Will You be in San Antonio November 14-19?
Have you made your plans to attend the 2023 ATS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, the week of November 14-19?
Attendees will meet with the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) meetings from Tuesday to Thursday. Those meetings will be held at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt and the Henry B. González Convention Center. The theme will be “Theological Anthropology.” During the ETS meetings, the following presentations will be made by ATS members:
- “What Makes Us Human?: Human Distinctness in Anthropological and Theological Perspective” by Stacie Hatfield
- “Jesus’ Anthropological Dehumanization in the Matthean Passion Narrative” by Carlos Olivares
- “The Character of God as Revealed in Old Testament Law” by Roy E. Gane
- “Luke 23:42–43: The Thief on the Cross and Paradise–Beyond the Comma” by Kim Papaioannou
- “The Significance of ‘Today’ in the Gospel of Luke: The Dawn of a New Era” by Eike Müeller
- “Anthropological ‘Heresy’ in Luke 23:42, 43: a Discourse and Intentionality Perspective” by Laurentiu Mot
- “Priesthood in Deuteronomy Against Its Ancient Near Eastern Background” by Roy E. Gane
“Our Adventist Theological Society (ATS) gathering will begin on Friday night with a service hosted by the Ministerial Department of the North American Division,” says Rahel Wells, president, ATS. “On Sabbath, we’ll join together for worship, celebration, and breakout sessions. The annual business meeting will take place on Saturday night.”
Following the 2022 ATS Annual Meeting, a survey was circulated for ATS members’ input.
“We appreciate our members taking the time to complete the survey and are grateful for their insights,” says Wells. “We have incorporated several of the suggestions for this year’s meeting and are looking at ways to address other mentioned ideas.”
Registration for the ETS meetings is available here. https://www.etsjets.org/registration_landing
Hotel reservations can be made by visiting this site. https://www.etsjets.org/hotel_information
ATS Social Media Making an Impact
By Sarah Burton
The social media engagement on the Adventist Theological Society (ATS) platforms is steadily increasing. Currently, there are over 2,100 followers on Instagram and 2,456 followers on Facebook. We have reached over 5,700 people on Facebook in the last month. Our Twitter following and engagement are increasing as well.
As our follower numbers have increased, so has users’ engagement in our posts. Several highlighted articles have generated lively online conversations and earnest questions.
The series “Sanctuary Colors in Ancient Egypt,” adapted from an article by L. S. Baker, Jr., was very popular on Facebook and Instagram, with posts reaching over 600 people. Most recently, the series on “Systematics in Adventist Theology,” adapted from an article by Fernando Canale, has received significant attention on all three of the ATS social media platforms, with several posts reaching over 1,300 people on Facebook alone.
A recent poll of our followers showed that they enjoy our series posts, in which entire the JATS and Perspective Digest articles are adapted into short-form content. Some of our followers have indicated that they have read the full-length original because of our posts. Last month, at least 100 people used the link in our Instagram bio to access the highlighted articles.
We have adopted a more streamlined approach to Instagram and Facebook posts, in which we alternate between reels and posts. This seems to be effective in maintaining reader interest. We will continue to draw quotes from articles for the reels and clips from our “Life with God” podcast, recent ATS presentations, and the Adventist Theological Academy.
On Twitter, we alternate between threads (a series of connected tweets) and single tweets. We are also experimenting with “Threads,” a Twitter-like app connected with Instagram.
We continue to look for ways to increase our readership and to connect followers with the resources ATS offers. More importantly, we strive to encourage our followers in their relationship with Christ and lead them to study the Bible more deeply.
Life With God Produces New Episodes
“Thanks to a significant collaborative effort between the Adventist Theological Society, professors, student panelists, and myself, Life With God has continued to produce episodes for the past year,” says Adelina Alexe, Life with God host. “Four more seasons will be posted on the ATS YouTube channel on Wednesdays at 8 PM Eastern time starting with the Fall of 2023: “God Is Beauty” (Season 4), “God Is Freedom” (Season 5), “God Is Justice” (Season 6), and “God Us Truth” (Season 7). “
Each season has twelve episodes and includes conversations with experts in various fields, such as theology, the Old Testament, the New Testament, missiology, philosophy, church history, anthropology, leadership, arts, and sciences.
