Episode 4.8: Deirdre Johnston & Dennis Voskuil on the Virtues of Public Discourse

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.”

Episode 4.7: Tinyiko Maluleke on Nelson Mandela & Hope

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.

Episode 4.6: Davey Henreckson on Civility and Dissent

“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.

Episode 4.5: Carlos Colón on Music and Engaging Social Issues

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.

Episode 4.4: Wendell Kimbrough on Civility Through the Psalms

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.

Episode 4.3: Jonathan Pennington on Civility and the Sermon on the Mount

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.

Episode 4.2: Mako Fujimura on 9/11 and Civility

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.

Episode 4.1: Dr. Rich Mouw on Christian Civility

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

Episode 3.10: Kris DePree & Jody Vanderwel on the legacy of Max DePree

In the final episode of Season 3, Kris DePree and Jody Vanderwel discuss the faith legacy of their father, Max DePree–renowned leader, author, and former CEO of Herman Miller​. “What drove him was his belief that everyone was created in the image of God,” Jody said.

Episode 3.9: Robert Van Voorst on “Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible”

In this episode, WTS professor of New Testament Dr. Robert Van Voorst discusses his latest book, “Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible: What They Really Mean.”