Language of God
43. Richard Middleton | Image of God

43. Richard Middleton | Image of God

May 7, 2020

We were made in the image of God, but what does that really mean? Whom does that apply to? What does that call us to? The Bible is very central to understanding the answers to these questions, as is cultural context. In this episode, biblical worldview professor, Richard Middleton joins Jim Stump in an attempt to answer some of the questions about human identity through both of those lenses.

Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary (Rochester, NY). He is adjunct professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (Kingston, Jamaica). From 2011-2014, he served as president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association. Richard is the author of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology and The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1.

Find a conversation about this episode at the Biologos Forum.

If you want to hear more from Richard, you can find the articles he’s written for our website here.

42. John Walton | Coronavirus and the Book of Job

42. John Walton | Coronavirus and the Book of Job

April 30, 2020

Many of us find rest and comfort in having good health, secure jobs, and a vibrant community. Of course we do. But what happens when that is taken away, like it was for Job? Some of us, while stuck in our homes during the coronavirus pandemic, may have started to ask some questions about the way the world works and how God could let this kind of a thing happen. Well, we’re not the first to ask those questions and the book of Job is about someone doing just that. 

John Walton is an Old Testament scholar and he leads us through the book of Job with an eye toward our current situation. Walton walks through three elements of the story of Job that might help us today: rest (our ability to rise above tumultuous circumstances), peace (freedom from our feelings of fear), and coherence (finding order among confusion). The episode was recorded digitally with a live audience and so we were also able to take questions from the audience, which you’ll hear throughout. 

John Walton is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He has published dozens of books, articles and translations, both as writer and editor, including his popular book The Lost World of Genesis One. Among his other books, he’s also the editor of the NIV Cultural Background Study Bible, and the author of a commentary on the Book of Job, and a shorter book co-authored with Tremper Longman, How to Read Job, which helped to frame our conversation for this episode.

Walton’s Lecture Series on Job 

A list of Walton’s many books

Walton’s Resources from Biologos

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41. Water | Exploring Spiritual & Scientific Depths

41. Water | Exploring Spiritual & Scientific Depths

April 23, 2020

Water is mysterious. It is cleansing, it is dangerous, and it is life-giving. In our everyday life we can tend to overlook just how fascinating and important water is. Water is interesting both scientifically and biblically, so it’s only fitting that we explore it. And in this episode we do just that.

Because this is a complex topic, we asked several experts to join us in this episode. You’ll hear from Kent Frens, Jenni Brandon, Sandra Postel, and Ben McFarland who each talk about water through their areas of expertise.

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Check out Applied Ocean Sciences

Here’s some fun Ocean Facts

40. Brian McLaren | A Galapagos Spirituality

40. Brian McLaren | A Galapagos Spirituality

April 16, 2020

When Brian McLaren got a call from his editor asking if he’d like to travel to the Galapagos Islands and write about it it took all of a few seconds to agree. The book he wrote is called the Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey. In this episode Jim Stump talks to him about the book and about a theology that is informed by wild places and the scientific knowledge that helps us understand those places. 

Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He is a former English professor and pastor, he is an advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”. His most recent projects include an illustrated children’s book called Cory and the Seventh Story and The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey.

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Want to hear more from Brian? Find more resources here.

39. Francis Collins | Coronavirus Updates with NIH Director

39. Francis Collins | Coronavirus Updates with NIH Director

April 9, 2020

With an overwhelming amount of news about the coronavirus coming out daily, we thought it would be best to go all the way to the top, with updates on the coronavirus from the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins. Francis Collins is also the founder of BioLogos and a committed Christian. In this conversation with Jim Stump, he answers questions from listeners about the current scientific knowledge of the virus and talks about how he views the pandemic through the lens of his own faith. 

This conversation originally aired as a live video conversation. You can watch that version here.

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Find the NIH Director’s blog here.