Season 3 – God Is Power was posted several months ago and offers profound insights into issues of power: What is power? What powers does God have, and how does He use them? What powers do we have, and how do we negotiate the use of power in an interdependent world? What powers do evil beings have, and how are they limited by an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God? These are only a few broad aspects covered in this season, alongside many other questions of power.
“In Life With God, our approach to the topic reflects two basic assumptions: (1) the Judeo-Christian biblical view that God is the first and ultimate reality, and (2) a biblically-reframed view of ideas as standards of excellence rooted in God. By rooting key ideas in God, we reframe our understanding of the concepts while deepening our knowledge of God as we learn to see Him as an archetype of these ideas,” says Alexe. “Because we are God’s creatures meant to reflect His image, the manifestations of ideas in God also become a tangible standard for us to emulate. The process of being involved in such a growing experience is both beautiful and challenging. The closer we observe God, the brighter and purer He appears to us, and the farther we see ourselves from this ideal. This has been our collective experience for the host and producer, the panelists, and even our guests. Thus, we grow in character by beholding the wonders of an amazing God, even while the ideal always remains a moving target for us.”
The participants involved in the project have experienced both spiritual growth and relationship growth. “As we have spent time together creating conversation and wrestling with many questions, we’ve been drawn closer to God and to each other, learning to appreciate the diversity of perspectives while focusing on the One from whom this diversity proceeds and who holds it all together,” says Alexe. “We hope that our viewers will find this space as helpful as we did and that their experience of God will also be enriching and transformative.
ATS MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Bible Conferences Feature ATS Members
Pastors from across the Inter-European Division attended two Bible conferences at the Adventist University of France in Collonges-sous-Salève, France, and Friedensau Adventist University, Germany.
Several ATS members made presentations during the conferences. Anthony Kent, General Conference associate ministerial secretary, led out in the daily morning devotional program. His presentations used biblical encounters to encourage participants to reflect on pastoral calling, how God values pastoral workers, and calling for a focus on proclaiming the hope in Jesus to a world in crisis.
A major focus during the sessions was on the sanctuary doctrine. Among the presenters were ATS members Daniel Olariu from Friedensau Adventist University, Denis Fortin from Andrews University, Elias Brasil de Souza from the Biblical Research Institute, Ranko Stefanovic from Andrews University, Roy Gane from Andrews University, and Laurentiu Mot from Adventus University.
During a plenary session, Roy Gane spoke on the topic of LGBTQ+ from the biblical perspective, emotional, social, and psychological aspects.
Faith and Science Conference in South Pacific Division
More than 160 people gathered on Australia’s Gold Coast to reflect on the question, “Did a catastrophic flood actually cover this entire planet?” Presenters included ATS members Stacie Hatfield, Richard Davidson, and Leonard Brand. Presentations included both biblical and scientific evidence that support evidence for a global flood.
Trim Speaks On Historical Religious Liberty Advocacy
During the 9th World Congress of the International Religious Liberty (IRLA), David Trim spoke about efforts by Adventist pioneers to advocate for religious liberty, which eventually led to the founding of IRLA in 1893. https://adventistreview.org/news/historian-traces-adventist-passion-for-religious-freedom/
Field Trip for Science Teachers
Geoscience Research Institute’s Ronny Nalin, Director, Ben Clausen, and Tim Standish were part of a team that led 40 science teachers on a field trip to probe how to blend the teaching of science and faith in the classroom. https://www.grisda.org/gri-fieldtrip-2023nad
Babcock University Hosts Faith and Science Conference
A Faith and Science Conference on the campus of Babcock University Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, drew more than 1,600 participants from 22 countries in the West-Central Africa Division. These include pastors, educators, and institutional leaders. The conference was sponsored by Babcock University, the West-Central Africa Division, and the General Conference.
