Speakers for 2009 – Videos are below
The Central Truth about God Pt 1 – March
Steve believes in the Father Son and Spirit – the Trinity – and that relationship between the Father and the Son (in the Spirit) is the central Truth about God, and this relationship is the key to all of life. Therefore their relationship is the secret to understanding life, our passions and desires, and all things. He believes his love of working with young people (and older people for that matter) originates from, and is actually inclusion and participation in the very love of the Father, Son and Spirit for their beautiful community. Christ in us meeting Christ in them. Simple, yet beautiful. We are there to live in and share the Trinitarian life that has already been given to us and is being played out in our lives every day.
Covenant and Contract – May to July
Jenny Richards is a lecturer in law who also effectively gets paid to study theology, as she is writing a thesis on theological covenant and legal theory. This is a great line of work for her. Jenny has been quite blown away by the covenantal love of the Triune God which is ours in Christ and to sit down with a good coffee, fine chocolate and a book or conversation on that topic is one of her favourite things. She also enjoys trying to keep up with her multitude of nephews and nieces and other family (biological and adopted) and basically spend time with people. Knitting and a little bit of woodworking are two of her more recent hobbies but she will pretty much go wherever the people she loves are.
Jenny spends time outlining the work of T.F Torrance and J.B Torrance on the issue of covenant, particularly by comparing theological covenants with contracts (which is something J.B focused on in particular). It is very easy to confuse those two notions and yet to a lawyer, the difference is significant, in that they are clearly opposite. Can’t really get more different than that! We will also consider what T.F said on these issues, particularly as they relate to his work on the Incarnation of Jesus. Understanding what it means that we are in covenant with the Father Son and Spirit, in Jesus, has a huge effect on the way in which we view God, the God we actually find ourselves believing in underneath our theology, and what we believe about ourselves and each other as a result. It is a profound and beautiful relational truth which changes everything.
Adrian Kenny – Wine and Theology
Come along and join us in what will be one of our most interesting meetings to date. In the Christian life, secular vocation is often relegated to a calling lower to ministry. In actual fact, our whole lives, including our work, secular or sacred, is an act of holy worship in our service to God and to one another. Some people get excited about rocks. Others are excited by bugs. What might appear mundane and dreary to one person may cause another person’s eyes to light up, to come alive and keen to share their passion with others in the hope they will see the excitement. However, there is an overwhelming consensus among our Perichoresis community that there is nothing mundane or dreary about the world class vineyards in our region as well as the world class wines they produce. In addition to this, we have a winemaker who has seriously thought about the implications of wine making and theology. This sounds as smooth as Cabernet Merlot, spicy as Shiraz and as sexy as Chardonnay! Let’s not get too carried away here! This sounds like a meeting not to be missed.
Adrian Kenny is a keen student of Perichoretic teaching and how it applies to his role as a winemaker in McLaren Vale. Please come and join us for an evening of vineyard and winery theology which will include sensory and blending sessions. No experience necessary!
In the first session Kenny will deliver a gospel overview using wine production and Ephesians 1 as the core basis. The idea is then to move onto John 15 describing grapevine structure and grappling with the unity and life we have in Jesus. The second session will look at the basics of wine sensory analysis through involving the senses of smell, taste and vision. We will then move into a time of tasting and blending once again looking at the concepts of distinction and oneness. Q&A is encouraged with the overarching idea that our Dad’s ministering to us, encapsulating all of our senses as well as our mind.
Stuart Johnson – Universalism: To be or not to be Pt 1 & 2
One of the biggest criticisms leveled against us is we are advocating universalism. When this sort of mud is thrown at us, it sticks. We clearly say we are not universalists but many are still suspicious. However this judgment is an unfair one. It is jumping to conclusions. To properly understand the reasons we out rightly reject this accusation as unfounded, one has to closely explore the history of the gospel in its current form. It requires peeling back the many layers to get to the core of what was delivered to us in Person by God Himself as Himself where the good news of the gospel is the fact that God is with us and for us. This is a journey of humility where we allow God to speak for Himself. Too often we forget that we should be good listeners and overlook such passages as Romans 11:34,
‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who first gave to Him, and it will be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things; to Him be glory forever! Amen.’
In the end we have nothing to offer but our fullest attention and to listen to what He has to say through the One and only time in history where God has revealed Himself. Jesus Christ is the measure of all things, especially the way we believe the gospel is to be understood. As we undertake this journey with Karl Barth and T F Torrance, one will find how far we have drifted from the biblical world view. Once we are able to see in the clear light of day, we can revisit universalism fully equipped and armed with the gospel and truly see it as it is. Jesus Christ has often been shaped by doctrine when doctrine should be shaped by Jesus Christ.
Stuart Johnson has recently graduated from Tabor College in Adelaide with a Bachelor of Ministry. He is the manager for trinityinyou.com. He is married to Judith and are foster parents with three children, one of them is a foster child in their care. Stuart’s passion lies in evangelism and is keen to share with all people the utterly staggering good news of the gospel according to the ancient tradition. He believes that understanding the gospel in the light of God as Father, Son and Spirit is central where it transforms our whole lives beginning with ourselves, each other, the wider community and all creation. Engaging with all people starts in union with Jesus Christ where ministry serves to participate in the Spirit’s work of revealing and strengthening through affirmation and assurance the reality of our new found existence in Him.
We are fortunate here in Adelaide because of the depth of teaching we have been able to receive over a number of years on Trinitarian theology and this has given us a true foundation. However the part Paul talks about in Romans “be transformed by the renewing of your minds” is a work in progress with most of us who attend the monthly meetings. Some of us have been listening to Ken’s lectures on Galatians and found them most helpful.
In Eugene Peterson’s introduction to the book of Philippians in “The Message” he says:
“…circumstances are incidental compared to the life of Jesus, the Messiah,that Paul experiences from the inside. For it is a life that not only happened at a certain point in history, but continues to happen, spilling out into the lives of those who receive him, and then continues to spill out all over the place. Christ is, among much else, the revelation that God cannot be contained or hoarded. It is this “spilling out” quality of Christ’s life that accounts for the happiness of Christians, for joy is life in excess, the overflow of what cannot be contained within any one person.”
Part 1 and 2