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The Pastor Theologians Podcast
48 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Understanding Our Knowledge Crisis | Bonnie Kristian
Author and Journalist Bonnie Kristian joins the podcast to talk about her new book, Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (Brazos, 2022). What are the fractures caused in society by our information overload and our consistent use of social media? How has a crisis of authority contributed to these fractures? What is the connection between Libertarian politics and Anabaptist theology? All this and more in this conversation.
46 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
What We're Reading | September 2022
Our September episode on books we, the CPT staff, have been reading. Robert H. Bork – The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law (1990) Sinclair Lewis – Elmer Gantry (1927) Charles Marsh – Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir (2022) Crawford Gribben – Survival and Resistance in American Evangelicalism: Christian Reconstruction in the Pacific Northwest (2021)
52 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
One-Volume Seminary | Laurie Norris
CPT Fellow Laurie Norris joins the podcast to discuss her story of life, faith, education, and ministry as a Professor at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. What is it like to grow up and commend the gospel in un-churched communities and regions of the country? How do we integrate multiple spheres of learning in our thinking, theology, and preaching? Laurie also shares the vision behind One-Volume Seminary, which she co-edited with colleagues at MBI.
42 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Virtuous Persuasion | Micael Niebauer
How do we think theologically about the persuasive aspects of Christian mission and evangelism? How can pastors avoid the manipulative tendencies that have characterized some preaching of the gospel? How can we seek excellence in Christian persuasion without buying into cultural values of growth and success? CPT fellow Mike Niebauer joins the podcast to talk about his new book Virtuous Persuasion, published with Lexham press.
55 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Ministry and the Life of the Mind | Mickey Klink
What is leisure? What is the proper end of our intellectual pursuits and the life of the mind? What make the life of a scholar unique? How do intellectual pursuits relate to pastoral ministry? All this and more on this episode with CPT fellow Mickey Klink, featuring conversations on books by Zena Hitz and Luke Timothy Johnson.
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Becoming a Pastor Theologians | Daryl Ellis
53 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Pastoring in a Post-Roe America
The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned Roe v. Wade. What’s next for our nation and our churches? How do pastors approach ongoing differences of opinion on the decision itself and the means by which it came about? How can pastors commend holistic visions of justice and exhort their congregations toward Christian unity in an increasingly fractured society?
61 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
What We're Reading | June 2022 (feat. Joey Sherrard)
Our June episode on books we're reading. We are joined by CPT fellow Paul Morrison. We discuss the following: Scot McKnight & B.J. Oropeza, eds. – Perspectives on Paul (2020) St. Augustine – City of God (early 5th century) Graham Greene – The Power and the Glory (1940) Francis Fukuyama – Liberalism and Its Discontents (2022)
53 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Technology and Personhood | Andy Crouch
How does technology relate to our human desire for connection and relationship? What types of technology extend our human capacities and creativity? What types of technologies limit and compromise our humanity? How does this relate to the new world that God is making in Christ? We are joined on this episode by Andy Crouch to discuss his new book – The Life We're Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World.
53 minutes | May 30, 2022
Institutional Failure (and Signs of Hope) in the SBC | Danny Slavich
CPT Fellow and Souther Baptist pastor Danny Slavich joins the podcast to discuss recent events and turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention. We begin by discussing some of Danny's story of faith, education, and ministry, including his time serving as a pastor at a majority black church and the formative impact this had on him. We then pivot to discuss the recent report on sexual abuse and cover up in the Southern Baptist Convention. Danny helps us understand the mechanics of church polity in the SBC and where the institution has fractured and caused these grievous failures. Danny also offers some reason to hope for the future of the largest Protestant denomination in America.
45 minutes | May 25, 2022
House Church Theology | Hannah Nation
What can pastors in America and in the West learn from house church pastors in China? What place does the sermon hold in the history of theological reflection? What are the unique challenges and opportunities of ministry in the Chinese setting? Hannah Nation serves as the Managing Director of the Center for House Church Theology, an organization that publishes pastors and leaders in China’s urban house churches for the benefit of the global church. Hannah shares on this episode a bit about her story and how she became passionate about this work.
