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As president and ambassador of Fuller Theological Seminary, Mark Labberton takes the occasion of his travels to speak with a broad spectrum of leaders on issues at the heart of the seminary’s mission.
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82 - Alexia Salvatierra on Integral Mission
Alexia Salvatierra, assistant professor of integral mission and global transformation, shares about her personal journey of faith, the centrality of justice to the gospel, and the importance of holistic mission to contemporary theological education. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Sep 22, 2020
81 - David Swanson on Race and Discipleship
David Swanson, pastor of New Community Covenant Church, considers racial reconciliation not as an optional ministry of the church but as a central part of the church’s identity—one which must be shaped over time by intentional discipleship. He is the author of Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity (IVP 2020), discussed in this episode. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Sep 8, 2020
80 - Phil Armstrong on the Tulsa Race Massacre
Phil Armstrong, project manager of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, speaks about the Tulsa Massacre—its historical context, the trauma and silencing that followed, and the current work of commemoration and education being done surrounding it. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Aug 25, 2020
79 - Robert Chao Romero on the Brown Church
Robert Chao Romero, professor of Chicana/o studies and Asian American studies at UCLA, shares about the long history of the Latina/o church and the necessity of a holistic gospel, which prioritizes both evangelism and social justice. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Aug 11, 2020
78 - Broderick Leaks on Mental Health on the College Campus
Broderick Leaks (PhD ’19), director of counseling and mental health at USC Student Health, describes the increasing mental health needs of emerging adults and the work of providing them meaningful support in the university context. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jul 28, 2020
77 - Brenda Salter McNeil on Reconciliation
Brenda Salter McNeil, speaker, author, and professor, talks about the long work of reconciliation, the need to speak truth, and the ongoing process of repentance, forgiveness, and justice guided by God’s Spirit. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Jul 14, 2020
76 - Jennifer Wiseman on Astronomy
Jennifer Wiseman, astrophysicist and astronomer, delves into the complexity and beauty of the universe and explains how being scientifically informed relates to the flourishing and improvement of life. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 30, 2020
75 - Walter Brueggemann on Reading the Old Testament
Walter Brueggemann, renowned author and Old Testament scholar, speaks about engaging the Biblical text with an artistic interpretive lens that resists universal generalizations, then participates in a Q&A with the Fuller community. This audio was recorded during the 2015 Fuller Forum. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
1 hr 13 min
Jun 23, 2020
74 - Kerry Morrison on Homelessness and Mental Health
Kerry Morrison, program director for Heart Forward LA, shares about her work on mental health with the homeless communities in LA and for her innovative and experimental approaches to taking on the broken systems. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 19, 2020
73 - Vince Bantu on African American Identity and the Church
Vince Bantu, assistant professor of church history and Black Church studies, talks about the varied dynamics and histories of African American communities around the United States, Black experience in the American church, and his own journey of reclaiming identity through African history and Christianity. (As Dr. Labberton and Dr. Bantu speak briefly about Juneteenth, FULLER studio has chosen to release this episode outside of its regular schedule, for this very significant day.) For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 9, 2020
72 - Cedric Williams on Meaning-Making
Cedric Williams (PhD ’19), founder and CEO of Legacy Consulting & Research Group, talks about his layered experiences of the military, ministry, and psychology, and about his current work of walking alongside others in the process of meaning-making. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 2, 2020
71 - Andre Henry on Systemic Racism
Andre Henry (MAT ’16), writer, singer-songwriter, and activist, shares his personal journey of learning about systemic racism and explains the active and prophetic work he’s taken up against it. This conversation was recorded on May 7, 2020. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
May 29, 2020
70 - Dwight Radcliff on Black Pain
Dwight Radcliff, assistant provost for the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, speaks about the systems of oppression and generational trauma that plague Black communities and challenges the church to own a theology that responds rightly to suffering rather than dismissing it. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
May 26, 2020
69 - Tony Amoury Alkhoury on Anxiety
Tony Amoury Alkhoury, PhD student in practical theology, shares about his experience of growing up with anxiety and what he’s learned about living in the tension between fear and the reality of God’s presence. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
May 12, 2020
68 - Greg Cootsona on Faith and Science
Greg Cootsona, author, co-director of Science for the Church, and lecturer in religious studies and humanities at CSU Chico, discusses the relationship between faith and science and explores how a church’s approach to science shapes its work and witness. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Apr 21, 2020
