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Engaging Conversations on Bible and Theology

Engaging Conversations on Bible and Theology


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Engaging Conversations on Bible and Theology




Lucy Peppiatt - Paul on Women's Subordination (1 Cor 11)

Episode: This episode covers Paul, m/f, hermeneutics, theology, and all the things. Lucy Peppiatt helps us think through the challenging issues at play in 1 Corinthians 11, territory we covered in a previous episode with Michael Lakey, but this time from a different angle. Lucy has thought long and hard about this passage, and talks with Matt L. about some of her groundbreaking work. This episode will prepare us for our next episode with Andrew Rillera, which makes reference to Peppiatt's...


Matthew Thiessen - Jesus and the Forces of Death

Episode: Was Jesus opposed to the purity system? Was he a revolutionary who challenged religious anxieties over uncleanness? Matthew Thiessen joins us to discuss these questions, and to help us rethink assumptions about the relationship between Jesus and Israel's longstanding purity system. This episode discusses Jesus' confrontation with demonic impurity and ritual impurity, his relationship to the Sabbath, and much more from Thiessen's new book Jesus and the Forces of Death (Baker,...


Ben Witherington III & Jason Myers - Views on Paul

Episode: In this episode, Jason A. Myers and Ben Witherington III will help orient you to some of the major perspectives on Paul within contemporary New Testament scholarship. Tune in for rich conversation on N. T. Wright's work, covenant theology, authorship in the Pauline corpus, Paul within Judaism, critiques/assessments of apocalyptic readings of Paul, and much more that arises from Witherington III's and Myers' book Voices and Views on Paul (IVP 2020)! Guests: Dr. Ben Witherington III...


Jules Martinez-Olivieri - Christology, Liberation, Participation

Episode: What is salvation? What does it mean that Christ frees us? What is liberation theology? Why is there such a fuss about liberation theology anyway? In this episode, Dr. Jules Martinez-Olivieri joins co-host Amy Hughes to talk about his work on Christology and liberation and participation. Guest: Jules A. Martinez-Olivieri, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Masters in Theological Studies at Trinity International University in Florida. Dr. Martinez's...


Mark and Luke Glanville - Refuge Reimagined

Episode: Mark and Luke Glanville bring their unique areas of expertise in biblical studies and international relations to bear on the pressing global refugee crisis. This episode covers everything from local to international issues, personal stories and politics, and the transformative biblical concept of kinship. This episode will provoke and stir you to action! Guests: Mark R. Glanville (PhD, Bristol University) is associate professor of pastoral theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and...


Mike Bird & Scott Harrower - Trinity Without Hierarchy

Episode: While there is nothing new drama over the Trinity, there has been quite the kerfuffle in evangelical circles about the subordination of the Son in recent years. In this episode co-host Amy Hughes talks with Mike Bird and Scott Harrower about teaching and preaching the Trinity, theological controversy, and their co-edited project that lays out and addresses all the drama - Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology. Guests: Mike Bird is Academic...


Wil Gafney - Womanist Midrash

Episode: There are 111 named women in the Old Testament. But they're often unknown and ignored. In this episode Wil Gafney reintroduces us to women we thought we knew and introduces those we never knew. We discuss the sanctified imagination, Midrashic interpretation, womanist approaches to scripture, Queen mothers, army chaplaincy, and much more from her book Womanist Midrash (WJK Press). Guest: Dr. Wil Gafney is professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is...


John Behr - Origen and the Early Church, Pt 2

Theology Track Episode: Live from Nashotah House, WI (3rd year running), here's part 2 of our interview with Fr John Behr. Amy Brown Hughes talks with Fr John Behr about Origen and all things Patristic. In addition to more of the interview, we've got some Q&A in this episode. If you missed Part 1, visit HERE. This is a re-broadcast from 2019. Guest: The Very Reverend Dr John Behr is a British Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian. He is the former Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox...


John Behr - Origen and the Early Church

Theology Track Episode: Live from Nashotah House, WI (3rd year running), we've got a two-part interview. Amy Brown Hughes talks with Fr John Behr about Origen and all things Patristic. This episode requires theological safety gear, helmet, orange cones, ... everything. This is a rebroadcast from 2019. Guest: The Very Reverend Dr John Behr is a British Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian. He is the former Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he is currently the...


Garrick Allen - Manuscripts and All that Other Stuff on the Page (Paratexts)

Episode: Dru Johnson talks with Garrick Allen about his ongoing research project to investigate the paratexts of biblical manuscripts, how these help us to understand reception and biblical theologies, and his book Manuscripts of the Book of Revelation: New Philology, Paratexts, Reception (OUP, 2019). Guest: Garrick V. Allen (PhD 2015, St Andrews) is Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. His book The Book of Revelation and Early Jewish...