67 minutes | May 16, 2022
On Suffering and the Problem of Evil | Mark Talbot
How is God at work in our stories and our suffering? How does human will relate to divine will? Dr. Mark Talbot, Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, joins the podcast to share his story, including suffering a major, paralyzing accident as a young man and going on to study philosophy as a Christian. Dr. Talbot also discusses his book When the Stars Disappear, the first in a four-book series on suffering and the Christian life.
28 minutes | May 11, 2022
Hope and Lament | Steven Sandage
On this episode we are joined by Steven Sandage, Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology at the Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Sandage consulted with the CPT for a meeting of one of our ecclesial theologian fellowships on virtue formation and hope. In this conversation we discuss the relationship between hope, lament, and pastoral ministry.
65 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Neil Martin (Part 2) | Becoming a Pastor Theologian
We continue our conversation with CPT fellow Neil Martin, picking up with his DPhil research at the University of Oxford. What was the Apostle Paul's attitude towards the Torah, paganism, and the differences and similarities between Jews and Gentiles? Neil's research seeks to reconcile and integrate emphases of traditional Protestant readings and the so-called New Perspective on Paul.
61 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Neil Martin | Becoming a Pastor Theologian
We're joined on this episode by CPT Fellow Neil Martin, who serves as Ministry Assistant at Oxford Presbyterian Church and as the Director of B Less Oxford. Neil tells the story of growing up, studying at Cambridge, and beginning a promising career in marketing design in London. A sudden, unexplained illness debilitated Neil, setting him on a new trajectory for his life.
36 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
What's the Deal with Bavinck? (Part 2) | Gayle Doornbos & Gray Sutanto
We continue our conversation about Herman Bavinck with Gayle Doornbos and Gray Sutanto. How did Bavinck's intellectual curiosity show in his writing? How did he work to produce and rearticulate Reformed theology for his own context? How did he wed orthodox theological confession with modernist and scientific movements of his day? What can pastors and theologians learn from how Bavinck on how to engage with others' ideas and writing? How can pastors unfamiliar with Bavinck's work begin to explore what he's written?
41 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
What We're Reading | March 2022 (feat. Paul Morrison)
Our March bonus episode on books we're reading. We are joined by CPT fellow Paul Morrison. We discuss the following: Dale Allison – The Resurrection of Jesus (2021) Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart (1958) Adonis Vidu – The Same God Who Works All Things (2021) Michael Budde – Foolishness to Gentiles (2022)
33 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
What's the Deal with Bavinck? (Part 1) | Gayle Doornbos & Gray Sutanto
We discuss the life and thought of Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck in part 1 of this conversation with CPT fellows Gayle Doornbos and Gray Sutanto. What was Bavinck's ecclesial context? How did political dynamics in the Netherlands influence his life, and how do these movements related to the broader Reformed movement, Calvinism, and its popular understanding within American evangelicalism? Gayle serves on the faculty of Dordt University and Gray serves on the Faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary.
51 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
The Trinity and Trauma-Safe Churches | Preston Hill
We are joined on this episode by Dr. Preston Hill, Assistant Professor of Integrated Theology at Richmont Graduate University. Preston discusses his work on trauma, abuse, and trinitarian theology, as well as his soon-to-release co-authored book, Dawn of Sunday. How is the Trinity foundational for our understanding of human relationality? How can pastors create trauma-safe spaces for community and healing in their congregations? All this and much more on this week's episode.
47 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Marketing, Branding, and the Church | Emily Hill
We are joined on this episode by Dr. Emily Beth Hill, who serves in the ministry of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. She tells the story of switching careers after working for 10 years in business marketing and analysis. What are the theological assumptions about human beings built into capitalistic marketing strategies? What things should churches consider when having conversations about branding? How do market-based approaches to ministry subtly put our faith in things other than the Spirit's work among God's people?
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