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40 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Provost H. Wayne Johnson: On Worship, Peacemaking, and Cross-cultural Education
For this episode, Dr. H. Wayne Johnson, Provost of Trinity International University and Associate Professor of Biblical and Pastoral Theology at TEDS, sits down with Dr. Michelle Knight and Dr. Josh Jipp.Wayne has a rich history of allowing cross-cultural experiences to shape his understanding of himself and of God. During his twenty years at Trinity, he also has encouraged students and faculty to pursue similar experiences in his various roles. He has been Dean of Chapel for Trinity International University, Dean of Students for TEDS, Director of the MDiv program, and Associate Academic Dean of TEDS. In that time, he’s taught some key courses within the MDiv, including "Biblical Theology and Interpretation," "Christian Worship and Pastoral Practices," and "Spiritual Formation for Ministry." He has also dedicated significant energy to the formation of faculty and staff. Wayne shares how he identifies with the Anabaptist tradition, particularly its emphasis on peacemaking and offers some wisdom on that tradition would assist us in this era of increased polarization within the church.Along the way, listeners will learn…What kind of motorcycle Wayne ridesWhat happened when he met a sharkWhat biblical passage plays a key role in his peacemaking effortsTo learn more about our Provost, Dr. H. Wayne Johnson, see his faculty page, listen to one of his recent sermons, or join us here at Trinity and enjoy his leadership!
25 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Dr. Dennis Edwards: On Speaking from the Margins
Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards joins Dr. Madison Pierce and Dr. James Arcadi for episode nine. Dennis is Associate Professor of New Testament at North Park University, along with being an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He has attended Cornell University, completed an MDiv at TEDS, and finished his education with a PhD at the Catholic University of America.Dennis is a multi-talented person, and Madison and James have a great time learning about his journey to faith. He recounts his early experiences in the church and how he eventually discovered a call to ministry and to academic teaching (after earning a chemical engineering degree!). Dennis explains further how he found his way to studying James 5 at Catholic University for his PhD, even while he continued pastoring. He describes how he balances these two dimensions of his life, the academic and the pastoral, and offers crucial insight for the role of study in the life of the church. From there, they discuss his most recent book, Might from the Margins, and how his own experiences of marginalization provide points of contact with other forms of marginalization, and how the church can be reframed to remedy this. He addresses how often evangelicals have operated with recourse to societal power instead of the way of Jesus, which is best exemplified by those on the outside. Dennis finally shares some vital insights from his work in 1 Peter, especially what it teaches us about what it means to live as Christians not understood (or even hurt by) the broader world. Along the way, listeners will discover…Which theology book kept following Dennis around, despite his best attempts to avoid itWhat instrument Dennis plays, even when he preachesWhat Dennis’ hopes for TEDS areTo learn more about Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards, see his faculty page, purchase Might from the Margins or his commentary on 1 Peter, or watch his recent message at Mosaic.
40 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Cliff Nellis: On Restorative Justice, Holistic Healing, and Practicing Law as a Christian
TEDS MDiv alumnus Cliff Nellis joins Dr. Madison Pierce and Dr. Fellipe do Vale this week to speak about his work as executive director of Lawndale Christian Law Center, located on the westside of Chicago. Cliff holds a BA in Philosophy and English from Illinois Wesleyan University, a law degree from the University of Chicago, and is working toward an MBA at the Booth School of Business, also at the University of Chicago.Cliff’s rich and diverse training distinctively equips him for his work at LCLC, which provides care to the youth of north Lawndale in the form of legal services, social services, and other opportunities for healing in the community. Cliff elaborates upon the holistic approach preferred by LCLC throughout the episode, an approach that takes into account both social and legal aspects of the lives of the young people they serve, which he calls “wrap-around supports.” Through these services, Cliff and his team (most of whom live alongside those they serve in Lawndale) hope to enable and equip those they help not to recidivate. The ultimate outcome for which they work is restorative justice, or a state of affairs of broader reconciliation and restitution beyond the distribution of punishment. This approach is both motivated by distinctly Christian impulses and better addresses questions of racial and criminal injustice. Cliff describes how he got into this kind of work, and what Christians can do to cultivate practices that benefit the communities in which they find themselves.Along the way, listeners will discover…How God can change someone’s life during a very long bike rideHow arguing with your sibling is a tool for sanctificationWhat resources are helpful for learning about the criminal justice system in the United StatesTo learn more about Cliff Nellis and the work being done at Lawndale Christian Legal Center (and to work alongside them!), look around their website (where you can make a donation), read the book that originally inspired Cliff, Real Hope in Chicago, or watch the news piece done on LCLC on ABC News.
