak: Plato, Plantinga, and Paul—toward Christian knowing

    25/02/2020 Duração: 48min

    Rev Dr Brad Jersak explores Christian knowing through Plato, Plantinga, and Paul the Apostle. This is an incredibly important topic for Christians today as most of us feel caught between the conservative ‘Biblical’ view that dominates Sydney evangelicalism, and a more liberal humanist view that seems to threaten the pillars of faith. Brad has a rich mind and insightful perspectives, including a deep understanding of the early church fathers. He will offer us a much wider paradigm of knowing and revelation that does not toss out the Bible but balances it. In so doing he will demonstrate that far from this being a dangerous liberalising of truth, we are only recapturing the dominant orthodoxy that characterised the early church.Video: youtu.be/9RxQb7VW_yciTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud: GospelConversations.com/podcastSocial Media: facebook.com/GospelConversationsPoem: BrianZahnd.com/2013/09/reading-bible-right

  • My journey into Christs Cosmic Redemption—Tony Golsby-Smith

    My journey into Christ's Cosmic Redemption—Tony Golsby-Smith

    12/01/2020 Duração: 38min

    How broad are God's plans? Tony shares his life story: from his childhood in Fiji to becoming a teacher and then, to everyone's surprise, a strategy consultant to some of Australia's largest corporations. He began to see God working everywhere and this led him to ultimately discover Christ's Cosmic Redemption—which is good news for the entire cosmos!Video:https://youtu.be/8fq7xvqQoHQSlides:https://www.slideshare.net/gospelconversations/my-journey-into-christs-cosmic-redemptiontony-golsbysmith-217420845iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud:https://GospelConversations.com/podcastSocial Media:https://Facebook.com/GospelConversationshttps://Twitter.com/GospelConvershttps://YouTube.com/user/GospelConversationsWebsite:https://GospelConversations.comMailing List:http://eepurl.com/guDp4n

  • Knowing and Mystery speakers and talks

    Knowing and Mystery speakers and talks

    30/12/2019 Duração: 08min

    Brad Jersak (Feb 14th), Esther Lightcap Meek, Rikk Watts, Tony Golsby-Smith, Ron Winestock, & Leisa Aitken will help us explore "Knowing and Mystery"—2020 theme. Talks will include: —Is Design the new theology? —What is the Gospel's offer of hope to a postmodern world? —What does Scripture actually teach about women in ministry? —Will Artificial Intelligence save humanity or make us obsolete? —Loving to Know —Mystery in the Quantum world —What were Maximus the Confessor and Origen's views on Mystery? Video:https://youtu.be/_w2BkOKbWdk iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud:https://GospelConversations.com/podcast Social Media:https://Facebook.com/GospelConversationshttps://Twitter.com/GospelConvershttps://YouTube.com/user/GospelConversations Website:https://GospelConversations.com Mailing List:http://eepurl.com/guDp4n

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Inscape  the Glory of God

    Gerard Manley Hopkins: Inscape & the Glory of God

    21/11/2019 Duração: 55min

    Gerard Manley Hopkins only lived a short life and he never published a single poem during his lifetime. However, this intense and brilliant Jesuit priest revolutionised forever how poetry was written and laid the foundations for twentieth-century poetry. He is arguably the greatest religious poet of all time, and yet some psychiatrists also believe that nobody wrote about depression with such penetrating insight as he did. He was a true manic genius. The theory of ‘inscape’ underpinned lots of his poetic philosophy and inspired such greats as Tolkien. In this talk, Tony will open up the wondrous world of Hopkins for us.Video:https://youtu.be/4OYpGH7_WCU Slides:https://www.slideshare.net/gospelconversations/gerard-manley-hopkins-inscape-the-glory-of-god iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud:https://GospelConversations.com/podcast Social Media:https://Facebook.com/GospelConversationshttps://Twitter.com/GospelConvershttps://YouTube.com/user/GospelConversations Website:https://GospelConversations.com Mailing List:http:

