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Check out this bonus episode recorded at the American Academy of Religion as Jeff and Emily talk to systematic theologian Veli-Matti Kärkäinnen. We talk about the Holy Spirit, what systematic theology really is, and how it helps expand our imaginations and minister to others.Veli-Matti Kärkäinnen is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of many books including most recently Christian Theology in the Pluralistic World: A Global Introduction (2019) and Doing the Work of Comparative Theology: A Primer for Christians (2020). He is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
In this bonus episode recorded at the American Academy of Religion, Jeff and Emily talk with Erin Dufault-Hunter.  Listen in as we talk about what it means that everyone is a theologian,  how to think about improvisation and the Christian life, and some of Erin's research and life experiences. Erin Dufault-Hunter is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Transformative Power of Faith: A Narrative Approach to Conversion (2012) which integrates insights from the social sciences with narrative theory to offer a non-reductionistic understanding of conversion. 
This is our first bonus episode, featuring an interview with Jonathan Tran at the American Academy of Religion. Listen to this conversation to hear about Jonathan's experience as a theologian, how that shapes his own life, and his reflections on what it means to be settled and stretched as we live out our faith. We also discuss his book Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism.Dr. Jonathan Tran is an Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion at Baylor University.
What Is Theology?

What Is Theology?

2022-01-2829:17

In this episode Jeff and Emily are at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Conference in San Antonio, TX interviewing lots of theologians, Biblical scholars, and various other religious scholars. A couple of the big questions we’ve tried to address about on this podcast so far is “What is theology?” and “Why does it matter?” We took the opportunity to talk to as many people as we could while we were gathered at the conference to ask these questions and we hope you enjoy their responses! This is the last episode of our pilot season. We’d love to get your feedback on Apple Podcasts or Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, as we work on our next season. In the meantime, we’ll be releasing bonus episodes that include the full interviews of the scholars included on the episode and some others!  
Theology & Disability

Theology & Disability

2022-01-1441:54

This episode invites us to be disrupted in our ideas of ourselves as human beings and as the church, and to be open to the Spirit’s work and gifts among all of us. In this episode Jeff and Emily are joined by Dr. Brian Brock and Dr. Devan Stahl to help us begin to understand disability. We also talk about how medicine and technology shape the ways we see the world and make decisions, as well as how the church can do better when it comes to speaking about and welcoming those with disabilities.  Brian Brock holds a personal chair in Moral and Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of several books including the most recent Disability: Living into the Diversity of Christ’s Body and Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ. Devan Stahl is Assistant Professor of Religion at Baylor University and a bioethicist who specializes in disability studies. Her latest book, Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body is an edited volume examining the power of medical images and their impact on patients and the wider culture. You can learn more about Access InterVarsity, an accessible and disability inclusive space for all to belong, grow closer to Jesus and use their God-given gifts here. And the LifeGuide Bible study, Belonging is available from InterVarsity Press. 
When you think of your own education, or the way you teach, what comes to mind? How does theology inform education, and how does education respond to race, culture, and community? Join Jeff and Emily as they talk to Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier and Dr. La Mont Terry about some current norms in education and their vision for education that is more contextual, collaborative and responsive to the needs of the community. We talk about the implications of race and culture in the classroom, freedom, the imago Dei, the Trinity, and more. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is a pastor, theologian, and nationally recognized authority on Hispanic Bible Institutes. Until recently she was the dean of Esperanza College of Eastern University. She now leads a major grant project for the Association of Hispanic Theological Education. She is the author of several books including the coauthor of A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation and her latest Book Atando Cabos: Latinx Contributions to Theological Education. La Mont Terry is an Associate Professor of Education at Occidental College. He is a former classroom teacher and mathematics coach and his research focuses on the creation of critical race “counterspace” as an alternative environment for the mathematics education of high school-aged Black males. He also provides consulting on socially-just and anti-racist pedagogies in school communities.  Thanks to the Emerging Scholar’s Network for sponsoring Theology &. The Emerging Scholars Network is a national, digital-first network of undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, early career faculty and those pursuing alternative academic careers. Find out more about their resources, benefits, and how to join here. 
So often God speaks to us as a group and we need to learn to see ourselves as a “we,” not just “me” when it comes to our lives as Christians. On this episode Jeff and Emily talk to a sociologist, Dr. Korie Little Edwards, and theologian Dr. Soong-Chan Rah about race and the church in the United States. We talk about the needs to listen to the gifts of everyone in the body, the impacts on leaders of color in multiracial churches, and various ways that we can all respond to the things we hear and observe as we learn about how God is at work in the church today. Soong-Chan Rah is the Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Seminary. He is the author of many books including The Next Evangelicalism and his most recent Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, co-authored with Mark Charles. Korie Little Edwards is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University and editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. She is the author of several books including the Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches and the forthcoming Smart Suits, Tattered Boots: Black Ministers Mobilizing the Black Church in the Twenty-First Century. Thanks to InterVarsity's Faculty Ministry for sponsoring Theology &. Find out more about Faculty Ministry and the resources and support they provide to help faculty flourish together on campus.
Theology & Politics

