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 10: Aaron Keyes, Nikki Lerner, and Jon Egan
This final episode of the series is an excerpt from the webinar that Glenn hosted called “Songs of Hope”. Glenn asks the panel how worship leading during the pandemic has changed. Aaron Keyes talks about combining the right elements of hope and lament in order to embody faithful suffering; Nikki Lerner describes the way she slows down the spaces between songs to increase engagement; and Jon Egan shares how the Holy Spirit helps us see what people on the other side of a webcast are going through and how the Psalms help us give people language for their experience.
Conversations on Hope, Episode 9: Professor Jeremy Begbie
In this episode of Conversations on Hope, I sit down with Professor Jeremy Begbie to talk about hope, music, emotions, and worship. Begbie is the Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, where he directs Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. His primary research interest is the correlation between theology and the arts, in particular the interplay between music and theology. he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. In our conversation, Begbie proposes that emotions have to rightly directed and appropriately proportionate. Music has the power to evoke emotions, a power that must be stewarded well but not feared or avoided. Words, however, are needed to aim and direct our affections. Finally, we discussed how musicians and worship leaders keep our hearts fresh in worship.
Conversations on Hope, Episode 8: David Bailey
How does Christian hope inform our creative work for reconciliation and justice? In this episode, I chat with David Bailey, the Founder and Executive Director of Arrabon, an organization that builds reconciling communities in the midst of a digital, diverse and divided world. David describes his work as helping people who understand that there is a problem with racial justice in America figure out what to do about it. We talked about how we reduce the problem to fit a small theology, how innovation for the Christian is about living from the future rather than imitating the world, and how we can be angry without becoming bitter. In a key part of the interview, David outlined the key components of becoming a reconciling community and not simply a diverse community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!