  • Coleridge: transformation through participation

    Coleridge: transformation through participation

    30/10/2019 Duração: 56min

    Sarah will extend our series on Poetry and Faith by taking us into the world of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the great philosopher and poet of Romanticism, who lived at the tumultuous time of the French Revolution abroad and the Industrial Revolution at home. In the face of this tumult, Coleridge and the Romantics championed humanity, the imagination and the mystery of Nature as the source of all meaning. Coleridge, a troubled Anglican spirit, found the origin of humanity’s imagination in the great ‘I AM’ of God.Podcast (iTunes, Spotify, PodBean, and SoundCloud platforms):https://GospelConversations.com/podcast Slides:https://www.slideshare.net/gospelconversations/coleridgeunity-and-the-abrahamic-covenantsarah-golsbysmith YouTube Channel:https://YouTube.com/user/GospelConversations Social Media:https://Facebook.com/GospelConversationshttps://Twitter.com/GospelConvers Website:https://GospelConversations.com Mailing List:http://eepurl.com/guDp4n

  • Living in the Light of the Future: Universal Restoration and Practical Theology—Robin Parry

    Living in the Light of the Future: Universal Restoration and Practical Theology—Robin Parry

    18/10/2019 Duração: 42min

    Robin's final talk in our series explores perhaps the most significant question of all: "How does a belief in universal salvation influence my life and service in the world—including things like evangelism, counselling, and taking funerals?" Robin is a pastor as well as a theologian, and he brings a wealth of practical experience to this huge question. Does universal salvation mute the gospel and just make us melt into a kind of uncritical pantheism? Robin argues that universal salvation, far from muting our voice in the world, amplifies our voice, and the many ways through which we can bless the world.Podcast (iTunes, Spotify, PodBean, and SoundCloud platforms):https://GospelConversations.com/podcast Slides:https://www.slideshare.net/gospelconversations/living-in-the-light-of-the-future-universal-restoration-and-practical-theologyrobin-parry YouTube Channel:https://YouTube.com/user/GospelConversations Social Media:https://Facebook.com/GospelConversationshttps://Twitter.com/GospelConvers Website:https://Gospe

  • The Story of Salvation: A Narrative Theology of Hell—Robin Parry

    The Story of Salvation: A Narrative Theology of Hell—Robin Parry

    10/10/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    In this third talk of our Hope and Hell conference, Robin paints a sweeping picture of the story of salvation beginning with creation and ending with the eschaton. He then poses the significant question—which fits best into this picture—hell or universal salvation? This talk is quite awe-inspiring—not because it advocates universal salvation (which it does) but even more because it stretches our horizons beyond individual redemption into the purpose of the cosmos. In developing his theme, Robin draws heavily on the magnificent Patristic fathers and their grand conception of the irresistible goodness of God. Podcast (iTunes, Spotify, PodBean, and SoundCloud platforms):https://GospelConversations.com/podcast Slides:https://www.slideshare.net/gospelconversations/the-story-of-salvation-a-narrative-theology-of-hellrobin-parry YouTube Channel:https://YouTube.com/user/GospelConversations Social Media:https://Facebook.com/GospelConversationshttps://Twitter.com/GospelConvers Website:https://GospelConversations.com Mai

  • Hermeneutics and Hell: Biblical Interpretation and Universal Salvation—Robin Parry

    Hermeneutics and Hell: Biblical Interpretation and Universal Salvation—Robin Parry

    26/09/2019 Duração: 01h04min

    Universal salvation raises the critically important question of how we read the Bible—or ‘hermeneutics’. That is what Robin covers in this talk. He sweeps us through a big landscape in three succinct waves—each bigger than the one before. Firstly he confronts the foreground question of biblical texts—and he makes the point that everybody has problems here. How do we reconcile God’s love with his omnipotence? He then moves onto slightly broader terrain—we need the read texts in their context BUT the meaning of the texts will often be bigger than even the author intended or realised. And finally, he finishes with a new horizon of interpretation—the future. He talks about the ‘trajectories’ of the biblical canon, which stretch beyond themselves for future generations—like ours—to articulate. He uses the development of the doctrine of the Trinity as an example. So this talk is as much about how we read the Bible as how we do or don’t find ‘universal salvation’ in the Bible.This is the second talk from our Hope an