67 - Scott Derrickson on Fear
Scott Derrickson, director and screenwriter of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Doctor Strange, reflects on his journey as a filmmaker, the value of the horror genre, and the significance of reckoning with our fears. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Apr 7, 2020
66 - Andy Crouch on Trust in a Time of Change
Andy Crouch, author and Fuller trustee, discusses the dramatic changes the world is undergoing during this time of pandemic, focusing on how communities of trust help us navigate grief and the reconfiguration of our lives. The article mentioned in this episode can be read here. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Apr 7, 2020
65 - Daniel D. Lee on Anti-Asian American Racism
Daniel D. Lee, assistant provost for the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry, speaks about the history of racism against Asian Americans and the racism Asian American communities are currently experiencing during this ongoing pandemic. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Apr 7, 2020
64 - Beth Moore on Growth
Beth Moore, author, speaker, and founder of Living Proof Ministries, considers the biblical imagery of the vineyard and what it can teach us about how we grow over time and through seasons of change and trial. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Mar 24, 2020
63 - Andrew Root on Belief in a Secular Age
Andrew Root, professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, talks about what ministry, worship, and encountering transcendence looks like in contemporary secular contexts. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Mar 3, 2020
62 - Peter Wehner on Politics
Peter Wehner, author and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, discusses the intersections of faith and politics and considers how to pursue truth and justice in a broken and divided world. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Feb 25, 2020
61 - Sonja Dawson on Justice
Sonja Dawson, head pastor of New Mt. Calvary Church, shares about her experiences doing restorative justice work—both during her years as a prosecutor and during her present calling as a pastor. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Feb 11, 2020
60 - Bobette Buster on Story and Sound
Bobette Buster, writer and producer, who has consulted for Disney, Pixar, and Sony, among other major studios, discusses sound design in the film industry and the powerful role sound plays in storytelling. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jan 28, 2020
59 - Mary Glenn on Grief
Mary Glenn, affiliate professor with the School of Intercultural Studies, discusses her work as a law enforcement chaplain, her non-profit, Cities Together, and how she helps individuals process grief. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jan 14, 2020
58 - Keri Tombazian on Finding Her Voice
Keri Tombazian, actress, producer, and voice actress, discusses the journey of her famed career and how she ultimately found her voice.
Dec 10, 2019
57 - Norma Ramírez, Lisseth Rojas-Flores, and Sonia Luginbuhl on DACA
Norma Ramírez, with Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores and Pastor Sonia Luginbuhl, talks about growing up undocumented and about her experience as a Fuller PhD student under the DACA policy (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
1 hr 9 min
Nov 12, 2019
56 - Pamela Ebstyne King on Thriving
Pamela Ebstyne King, Peter L. Benson Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Science, discusses how community and purpose contribute to human development and flourishing. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Oct 22, 2019
55 - Nick Vujicic on Faith
Nick Vujicic, evangelist and author, speaks about his life without limbs, his early struggles of finding hope in God, and his understanding of faith and ministry today. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Oct 8, 2019
54 - Justin Fung and Delonte Gholston on Pastoring and Peacemaking
Pastors Delonte Gholston (MDiv ’15) and Justin Fung (DMin ’19) speak about pastoring in Washington DC and on peacemaking amid the realities of sociopolitical violence. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Sep 24, 2019
53 - Phil Chen on Technology
Phil Chen, decentralized chief officer at HTC, explores the intersections of theology and emerging digital technology—covering topics like cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and data privacy. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Sep 10, 2019
52 - Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson on Justice
Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson, coauthors of The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance, talk about living a sustainable life of working toward justice over the long term. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Aug 13, 2019
51 - Jemar Tisby on Race and the American Church
Jemar Tisby, author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, discusses the history of racial inequality in the United States and in the American church. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jul 9, 2019
50 - Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick on Race
Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick, coauthors of Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time, discuss issues of race and the practices of empathy, humility, and leaving one’s comfort zone. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
1 hr 3 min
Jun 25, 2019
49 - Tony Hale on the Creative Life and Process
