How can Christians and pastors benefit from literary reading? Karen Swallow Prior, author of On Reading Well, joins the podcast. Dr. Prior is a Professor of English at Liberty University. In these episodes she discusses her childhood fascination with reading. She also talks about her career as a professor and the distinction between fiction, non-fiction, literary and non-literary writings. She also discusses her recent book on virtue, literature, and the good life––as well as ways that pastors and churches can benefit from exploring literary reading and writing.
Eric Johnson, professor of Christian psychology at Houston Baptist University, joins the podcast to discuss the integration of scripture, theology, and psychology. How should Christians think about the scientific conclusions of secular disciplines governed by naturalistic worldviews? What are the philosophical and methodological concerns when relating biblical wisdom with scientific inquiry?
Our conversation with CPT fellow Dr. Edward "Mickey" Klink, Senior Pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Roscoe, IL. Mickey joins the podcast to tell the story of how he transitioned from his role as a professor at Talbot Theological Seminary to the senior pastorate of a church in northern Illinois.
Owen Strachan, Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, joins the podcast to discuss his upcoming book Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind (B&H Academic). Owen argues that the nature of human beings is and will continue to be one of the most pressing questions not only in the church but in the Western culture as a whole in the 21st century. He hopes that the book will help fill what he sees as a shortage of quality theological texts on theological anthropology. The book will release on August 1, 2019.
Gerald Hiestand, Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church and Co-Founder of the CPT, joins the podcast again to discuss the inception of the CPT as an organization. What was its original vision for the organization and what is the vision for its future? What opportunities are there for those who love theological scholarship but do not have opportunity or feel called to the academy?
Dr. Beth Felker Jones outlines a theological vision of sexuality and gender through the lens of our created embodiment. This conference lecture was given at the CPT's 2016 theology conference on human sexuality, Beauty, Order, and Mystery: A Christian Vision of Sexuality. Dr. Jones is a professor of theology at Wheaton College.
Jeremy Treat, a member of the St. John Fellowship of the Center for Pastor Theologians, joins the podcast. Jeremy is Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Reality LA, joins our host Todd Wilson to discuss his story of church planting, pastoring, and studying theology. How does the discipline of theological study interface with youth ministry? Preaching? Contextual ministry in Los Angeles?
Joel Lawrence, a CPT Fellow, joins the podcast again to discuss the man he studied as a PhD student, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a pastor as well as a gifted theologian from German who lived during the first half of the 20th century before he was ultimately martyred at the hands of the Third Reich in a concentration camp in 1945.
Pastor Joel Lawrence, a CPT fellow, shares his story of coming to faith, theological education, and calling to pastoral ministry. Joel serves as the Senior Pastor of the Central Baptist Church in St. Paul, MN. This is the second episode of its type, featuring interviews with CPT fellows and other pastors on their story, their call to ministry, and how they have lived into the call of pastoring as a theologian.
Part 1 of CPT President Todd Wilson's plenary address from the 2018 CPT conference on spiritual formation. How is it that pastors can so often be both godly and deeply dysfunctional? This message is entitled, "The Integrated Pastor: Towards an Embodied and Embedded Spiritual Formation." Todd Wilson served for 10 years as the Senior Pastor at Calvary Memorial Church outside Chicago before transitioning to full-time leadership of the Center for Pastor Theologians in 2018.