  • Why Poetry Is A Way Of Knowing God—Gwen Harwoods Poetry

    Why Poetry Is A Way Of Knowing God—Gwen Harwood's Poetry

    14/09/2019 Duração: 52min

    Sarah’s talk is a celebration of the glory in the mundane. That is the theme of the two wondrous Gwen Harwood poems that Sarah takes us through. But this leads naturally onto a view of the incarnation—the ultimate revealing of glory in the mundane. And Gwen Harwood pursued this glory in the mundane as a woman and mother—which leads her (and Sarah) to advocate a distinctly feminine view of incarnation and Christ. A view that Sarah brilliantly touches on in Luke’s gospel where the gentle domestic view of the women—and the mothers—seems a deliberate counterpoint to the chest-beating imperialism of the male disciples. This gorgeous talk is a work of art and will reward repeated listening.This is the first talk in our Great Poets on the Mystery of Faith series.Website:https://GospelConversations.com Mailing List (notifications of upcoming events and new content):http://eepurl.com/guDp4n Podcast (iTunes, Spotify, PodBean, and SoundCloud platforms):https://GospelConversations.com/podcast Social Media:https://www.fac

  • Hope and Hell Conference—Universal Salvation: A Whistle-Stop Introduction—Rev Dr Robin Parry

    Hope and Hell Conference—Universal Salvation: A Whistle-Stop Introduction—Rev Dr Robin Parry

    22/07/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    Tony introduces Rev Dr Robin Parry by explaining what Gospel Conversations is all about—expanding our view of God and that means inquiring into mystery. The best way to inquire is to map out the landscape of a debate—and that is exactly what Robin does in this marvellous talk. He gives us a birds-eye view of the long debate over universalism. But he goes further—and he gives us a map to navigate the territory. He defines what universalism is and is not. He explains the different pathways that have led many orthodox Christians to consider it seriously—Bible, experience, and ‘gospel logic’. This takes a lot of confusion and heat out of the debate and gives us a clear view of the topic. But it also hints at a bigger view of God, and a broader view of Christian thinking. Robin gives us the gift of years of learning and thought in one hour.This is the first talk from our Hope and Hell Conference.Website:https://GospelConversations.com Mailing List (usually only one or two emails a month about upcoming events or ne

  • How to Design an Eternal Universe—Quantum Theory Implications

    How to Design an Eternal Universe—Quantum Theory Implications

    21/06/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Theory has not understood it.—Niels Bohr, father of Quantum TheoryRon gives us a crash course in Quantum Theory and explains why it has profound implications for our understanding of reality and Creation's everlasting significance.Slides:https://www.slideshare.net/gospelconversations/how-to-design-an-eternal-universequantum-theory-implications Video:https://youtu.be/N1Mg2yzeGQkiTunes:https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/gospel-conversations/id878549160Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/2GBc4WgSRu75WDiJLM2NGhWebsite:https://www.gospelconversations.com/topicsFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/GospelConversationsTwitter:https://twitter.com/GospelConvers

  • Incarnation: How the Incarnation Defines Humanity (Part 2)

    Incarnation: How the Incarnation Defines Humanity (Part 2)

    16/05/2019 Duração: 58min

    This is the second talk on the incarnation in which Tony develops the expansive picture of how the incarnation defines and secures the ultimate destiny of humanity. This expansive vision only makes sense in a big picture of the cosmos so that is where Tony begins. He finishes with a summary of probably the most sophisticated framework of the incarnation that the church has developed—Irenaeus' theory of recapitulation.

  • Incarnation: How Descartes shrank our view of Humanity (Part 1)

    Incarnation: How Descartes shrank our view of Humanity (Part 1)

    01/05/2019 Duração: 01h05min

    Tony’s latest series of talks will position Ron’s talks on Mind over Matter in a biblical context. Ron’s talks have humanised creation and reintroduced mystery to nature. In this talk, Tony's asks how does this apply to our theology of: Creation?The relationship between man and God?God and the natural world?All of these questions come to a head in our view of the Incarnation—was it a ‘detour’ or was it actually necessary as defining the destiny of all creation? Was Irenaeus right when he said that the Incarnation was necessary even without sin? This debate has been pivotal in the Christian tradition and has vast implications. Tony will overview some of the history of the debate, and then move to its implications for the Incarnation, and for the Incarnation’s implications for our topic of Mind over Matter.

