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In 2014 Dr Darrin Snyder Belousek visited Australia to deliver a series of talks on the subject of his recent book, Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church.

In the book, Belousek seeks to reconcile a Christian understanding of salvation with Christian ethics, offering a comprehensive and critical examination of penal substitution, the most widely accepted evangelical Protestant theory of atonement, and presenting a biblically grounded, theologically orthodox alternative. The book has received glowing reviews from authors such as Christopher D. Marshall and Willard M. Swartley. Read more about the book in a blog post by Belousek.

Darrin Snyder Belousek: Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame, Indiana); Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at Ohio Northern University and in Religion at Bluffton University. He has published many articles, both scholarly and popular, in diverse areas: theology, consistent ethic of life, war and peace, social justice, ethics and economics, science and religion, and philosophy of science (subject of his Doctoral Thesis; he also has a degree in physics). He has just published, Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke. A Mennonite, he has served for seven years in mission assignments through voluntary service and international teaching.

Sydney Theological Conference Podcasts

Podcast 1. Church History (especially creeds) and systematic theology (especially The Trinity).
Response from Dr Graeme Chatfield – PhD (Bristol, UK); Baptist Minister; former lecturer in Church History at Morling College; Visiting Adjunct Professor in Church History and Historical Theology at TCMI Institute (Austria & Eastern Europe); Associate Dean, Australian College of Theology.

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Podcast 2. Old Testament – especially Leviticus and Isaiah 53.
Response from Dr Anthony Petersen – Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at Morling College; Baptist Minister; PhD (Queen’s University Belfast); Author of Behold Your King: The Hope for the House of David in the Book of Zechariah.

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Podcast 3. Gospels – especially what Jesus means by “Ransom for many,” with reference to Isaiah 53; Last supper and Passover.
Response from Matt Anslow – Educator for TEAR Australia; undertaking PhD on Jesus’ prophetic vocation in Matthew’s Gospel (Charles Sturt University/United Theological College); Anabaptist.

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Podcast 4. Paul – ‘Hilasterion’, with reference to Day of Atonement; and meaning of “For us” – substitution v. representation.
Response from Dr David Starling – Lecturer in New Testament and Theology at Morling College; PhD (University of Sydney, thesis published asNot My People: Gentiles as Exiles in Pauline Hermeneutics); Baptist Minister.

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Podcasts of Public Talks – The Cross, Justice and Peace

Podcast 5. Shame for us – The Cross of Christ in the Drama of Reconciliation

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Podcast 6. What is just? – Repayment in Kind, the King of God and the Cross of Christ. Both economic and criminal justice are addressed.

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Podcast 7. All Things New – Christ, Cross and Creation. Peace for all creatures, inlcluding war and other issues are addressed.

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At our August 2016 OTR Gathering, Rev. Dr. Geoff Broughton shared some Radical Reformation Ruminations about Restorative Communities. This comes out of Geoff’s many years of theological reflection and inner city ministry with the marginalised. What does a truly restorative community look like? How can we embody that here and now?

Have a listen below.

Geoff’s notes and slides are also downloadable below, although he didn’t necessarily stick to them closely.

Restorative Communities Audio Download
Restorative Communities Notes

Restorative Communities Slides

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Rev. Dr. Geoff Broughton is the lecturer in Practical Theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre (CSU in Canberra) and the Rector of Paddington Anglican Church. His research interests include the connections between Jesus Christ and justice after more than 15 years of inner city life and 25 of Anglican ministry.
Geoff has taught various courses in Australia and the USA in youth ministry, popular culture, ethics and Christian spirituality. Geoff’s current teaching commitments at CSU include: Introduction to Christian Theology, Jesus the Christ, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision. Through St Mark’s Geoff is also involved in clergy training, formation and supervision for a number of Anglican dioceses across Australia.



In 2015–2016 the Centre for Anabaptist Studies hosted seven webinars exploring the seven core convictions of the UK Anabaptist Network. These convictions summarise the heart of Anabaptism and its contemporary significance.

This webinar addresses Core Conviction #7, “Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society and between nations.”

Presenters are Mark and Mary Hurst, pastors of Avalon Baptist Peace Memorial Church and pastoral workers for the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand.


Listen to a 2007 podcast of ABC Radio National’s Encounters program, The Anabaptist Vision.

Early Anabaptists were persecuted during the Reformation by both Catholics and Protestants. Today, Anabaptism is being rediscovered as a theological vision which can inform the practice and faith of Christians from many different traditions.

Date: 17 June 2007
Producer: Gary Bryson

Read the transcript of The Anabaptist Vision

Guests (bios at time of broadcast):

  • John Hirt is the Uniting Church Chaplain for the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Thorwald Lorenzen is Professor of Theology and principal researcher, the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University
  • Chris Marshall is St John’s Associate Professor in Christian Theology at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand
  • Mark Hurst is a Mennonite missionary based in Sydney and a pastoral worker for the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Jarrod McKenna is a founder of the Peace Tree Christian Community in Perth, and the founder and creative director of Empowering Peacemakers in Your Community (EPYC)