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An exploration of truth, beauty, wisdom, and goodness at the intersection of faith and scholarship. We look for present and future hope, while attempting to honestly investigate the problems facing humanity and the church. By turns academic, devotional, serious and relaxed, Justin Winzenburg (Ph.D. New Testament) and Stephen W. Jones (Ph.D. International Development) commit to following truth even when that leads us into uncomfortable spaces of self-reflection and repentance. We also anticipate hope, present and future, and actively pursue it.

Professors, In Rooms, Getting Coffee Justin Winzenburg and Stephen Jones

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

An exploration of truth, beauty, wisdom, and goodness at the intersection of faith and scholarship. We look for present and future hope, while attempting to honestly investigate the problems facing humanity and the church. By turns academic, devotional, serious and relaxed, Justin Winzenburg (Ph.D. New Testament) and Stephen W. Jones (Ph.D. International Development) commit to following truth even when that leads us into uncomfortable spaces of self-reflection and repentance. We also anticipate hope, present and future, and actively pursue it.

    Culture and Global Christian Reasoning

    Culture and Global Christian Reasoning

    In today's episode, we dive into Stephen's research on global Christian reasoning. We consider the four cultural frameworks Stephen evaluated in this context, and examine their impact on interpretations of several Bible passages. But before we get into all the intriguing details of Stephen's dissertation, we catch up with our hosts, Stephen and Justin, as they discuss the challenges of living in a new country, dealing with bureaucratic paperwork, daily life, and the refreshing discovery of meaning in liturgy. 
     
    As we delve into Stephen's research, we explore the existence of an epistemic community within global Christian reasoning and the importance of cultural self-awareness in theological reflections. We also touch on the complex issue of how culture and pre-understandings shape our interpretations of biblical texts, and the dangers of assuming a "plain meaning" without critical self-reflection. 
     
    Join us as we uncover the fascinating relationship between culture and global Christian reasoning - a theme with potentially massive implications for missiology and theology. Grab your favorite cup of coffee and join us for another engaging episode of "Professors, in Rooms, Getting Coffee"!
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    Key Points

    Challenges and Reflections 

    - Dealing with stress and overwhelm in work and personal life 
    - Recognizing the impact of changing weather and daylight savings time on moods 
     

    Liturgy and Church Traditions:

    - Appreciation for liturgy, prayers, confession, Eucharist, and scriptures
    - Comparing different church traditions and experiences
    - Reflecting on the evolution of church practices over time
     

    Global Christian Reasoning:

    - Focus on understanding expressions of Christianity in the past century
    - Accessible literature in English
    - Focus on expressions of Christianity that emerged in the last 100 years 
    - Literature primarily in English, allowing for accessibility 
    - Understanding Christianity at multiple levels: epistemologically, cosmologically, theologically, and practically 
     

    Cultural Frameworks in Global Christian Reasoning:

    - Examining cultural differences and their impact on shared text
    - Identifying four cultural frameworks: shame/honor, past/future, consent/authority, good/evil
    - Recognizing the importance of land, time, and suffering in the literature
    - Translation and cultural perspective affect interpretation and meaning
    - Potential for further research on shame, honor, guilt, innocence, and time orientation in biblical passages
     
    Timestamped Overview

    • 52 min
    Transparency in Methodology: Approaches, Limitations, & Conclusions

    Transparency in Methodology: Approaches, Limitations, & Conclusions

    Episode Overview
    Welcome back to another episode of "Professors, in Rooms, Getting Coffee"! In this episode Stephen and Justin talk about how Stephen sought to challenge established answers within political science by approaching questions about culture from a different angle while maintaining the rigors of academic methodology. The episode explores cultural differences in the perception and interaction with time and the influence of these differences on various aspects of life. They also touch on the interpretation of sacred texts and the significance of methodology in research.
    In their introductory reflections, Justin and Stephen explore the nuances of understanding spiritual attributes and whether they emerge naturally or require conscious effort. They also delve into the power of habits and routines in shaping our behavior, and the importance of prayer and scripture in encountering God. They also discuss the joy of creative expression and the beauty of creating for the sake of creation itself. 
    Get ready for an intellectually stimulating conversation on these intriguing topics and more. So grab your favorite drink, settle into your favorite chair, and join Elise, Stephen, and Justin for another enlightening episode of "Professors, in Rooms, Getting Coffee"!
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    Key Points
    1. The Importance of Habits and Affective Experiences in Shaping Behavior

    Discussing a book that emphasizes the spiritual power of habit.
    Challenging the hesitation in Protestant circles to talk about routines or habits.
    Highlighting the benefits of developing positive habits and the transformative impact they can have.
    Examining the practice of morning and evening prayer as a way to break down resistance and create a space to encounter God together.