Jemar Tisby - The Color of Compromise

Episode: In this episode Erin hosts Jemar Tisby, who is the founder and CEO of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective (thewitnessbcc.com) and author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Zondervan, 2019). Tune in for this important and challenging conversation on the history of racism and Christianity in America and its ongoing relevance for current conversations on racial justice. You can also now pre-order...


Jeremy Schipper - Black Samson

Episode: Biblical Samson offered a powerful way of focusing and communicating the struggle, opportunities, and challenge of life for African Americans throughout U.S. history. From the prophesies of his parents concerning the deliverance he'd begin, to the enslaved man who ground at the Philistine mill, to the final moments when he toppled the Philistine temple, Samson was a prominent point of reference for abolitionists, activists, and, oddly enough, some white supremacists. Jeremy Schipper...


Richard Rice - The Future of Open Theism

Episode: The upstart theological movement called open theism is coming of age. It's time to reassess its possibilities, promises, and perils. One of the founders of open theism, Richard Rice, speaks with co-host Matt Bates about varieties of open theism, vexed models concerning God and time, and his own spiritual journey in the face of the intense controversies surrounding open theism within evangelicalism. The Book: Richard Rice, The Future of Open Theism: From Antecedents to Opportunities...


Kevin Grasso - Christ-Faith in Paul's Letters

Episode: The debate as to whether the phrase πίστiς Χριστοῦ should be translated as "faith in Christ" (objective genitive) or the faithfulness of the Christ (subjective genitive) seems interminable. In an important new journal article, Kevin Grasso claims to have entirely disproven the viability of the objective genitive as traditionally understood. Meanwhile, he claims that a third-way solution ("Christ-faith" is better evidenced grammatically, while it also makes good theological sense of...


Don Payne - Already Sanctified

Episode: Conversations on sanctification can often leave Christians feeling spiritually inadequate and discouraged about their lack of spiritual growth and maturity, but Don J. Payne insists that this arises from a faulty view of sanctification. Instead, Scripture's view of sanctification, which involves being fitted for the presence of God and the purposes of God, should be understood as the sure foundation for the Christian life. Listen as theologian Don J. Payne joins Erin for a congenial...


Esau McCaulley - Reading While Black

Episode: Dru's discussion with Dr. Esau McCaulley spans across matters of biblical theology, NT interpretation, the hermeneutics of the Black Church in America, and how his own biography has played into his scholarship. Reading While Black (IVP) is a forceful and encouraging message to the Black Church that McCaulley has written so that non-Black readers can listen in and learn. Sho Baraka's blurb captures this book well for the OnScript audience: “Esau McCaulley is untying the Gordian knot...


Justo González - Prayer in the Early Church and Today

Episode: "Our Father, who is in heaven..." These words and the rest of the Lord's Prayer are so familiar. They remind us to seek God, draw us into communal prayer with the church, and bring comfort. However, while we repeat words we cherish, sometimes this familiarity becomes distance. In this episode, co-host Amy Hughes talks with Dr. Justo González about his new book Teach Us To Pray: The Lord’s Prayer in the Early Church and Today (Eerdmans, 2020). Let us come to the Lord's Prayer anew,...


Chris Green - Sanctifying Interpretation

Episode: Chris Green is on the show to talk about how God is not saving us from interpretation, but through it - a process that can be "soul harrowing and purgative." Chris talks about problematic and more helpful models of Scripture and its interpretation, his appreciation for George MacDonald, approaches to troublesome texts, and we even have a brief poetry reading from the poetry collection Bigly. All these things and more await you in this one jam-packed episode on the second edition of...


Erin Heim with Dru Johnson - MeToo and the Apostle Paul (part II)

Episode: Erin Heim and Dru Johnson discuss part II of Erin's paper "Resurrection and the #MeToo Movement," which is part of a larger project that Erin is working on as she wrestles theologically with the sexual abuse that she experienced as a child. In this paper, she probes the connection between the abuse Jesus suffers in his crucifixion and his resurrection body. For Part I, please click HERE. Content warning: This episode contains some language and descriptions of torture and sexual...


A. J. Culp - Memoir of Moses

Episode: How is memory made and maintained in a community? Moreover, how can a community remember something they never witnessed? A. J. Culp walks us through recent turns in memory theory to explore how Deuteronomy, as a piece of literature, instantiates and reifies memory in Israel. We address misconceptions of memory as individualistic, how literature can form memory, and the use of memory for social identity. For Christians and Jews, the implications for their tradition's rituals and...