Tony Hale, Emmy Award-winning actor, chats about his career in the entertainment industry and how the creative process shapes his understanding of humanity and identity. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 11, 2019
48 - Roy Goble on Wisdom
Roy Goble, author of Junkyard Wisdom and Salvaged, talks about learning from failure, measuring success, and engaging with the gospel in the wider world. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
May 28, 2019
47 - Fuller's Chapel Team on Worship
Director of chapel Julie Tai and chapel assistants January Lim and Aaron Dorsey discuss the planning process for chapel services and the significance of diverse representation in worship. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
1 hr 8 min
May 14, 2019
46 - David Bailey on Reconciliation
David Bailey, founder and executive director of Arrabon, shares about his work in racial reconciliation and the need for the church to repair society’s broken systems. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Apr 16, 2019
45 - Nancy Ortberg on Leadership
Nancy Ortberg, CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ, talks about courage in leadership and the church’s need to stay engaged in the difficult conversations For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Apr 2, 2019
44 - David Brooks on Community and Commitment
David Brooks, cultural commentator and columnist for The New York Times, discusses social transformation and the power of commitment in forming communities. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Mar 26, 2019
43 - John K. Chan on Architecture
John K. Chan, founder of Formation Association and lead architect of Fuller’s new campus, explains how buildings influence and activate the community around them. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Mar 12, 2019
42 - Kara Powell and Steve Argue on Parenting
Fuller Youth Institute’s Kara Powell and Steve Argue discuss the role of empathy in parenting and the ever-shifting challenges facing young adults in today’s culture Download a free chapter of Kara Powell and Steve Argue’s new book, Growing With.
Feb 25, 2019
41 - Andy Bales on Homelessness
Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission, reflects on homeless advocacy, what led him to his current work, and serving people living on Skid Row at great personal cost. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
1 hr 1 min
Feb 12, 2019
40 - Gregory Boyle on Kinship
Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit and beloved founder of Homeboy Industries, reflects on the roles of compassion and relationship in ministry, decades of working with the poor and marginalized of Los Angeles, and widening a circle of compassion beyond the barriers we place between one another. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jan 22, 2019
39 - Audrey Denney on Politics
Caption: Audrey Denney, a 2018 candidate for California's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House, reflects on what led her to become a congressional candidate, the impact of women activists, encountering defeat, and grappling with the Paradise, CA fires. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jan 8, 2019
38 - Mitali Perkins on Justice and Literature
Mitali Perkins, celebrated children’s author, reflects on her childhood in India, studying political science and public policy, and transitioning to writing stories about characters who navigate cultural difference. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Dec 18, 2018
37 - John Ortberg on Discipleship
John Ortberg, senior pastor at Menlo Church and Fuller trustee, reflects on his own vocation as a preacher and writer, how practices of discipleship transform the human person, and what leading a church in Silicon Valley has taught him about the future of churches in the United States. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Nov 6, 2018
36 - Beth Moore on Women in Leadership and Misogyny
Beth Moore reflects on her journey as a woman in ministry, how she developed an authentic style of teaching that ministers to thousands of women, and her battle against misogyny in the church. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Oct 23, 2018
35 - Lauralee Farrer on Storytelling and Filmmaking
Lauralee Farrer, Fuller's Chief Storyteller and Vice President of Communications, discusses her life as a storyteller and independent filmmaker, her role in starting FULLER studio, and how she helps shape the way Fuller shares its stories across the world. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Oct 9, 2018
34 - Ben Houltberg on Sports
Ben Houltberg, associate professor of human development, reflects on working with elite athletes, performance-based identity, and the role of community in sports. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Sep 25, 2018
33 - John Perkins on Friendship
Civil rights activist John M. Perkins reflects on his storied life, friendship and justice, and the role of passion to shape our lives together. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Sep 11, 2018
32 - Parker Palmer on Contemplation
Parker Palmer, celebrated Quaker author and speaker, reflects on a contemplative approach to life, the value of failure, and the difficult work of weaving together words and action. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Aug 14, 2018
31 - Dave Gibbons on the Changing Church
Dave Gibbons, pastor of the Newsong global alliance of churches, reflects on disruption, risk, and the cultivating an imagination for the future of the church. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jul 10, 2018
30 - Rich Stearns on Faithful Philanthropy
Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., reflects on international development, insights from his leadership, and the whole gospel. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 1, 2018
28 - Shirley Hoogstra on Faith and Learning
Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, reflects on the complex social and political pressures on Christian higher education and considers why holistic Christian formation is “one of the best avenues to create a deep soul.” For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 1, 2018
29 - Tim Breene on Global Ministry
Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief, reflects on humanitarian aid, empowering the local church to serve, and the “obedient improvisation” of navigating complex sociopolitical layers to serve those in need. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
May 22, 2018
27 - Rowan Williams on Navigating Faith and Politics
Right Reverend Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, reflects with President Mark Labberton on a wide variety of pressing topics: his own journey to the Church of England, negotiating power in the global church, and the spiritual disciplines that ground him in the midst of political and religious cross-pressures. The Right Reverend Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian, and poet. Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England, offices he held from 2002 to 2012. He was previously the Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales, making him the first Archbishop of Canterbury in modern times not to be appointed from within the Church of England. His principal responsibilities as Archbishop were pastoral—leading the life and witness of the Church of England in general and his own diocese in particular by his teaching and oversight, and promoting and guiding the…
May 8, 2018
26 - Brad Brisco and Lance Ford on a Theology of Place
Brad Brisco, director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board, and Lance Ford, co-founder of the Sentralized Conference in Kansas City, reflect together on a theology of place and rediscovering what missionary work looks like in a local context. Learn more about studying church planting: https://www.fuller.edu/academics/areas-of-interest/church-planting/ For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Apr 24, 2018
25 - Paul Schrader on Film
Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader reflects on his Christian upbringing and how the unique language of film—especially the transcendental style—helps him explore religious questions. Paul Schrader is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, and film critic. He wrote or cowrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing Out the Dead (1999). Schrader has also directed 18 feature films. Explore more on the intersection of faith and film through the Brehm Center's Reel Spirituality initiative: http://www.brehmcenter.com/initiatives/reelspirituality/ For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Apr 10, 2018
24 - Tara Beth Leach on Women in Ministry
Tara Beth Leach, senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, reflects on the complexities of preaching, female leadership, and how she finds comfort in Christ's treatment of the outsider. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Mar 27, 2018
23 - Cameron Lee on Relationships
Cameron Lee, professor of marriage and family studies, reflects on relationships through the lens of romance culture, the complexities of social media, community and peacemaking. Cameron Lee was the keynote lecturer at the 2018 Integration Symposium, ”Integration and Integrity: The Christian Therapist as Peacemaker.“ Learn more here: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/fuller-dialogues-therapy-as-peacemaking For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Mar 5, 2018
22 - Kate Bowler on Suffering
Kate Bowler, assistant professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School, reflects on her research on the prosperity gospel, her recent stage IV cancer diagnosis, and her desire for authentic faith in the midst of suffering. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Feb 27, 2018
21 - Gary Haugen on Working with the Poor
Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), reflects on his work in Rwanda, the beginnings of IJM, and the ways Christian spiritual formation naturally leads to working on behalf of the suffering and poor. Note: This conversation contains explicit descriptions of sexual and physical violence that may not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Feb 13, 2018
20 - Michael McBride on Discipleship
Michael McBride, pastor of the Way Christian Center in Berkeley, California, and national director for Urban Strategies at the PICO National Network, reflects on faithful discipleship in the context of racialized violence, economic exploitation, and white supremacy. For more resources on a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Jan 23, 2018
19 - Pete Docter on Storytelling
Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of the animated films Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out, speaks with Mark Labberton about creating stories in community, the creative process, and more. For more on voices on faith and film, including an earlier interview with Pete Docter here: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/faith-film/ For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Jan 9, 2018
18 - Dave Eubank on War Zone Ministry
