Gospel Conversations



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.


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

    14/09/2019 Duración: 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

    22/07/2019 Duración: 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

    21/06/2019 Duración: 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)

    16/05/2019 Duración: 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)

    01/05/2019 Duración: 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

    03/04/2019 Duración: 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)

    18/02/2019 Duración: 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)

    18/02/2019 Duración: 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

    24/01/2019 Duración: 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)

    16/09/2018 Duración: 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)

    31/08/2018 Duración: 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)

    18/07/2018 Duración: 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?

  • Hope & Hell: St Augustine's Code Errors (Part 4)

    12/06/2018 Duración: 01h04min

    St Augustine laid the foundations for the doctrine of Hell in his epic tome the City of God. But did he get it right? Tony gives a penetrating diagnosis of where Augustine's thinking had 'code errors' that distorted the gospel and predisposed him to the idea of hell as never-ending torment. Unfortunately, the church of Rome validated his thinking and excluded the broader eschatology that we are now beginning to realise was the orthodoxy of the Patristic Fathers.

  • Hope & Hell: Gregory's Vision of World Reformation (Part 3)

    16/05/2018 Duración: 01h42min

    In this talk, Tony advances Gregory of Nyssa's picture of the Restitution of all things. The question of 'universal salvation' needs to fall onto a big eschatological landscape not onto a narrow one. Only then does it make sense. That is what Gregory does. Tony gives us a detailed summary of his epic eschatological vision of creation in 'On the Making of Man', which explores the profound implications of being made in the image of God.

  • Hope & Hell: Judgment—punishment or reform? (Part 2)

    23/04/2018 Duración: 01h20min

    Our second talk builds a richer view of 'judgment'. What house is God building? is a better question—and it immediately opens up a new view of judgment. Architects judge as part of their creative process. This positions 'judgment' out of the penal system and inside a creation system. Tony explores this new perspective in this talk.

  • Hope & Hell: (Part 1) Q and A

    21/03/2018 Duración: 25min

    We recorded the questions and discussions that followed Tony's first talk. We have not done this before, so we hope that some of you will find it valuable to hear the inquiries and comments that followed the talk.

  • Hope & Hell: Is 'hell' the answer to the wrong question? (Part 1)

    21/03/2018 Duración: 01h04min

    Hell is the question we all avoid but it is the corollary of hope. How do we fit the two together? Is the traditional model of hell right? Or scriptural? Could everyone get saved in the end? Tony begins to address these vexed questions by first examining the landscape of the debate—the language and assumptions, the possibilities, the history and the problems of all the usual positions. He ends by suggesting a better question to frame our thinking.

  • Design as the New Theology (Part 3)

    06/12/2017 Duración: 01h18min

    Rikk finishes his series on Design as the new Theology in this talk. He spends time synthesising his argument thus far—that the language of design offers a fruitful lens to view the gospel because it makes sense of some of the deep paradoxes of creation like change and agency—in fact, more sense than traditional theology does. Then he concludes with a breathtaking reading of Genesis through the lens of design—which leaves us with the picture of God as the original designer.

  • Design as the New Theology (Part 2)

    21/11/2017 Duración: 01h21min

    Rikk lays out the groundwork for why 'design' is a richer angle to understand God and His work than 'theology'. Design opens up a messier world and a world where change is a good thing—which in turn challenges our traditional picture of the omnipotent and unmoving God. Instead, we find a God who is dynamic and involved in life's dramas—in fact, an incarnate God.

  • Design as the New Theology (Part 1)

    17/10/2017 Duración: 01h10min

    This series is deliberately provocative. Rikk takes us on a journey to rid ourselves of the prison of religious language and open up a broader, more accessible and more comprehensive vocabulary to both explore and express the wonders of our God and his working. He calls this 'the grammar of life'. Rikk has been on this journey personally—with great effect and he begins his talk with that personal experience.

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