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John Walton

How order not sin frames Genesis

In essence, John says that it is ‘order’ (and what he calls the ‘order spectrum’) that frames the thinking in Genesis – not ‘sin’. He implies (what I would say more boldly perhaps) that the ‘sin’ framework is a modern anachronistic reading – whereby we are reading our modern paradigms backwards into the text.
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Breakfast with Jesus

Fifty meditations based on a Bible verse that has shaped my faith over the years. Each meditation ripples out from the verse into thoughts on life, theology, design and sometimes our life together.

Tony Golsby-Smith
Five ways to reframe the gospel
In this final talk, I summarise five profound ways that the Exodus narrative reframes and stretches the traditional gospel of Penal Substitution.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
Drama and the humble God
Here is the third talk in our journey through Exodus as an analogy of redemption. In this talk we explore Exodus through the lens of drama. Of course, the whole Bible is in essence a drama in that it is a narrative or story grounded in events rather than abstract ideas.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
Salvation as re-creation
In this talk I present Exodus as a 'paradigm' through which we can look at the gospel in broader ways. In this talk I use literary features to the Exodus event - and how it is handled by the prophets much later in the OT.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
The gospel according to Exodus
These talks explore difficulties in the traditional ‘Penal Substitution Model’ but in a sense they left us with a void – what can replace the Penal model. We look to the Exodus narrative for broader alternatives.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
What is glory? BwJ 25
In this talk I ask a question that might seem obvious but in fact is not – ‘What is glory?’ I confess that I never much asked this question for most of my early Christian life, so I just skated over the word and let it become a cliché.
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Iain Provan
What is Creation? The old testament reloaded
In this talk Iain concludes his magnificent trilogy of talks positioning the vast Mosaic vision of God and reality in contrast to the prevailing Ancient Near Eastern worldviews.
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Iain Provan
Was Dawkins right about the angry God?
With his characteristic understated Scottish style, Iain brilliantly lays down the most basic foundation for our faith – the notion that God is not only eternal and sovereign but that he is fundamentally good and on our side.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
BjW 24 - Ezekiel's wider vision of the temple
Tadionally we treat salvation as an individual event, but Ezekiel has a far wider scope. He sees the object of salvation is the whole cosmos not just individuals, and he sees the cosmos as the temple of God.
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Iain Provan
How Moses disrupted the Ancient Near Eastern World - with Iain Provan
We have an amazing backlog of great talks from great speakers and thinkers going back over a decade. So we've decided to republish some of them to supplement our ongoing offerings. We're going to begin with some seminal talks by Ian Proven.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
Paul and the introspective conscience - BwJ 23
Did Paul have an introspective conscience over sin? The answer is “no”’according to a classic article and Tony explains the reasoning in this podcast.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
The glory bookends of Ezekiel - BwJ 22
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Tony Golsby-Smith
Is penal substitution an answer to the wrong question?
In this episode we explain how penal substitution is an answer to the wrong question and we develop a better question with which to frame the cross and salvation.
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Andrew Baartz
The Cross and Creation - Part 7 - Which model fits best for what happened at Calvary?
The seventh conversation with Andrew Baartz on the topic of penal substitution
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Tony Golsby-Smith
Circle of Glory - BwJ 21
Gregory of Nyssa's Circle of Glory
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David Bentley Hart
What Does Beauty tell us about God?
This is the 2023 Pamela Nutt address sponsored by PLC, Sydney. The speaker is David Bentley Hart addressing the topic, "What does Beauty tell us about God?"
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David Bentley Hart
Our Destiny: Do we become Gods?
This is the fifth talk from David Bentley Hart in the 2023 Gospel Conversations conference. He addresses the topic of "An Incarnational Cosmos"
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Rikk E. Watts
On The Edge of the Millennium: Making Sense of Genesis 1
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