David Eubank (MDiv ’95), director and founder of Free Burma Rangers, shares stories from his years of ministry in war zones in Burma and Mosul, reflects on being “an ambassador for Jesus” while fighting ISIS soldiers, discusses the ways violent contexts have shaped the way he prays, and more. The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multiethnic humanitarian service movement working to bring help, hope, and love to people in the conflict zones of Burma, Iraq, and Sudan. Working in conjunction with local ethnic pro-democracy groups, FBR trains, supplies, and later coordinates with what become highly mobile multipurpose relief teams. After training, these teams provide critical emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing, and human rights documentation in their home regions. Note: This conversation contains explicit descriptions of warfare and violence that may not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, vi…
1 hr 8 min
Dec 12, 2017
17 - Camille Wooden and Len Tang on Church Planting
Camille Wooden, senior pastor of Abundant Life Covenant Bible Church, and Len Tang, director of Fuller Seminary’s Church Planting Program, reflect with President Mark Labberton on unlearning church, committing to neighborhoods, and the challenges of church planters. Camille Wooden planted Abundant Life Covenant Bible Church in Pasadena, California, in 2003. She also serves as the chaplain of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks. Len Tang is the director of church planting in Fuller Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies (SIS), which offers courses and a certificate in church planting. SIS was originally founded to proclaim the gospel through training cross-cultural missionaries, then later through equipping pastors at its Institute of Church Growth, and now trains church planters to reach an increasingly post-Christian culture. Learn more about studying church planting at Fuller: http://fuller.edu/church-planting/ For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu…
Nov 14, 2017
16 - Zac Niringiye on Justice
The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye, a theologian and activist, explores the gospel, justice, and his formative experiences as a Ugandan bishop. The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye is a theologian, pastor, Bible teacher, organizational development consultant, and a peace and social justice activist. He took an early retirement from his work as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala in 2012 to focus on the work of peace and social-political justice in Uganda. He is now a Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uganda Christian University, leading a project on Religion, Culture, and Public Life. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Oct 10, 2017
15 - Alan Hirsch on Rediscovering Holistic Ministry
Alan Hirsch, celebrated author and missiologist, reflects on his conversion, Christian ministry, and spiritual gifts that can revitalize the church. Using Ephesians 4 as an interpretive lens, he sees ministry practices embedded in God’s created order and considers methods that can help churches “extend the logic and impact of Jesus ministry” in their own communities. As founder of 5Q Collective, Alan Hirsch writes and teaches on vital ministry practices through the lens of Ephesians 4. The 5Q Collective develops resources to activate the “latent capacities” of the body of Christ and “extend the logic and impact of Jesus' ministry.” He teaches regularly at Asbury Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and George Fox Seminary, and Wheaton College where he is co-founder and associate faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Sep 12, 2017
14 - Bill Hwang on the communal reading of scripture
Bill Hwang, founder and chief executive officer at Archegos Capital Management and Fuller trustee, reflects on a career in Wall Street, how difficulties in his work strengthened his faith, and the value of the communal reading of scripture—a practiced-based movement to nourish Christians through community, food, and listening to Scripture together. As founder and CEO of Achegos, Bill Hwang oversees investments from around the world. He is cofounder of the Grace and Mercy Foundation, and as a Fuller trustee, he has partnered with Fuller to bring the Communal Reading of Scripture project to a global audience. To get involved with the Communal Reading of Scripture project, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Aug 8, 2017
13 - Jacquelline Fuller on humble philanthropy
Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org, considers the complex intersections of public policy, technology, and philanthropy. She and Dr. Labberton discuss her previous work at the Gates Foundation, global health initiatives, and fostering a generous office culture. As president of Google.org and vice president at Google, Jacquelline Fuller manages over $150 million given annually to nonprofits and initiatives around the globe. With a background in public policy and American corporate culture, Fuller helps foster meaningful work through giving. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jul 11, 2017
12 - Russell Moore on courage
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, reflects with Mark Labberton on the impact of the civil rights movement, the need for a new moral imagination in American Christianity, and more. As a public theologian, Russell Moore speaks and writes widely on the intersections of evangelical faith, politics, and social issues. Prior to serving as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, he was the dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Moore also discusses Carl F. Henry, an important voice in early American evangelicalism and one of the founding members of Fuller Theological Seminary. For more on the beginnings of Fuller Seminary, visit here: http://fuller.edu/about/history-and-facts/our-history/ For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio.