    2. Morning and evening prayer as a way to encounter God together

    Breaking down resistance and creating space for encountering God
    Making prayer and scripture important through the habit of morning and evening prayer
    Struggles in communicating the importance of these practices without generating guilt
    Benefits of regular prayer, especially during times of stress 

    3. Understanding the concept of abiding in the spirit and letting spiritual attributes emerge naturally

    The importance of comprehending "abiding in the spirit" and the emergence of spiritual attributes.
    Using examples like the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5 as guidelines fo

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Intercultural Competence: Constructivism, Empathy, and Adaptive Frameshifting

    Intercultural Competence: Constructivism, Empathy, and Adaptive Frameshifting

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    Thank you for being part of our journey!
    ¯ ¯Stephen and Justin dive into the topic of intercultural competence and the intercultural development continuum. They explore the complexities of understanding and experiencing different cultures, highlighting the role of constructivism in shaping our knowledge and frameworks. They challenge simplistic approaches to culture in international relations, emphasizing the need for nuance and understanding of cultural factors in conflicts. The hosts also discuss the stages of intercultural development, including denial, polarization minimization, acceptance, and adaptation. They also reflect on the importance of empathy in relating to others' experiences. They touch on the fear and polarization that can arise when interacting with different cultural groups and the ethics of cultural differences. The episode concludes with a discussion on the importance of adaptation and the difference between assimilation and acknowledging one's insider-outsider status in intercultural interactions. Throughout the episode, the hosts share their personal reflections and experiences, including their own projects, such as a book about a woman's experience with war in Ukraine. Tune in to this enlightening episode of Professors, in Rooms, Getting Coffee for a deep dive into intercultural competence.Become a supporter and find supporting materials at patreon.com/envisionberlin

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Culture: from Embodied Experience to the Biggest Questions

    Culture: from Embodied Experience to the Biggest Questions

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    In this episode, we discuss the difference between culture and worldview. Stephen explains how culture goes beyond differences in thinking and includes everything ranging from our sometimes wordless embodied experiences to our deepest assumptions about what the universe is and means. We talk about how cultural values frameworks help us to see the differences between cultures by posing important questions, and Stephen talks about how approaches to intercultural communication that look the same on the surface can actually differ significantly, depending on whether a traits-based or process-oriented dyanamic approach to culture is used. 
    We talk about the role of navigation in the development of the concepts of time, and how the approaches used at Greenwich reflect assumptions about what it means to know and research something. And, Stephen shares a just-for-fun project he was working on with his son.   
    Timestamped Overview
    [00:02:19] New Keyboard Sparks Home Music Collaboration
    [00:08:32] The Fascinating Connection Between Time and Navigation
    [00:17:41] Inadequate Culture Definitions: Oversimplifying the Complex
    [00:20:57] The Embodied Experience of Culture: Understanding Beyond Words
    [00:26:12] Uncovering Cultural Differences: It's More Than Worldview
    [00:30:14] Analyzing Humanity's Intrinsic Nature: Three Options
    [00:32:48] The complexities of cultural research and approach
    [00:36:51] Understanding Culture: Individualism, Collectivism, and Identity
    [00:39:31] Cultural Frameworks and Our View of Death
    [00:42:21] Intercultural Communication: A Process, Not Product
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    • 46 min
    Development of the Culture Concept

    Development of the Culture Concept

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    In this episode Justin and Stephen review the history of the culture concept and how evolutionary interpretations of cultures eventually were replaced by more helpful values-based approaches to intercultural relations. They also reflect on the importance of recognizing good faith actors when their are different interpretations of text or events. Justin asks about the relevance of Stephen's study for missiology. 
    The hosts also talk about the struggles of being present for their kids while balancing important tasks, homesickness (Heimweh), and perceptions about the US church from a distance. Tune in to join the conversation!
    Timestamped Overview
    [00:04:16] "New exhibit showcases breathtakingly bright artwork"[00:05:28] "Homesickness After 20 Months Abroad"[00:12:34] "Refreshing Encounter with US Ministry Leaders Abroad"[00:16:44] Parenting and Master's program regrets[00:23:03] "The relatively recent and messy concept of culture"[00:24:27] "The flawed idea of cultural evolution"[00:26:33] The Evolution of Culture: From Race to Values[00:31:27] "Revamping Literature Review: Conference Insights & Resources"[00:39:49] "Recognizing Good Faith Interpretations: Importance and Benefits"[00:41:34] "Assuming Best Intent: The Key to Intercultural Relations"
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    Surrender by Bono 

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    The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence by Janet M. Bennett(English Edition)

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    The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence by Darla K. Deardorff (English Edition)

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    Intercultural Communication: A Reader: A Reader: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Samovar and Porter, et al. (English Edition) 

    • 43 min
    Counterfactual Research in Considering Culture

    Counterfactual Research in Considering Culture

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    Counterfactual analysis was a new idea for Justin in this episode - Stephen explains how he used that approach to consider what might have happened if international relations actors had been able to excercise interculturally competent adaptive frameshifting. Justin asks Stephen how far the implications of his project carry, and Stephen discusses the limits of research programs like this.
    The guys also talk about highlights, lowlights, and insights for the week. Justin reflects on the time of the year and Stephen considers the ways in which a 1,000 piece puzzle reflects his own experience of the last several months. 
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    The beta transcript for this episode can also be found at our Patreon page.
     

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

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Nuanced and Knowledgeable

The hosts are knowledgeable and give meek, gracious, and thoughtful responses to the topics addressed. The guests are always equally as entertaining and insightful. Much needed conversations in the spheres of education, faith, and the modern context.

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Brings theory into practice

Justin and Stephen are phenomenal communicators. Through this podcast, I am gaining insight into the thinking of professors that has truly influenced my understanding of pedagogy. Listening to them in their vulnerability reminds me that those I respect deal with deep questions and issues as well, reminding me that we are all people experiencing life and God has created us differently in order to care better as a whole.

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