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Presented by Sir Anthony Buzzard at the One God Conference, Seattle WA June 1st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus. Click here to listen.

Anthony opens up talking about singular pronouns, that echad really means one, and that elohim is not a collective noun – no Hebrew scholar says it is. He goes through some personal correspondence and scholarly works in which more and more Socinian Scriptural points are being conceded by self-professed Trinitarian important scholars. None of the approximately 11,000 occurrences of any of the words commonly used for God can be demonstrated to mean the triune God. And Trinitarian commentators are agreeing with this!

Presented by Ken Westby at the One God Conference, Seattle WA June 1st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus. Click here to listen.

Presented by John Obelenus at the One God Conference, Seattle WA June 1st 2008, commentary by Sean Finnegan. Click here to listen.

John seeks to deal with two major issues related to Jesus’ death for our sins: (1) the notion that God identifies with us through the incarnation and atonement (2) a flawed understanding of penal substitution.

Presented by Bob Woodburn at the One God Conference, Seattle WA June 1st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus. Click here to listen.

Bob begins by listing off the list of questions that have always surrounded the Trinity and incarnation, the cause for all the creedal statements and councils. He aims to find out how Jesus is God’s son, and God is Jesus’ father. We know that Jesus is human. And we know that Jesus has not sinned. How can that be since even Adam was instructed directly by God, created mature fell and sinned? He remarks that if the holy spirit is a third person – then “God the Father” is a misnomer, since the conception of Jesus occurred via the holy spirit. Rather this problems goes away when we understand that God is spirit and the holy spirit is God’s operational presence. “The holy spirit is just another way to talk about God, what God is, and what God does”.

Presented by Gary Fakhoury at the One God Conference, Seattle WA May 31st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus. Click here to listen to this talk.

Gary starts by providing the stalwart belief of Judaism to be the belief that YHWH was God. YHWH is a personal name, of a single Person who alone truly holds the title of God. He notes that all serious scholars and pastors agree this is the essential statement of the Old Testament and Judaism until Jesus. We know revelation to be progressive and new truths are given over time to us. However, is this single person of God changed by subsequent revelation in the new covenant?

Presented by Lindsey Killian and Dr. Laura Palik-Killian at the One God Conference, Seattle WA May 31st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus.

Presented by Sean Finnegan at the One God Conference, Seattle WA May 31st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus. To listen to this talk online, click here or to read the paper, click here

Presented by Mark Bosserman at the One God Conference, Seattle WA May 31st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus.

Mark presents a smattering of ideas that deconstruct the common false ideas and patterns that we often encounter when talking about God. First that “God” is a title, not a name or person. We would do much better to write God’s name in the text instead of the english “God”. He moves on to Genesis and specifically points out the singular pronouns throughout. Mark makes a good argument about making implicit inferences instead of the explicit ones. He brings up a conversation where someone said that God needed to die to pay for all the sins of the world. And he asked which verse that was. None was offered. Mark continued, what was the payment for sin according to Moses. An unblemished lamb. Is Jesus an unblemished lamb? Yes. Then no need to make him God. The same goes for Jesus being the second Adam. Everyone recognizes this typology, there is no need to make an implicit assumption, stick with the explicit meaning.

Presented by Noel Rude at the One God Conference, Seattle WA May 31st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus.

Noel continues to work backwards in his research on the Trinity. First we question the Trinity, and the spirit seems to definitively not be a person. What about binitarianism? We see that Jesus is not God either. Arianism? Jesus is not a divine figure, but rather a human being. Noel continues to wonder about the virgin birth, as he suggests it is the first Christological heresy.

Presented by Rick Richardson at the One God Conference, Seattle WA May 31st 2008, commentary by John Obelenus.

Rick opens talking about why we believe what we believe. Mostly it is formed from your experiences and thoughts, not necessarily rigorous proof and examination. He tracks this through to the creation of tradition. Many traditions and other beliefs come about because of the limited information in the biblical text. It doesn’t give us the answers to all the questions we could possibly ask – as the Gospel of John says: if all the works which he did were written down, the world wouldn’t have enough books to contain them. And because of these traditions we have to re-ask a lot of questions about phrases, words, and definitions. Rick clearly defines the Gospel as the Kingdom, and we only get this wrong because of a faulty definition and tradition.

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