Jun 13, 2017
11 - J. Kameron Carter on black poetics
In this episode of “Conversing,” theologian and writer J. Kameron Carter discusses the complex interplay between racial logic and theology. He examines beliefs about possessions, the language of “master” and “lord” in scripture, and the “alternative practices of the sacred” within black Christian communities. Read more about the ongoing work of reconciling race: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/tag/reconciling-race/ Carter is the associate professor of theology, English, and African American Studies at Duke Divinity School and the author of “Race: A Theological Account.” He writes and lectures widely on theology, race, and black studies. Hear him speak at the Pannell Center’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Lectures here: https://soundcloud.com/fullerstudio/sets/pannell-lectures “Conversing” is a podcast series produced by FULLER studio in which Dr. Labberton interviews leaders on the intersection of theology and culture. Mark Labberton has served as Fuller Se…
May 9, 2017
10 - Dave Evans on designing a life of faith
In this episode of “Conversing,” author and teacher Dave Evans applies the discipline of design to the search for a meaningful life. He and Dr. Labberton consider the “collaborative process” of following God’s will, the role of humility in solving problems, and practical tools for anyone reflecting on their own vocation. Read more articles on vocation at https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/voices-on-vocation/ Evans is an adjunct lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford University, a management consultant, and cofounder of Electronic Arts. A coauthor of the book “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life,” he writes and lectures widely on design principles and vocation. “Conversing” is a podcast series produced by FULLER studio in which Dr. Labberton interviews leaders on the intersection of theology and culture. Mark Labberton has served as Fuller Seminary’s fifth president since 2013. His experience includes 30 years of pastoral ministry,…
Apr 11, 2017
9 - Albert Tate on pastoral authenticity
In this episode of “Conversing,” pastor Albert Tate reflects on navigating the complexities of pastoral ministry. He and Dr. Labberton discuss personality-driven preaching, supporting younger voices in the pulpit, humility, an unexpected lesson from Pope Francis, and more. Read more articles on preaching at https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/tag/preaching/. Albert Tate is the founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Monrovia, a multiethnic intergenerational church in Monrovia, California. He speaks widely on diversity in the church, intergenerational ministry, and more, and he serves on the Board of Trustees at Fuller Youth Institute. “Conversing” is a podcast series produced by FULLER studio in which Dr. Labberton interviews leaders on the intersection of theology and culture. Mark Labberton has served as Fuller Seminary’s fifth president since 2013. His experience includes 30 years of pastoral ministry, 16 of those as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Cali…
Mar 28, 2017
8 - Mimi Haddad on gender equality
In this episode of “Conversing,” Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, discusses gender equality and women in leadership. She reflects with Dr. Labberton on the complex relationship between theology and real-life injustice, the social and economic benefits of women in leadership, and the pressing task of “dismantling theological patriarchy” in the church. Mimi Haddad is the president of Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) and an adjunct professor of historical theology at Fuller Seminary. She is the author of “Global Voices on Biblical Equality: Women and Men Ministering Together in the Church,” and she has been a leading advocate for women in leadership at Evangelicals for Justice, the Evangelical Theology Society, the Lausanne Conference, and more. Read CBE’s summary of biblical equality here: https://issuu.com/mutualitymag/docs/position_booklet_web Dr. Haddad mentions Fuller professor Marianne Meye Thompson’s recent lifetime achievement aw…
Mar 7, 2017
7 - Jeanelle Austin and Lindsey Wright on gender bias
President Mark Labberton interviews Jeanelle Austin (MDiv ’13) and Lindsey Wright (MAT ’12) on implicit bias, gender dynamics in the church and workplace, and their hopes for the future. Read more on Fuller’s commitment to women in ministry and leadership: http://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/fuller-the-bible-and-women/ Jeanelle Austin works for Fuller’s Pannell Center for African American Church Studies as operations director. A poet and natural leader, she often shares spoken word in All-Seminary Chapel to inspire the Fuller community to pursue gospel-centered justice. Learn more about the Pannell Center here: http://fuller.edu/pannell-center/ Lindsey Wright works for Fuller’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts as administrative assistant. She is passionate about literature and writes about the intersection of the body, food, and spirit. Learn more about the Brehm Center here: http://fuller.edu/Brehm-Center-for-Worship-Theology-and-the-Arts/ “Conversing” is…
Feb 14, 2017
6 - Willie James Jennings on race
In this episode of “Conversing,” systematic theologian Willie Jennings (MDiv ’87) expands and deepens the conversation around racism and the church. He shares with Dr. Labberton how his parents taught him to stay rooted in the earth, his early frustrations with the “deep contradiction of racism” in the American church, and the complex connections between race and a theology of place. Read theological reflections on the topic of reconciling race here: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/reconciling-race/ Dr. Jennings is associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School and a well-respected lecturer and writer on the topic of race and theology. His book “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race” (Yale, 2010) has received numerous awards, including the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence. Read his article on the contours of an evangelical intellectual imagination here: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/the-full…
