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Sunday, February 12, 2012

329. The 7-Year Niche: Reflecting on 7 Years of GIG Podcasts

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Seven years ago we had no idea the Growing in Grace podcasts would have had such a positive impact on so many people around the world. Nor did we think we would still be doing them! We take a look back at how the podcast came together and why it seems to attract some of the most unlikely listeners. Also, what if you only had a few minutes to share the Gospel with someone? Joel tells us a couple of his favorite highlights to start with when you only have a limited amount of time with someone.

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4 comments :

  1. Hi dudes – happy 7th. I’m a regular and even nod my head vertically throughout your podcast. But this time I thought I heard a tinge of penal substitution.... i.e. God had to beat the crap out of Christ to remove our sins. I sat down, put my head between my knees and kissed my hemorrhoidal a$$ goodbye, because to me if God needs to kill the one He has loved through all eternity just because we humans sinned (surprise), then there’s a bit of a trust issue here. It also implies that what was foremost in God’s mind was actually removing sin and not reconciliation.

    Could there be a different way of looking at the cross event? It seems that the potential for Christ’s death was known from before the foundation of the world possibly because of the anticipated state of human brokenness. It is we humans that killed/sacrificed Christ because of our brokenness. Even in the depths of this tragedy, the Father did not abandon His original plans for us. Maybe Jesus Christ died because on the cross He penetrated the last stronghold of our disease (sin) in letting us do our worst to our Creator while He responded in return with pure love showing us the depth of God's love for us.

    I think that Paul felt that the Father was also somehow on the cross too during this reconciliation event (2 Cor 5:19, possibly via John 14:10 principle). To me, the sacrificial language (i.e. book of Hebrews) comes out because the NT writers were Jewish and wrote from their own OT cultural perspective.

    This is just my opinion only, but I do cop some of these ideas from Dr. Baxter Kruger’s (excellent) books.

    Still sitting with my head between my knees.

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  2. Hi Jim,

    Sounds like you and I would probably agree on a lot of things, but on this one issue it appears that we differ. As I've heard Kruger's ideas about various things, I do like a lot of what he says but I also differ on other things.

    When it comes to the whole discussion of penal substitution vs. christus victor, I've looked into it and I can see the various sides, and what I'm left with is what I see the totality of the scriptures saying, and I do believe that scriptures such as Isaiah 53 ("it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief") and other passages are part of the big picture here.

    Regarding 2 Cor 5:19 ("God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself), I get it when people say it means that God was right there "in Christ" on the cross, reconciling the world to Himself... Or it could also mean that what God was doing in Christ was reconciling the world to Himself (not meaning that God was "in Christ" but that God was reconciling the world "in" or "through" Christ on the cross.

    Again, when I put all the known pieces together, I guess we disagree on all this... but of course it's not the end of the world. :)

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  3. Hi Joel,

    Thanks for your comments, but I'm still hanging on to the identification atonement security blanket.

    Cheers to differences. :)

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  4. Yep, I had no illusions of swaying you one way or another. :) And indeed, differences are alright. We say quite often on the podcast that we're not about being 'right,' but rather we enjoy talking things out and having others listen in on our conversation.

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