Over 80 lectures and 42 workshops focused on creation, faith, science, and more. Among the participants were ATS members Jiří Moskala, professor of Theology and Old Testament Exegesis at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA), Suzanne Phillips, chair of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda, California, Ronny Nalin, Director, Geoscience Research Institute, Art Chadwick, Research Professor of Biology and Geology and co-Director of the Dinosaur Science Museum and Research Center at Southwestern Adventist University. Keene, Texas, E. Edward Zinke, Timothy G. Standish, Geoscience Research Institute, Leonard Brand, Professor Emeritus, Loma Linda School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, Robert Osei-Bonsu, President, West-Central Africa Division, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Sessou Selom, Secretary, West-Central Africa Division, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Andrews Bible Commentary in All Adventist Schools in North America
A partnership of several organizations funded an initiative to place the Andrews Bible Commentary in all Adventist Schools in North America. ATS members who provided editorial oversight of the two-volume set include Ángel Manuel Rodriguez as general editor, former director of the General Conference Biblical Research Institute. Associate editors included Carl P. Cosaert, Dean of the School of Theology and professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington; and Gerald A. Klingbeil, former associate editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines and research professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
ATS MEMBERS IN PRINT
Audrey Andersson writes that “moving forward after loss is the work of a lifetime,” in “When Grief is Your Companion” https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/when-grief-is-your-companion/
In “Our Hope Is in the Rock”, Alan Reinach reminds us that, “Lordship and authority belong to God alone.” In these strange political times, we must remember where our Hope comes from and allow that to inform our actions.
What do we really know and what don’t we really know? Clifford Goldstein reflects on these questions in “A Greater Reality". https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/a-greater-reality/
Gerhard Pfandl briefly reviews Daniel’s prophecies' characteristics in ‘The Nature of Prophecies in the Book of Daniel”. https://adventistreview.org/feature/the-nature-of-prophecies-in-the-book-of-daniel/
Modern events have some people attempting to rearrange prophetic interpretations. In “Have we rightly understood Europe’s role in Daniel 2?”, Frank Hasel review of our denomination’s understanding of Daniel 2. https://adventistreview.org/feature/have-we-rightly-understood-europes-role-in-daniel-2/
Shawn Brace asks how our witnessing would be different if we focused “The One Great Central Truth” in our witnessing. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/the-one-great-central-truth/
Man-made governments have found the need to establish Truth and Reconciliation Commissions or similarly named panels. Justin Kim writes of how the universe will see God’s true character in “The Heavenly TRC”. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/the-heavenly-trc/
For a moment, juxtapose the hard truths of life on Planet Earth with the transcendent. “The Harder Truths” Clifford Goldstein https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/the-harder-truths/
Suffering, pain, and unanswerable questions are part of the human experience. Shawn Boonstra explores how God’s love, Christ’s death, and His enduring the pain with us provide hope in “Disposable…(Because He Was)”. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/disposable/
Separation of church and state has long been a hallmark in the United States. In “Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships”, Alan J. Reinach outlines some signs demonstrating a potential wall weakening. https://www.signstimes.com/?p=article&a=40105269169.786
Shawn Brace reflects on two pages of Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing in “Not Judging, But Doing”. Then he asks, what would happen if we implemented the instructions given in those few paragraphs. https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/not-judging-but-doing/
In “The Church Restored”, Denis Fortin leads the reader through Earth’s history from creation through the Fall and to the Resurrection, reminding the reader that restored relationships, a new earth, and eternity lie ahead for the redeemed. https://www.signstimes.com/?p=article&a=40105269169.739
The drama of Revelation 12 includes a seven-headed, fiery red dragon sporting ten horns, a heavenly war, a deceived world, a woman, and a promise to a sin-weary world. In “The Remnant of Her Seed”, Clifford Goldstein clarifies these elements and more for those not acquainted with Revelation and as a refresher for those who are its students. https://www.signstimes.com/?p=article&a=40117285849.739
Sometimes it’s easy to fall into complacency. In “The Urgent Appeal”, Mark Finley reminds us that forgetting the urgency of our times can misdirect us if we allow ourselves to become caught up in daily life. https://www.signstimes.com/?p=article&a=40113280089.739
ATS MEMBERS ON STAGE
You might be surprised by some statistics about the GenZ and Millennials generations. Allan Parker shares about positive trends within these groups in “The Tale of Two Generations”. https://www.nadmultiply.org/new-blog/2023/8/31/the-tale-of-two-generations-by-allan-parker
During the GYC Europe convention in Riga, Latvia, Justin Kim spoke about the biblical doctrine of the sanctuary. https://adventistreview.org/commentary/overwhelmed-by-the-bible-teaching-on-the-sanctuary-try-again/
ATS MEMBERS ON SCREEN
ATS Members Profiled on Adventist News Network
Several ATS members were recently featured in the Adventist News Network’s ANN Profiles. You can view their stories at each of the following links.