38. Resurrection in the Time of Coronavirus

38. Resurrection in the Time of Coronavirus

April 2, 2020

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to our identities as Christians. We believe that Christ died for our sins and that he will come again one day. But we live in the times of social distancing, with Easter services that will happen remotely, with Easter hymns sung in our living rooms instead of in chapels. In this special episode, Jim reflects on what the resurrection—along with the suffering and death that precede it—means in this time of uncertainty and fear, in this time of coronavirus.

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Find more coronavirus related content from BioLogos here.

37. Sean McDowell | Finding Common Ground

37. Sean McDowell | Finding Common Ground

March 26, 2020

In this episode, Jim Stump is joined by author, speaker, and professor Sean McDowell. They talk about how apologetics has changed from his father’s original work a generation ago and how to reach those leaving the church today. But their conversation centers around the science of evolution and whether Christians should accept it. They don’t necessarily see eye to eye on this topic, so what follows is a hearty discussion about where those disagreements come from.

Sean McDowell is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He speaks at churches, universities and conferences throughout the United States and abroad. He is the co-host for his own podcast, Think Biblically, and has authored numerous books.

Original music in this episode is from Carp.

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36. Coronavirus | Science & Faith in Pandemic Times

36. Coronavirus | Science & Faith in Pandemic Times

March 19, 2020

It’s not every day that we come face to face with science in such a drastic way as we have with the coronavirus, sweeping through our communities and upending our routines. Many of us feel a great deal of anxiety and worry and we want to respond to some of that by reaching into the science with three interviews from scientists in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, and infectious disease, all of them speaking from the Christian perspective. 

Ben McFarland teaches biochemistry and chemistry at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

Stephen Schaffner is a senior staff scientist and computational biologist at the broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and a visiting scientist at the Harvard Chan school of public health.

Praveen Sethupathy is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Center for Genomics at Cornell University

Find conversations about this episode or other topics on science and faith including the coronavirus on the BioLogos Forum.

Find Ben McFarland's moving article on the coronavirus here.

Check out Ben McFarland's Youtube Channel here.

 

35. Katharine Hayhoe | Global Weirding

35. Katharine Hayhoe | Global Weirding

March 12, 2020

Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist. And she’s a Christian. You may have noticed that climate change is not a topic that is often brought into the church because it often seems to divide people more than bring them together. But Katharine wants to change that. Her science doesn’t come in spite of her faith but because of it. She sits down with Jim Stump to talk specifically about some of the common misconceptions about climate change, the science of how we know about past climate changes, and the effects we see in the world today. She ends with some practical solutions and a call for rational hope. 

Katharine Hayhoe is the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law in the Department of Political Science, a director of the Climate Center, and an associate in the Public Health program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University. She and her husband wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Her TED talk titled “the most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it” has been viewed over 2.5 million times.

Find a conversation about this episode at the BioLogos Forum.

Find Katharine on Twitter for any follow-up

Recommended Resources:

Climate Caretakers
Climate Stewards
The Evangelical Environmental Network
Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe
LIT Consulting for energy audits
Project Drawdown
World Evangelical Alliance Clean Energy Initiative
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

34. Darrel Falk | The Bridge from Biology to Faith

34. Darrel Falk | The Bridge from Biology to Faith

March 5, 2020

In this episode, Jim Stump is joined by Professor Emeritus of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, Darrel Falk. Darrel reminisces about some of his experiences with the early genetic sciences as well as his role in the beginnings of BioLogos as an organization. They then dive into human identity, and how cooperation has had a role in shaping our genetic makeup.

Darrel Falk served as BioLogos’ president from 2010-2012. He recently wrote The Fool and the Heretic with Todd Wood. He is also the author of Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology and speaks frequently on the relationship between science and faith at universities and seminaries. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Genetics Society of America, and the American Scientific Affiliation.

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Music in this episode is by Joseph McDade

Want to hear more from Darrel? You can find the articles he’s written for our website here.