Theology & Politics

2021-12-0343:32

Does politics have to do with voting and divisive debates? Or is it something else? Is it possible to talk about religion and politics in a way that deepens our life together rather than creating more division and bringing conversation to a stop?  In this episode Jeff and Emily talk to Dr. Vincent Lloyd and Dr. Ned O’Gorman to discuss a better vision for politics and how theology can inform our life together. We talk about Hannah Arendt’s political vision, Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology, mass incarceration, justice, critiques of liberalism, and what it means to recognize we are all immersed in webs of relationships.  Vincent Lloyd is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Political Theology and the author of many books including his most recent book, co-authored with Josh Dubler: Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons.   Ned O’Gorman is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois and the author of several books including his most recent Politics for Everybody: Reading Hanna Arendt in Uncertain Times .Thanks to InterVarsity's Faculty Ministries for sponsoring Theology &.  Find our more about the resources and support they provide to help faculty flourish on campus here.
In this episode Jeff and Emily are joined by Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson and Dr. John Inazu to discuss public discourse and what we can learn about how to get along in a pluralistic society in such a divided time. How can we understand our unique point in history and how do we faithfully follow Christ and live that out in the world in our time and place? We talk about questions of political philosophy, formation, and practices for how we interact together. Kristen Deede Johnson is the Professor of Theology and Christian Formation at Western Theological Seminary. She is the author of Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism and Justice Calling. John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis, and the executive director of The Carver Project. Inazu is the author of Liberty’s Refuge and Confident Pluralism.  Inazu is also the co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference in which Johnson has an essay. 
What exactly is the Theology & podcast? Join Jeff and Emily as they talk about what’s ahead for the podcast and get to know them as they interview each other about their own research in the area of theology, racial justice, and economics. They talk about why they love what they study, why think they it’s important, and what they hope future conversations on the podcast will be like. Jeff Ming Liou is the National Director of Theological Formation for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he received his Ph.D. in Theology and Culture.  Liou has written papers and contributed book chapters on race and justice, Asian American Christianity, theological ethics, and political theology. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Liou has served as a campus minister, pastor, and university chaplain.Emily Beth Hill has a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from the University of Aberdeen and is the author of Marketing & Christian Proclamation in Theological Perspective. Her research interests include economics, church marketing, and how cultural systems affect our life and worship. She currently serves as the Program Manager for Theological Formation at InterVarsity and with graduate students at the University of Cincinnati.  
Theology & Trailer

Theology & Trailer

2021-11-0801:39

Check out the Theology & Podcast!  A new podcast where we host conversations at the intersection of theology, the academy, and important issues in our culture. Let's engage in conversations that bring our research to life and how it plays out in our everyday life. We'll engage with how academics engage with their faith and scholarship and talk to theologians about those same disciplines. These are conversations with academics but they are NOT academic conversations!Hosted by Dr. Emily Hill and Rev. Dr. Jeff Liou
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