- Derek Morris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdKYN5uxBo8&list=PL-k2Gb-DBYo-zzCwbFEDpnF7Hg-TZMH1F
- Frank Hasel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_aBYK3EFIs&list=PL-k2Gb-DBYo-zzCwbFEDpnF7Hg-TZMH1F&index=7
- Audrey Andersson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL8WuDlYWZ0&list=PL-k2Gb-DBYo-zzCwbFEDpnF7Hg-TZMH1F&index=9
- Alberto Timm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DwjFZj1ynQ&list=PL-k2Gb-DBYo-zzCwbFEDpnF7Hg-TZMH1F&index=10
- Anthony Kent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fjudphZLTA&list=PL-k2Gb-DBYo-zzCwbFEDpnF7Hg-TZMH1F&index=16
28 Fundamental Beliefs
Frank Hasel features dialogues with Adventist theologians as they discuss the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Understanding the reasoning and history behind these beliefs is crucial for developing a firm foundation for faith.
Understanding Bible Truths: The Trinity
This episode explores the second of the Adventist beliefs: The Trinity. Follow along with Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and guests Dr. Ranko Stefanovic and Dr. Denis Kaiseras as they discuss common questions about the Trinity. Providing biblical reasoning, Frank Hasel and other biblical theologians help you develop a deeper understanding of the Trinity so you can be blessed and understand God better.
Understanding Bible Truths: The Father
This episode explores the third of the 28 fundamental beliefs: God the Father. Follow along with Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and guest Dr. Greg King as they discuss some of the most common questions concerning the topic of God the Father. Watch as studied theologians explain the character of the Father and discuss God’s view of sin to help us better comprehend His character. With Scripture leading the way, you will have a deeper understanding of yourself and your faith.
Understanding Adventist Beliefs: The Son of God
This episode dives into the fourth of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs: The Son. Follow along with Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroshi, and guest Dr. Anthony Kent as they unravel the questions surrounding the existence of Christ. Frank Hasel and the other theologians invite you to develop a deeper understanding of this critical belief alongside them.
Understanding Adventist Beliefs: The Holy Spirit
This episode explores the fifth fundamental belief: the Holy Spirit. Follow along with Dr. Frank Hasel and other biblical theologians as they dive deep into the questions surrounding this belief and leave you with a better understanding of it all. The Holy Spirit is such an essential part of the biblical story, and understanding His character and the way He works in the world today is fundamental to having a good foundational faith.
Understanding Adventist Beliefs: The Creation
Do we need to understand Creation for salvation? What is intelligent design? Why does the theory of evolution not align with the belief of a Creator? Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and their guest, Dr. John Gibson, address these questions and more.
Understanding Adventist Beliefs: Unveiling the Image of God in Man and Woman
What are the Adventist beliefs on having an immortal soul? What does being created in the image of God mean? Can you have morality without freedom? Watch as Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and Dr. Stephen Bower dive deep into the Nature of Humanity, the seventh of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs.
Understanding Adventist Beliefs: The Great Controversy
What is the Great Controversy? Did God create Satan? Why do good people suffer? Questions like these and more are addressed by Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and Dr. Alberto Timm as they cover the eighth of the Fundamental Beliefs: The Great Controversy.
Understanding Adventist Beliefs: The Life of Christ and Why it Matters Today
This episode helps us understand the Adventist Beliefs surrounding the 9th Fundamental Belief: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. How was each portion of Jesus’ life connected to our salvation? Why did Jesus have to die? Was Jesus real? Dr. Frank Hasel, Keldie Paroschi, and guest Dr. John McVay address questions like these and more.
THIS WEEK IN ADVENTIST HISTORY
Founding of General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Office of Archives and Statistics
Adventist Pioneer Baptism, GC Sessions, and More
This week, we travel from 1842 to 1989, with a few stops in between.
Stephen Haskell’s Article for Adventist Review
Learn about early evangelistic efforts in Japan and California, as well as the establishment of a sanitarium in Australia and a school in Argentina.