43 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Dr. Eric J. Tully: On Science Fiction, Prophets, and PhDs
Dr. Eric Tully joins Dr. Michelle Knight and Dr. Josh Jipp for this week’s episode. Eric is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he also directs the PhD. in Theological Studies. He completed his MDiv. at TEDS and also holds a BA from Moody Bible Institute and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.Eric begins with a recounting of his childhood in the mission field in central Africa, a time during which he grew to appreciate the spiritual benefits of the Old Testament. From that point onward, he was committed to helping the church understand it well. This leads into a discussion of Eric’s course on the “Book of the Twelve,” commonly known as the “Minor Prophets,” and the most coherent reasons we have for reading them as a unified set of texts. There is also an insightful conversation about the eschatological vision of the prophets, and how one’s relation to God determines where one stands in relation to such a vision. Eric also expatiates on the importance of focusing on the Hebrew text for interpretation, both in his work in Hosea and in his co-taught course on the Psalms with Dr. David Luy. Finally, Eric shares his wisdom about the benefits of getting a PhD., especially the kinds of intellectual virtues one is able to cultivate through the process.Along the way, listeners will discover… Who shot first, Han or Greedo, and why?Eric’s favorite drink.What the prophets uniquely contribute to what we know about God, and what we’d lose without them.To learn more about Dr. Eric Tully, visit his faculty page, or explore one of his many books, whether his Hosea commentary, his introduction to textual criticism, or his forthcoming work on the prophets, due March 2022. He has also done a recent chapel message. Thanks for listening!
40 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Dr. Manuel Rauchholz: On Anthropology, Trauma, and Understanding Our World
Dr. Fellipe do Vale and Dr. Madison Pierce interview Dr. Manuel Rauchholz, who is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Manuel has been teaching at TEDS for three years, and he also is an alumnus. He completed a ThM under Paul Hiebert at TEDS before going on to doctoral work in cultural anthropology at Heidelberg University.The episode begins with Manuel sharing the fascinating trajectory his life has taken, beginning with his birth in Germany, through to his family’s missions work in Micronesia (especially the island of Chuuk), and followed by stretches of time in Illinois, Germany, and Japan. Manuel brings his cultural expertise and curiosity to his work, and in the episode, he emphasizes the importance of a careful and detailed understanding of human communities, both in their beauty and in the difficult things one encounters therein. Such a practice enriches seminaries and churches, for it is a way to become “all things to all people,” maintains Manuel, and doing so demonstrates love and self-giving to those communities. Manuel himself has exhibited this nuanced anthropological work in his studies on human trafficking in small island communities, and concludes with some recommendations for how Christians can be agents of good in such spaces.Along the way, listeners will discover…Why Manuel thinks his wife is more German than he isSome of the challenges of being a cultural anthropologist, especially since people, unlike books, do not stay in one placeHow theologians, pastors, and ministers can learn from the study of cultureTo learn more about Dr. Manuel Rauchholz, visit his faculty page, read one of his publications in journals like the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, watch his recent interview on abuse and the church with the Koinonia network, or better yet, come study with him at TEDS!
