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Are there legitimate "conservative" and "liberal" impulses in the Christian faith? How does personality and temperament relate to political affiliation for church leaders and congregants? How can pastors shepherd their congregations well during a time of heightened political polarization? We discuss these and other questions with CPT Co-founder Ger…
 
What do apologetic discussions look like in a post-Christian age? How can pastors prepare to answer the apologetic questions raised by contemporary culture and the individuals in their congregations? All humans think in stories and narratives. What is the Christian story? What are the contemporary stories being told in our culture? CPT fellow Josh …
 
Part 1 of 2: What is the connection between gnosticism, the incarnation, and contemporary controversies related to race and racial injustice? Cherith Fee Nordling joins the podcast to discuss this question, the over-individualization of Christianity, and the tension of living in the radical middle.By The Center for Pastor Theologians
 
What factors go into deciding to apply for a PhD program? What are the advantages and disadvantages of part-time/remote programs versus full-time/residency programs? What family considerations should be taken into account? Listen now to part 3 of CPT Podcast co-host Zachary Wagner’s story of preparing to transition to the UK for full-time study at …
 
What are the advantages and disadvantages of an M.A. (in either theology or biblical studies) or an M.Div? How does a degree in theology supplement skills in biblical interpretation? We discuss these and other questions on this episode as co-hosts Todd Wilson and Zach Wagner continue to discuss Zach's story of education thus far.…
 
CPT Podcast host Todd Wilson and co-host Zachary Wagner discuss Zach's journey of faith and education so far. How does the so-called "anti-intellectualism" of evangelicalism manifest in local churches? Is this a fair characterization of this Christian tradition? What are the strengths and drawbacks of both Bible college education and a liberal arts…
 
CPT fellow Gavin Ortlund joins the podcast gain to discuss his habits of study and writing, as well as his recently published Retrieving Augustine's Doctrine of Creation: Ancient Wisdom for Current Controversy (IVP Academic, 2020). What were the important emphases of Augustine's doctrine of creation and view of what we would call "science"? What ca…
 
Listen now to part 2 of our conversation with CPT fellow Rachel Stahle. Rachel shares how she processed her own conversion experience and her call to theological study and pastoral ministry. We discuss Jonathan Edwards on religious experience and the Trinity, as well as perceptions of women pastors in both conservative and progressive theological t…
 
How should Christians and pastors approach the 2020 election? How have the two major political parties changed in recent years? How can Christian leaders influence politicians rather than being influenced by politicians? Karen Swallow Prior joins the podcast do discuss her approach to voting, political parties, and the importance of character when …
 
What makes the pastor theologian different from the academic theologian? What types of theological reflection is the pastor particularly well-positioned to engage? What has been lost as the theological task has moved away from the church and into the academy? This episode features a conference lecture from Dr. Gerald Hiestand, co-founder of the CPT…
 
What are the good works that God has prepared for the church to do in 2020? How can white pastors love their black congregants well? What does it look like for Christians as individuals and the church as a whole to reckon with hard questions about politics and faith? On this episode we are joined by Dr. Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theolo…
 
For the Summer of 2020, we will be releasing midweek episodes with special focus on theology and politics. How can Christians engage in politics and public witness while remaining faithful to the lordship of Christ? On this first episode we are joined by Kristen Deede Johnson, a professor of theology at Western Theological Seminary. She tells us he…
 
How should Christians think about the over-politicization of our culture? What is the theological significance of this cultural trend? How does the Gospel teach us a counter-narrative to the power politics of our day? On this episode, Todd Wilson shares how pastors and Christians can put politics in its proper place within the good world God create…
 
“Such a cry as ‘I can’t breathe’ is not merely anthropological, but it is theological. The problem with White supremacy – killing Black women and Black men in America – is an error of theology. It is a failure of the White mind and the White power structure to remember from where breath really comes.” On a special episode of the CPT Podcast, we sha…
 
CPT fellow Dr. Eric Redmond joins the podcast to discuss his experience as an African American man, father, and pastor in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. We lament and discuss how it feels to be a black American and a black evangelical at this historical moment. What can pastors, particularly white pastors, do to lead their congregations to…
 
How do times of scarcity expose the idolatry of the human heart? What do we learn about ourselves, our vulnerabilities, and our identities during a season of wilderness wandering? CPT fellow Chris Ganski joins the podcast to discuss and share a sermon on surviving in the wilderness. Listen now as Chris notes how God, in Christ, is faithful to susta…
 
How can pastors be attuned to the mental health needs of their congregants? What responsibility does the pastor have to be aware of contemporary psychological research and brain science? What theological resources do we have as Christians for understanding and addressing mental health? We discuss these questions and more in our conversation with CP…
 
In this episode we continue our conversation with CPT fellow Stephen Witmer on small-town ministry. We discuss the theological underpinning of gospel witness in forgotten places, being open to a call to rural ministry, and how small communities are struggling during a global pandemic.By The Center for Pastor Theologians
 
We are joined on the podcast by CPT fellow Stephen Witmer, who serves as the Lead Pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, MA. In this episode we discuss Stephen's life story, his call to ministry, and education. We also hear about Stephen's recent book, A Big Gospel in Small Places: Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters.…
 
What is God doing in/with/through this global crisis? In this episode we are joined by CPT fellow Jim Samra, Senior Pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, MI. We explore difficult and complex questions related to how Christians should think and speak of the activity of God in moments of crisis and suffering. How do we prepare God’s people for su…
 
In this episode we are joined by CPT fellow Jarrod Longbons, Senior Minister of Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, GA. Jarrod discusses the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in the United States. He also explores how he and his congregation are ministering to the people in their church and in their community through connection …
 
CPT fellow Jon English Lee, Pastor of Discipleship at Morningview Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL. Jon English discusses his life of faith, his ministry training, and his doctoral research. How does the biblical Sabbath mandate relate to creation? How does it relate to the coming of Christ? How can those who no longer work or who are unable to wor…
 
Our culture shelters us from death. But the reality of our own fragility and mortality has been placed at the forefront of our attention during a global pandemic. CPT fellows Chris Ganski and Benj Petroelje discuss how pastors can lead and prepare their people to come face to face with death in their own lives and in society. How can Christians ack…
 
The COVID-19 crisis has quickly and urgently raised many theological questions for pastors and congregations. Should find ways to celebrate the Lord's Supper while the church can only gather via livestream? What should worship look like under these circumstances? CPT fellows Chris Ganski and Benj Petroelje join the podcast for a conversation on wor…
 
Listen to part 2 of our conversation with CPT fellow Nathan Barczi. Nathan tells the story of his move from New York to Boston and from economics to pastoral ministry. We discuss studying part-time for a degree in theology, as well as Nathan's studies for his first career as a professional economist. Nathan concludes by discussing the unique functi…
 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Kim joins the podcast to share his story and talk about a new book he has published with IVP Academic. Matthew is an Associate Professor for Preaching & Ministry and Director of the Haddon Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He shares his story of discerning a call to ministry, his doctoral work, a…
 
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