The Healy Missionary Family
Learn about the Healey family, who were early Adventist Church missionaries.
Sabbath Conference Anniversary
Hear the story of the 175th anniversary of the Sabbath Conference held in Hiram Edson's barn.
Global Expansion of the Adventist Church
Learn more about the global expansion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Europe, and how Adventists joined together to provide opportunities for professional training that didn’t conflict with the Sabbath.
Mission Amidst Prejudice
Charles Kinny was the first African American ordained a Seventh-day Adventist minister.
Life of Emidio Sequeira
Who was Emidio Sequeira, and what were his contributions to the world mission of the Adventist church?
Mission150 tells the exciting story of the 150 years of Adventist Mission to the world. Each week, the podcast explores the past and the present of the Adventist missionary enterprise.
Mission in West Africa
In West Africa, the Adventist presence pre-dates the first missionaries sent by the Adventist Church. This episode explores how this came about and the early history of the Seventh-day Adventist mission in West Africa. It brings out the importance of literature in spreading the Adventist message where missionaries had not yet gone, and the crucial role of indigenous believers in propagating the three angels' messages, but it also highlights the self-sacrificial commitment of missionaries to the region, who regularly suffered serious illnesses for which there was then no cure, and had a high death toll.
Early Missionaries to the Caribbean: Living Sacrifices
This episode explores the early Adventist mission to the Caribbean.
Opening the Mission in South Africa
Mission to South Africa began with diamonds! An Adventist layman moved from the USA to southern Africa to prospect for diamonds––he shared his faith, and those he influenced appealed to the GC for missionaries.
Pioneering Mission in Zimbabwe
This episode considers the beginnings of the Adventist mission in the vast territory formerly known as Rhodesia, today's countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Continuing J. N. Andrews’ Legacy
Have you ever wondered what happened to Charles Andrews, John Andrews's son, who went with him to Switzerland in 1874?
Managing Adventist Mission Today
In this episode, hosts Dr. Sam Neves and Dr. David Trim are joined by Dr. Gary Krause, director of the Office of Adventist Mission.
The Office of Adventist Mission
Dr. Gary Krause returns as guest in this episode and explains what the Office of Adventist Mission is doing to push forward the boundaries of Adventist mission.
ATS MEMBERS ARE WRITING BOOKS
Michael W. Campbell digs into Adventist pastoral ministry and the history of nine pastors who made fascinating contributions in his book We Stand on Their Shoulders. Learn about Lulu Wightman, Marcial Serna, Eri Barr, Sarah Lindsey, Wolcott Littlejohn, Charles Kinny, Eli Miller, John Fulton, and Minnie Sype.
God With Us: An Introduction to Adventist Theology is a new release from the Biblical Research Institute. This is a book of theology—an accessible, thoughtful study of the God who is with us. And this is a book, particularly of Seventh-day Adventist theology, a system which, by its very name, expresses two of the most profound illustrations of, and yearnings for, God’s presence with us in time (the Sabbath), and in physical reality in the certainty of His soon return (the second Advent).
The book presents each element of foundational Seventh-day Adventist teaching as yet another illustration of the loving God who is truly with us in every one of those clear biblical teachings.
ATS MEMBERS ARE PODCASTING
Adventist Pilgrimage Podcast is a monthly podcast hosted by historians Greg Howell and Michael Campbell, focusing on the academic side of Adventist history. This podcast is a part of the Adventist History Project.
The Butler Letters—Michael and Greg talk about some cool letters Michael discovered in the archives that shed some more light on George I. Butler, one of the most controversial and, some would argue, misunderstood General Conference presidents in Adventist history.
Hiram Edson: The Cornfield Curmudgeon (with Dr. Brian Strayer)—Michael and Greg chat with Dr. Brian E Strayer about his latest book, a deep dive into Hiram Edson—the man who had " “the vision in the cornfield” that explained the disappointment of 1888 to (later) Seventh-day Adventists.
Brinsmead Bonanza—Michael and Greg discuss some recent re-discoveries about Robert D. Brinsmead found in one of the more unlikely places.
The Adventist History Podcast is a monthly podcast about the Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted by Matthew J. Lucio.
The Wall—Robert H. Pierson built a wall. Not a literal wall—a wall of social positions and theological interpretations. A wall to keep liberalism out and to preserve the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The wall still stands.
