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Hosted by pastor, author, and practical theologian Glenn Packiam, “Conversations on Hope” features brief interviews with scholars and pastors on Christian hope and how it relates to our life and work here and now.

Conversations on Hope Glenn Packiam

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Hosted by pastor, author, and practical theologian Glenn Packiam, “Conversations on Hope” features brief interviews with scholars and pastors on Christian hope and how it relates to our life and work here and now.

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 7: Becky Drake

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 7: Becky Drake

    In this episode, Glenn chats with Becky Drake about cultivating the virtue of hope in children by helping them to encounter the presence of God and to persevere through trials. Becky is a songwriter and worship leader, and works as the School Chaplain for The Blue Coat School in Birmingham, England, where she pastors children and their families. She and her husband Nick started “Worship for Everyone”, which features songs and videos for engaging all ages in worship.

    • 11 min
    Conversations on Hope, Episode 6: The Eschatology of Jurgen Moltmann and NT Wright

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 6: The Eschatology of Jurgen Moltmann and NT Wright

    In this excerpt from the webinar he did on Christian hope, Glenn Packiam shares six places of overlap with the eschatological visions of Moltmann and Wright. What we see as our future hope has major implications for how we understand the mission of the church today.

    • 11 min
    Conversations on Hope, Episode 5: The Rev'd Professor David Wilkinson

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 5: The Rev'd Professor David Wilkinson

    How does Christian hope compare with the promise of scientific progress? How might faith give us a vision of hope that is more than physical? What’s going to happen to the cosmos? In this episode, Glenn Packiam sits down with the Rev'd Professor David Wilkinson to talk about creation, the cosmos, and Christian eschatology. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an ordained Methodist minister, David is Principal of St John’s College at Durham University and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He holds PhDs in both Astrophysics and Systematic Theology, and writes and speaks around the world about science and faith. The Christian is able to give thanks for progress and the knowledge gained from science while placing her hope in a Creator and Redeemer, receiving both this creation and new creation as gift.

    • 9 min
    Conversations on Hope, Episode 4: Professor David Taylor

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 4: Professor David Taylor

    Glenn Packiam hosts a conversation with David Taylor, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. David offers a theologically comprehensive and concise definition of Christian hope, and describes how the Psalms inform our understanding of hope— particularly its relationship to lament and vengeance. As one who has written and lectured widely about the arts, David offers insight into how art ignites our imagination of and invites our participation in new creation.

    • 11 min
    Conversations on Hope, Episode 3: Pastor Rich Villodas

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 3: Pastor Rich Villodas

    Glenn Packiam hosts a conversation with Rich Villodas, the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. Rich holds a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary, and preaches and writes on contemplative spirituality, justice-related matters, and the art of preaching. His first book, The Deeply Formed Life, will be released September 15th, 2020. In this conversation, Rich talks about his vision of Christian hope and how it relates to his work on both formation and justice. Our inward formation is an expression of the healing work of Jesus, and our outward work for justice is a kind of micro-hope that gives the world a foretaste of the future. Finally, Rich describes the quality of a song of hope, and gives a surprising example.

    • 10 min
    Conversations on Hope, Episode 2: Nikki Lerner

    Conversations on Hope, Episode 2: Nikki Lerner

    Glenn Packiam chats with culture coach, speaker, artist, and author Nikki Lerner. Nikki is the host of the Culture Coach Podcast, has authored a new book entitled Life Whispers, and is also the co-author of the book Worship Together: In Your Church As In Heaven. In this episode, she shares her view of Christian hope as the fullness of the Spirit’s presence and the power of God to transform. She describes how her work of helping individuals and organizations move from monocultural to multicultural relates to hope, since multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual worship witnesses to the world to come. Finally, she describes what makes a song a song of hope.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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tgmatthews ,

Wonderful

Glenn wonderfully reminds us that Christians are people of hope. His guests are brilliant. Unique to hear such deep reflection on Christian worship and why we sing.

Glenn Packiam ,

Thoughtful conversations with leading voices

The guests range from theologians who work study dementia to artists who coach cultural shifts to pastors who speak on spiritual formation and social justice...and each conversation comes back to the vision of Christian hope. Compelling and concise!

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