40 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Dr. Justin Barrett: On Thriving with Stone Age Minds
This week, the Foreword Podcast returns with an interview of cognitive psychologist of religion Dr. Justin Barrett, president and co-founder of Blueprint 1543, an organization working at the intersection of Christian theology and the sciences. Justin is also Honorary Professor of Theology and the Sciences at the University of St. Andrews, and has served at Calvin University, the University of Michigan and the University of Oxford. He is interviewed by Drs. James Arcadi and Fellipe do Vale.Justin begins by describing the path that brought him to doing what he does now, a path that winds through multiple states and countries and involves writing a book as a stay-at-home Dad and serving with YoungLife. On this path, Justin developed a passion for integrating his scientific work with his Christian faith, which eventually led to his work in the cognitive psychology of religion, a discipline he had a significant hand in shaping. Justin reflects on how to integrate science and theology well, which occupies so much of his work today. He also discusses his recent book, Thriving with Stone Age Minds, where he explores what it means to thrive as human beings living in an ever shifting environment always placing new demands on our natures.Along the way, listeners will discover…Why it is not a good idea to wear a necktie with batteriesWhy cities just might be bad for usWhy donuts are so amazing (from a scientific point of view)To learn more about Dr. Justin Barrett, you can explore the rich resources he and his team provide at Blueprint 1543 including videos, free courses curated for theologians and ministers (through the TheoPsych program), as well as articles on the integration of science and theology. Consider also his most recent book and the series of interviews he did with Closer to Truth.
35 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Dr. Craig Ott: On the So-Cal Life, Intercultural Mission, and the Ministry of Catan
Episode four introduces listeners to Dr. Craig Ott, Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies, ReachGlobal Chair of Mission and Director of the PhD.in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Craig also received his MDiv and PhD from TEDS, and his familiarity with the school stretches a long way. Dr. Josh Jipp and Dr. James Arcadi have a lively conversation with Craig, ranging from his upbringing and conversion in Southern California during the Jesus Movement through to his current work on contextualization in teaching and learning. Craig eventually found his way to TEDS as a student, where he discusses the impactful experiences with professors who sustained intellectual rigor with passionate evangelism (not to mention his experience meeting his now wife and fellow colleague, Alice). Craig and Alice now both teach at TEDS, and they bring with them rich experiences of having served as missionaries to Germany and as church planters, a time during which they had to learn lessons about how to bring the gospel to new places, with new questions and challenges. Apologetics, missions, intercultural studies and evangelism integrate into a profound set of sensitivities that Craig now brings into the classroom and beyond.Along the way, listeners will discover… How much Josh knows about the Premier League (speaking of cross cultural experience…)Whether it is a good idea for spouses to edit one another’s booksWhich board game serves as a helpful analogue to contextualizationTo learn more about Dr. Craig Ott, have a look at the PhD. in Intercultural Studies program at TEDS, at his new book Teaching and Learning across Cultures, his earlier book The Church on Mission or his recent chapel message.
38 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
President Felix Theonugraha: On Presidents, Pastors, and the Purpose of Seminaries
In the third episode of the season, Dr. Michelle Knight and Dr. Fellipe do Vale sit down with President Felix Theonugraha of Western Theological Seminary and alumnus of the MDiv and PhD in Educational Studies at TEDS. Felix previously served as Dean of Students and VP of Student Life and University Ministries at TEDS.Michelle and Fellipe engage Felix about his experiences as the President of a seminary—both the joys and the challenges. The inevitable complexities of leading during the pandemic are discussed, and Felix offers wise and compassionate insight. He also describes the journey into his current role, a path that involved both great hope and the recognition of the pressures of the task. From there, the conversation transitions from past to future as Felix lays out his hopes for the role of a seminary within the United States and throughout the world. Chief among them is the hope that the people who make up a seminary genuinely know God and see their education as an act of worship and spiritual formation. He also hopes that seminaries take seriously the global and racial diversity they ought to nurture. Questions of the relationship between strategies that have been good and worked in the past and those that need to change for the future are also broached.Along the way, listeners will discover…Which member of the Foreword crew is in a picture Felix has hanging in his houseWhich TEDS professors have been most formative for Felix in thinking about institutional leadershipOf which club Michelle was the treasurerTo learn more about President Felix Theonugraha, visit his website bio, the President’s page at WTS (where you can find statements and interviews), or watch his talk from Mosaic at TEDS.