  • How Einstein put the ghost back in the machine

    How Einstein put the ghost back in the machine

    03/04/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    In this talk, Ron puts humanity back at the centre of the cosmos. He begins by admitting that the cosmos seems to dwarf us human beings. We are intimidated by the scale of the universe and thus we can feel small. The universe’s immensity is framed by space and time: these are the dimensions that make the cosmos ‘big’ and us humans ‘small’. But then Ron explains how Einstein’s theory of relativity turned that world upside down. It turns out that light is the only constant, and space and time shrink the faster we approach the speed of light. All the time that Ron speaks, we were thinking about Jesus when he said, ‘I am the light of the world’…

  • Mind Over Matter: The mystery of language through the eyes of child (Part 2)

    Mind Over Matter: The mystery of language through the eyes of child (Part 2)

    18/02/2019 Duração: 01h43min

    Ron takes the debate over to mind vs. matter into language—which is where the mystery of mind is best revealed. He gives us a crash course in philosophy in ten minutes—and uses the colour 'red' to reveal the immense complexity in simply naming the world. The highlight though belongs to his one-year-old grandson, Levi—and he uses Levi's early experiments with words to celebrate the wonders of the mind at work through language and how we acquire it.

  • Mind Over Matter (Part 1)

    Mind Over Matter (Part 1)

    18/02/2019 Duração: 56min

    Is the mind a machine, or is it a soul? This is the fast emerging modern debate—which began slowly with the materialist world view but has accelerated in the era of Artificial Intelligence. At the end of this road, lies Jesus - who has set the archetype for what it means to be human—fully human. It is immensely helpful to consider this debate over the course of its history—and in this talk, this history is what Ron lays out.

  • James On First Fruits

    James On First Fruits

    24/01/2019 Duração: 18min

    This short talk climaxes our investigation of apokatastasis from a very unusual source—the book of James. James is not noted for his audacity or profundity as. theologian compared to Paul or John, but here we find possibly the most succinct summary of both the doctrine—and its consequences. Tony connects the passage to our psychology—and he does this by telling a story of his visit to the dark historical site of Port Arthur in Tasmania.

  • Hope  Hell: The Panel (Part 7)

    Hope & Hell: The Panel (Part 7)

    16/09/2018 Duração: 01h43min

    Our Hope & Hell series has raised a lot of interest; people like the ideas a lot but everyone has questions. We created a panel of three to address eight of these questions that our listeners sent in. In this talk, Ron, Andrew, and Tony give their responses in a free-flowing, exploratory, and honest dialogue. Mark Ridgway facilitates the dialogue.

  • Hope  Hell: Apokatastasis—So What for Gospel and Evangelism? (Part 6)

    Hope & Hell: Apokatastasis—So What for Gospel and Evangelism? (Part 6)

    31/08/2018 Duração: 01h25min

    As we continue to ponder the hope of 'apokatastasis', we confront some of the 'so what's' beginning with evangelism. At face value, it looks like a doctrine of 'universal salvation' makes evangelism unnecessary—why preach if everybody gets saved eventually anyway? Tony addresses this question by first changing the question—and then building a far bigger picture of 'salvation' into which we can place 'evangelism'.

  • Hope  Hell: Good News or Bad News—Who wins? (Part 5)

    Hope & Hell: Good News or Bad News—Who wins? (Part 5)

    18/07/2018 Duração: 01h06min

    Tony finally confronts the scary verses in this talk—the passages that at face value talk about hell, judgment, and wrath. Traditionally they have so gripped the dark imaginations of the church that they have totally overshadowed the even clearer verses that declare universal hope. But we need to answer the question—What do the 'Bad News' verses really say about eternal hell? What do they really tell us?

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