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Jan 10, 2017
5 - Wayne Gordon on community
Wayne L. Gordon reflects with Dr. Labberton on his life as a pastor and founding president of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). He traces the history of the organization and his long-lasting friendship with John Perkins, and he suggests steps for cultivating “a faith that leads into engagement” and a congregation that weaves into the lives of its local community. Hear a variety of voices from Fuller Seminary on the topic of “The City” here: http://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/voices-on-the-city/ Affectionately called “Coach” by those who know him, Wayne L. Gordon is the founding pastor of the Lawndale Community Church in Chicago and the president emeritus of CCDA, a network of individuals and ministries nationwide who engage in Christian community development efforts. Through conferences, speaking engagements, pastoring, and teaching, Coach has worked for decades to help Christians integrate evangelical faith with social justice. Read more about politics,…
Dec 13, 2016
4 - John M. Perkins on legacy
After decades of ministry, John M. Perkins reflects on his legacy with Mark Labberton at the Christian Community Development Association conference. A steadfast leader in the integration of Christian faith and civil rights, Perkins draws on his memories to reflect on the deeper problems behind racism, justice, the redemptive quality of pain and his desire for the church to recover a gospel with “fresh relevance for our days.” For more on the the topic of reconciling race, visit https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/reconciling-race. John M. Perkins is a passionate civil rights advocate, community organizer, and founder of the Christian Community Development Association. For decades, Perkins has worked tirelessly to address civil rights, racism, justice, and more—all through the lens of his evangelical faith. His life’s work is an inspiration to many, including faculty and staff at Fuller as the school continues to wrestle with difficult topics of race and justice. To hear community…
Nov 15, 2016
3 - Krista Tippett on wisdom
What is the role of wisdom in our shared public spaces? Listen as Mark Labberton interviews Krista Tippett, the award-winning radio host and founder of “On Being,” on the importance of embodiment, insights from her decades of conversations with religious and cultural leaders, and more. For more on spiritual formation and wisdom visit https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/spiritual-formation/. Krista Tippett is the founder of the Peabody Award-winning public radio broadcast and podcast “On Being,” an interview program on “the big questions of meaning” with leaders in a variety of fields. She speaks and writes widely on the intersection of religious and moral questions in public life and has received a National Humanities Medal for her work. Learn more about “On Being” at http://www.onbeing.org. “Conversing” is a podcast series produced by FULLER studio in which Dr. Labberton interviews leaders on the intersection of theology and culture. Mark Labberton has served as Fu…
Oct 17, 2016
2 - Bacote and Mouw on virtues of political leadership
Today’s complex political climate is an opportunity to reflect on what a distinctly Christian approach to political leadership could look like, says Vincent Bacote. Dr. Bacote reflects with Drs. Labberton and Mouw on the virtue of moral impatience, the importance of active—and hopeful—participation in society, and the opportunity to reimagine what Christian political engagement looks like post-election. For more on political civility, visit https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/political-civility/ Vincent Bacote is the director of the Center of Applied Christian Ethics and associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. He has written and spoken on topics of Christian ethics, race, and social issues for Fuller in a variety of forms including a lecture at the 40th anniversary of the Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. Watch the lecture and more from the Pannell Center here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47XaAkO6rV8 Richard Mouw was Fuller’s fourth president and…
Oct 8, 2016
1 - Richard Mouw on political civility
How can Christians with differing political commitments discuss their views with grace? What is Christlike political engagement? Reflect on these questions and more as Fuller President Mark Labberton interviews President Emeritus Richard Mouw on the topic of political civility. For a reflection on the politics of the church, visit https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/politics-church-world/. Richard Mouw was Fuller’s fourth president and now serves as Professor of Faith and Public Life at the school. For years, Dr. Mouw has lectured widely on the subject of “convicted civility,” a method of political engagement that creates space for both convictions and generosity. He has written extensively on political engagement, and he continues to shape and inform Fuller’s voice within the political sphere. Read more of his reflections here: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/contributor/richard-j-mouw/. “Conversing” is a podcast series produced by FULLER studio in which Dr. Labberton interv…