30 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Dean David Pao: On Theological Education, Reading Scripture Well, and Life as a Pastor's Kid
In this episode, Dr. Madison Pierce and Dr. Josh Jipp interview Dr. David Pao, the newly-appointed Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. David is not only Dean of TEDS, but is also Professor of New Testament and an accomplished author and scholar.Josh and Madison talk to David about the key experiences that led him to vocational ministry, including encounters with doubt and the role of Scripture in shaping his way of seeing reality. The conversation then shifts to what David perceives the key challenges to theological education to be, and he maintains that a strong commitment to what Christians hold in common enables a community to interact charitably with one another, even in the midst of differences and struggles. David also shares about his recent research on the Pastoral Epistles, the importance of cultural context for biblical interpretation and his excitement about the ability of Scripture to speak subversively to cultural norms. Along the way, listeners will discover:David’s favorite places to travelDavid’s favorite extra-canonical book to studyWhich member of the Foreword crew’s mom pranked them with the help of DavidFinally, David shares a pastoral word on the true meaning of success in ministry as an alternative to the common desire for success and popularity. To learn more about Dr. David Pao, see his excellent commentary on Colossians and Philemon, his book Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus, or you can watch his recent chapel message here.
36 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Meet Fellipe do Vale: On Theology, Anthropology, and Ted Lasso
As the Foreword crew returns for the season three premiere, there are many new things to get excited about. They are back in the on-campus studio, which has a fresh new look. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, Josh unveils his first smartphone and ranks his favorite apps. We are also introduced to the crew’s newest host, Dr. Fellipe do Vale, who has recently joined the Systematic Theology faculty at TEDS. Each host takes an opportunity to ask Fellipe questions ranging from his favorite TV shows to his research on the theology of gender, from his background living in Brazil and Seattle to what advice he has for ministers looking to navigate many of the truly hard things facing churches today. Along the way, the wisdom of Ted Lasso is invoked for good measure.After, Fellipe takes over hosting duties and asks the rest of the crew a series of “Would You Rather” questions. ● Who prefers to live in a tree house over a cave? ● Who would rather be a reverse centaur than a reverse merman or mermaid?Listen to find out!To learn more about Dr. do Vale, visit his faculty page, his list of publications, or simply keep listening to future episodes!
31 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Season 2 Finale
In this episode, our last of our second season (!), the Foreword podcast hosts (Drs. Knight, Jipp, Pierce, and Arcadi) reflect on all that we have learned over the past year from our incredible colleagues and alumni.We hope you enjoy these reflections on our teaching and interdisciplinary conversations, as well as our hopes of carving out space for listening and persevering in hope and faithfulness.Thank you, dear Listeners, for your time and support. Please be in touch (email@example.com) if you have thoughts about Season 3—coming this fall!This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OetIjryKosg
37 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Dr. Steven C. Roy
In this episode, Dr. James Arcadi and Dr. Madison Pierce interview Dr. Steven C. Roy, Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.Madison and James learn more about Steve's background, especially his work in systematic theology, and how that shapes his theology of worship and pastoral care. Steve also shares his desire to create space for "lament" in our corporate worship gatherings and then offers his perspectives about some of the most important thing that he feels are facing people in ministry today.Be sure to tune in to learn more about Steve and his life shaped by pastoral care, and here's some of his recent work:"Broken Hearts and Bold Faith: Psalm 74 and the Power of Lament" (EFCA Today, 2015)What God Thinks When We Fail (IVP, 2011)And before the interview, we learn a little about the "critical reception" of James' recent book in the Arcadi household...This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cH8ciUGLAuI
55 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Rev. Sandra María Van Opstal
In this episode, Dr. Madison Pierce and Dr. Josh Jipp interview TEDS alumna Rev. Sandra María Van Opstal, Co-founder and Executive Director of Chasing Justice, a movement led by people of color to mobilize a lifestyle of faith and justice.Josh and Madison talk to Sandra about her calling to equip BIPOC leaders and to help predominately White organizations develop hospitable and multi-ethnic spaces characterized by mutual love and respect.We hope you learn as much as we did!Want to check out more of the Rev Van Opstal's work? Check out her Amazon author page (here). Some recent highlights:Forty Days on Being an Eight (IVP, 2021)Her recent contributions to The Rhythm of Prayer (Convergent, 2021; NYT Bestseller) and No Longer Strangers (Eerdmans, 2021)The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World (IVP, 2015)Seminary Now curriculum on The Next Worship This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/bj6NLq-VJm0
