This episode features Scottish worship leader and liturgist, John Bell. Dr. Ron Rienstra sat down with John to discuss how worship and story can connect us despite divisions.

In this episode we sat down with Kevin Cloud, author of “God and Hamilton: Spiritual themes from the life of Alexander Hamilton and the Broadway Musical He Inspired.” Reverend Lindsay Small, a Hamilton fan and pastor at Fellowship Reformed Church in Holland, interviewed Kevin.

 

This episode features Hope College professor Dr. Deirdre Johnston and Hope interim president, Dr. Dennis Voskuil. In today’s polarized age, these two and others at Hope College are striving to make dialogue civil again, specifically on campus and in the classroom. They sat down to discuss “the Virtues of Public Discourse.”

Who could be a better representation of the power of civility than Nelson Mandela? Today’s guest is WTS alumni and South African theologian, Dr. Tinyiko Maluleke, who is working on a book about Nelson Mandela and hope. Rev. Dr. Denise Kingdom-Grier sat down with him to discuss Mandela’s legacy.

“If we want to learn how to be civil dissenters in a virtuous way, we need to listen—and learn from the examples who have gone before us,”says Dr. Davey Henreckson. Dr. Henreckson specializes in moral theology, and is currently working on a book entitled, The Immortal Commonwealth: Covenant, Community, and Political Resistance in Early Reformed Thought. WTS student Katy Johnson sat down with him to discuss the meaning of civility and what it means to practice virtuous civil dissent.

 

In this episode, El Salvadorian composer and liturgist, Carlos Colón discusses his harrowing escape from El Salvador, finding a home in the church, and what the role of art is in engaging social issues.

Songwriter and worship leader Wendell Kimbrough discusses how music, and specifically singing the Psalms, can be an outlet for emotion and lament that leads to more fruitful civil dialogue within the church.

Dr. Jonathan Pennington, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of “The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary” discusses civility in a divisive cultural moment, and how Jesus and the Beatitudes provide a roadmap for human flourishing.

In this episode, artist and writer Mako Fujimura reflects on living in New York City during the September 11 terrorist attacks. The events inspired Mako to visit the earlier ground zeros—at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this interview WTS Executive Vice President Jeff Munroe asks Mako about these experiences and how we navigate our way through today’s cultural climate.

In the first episode of Season 4, Dr. Richard Mouw discusses the importance of civility and civil dialogue in Evangelical Christianity.