“Faith in the Folds” is a podcast for ministry, biblical studies, and Christian living.
Apocalypse, Authority, and Allegiance with Alan Howell and Garrett Best
Today I sat down with two friends to discuss an interesting article they co-authored earlier this year. Garrett Best is a friend of the podcast and joins us again today. I really appreciated talking with him in June of 2021 about the book of Revelation, a book which simultaneously fascinates and disturbs many. He helped us demystify Revelation a little bit as we talked about the seven letters, the number 666, and other things: go check it out—Faith in the Folds episode 19. Joining me and Garrett today is the primary author of the article which we’ll talk about today, Alan Howell. Alan and I have known each other for almost two decades now as my home congregation sponsored the Howells’ mission work in Mozambique—something we’ll hear more about later. The article they wrote together is entitled “Apocalypse, Authority, and Allegiance: Interpreting Symbols and Revelation in Mozambique.” Doing missions in foreign countries involves interpreting social, cultural, and political symbols, much like the process of interpreting scripture. I hope you enjoy the conversation I had with Alan and Garrett as we look at some real world examples of how even something as strange as Revelation can come alive in ways we didn’t expect. Around 51:49, Alan mentions a song the Mozambican churches would sing. You can find an older clip of that song here: http://howellsinmoz.blogspot.com/2015/03/and-then-they-sang-proudly-jesus-is-our.htmlAccess to Alan’s and Garrett’s article can be found here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/02653788211005813?journalCode=trna The Howells featured their blog here, which was last updated near the end of their tenure in Mozambique: http://howellsinmoz.blogspot.com The Howells were featured several years ago in these publications as well: Harding University’s The Bison: https://thelink.harding.edu/the-bison/2015/09/10/visiting-from-mozambique/The Christian Chronicle: https://christianchronicle.org/after-armed-home-invasion-missionaries-overwhelmed-with-support-from-african-community/
12 Guidelines for Social Media with John Mark Hicks
Today I sat down with John Mark Hicks, professor of theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I first encountered John Mark almost twenty years ago through his books, specifically his Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper published in 2002 by New Leaf Press. I was in high school at the time and had no idea I would later be required to read more of his works for graduate classes about ten years later.John Mark is a deep thinker, an excellent communicator, and wonderful dialogue partner on social media—which brings us to our topic for today. A few weeks ago John Mark shared on his personal Facebook page 12 guidelines for positive social media interactions: what caught my attention was not just the wisdom of these guidelines, but also the fact that I have seen John Mark follow each of these with various people who agree and disagree with him a given topic. As I told Robby John in episode 14 of Faith in the Folds, if there were one person after whom I would model my social media interactions, it would be John Mark Hicks.You can find links to John Mark's books, articles, and blog posts at his personal website, https://johnmarkhicks.com/.
Church History for Spiritual Growth with John Young
When we study history, do we learn about others or ourselves? Maybe a little of both? Today’s interview is with John Young, a budding historian of the religious history of the South in general and the Churches of Christ in particular. We had a delightful conversation about the value of church history for spiritual formation as well as three main benefits of studying history.John Young is assistant professor of church history in the Turner School of Theology, Amridge University. You can find John’s personal blog with links to the following here: https://johnyounghistorian.comCheck out John’s blog series entitled “Church of Christ Celebrities” here: https://churchofchristcelebrities.wordpress.comJohn has authored and edited the following books:Redrawing the Blueprints for the Early Churchhttps://www.hcu.edu/product/redrawing-the-blueprints-for-the-early-church-by-john-young-pre-order-available-june-15-2021/Visions of Restoration: The History of Churches of Christhttps://www.amazon.com/Visions-Restoration-John-Young-ebook/dp/B08F2XCB7S/Editor of Living and Active Word: A Symposium by the Faculty of the Turner School of Theology, Amridge Universityhttps://www.amazon.com/Living-Active-Word-Daniel-Fletcher/dp/1616470216/
Strong in the Faith with Jared Mayes
In today’s episode I sat down with friend and former student of mine Jared Mayes. Jared has been preaching for the Leominster Church of Christ in Leominster, Massachusetts for a few years now and still remains active with the Kerusso Experience, a camp for teenagers wanting to hone their preaching skills, hosted by Harding University where Jared and I are both alumni. In the course of our conversation, Jared shared with me his love for preaching, how he learned what preaching is really about, and the amazing power the church had for helping him endure his faith crisis. Jared is also probably the biggest Star Wars fan I know personally. Earlier in 2021 he, another friend from his church, and I started a Star Wars and theology podcast called “Hyperspace Theology,” where we explore theological themes found in everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away. But even if you’re like Freddie Mercury and you don’t like Star Wars, I know you’ll be blessed by what Jared has to say.
Archaeology and Faith with Dale Manor - Part 2
Today’s episode is part two of my interview with Dr. Dale Manor, professor emeritus of Bible and archaeology of Harding University. In the first half of our interview, which debuted about two weeks ago, we talked about Dr. Manor’s involvement in archaeology and what archaeology can and cannot tell us about the Bible. I also posed the question to Dr. Manor, “What’s one thing you wish every Christian knew about the Old Testament?” He and I talked about the nature of God—that the God of the Old Testament is the same as the God in the New Testament. We even dived into the murky waters of what God cannot do; taking our cue from James chapter 1, God cannot be tempted by evil. On this basis Dr. Manor and I talked about the necessity of Jesus’s incarnation for saving humanity. You can find more information about Dr. Manor’s hands-on archaeology “classroom,” Tel Achzib, here: https://www.harding.edu/honors/archeologicalphotos For a helpful article on the Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology housed at Harding Unversity: https://wordpress.harding.edu/harding/2017/11/02/museum-showcases-biblical-artifacts/ To reach out to Dr. Manor for lectures and other information, you can contact him through his personal website: http://www.dalewmanor.net/ Faith in the Folds is a podcast for ministry, biblical studies, and Christian living. You can find full videos on Facebook or YouTube, and audio versions on Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, and iHeartRadio podcasts, as well as rsscom/podcasts/faithinthefolds/. You can also follow us on Instagram @faithinthefolds.
Archaeology and Faith with Dale Manor - Part 1
Today I had the great honor of interviewing Dr. Dale Manor, Professor Emeritus of Bible and archaeology of Harding University. I first met Dr. Manor my freshman year as I took him for an Old Testament survey class. Even though the Old Testament isn’t where my own studies would eventually focus, Dr. Manor ranks among my all-time favorite professors. In addition to Dr. Manor’s teaching and preaching background, he also serves as the field director for excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh in Israel, partnering with two professors from Tel-Aviv University, Zvi Lederman and the late Shlomo Bunimovitz. Given Dr. Manor’s expertise in both the Old Testament text and the archaeology of Old Testament sites, I wanted to ask him what archaeology can tell us about the Bible, and what is one thing he would want every Christian to know about the Old Testament. Our conversation was so enthralling that we ended up having enough material for two episodes. Thanks for tuning in to part one of two.