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Gerrit Scott Dawson

The Gift: A Love Story, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 5 -- Dawson looks at John 16: 25-17:8 which reveals that the love of the Triune God causes the Father to send the Son to enter the world.  "Our story is about what happened when that love between Father and Son started to get played out on the field that is the world."  MayJun 2007 Theology Matters p. 5

The Gift: The Enemy of the Church, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 8--  Dawson looks at John 17:8-19. "We are the love-gift between Father and Son, those elected to be taken up into a relationship with him." But as the world hated the Son, they will hate his disciples.  "This is the world that is in conflict with the church.  And the church must accept this conflict."  May/June 2007 Theology Matters p. 8

The Gift: The Mission of the Church, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 11 -- Dawson looks at John 17:18, John 15:12-17. "The mission of the church is to obey the Son and to teach others to be his disciples."  May/Jun 2007 Theology Matters p. 11

Prayer in the Triune Life, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 13 --  Dawson explains what it means to pray to the Triune God. May/Jun 2007 Theology Matters p. 13

Missing the Depths: A Critique of "The Trinity: God's Love Overflowing" by Gerrit Dawson
Dawson also critiques the paper on the Trinity being submitted to the 2006 GA.  The critique of the Trinity paper exposes common errors in theology that those who advocate female language for God make. Do we name God based on our experience of God or does he reveal his name and nature to us?  Mar/Apr 2006 Theology Matters p. 5

Orphaned Children Sing Lonely Songs: Why We're Losing the Person of the Father by Gerrit Dawson
Dawson describe the impact of inclusive God language on the faith of the church. He looks at: the Pastoral Impulse to Remove The Father; Radical Feminism, the Father and Abortion, the Father and Homosexuality.  Then Dawson explains how we can recover our understanding of the Father: the Biblical Record and the Patristic Witness.   Dawson writes, "We must never let the Father be taken away from his children.  At the worst, then, participating in the diminishment of the Father is to join those who rage out of woundedness that has hardened into rebellion.  It is to prefer our ideas to what has been revealed.  It is to choose our way of coping over against God's way of healing."   Mar/Apr 2003 Theology Matters  p. 1

Recovering the Ascension for the Transformation of the Church by Gerrit Scott Dawson, PCUSA pastor and author of numerous books. Dawson writes, "the ascension is an absolutely crucial part of the gospel story to recover.  Through the ascension we discover that the incarnation continues.  Jesus remains united to our human nature.  Thus he cannot be spiritualized into a principle of life, or collapsed into one manifestation of a God who is known many ways.  Moreover, the presence of our brother Jesus in heaven dramatically affects how we see our lives and place in the world today."  Mar/Apr 2001 Theology Matters p. 1

The Source of Revolution by Gerrit Dawson

October 31, 1517 is 500th anniversary of a revolution. It began when a young, obscure theologian in an insignificant town in Germany rediscovered the radical grace of the gospel. It soon set the world ablaze. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a copy of his 95 theological challenges to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the crystallizing moment for a movement that had been growing around Europe. For a hundred years, the Bible had been translated into the languages everyday people could understand. Reading the Scriptures in plain language was kindling a fire in the hearts that maybe Jesus Christ is different than the medieval church had said he was. Maybe there could be some freedom from the relentless cycle of sin, confession, penance, and the purchasing of so-called indulgences to reduce one’s punishment for sin. Fall 2017 Theology Matters, P. 15