A Scenario of Doom—The occult was on the rise in the late 1960s, culminating in the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s. Would-be prophets and saviors emerged, claiming to explain why the world seemed to be going crazy and how the church could be saved. Some Adventists believed them. It didn't work out too well, but it became a part of why the Adventist Church is the way it is today.
Prophecy and Plagiarism, Part 1
A trio of young Adventist historians (William Peterson, Don McAdams, Ron Numbers) wanted to apply the tools of their trade to a study of Ellen White. What they discovered has changed our understanding of Ellen White.
THE ELLEN WHITE PODCAST
Ellen White and the Civil War, Part 1
Ellen G. White lived through the U.S. Civil War. Dr. Jud Lake begins a new series about what Ellen White saw during the War and how she interpreted it.
Ellen White and the Civil War, Part 2
Dr. Jud Lake continues his series about what Ellen White saw during the “War Between the States” and how she interpreted it.
Ellen White and the Civil War, Part 3
Dr. Jud Lake continues his series about what Ellen White saw during the “War Between the States” and how she interpreted it.
Ellen White and the Civil War, Part 4
Dr. Jud Lake continues his series about what Ellen White saw during the “War Between the States” and how she interpreted it.
Will Slaves go to Heaven? (EGW and the Civil War, Part 5)
Ellen G. White made a controversial statement about slaves not making it to heaven because of their masters. Dr. Jud Lake looks at that statement and explains what Ellen White meant.
Post-pandemic Pastoral Ministry - What Now? What next? with R. Clifford Jones
Revival and Reformation - Surrendering Our Ideas, with Eric Louw
A testimony of how God answered hard prayers, which led to growth and revival. A call to pray challenging prayers!
Serving God Across the Divide: A Lesson From Jeremiah, with Oliver Glanz
As Adventist educators and pastors, how can we educate across the many divides we find in our schools and congregations? Looking at Jeremiah as an example of how to serve across the divide.
Ministry and Artificial Intelligence: The New Frontier, with Eric Louw
Should we be cautious about AI? How are we already using AI, and what are some AI solutions to look for?
The Work of The Lord and The Works of The Law, with Kim Papaioannou
What is the difference between the “work of the Lord” and the “works of the Law”?
Pastoral Leadership: A Catalyst For Whole-Church Ministry, with Boubakar Sanou
What does ministry look like in the New Testament? Three ways that pastors can enable and empower their church members to become active ministers in their communities.
Learning From the Diversity of the Disciples, with S. Joseph Kidder and Tom Grove
Who were the disciples? How were they different from each other? How did this diverse group of people come to work together and love each other?
BEAST AND THE BIBLE
Beast & Bible explores the intersection of the “monstrous”, religion, and popular culture. Informed by academic thought, each episode features accessible dialogue that doesn’t fall into sensationalism, conspiracy theories, or the pitfall of becoming blind pop culture apologists. Instead, this show reveals how the study of monsters can help us become better people - maybe even better people of faith.
$6.66: The Mark of the Beast
Dr. Pierce explores perhaps the most horrific pop culture icon taken from scripture, the mysterious number 666 (aka the Mark of the Beast). Dr. Jon Paulien, renowned expert on the book of Revelation, joins the episode to help unravel this beastly number.
Panic Attack Part 1: How the Satanic Panic of the 1980s Made Us Monstrous with Joseph Laycock
Dr. Pierce speaks with expert Dr. Joseph Laycock to pull back the curtain on why there's so much panic about the satanic.
Panic Attack Part 2: How the Satanic Panic Turned Us into Monsters with Joseph Laycock
Dr. Pierce speaks with expert Dr. Joseph Laycock on how knowing the patterns of moral panics can keep us from being swept up in them.
Christ Is the Mediator of All Things, with S. Joseph Kidder and Katelyn Campbell Weakley — What is the work of mediation in the Old Testament? What is the work of mediation in the person of Jesus Christ?
Dealing With Conspiracy Theories, with Frank M. Hasel — Here are eight pointers that can help when talking with someone who believes in conspiracy theories.
Barnabas: The Son of Encouragement, Part 2, with Anthony R. Kent — What was the ministry of Barnabas, and what can we, as disciples of Jesus, learn from him?