education

The City Podcast: YA Book Reviews and Cultural Apologetics

by Timothy Motte on January 26, 2015

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Continuing our conversation from last week with HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex, we begin with suggestions of some YA literature you should not read and some that you should. Then we move into how book reviews and cultural apologetics go hand in hand.

Dr. Reynolds also shares the one factor he has consistently seen, in all his years of being an educator, that all great students have in common.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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If you ever want an example of how to have a friendly discussion while strongly disagreeing, listen to this podcast.

Two Christian philosophers, Dr. Bruce Gordon and Dr. John Mark Reynolds, discuss the issue of whether Young Earth Creationism is a roadblock to faith or a viable theory of origins. They address both the literary interpretation of Genesis and the best scientific evidence we currently have.

You will learn a lot.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Bruce Gordon

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The City Podcast: The Body and the Imago Dei

by Timothy Motte on December 22, 2014

After the podcast last week with Dr. Renae Schumann about faith and fitness and her complete bodily transformation, Cate was left with so many more questions that we decided to do a follow-up with just her and Dr. Schumann.

In this episode they talk about how to respect the image of God in your body, food as an idol, comparing ourselves to others, and competing views of body image among the high school and college girls that they work with.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Renae Schumann

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The City Podcast Special: Back to Barterra

by Timothy Motte on December 17, 2014

Invasion!

The infamous Hunter Baker (ostensibly identified as our only listener, though you are now disproving that) has taken control of this episode.

He is insisting on talking about Dr. Reynolds’ excursion into fiction writing, namely, Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra.

Since he’s such a loyal listener, I guess we will let him proceed.

So imagine that the universe has to have a place where all our fictions dwell…

Featuring: Dr. Hunter Baker, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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On this episode, Dr. Reynolds gets to talk with Dr. Philip Nation, the director of adult ministry publishing at LifeWay and new Professor of Leadership and Biblical Studies at HBU, and with Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, founder of the Christian Thinkers Society, about the intersection of discipleship, leadership, mentorship, and publishing.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Philip Nation, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston

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Jesus, Educator: A Higher Education, Part (IV/IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on September 5, 2014

Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr.I have been told by marketing friends that in the United States only Abraham Lincoln is better liked than Jesus. Given Lincoln’s wonderful heritage to this nation, the popularity of Father Abraham makes sense. Jesus is, of course, to most Americans the Son of God, Savior, and the central figure in their religious beliefs.

Yet Jesus was more than Redeemer, King, Savior, and Christ. Jesus was also the greatest teacher who ever lived. You might be able to build some kind of a university program on the ideas of Lincoln, but Western schools all begin with Jesus, the educator, as a foundational thinker. Oddly, many Americans forget his role as an educator, though his followers thought of themselves primarily as students (disciples) and called Jesus “teacher” (rabbi). All colleges and universities in the West used to be Christian and the foundations still exist, even if in rubble, at most schools. Jesus the educator, Jesus the sage, Jesus the thinker gave Christians ideas and an example that produced our aspirations.

An important leader in thinking about Christian higher education in the United States is President Robert Sloan of HBU. He began this academic year reflecting on Christian higher education. First, he assumed certain things about education in his introduction. Second, he rejected the idea that Christianity only adds “nicety” to university. Third, Dr Sloan showed that no Christian college exists merely as a cover to “get people saved.” Finally, Sloan turned to the role of Jesus, the educator. As provost I have tried to reflect on what my leader is saying, not because I have to do so, but because when I heard this talk it seemed unusually important. [click to continue…]