41 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Dr. Andrew T. Abernethy
In this episode, Dr. Josh Jipp and Dr. Madison Pierce interview Dr. Andrew T. Abernethy, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and an alumnus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.Madison and Josh talk to Andy about how he became an academic, his time at TEDS, as well as his work on Isaiah and messianism in the Old Testament.And before the interview Madison helps Josh work on an important skill...Want to check out more of the Dr. Abernethy's work? You can purchase some of his books here:God's Messiah in the Old Testament (co-authored with Gregory Goswell; Baker Academic, 2020)The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom (IVP, 2016)Eating in Isaiah (Brill, 2014)This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/CZN5gjDAjew
37 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Dr. Max J. Lee
In this episode, Dr. James Arcadi and Dr. Michelle Knight interview Dr. Max J. Lee, Professor of New Testament at North Park Seminary and University, and for the 2020–2021 academic year is a Fellow at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, here at TEDS.Michelle and James learn more about Max's family and his journey to academia. They talk about his Henry Center project on the theory of pleasure and why it's important for the church. Max also shares about how his Korean American heritage shapes his current work as well as a related research group at the Institute for Biblical Research on Asian American Biblical Interpretation.You can engage with some of Max's recent work here:Moral Transformation in Greco-Roman Philosophy of Mind (Mohr, 2020)His blog New Testament ReduxTune in to hear Max share about his "intense" love for the Lord!And before the interview, the hosts will dream about their first post-COVID trips...
40 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Dr. David J. Luy
In this episode, Dr. Michelle Knight and Dr. Josh Jipp interview Dr. David J. Luy, Chair of the Biblical and Systematic Theology Department and Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at TEDS.Josh and Michelle talk to David about his how he was drawn to work on systematic theology, his course at TEDS on the Psalms that he teaches with Dr. Eric Tully, and his forthcoming book on christocentrism.You can engage with some of David's recent work here:Dominus Mortis: Martin Luther on the Incorruption of God in ChristEvil and Creation (co-edited with Matthew Levering and George Kalantzis)Tune in to hear David share the joys of studying theology.And before the interview, the hosts will share a research literary influence...This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AHSFGooyba8
38 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
President Nicholas Perrin
In this episode, Dr. Madison Pierce and Dr. James Arcadi interview Dr. Nicholas Perrin, President of Trinity International University.James and Madison ask President Perrin about his work in the gospels, especially on the historical Jesus, his current "trilogy," as well as his commitment to Christian service and his more recent administrative work.Tune in to hear our passionate President share about his life.And before the interview, you'll get an update on the hosts' New Year's resolutions...This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0qHCwIGqh7Y
38 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Spotlight: Interpreting Scripture
In this episode, the four hosts sit down together (well, virtually) and talk about how we read, interpret, and apply the Bible within our own lives and work. Approaching this from each of our subdisciplines, we raise questions about how doctrine and Scripture relate, what the relationship is between the divine and human authors, and how the text of the New and Old Testaments relates to later Creeds and theological developments.This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zZ2tQpPhYaQ
52 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Revd. Dr. Charlie E. Dates
In this episode, Dr. Josh Jipp and Dr. Madison Pierce interview the Revd. Dr. Charlie E. Dates, Senior Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago and an alumnus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.Madison and Josh talk to Charlie about his background—his call to ministry and how he has developed his preaching gifts—and his passion for serving the people of Chicago. We also learned about Charlie's research during his PhD, which focused on some of the distinctives of the Black Church.Want to check out more of the Revd. Dr. Dates' work? Keep an eye out for his forthcoming book on social justice, and in the meantime, you can listen to his sermons via the PBC Facebook Page.This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pgzrU-SdoAY
32 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Dr. K Lawson Younger, Jr.
In this episode, Dr. James Arcadi and Dr. Michelle Knight interview Dr. K. Lawson Younger, Jr., Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.Michelle and James talk to Lawson about his interests—from cats to Arameans, and they learn about his work of integrating humor into his teaching. Finally, Lawson offers a perspective on why (some) evangelicals should strive to operate at the highest levels of the academy.Want to check out more of Dr. Younger's work? Here are some of his most recent books:Award-winning, A Political History of the Arameans (SBL Press, 2016)Judges, Ruth, NIVAC Series (Revised; Zondervan, 2020)This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Z_I1JRdFNoQ
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