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Dr. Timothy C. Tennent: Foundations of the Christian Faith
Today on the podcast, I welcomed Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, back to the podcast for the third time. So grateful that he could join us today to talk about his new book Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Resource for Catechesis and Disciple-Making. In addition to his book, we talk a little bit about his own faith story, how he was discipled, why discipleship is so important for us as individuals and to the church today, and how we can incorporate these practices into our minds, hearts, and the way we live.
If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll be sure pick up a copy of Foundations of the Christian Faith. It’s available on Amazon or Seedbed.com. So now let’s listen to my conversation with Dr. Timothy Tennent!
Dr. Alan Meenan: The Word Is Out
Today on the podcast, I got to talk to Dr. Alan Meenan, founder and president of The Word Is Out. He is the author of numerous articles, books and study guides. He teaches extensively throughout Asia, Africa and America. Besides being born in Belfast Northern Ireland, he has lived in Scotland and East Africa and the U.S. He has served the Church in the United States for more than 40 years, in Virginia, Texas and California – most notably as Senior Pastor of the famed Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.
Dr. Meenan holds five academic degrees from the Queen’s University of Belfast (B.A. Hons), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div. & Th.M.) and a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University. In today’s conversation, we, of course, talk about how he came to know Jesus, his call to ministry, how he came to the Seminary, his work as a pastor, and how The Word Is Out came to be.
Dr. Michael Matlock: Building Loving, Healthy Lives and Marriages
Dr. Michael Matlock joined the podcast today. The Rev’d Prof. Michael Matlock is Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies, Old Testament, & Early Judaism & Co-director of Anglican Studies and Formation at Asbury Seminary.
Prof. Matlock has served in the School of Biblical Interpretation since 1998, as the department chair of Inductive Biblical Studies since 2013, and as co-director of Anglican Studies and Formation since 2019. He understands his calling to be a beloved son and servant of Jesus, unconditional lover of Robin, loving encourager of his children, and to teach Scripture for the sake of God’s church and world. Outside of teaching biblical studies, he teaches the Anglican history and polity course. His books include "Discovering the Traditions of Prose Prayers in Early Jewish Literature" (T&T Clark) and a devotional commentary on Daniel 1-6 (Seedbed). He is currently writing a two-volume commentary on the Greek text of 1 and 2 Chronicles and the Prayer of Manasseh for the Septuagint Commentary Series (Brill Publishers).
He and his wife Robin have been married for more than 30 years and have three insightful, resourceful children.
In today’s conversation, we talk about Dr. Matlock’s calling to ministry and how that unfolded, what he knows about calling now that he didn’t then, marriage and a little bit about his work here at Asbury Seminary. You won’t want to miss this delightful conversation.
Bishops Linda Adams & Keith Cowart: Free Methodist Church, USA
Today on the podcast, I got to talk to Bishop Keith Cowart and Bishop Linda Adams. Both are bishops of the Free Methodist Church USA. Both oversee portions of the US with Bishop Cowart overseeing Europe and the Middle East, while Bishop Adams oversees the northern US and Latin America.
Bishop Cowart is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and Asbury Seminary for the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees. He and his wife Pam, who is also a graduate of the Seminary, have two adult sons. In 1997 Keith planted Christ Community Church in Columbus, Georgia, where he served for 21 years as lead pastor. Christ Community planted or played a major role in planting four other churches and sent out more than 35 men and women to serve as pastors, parachurch ministry directors, military chaplains and missionaries around the world.
Bishop Linda Adams is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and Asbury Seminary for the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees. She has enjoyed serving in three pastoral appointments in Spring Arbor, Michigan; St. Charles, Illinois; and as lead pastor of New Hope Church in Rochester, New York. During her ten years at New Hope, the church incorporated more than 30 refugees from Central Africa into the congregation, opening her eyes to the reality of global poverty and the migration of people because of war and ethnic strife. For 11 years, she then served as director of International Child Care Ministries, a vibrant global Free Methodist movement in 33 countries. Linda and her husband John have been married for nearly 45 years.
Both Bishop Keith and Bishop Linda were elected as bishops of the Free Methodist Church USA in 2019. In today’s conversation, we talk about their calling, their time at Asbury Seminary, how God led them on their journey to bishop, and a little bit about what the future of the Free Methodist Church looks like.
Tish Harrison Warren: Prayer in the Night
Today on the podcast, I had the real privilege of getting to talk to Tish Harrison Warren. She’s a priest in the Anglican Church in North America as well as an author. She’s written Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which won Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year and Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep, which won Christianity Today’s 2022 Book of the Year. And releasing May 31 of this year, she has written Little Prayers for Ordinary Days. In addition to all of that she currently writes a weekly newsletter for The New York Times, which you should subscribe to, and she is a columnist for Christianity Today. Her articles and essays have appeared in Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
For over a decade, Tish has worked in ministry settings as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, and with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations. Now, Tish serves as Writer in Residence at Resurrection South Austin. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in the Austin, Texas area.
In today’s conversation, we talk about all the things. We talk about her books Liturgy for the Ordinary, Prayer in the Night and her new release, Little Prayers for Ordinary Days. We talk about her faith journey, the liturgies that form our daily lives, and finding God in the suffering—the importance of liturgical prayer to give us words when we don’t have the words. We also talk about how we can take God off trial and rest in his goodness, love and mercy in the midst of difficult and sad seasons through the hope of the resurrection.
And now let’s listen to my conversation with Tish!
Major Andrew Murray: Finding God in Every Season
Today on the podcast, I got to talk to Major Andrew Murray, current Asbury Seminary student and officer in the Salvation Army. Andrew has been a Salvation Army pastor since ordination in 1985. For 37 years, he has served as a congregational pastor both in the US and in Southern Africa. He started a Masters in Pastoral Counseling at Asbury Seminary in the Fall of 2019 when his wife had major spine surgery, and he took a year of medical sabbatical to help her. He found the classes at Asbury Seminary to be a form of self-care, family, and distraction.
In today’s conversation, we talk about his calling to the Salvation Army, his current role and how he is finding God in the midst of this season. Let’s listen!
Please do a show on Predestination and Wesleyan Arminian Theology?
This is not really a review as much as a request. Could you please do a show on Predestination and Wesleyan Arminian Theology?
Thankful for the way this podcast allows a new student to get to know more about Asbury leadership! Great conversations. 😊
Loved the conversation and the opportunity to hear from Dr. Tennent on what it means to attempt something big for God, not in our own strength, but in His. Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait for the next episode!!