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Trinity Forum Conversations is a podcast exploring the big questions in life by looking to the best of the Christian intellectual tradition and elevating the voices, both ancient and modern, who grapple with these questions and direct our hearts to the Author of the answers. We invite you to join us in one of the great joys of life: a conversation among friends on the things that matter most.

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Trinity Forum Conversations is a podcast exploring the big questions in life by looking to the best of the Christian intellectual tradition and elevating the voices, both ancient and modern, who grapple with these questions and direct our hearts to the Author of the answers. We invite you to join us in one of the great joys of life: a conversation among friends on the things that matter most.

    How to be a Patriotic Christian

    How to be a Patriotic Christian

    How to be a Patriotic Christian

    The topic of Christian nationalism takes us into deep questions of how we understand and live out our allegiances to both our country and the kingdom of God, how we ought to relate to our neighbors, and how we should pursue justice and flourishing within our nation. 
    It's also a topic rife with confusion and uncertainty. But what is Christian nationalism, and how is it different from a robust patriotism? On our podcast we explore these questions with scholars and authors Richard Mouw and Paul D. Miller who help us distinguish between living out one's faith in the public square and instrumentalizing faith for political ends:
    "Because I think America is in fact, so great, it means it is so tempting to idolize America because it's just one of the greatest things. Anything we idolize becomes destructive, and it can be destructive individually of our spiritual lives. But when you idolize a nation, that nation can be unbelievably destructive." - Paul D. MillerThis podcast is an edited version of an online conversation recorded in 2023. Watch the full video of the conversation here, and learn more about Richard Mouw and Paul D. Miller
    We hope that this conversation has been helpful in articulating what it means to be a patriotic Christian, and in offering better language and frameworks for wrestling with questions of how to live out our faith in the public square.

    Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
    Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, by Richard Mouw
    Pluralisms and Horizons, by Richard Mouw
    Praying at Burger King, by Richard Mouw
    How to Be a Patriotic Christian: Love of Country as Love of Neighbor, by Richard Mouw
    The Religion of American Greatness: What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism, by Paul D. Miller
    This America: The Case for the Nation, by Jill Lepore
    Aristotle
    Plato
    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Augustine
    C.S. Lewis
    Richard John Neuhaus
    Simone Weil
    John Calvin
    St. Thérèse of Lisieux
    George Orwell
    Curt Thompson
    Frederick Douglass
    Related Trinity Forum Readings:
    City of God, by Augustine
    The Children of Light and The Children of Darkness, by Reinhold Niebuhr 
    Wrestling with God, by Simone Weil
    Letter from Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr's
    Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

    Related Conversations:A New Year With The Word with Malcolm GuiteMusic, Creativity & Justice with Ruth Naomi FloydPursuing Humility with Richard Foster and Brenda QuinnReading as a Spiritual Practice with Jessica Hooten WilsonWalking as a Spiritual Practice with Mark BuchananMaking as a Spiritual Practice with Makoto FujimuraConnecting Spiritual Formation & Public Life with Michael WearThe Kingdom, the Power & The Glory with Tim AlbertaA Life Worth Living with Miroslav VolfTowards a Better Christian PoliticsChristian Pluralism: Living Faithfully in a World of DifferenceWhat Really Matters with Charlie Peacock and Andi AshworthScripture and the Public Square
    To listen to this or any of our episodes in full, visit ttf.org/podcast and to join the Trinity Forum Society and help make content like this possible, join the Trinity Forum Society
    Special thanks to Ned Bustard for our podcast artwork.

    • 31 min
    Scripture and the Public Square

    Scripture and the Public Square

    The language of the Bible has often been invoked in American political discourse through the centuries. Quoted by suffragists and secessionists, invoked in arguments for (and against) American independence, the Civil War, and cited by virtually every President across parties.
    So how should we discern a faithful application of scripture in public life from instrumentalizing the Bible for political purposes? What can we learn from America’s history of using the Bible in politics?
    Theologian, speaker and author Kaitlyn Schiess helps us think more carefully and clearly about our history and these challenging questions on our latest podcast:
    "When I look throughout history and when I look at other communities of Christians throughout even our own history in our own country, I see instances, especially of people that are not the main focus of most of the church history textbooks that I read in seminary, who were faithful, who interpreted scripture well, who acted well in history. And that's been really surprisingly hopeful to me, I know now to go to other Christians in other times and places around the world too, and see instances of faithfulness." - Kaitlyn SchiessAs our election cycle continues to twist and turn toward the ballot box in November, we hope this conversation will provoke new ways of thinking about scripture and its faithful application for the common good.
    This podcast is an edited version of an online conversation recorded in 2023. Watch the full video of the conversation here, and learn more about Kaitlyn Schiess here.
    Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
    The Ballot and the Bible, Kaitlyn Schiess
    Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor, by Kaitlyn Schiess
    John Winthrop

    Related Trinity Forum Readings:
    City of God, by Augustine
    The Federalist Papers
    Who Stands Fast, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    The Children of Light and The Children of Darkness, by Reinhold Niebuhr 
    Related Conversations:A New Year With The Word with Malcolm GuiteMusic, Creativity & Justice with Ruth Naomi FloydPursuing Humility with Richard Foster and Brenda QuinnReading as a Spiritual Practice with Jessica Hooten WilsonWalking as a Spiritual Practice with Mark BuchananMaking as a Spiritual Practice with Makoto FujimuraConnecting Spiritual Formation & Public Life with Michael WearThe Kingdom, the Power & The Glory with Tim AlbertaA Life Worth Living with Miroslav VolfTowards a Better Christian PoliticsChristian Pluralism: Living Faithfully in a World of DifferenceWhat Really Matters with Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth
    To listen to this or any of our episodes in full, visit ttf.org/podcast and to join the Trinity Forum Society and help make content like this possible, join the Trinity Forum Society.
    Special thanks to Ned Bustard for our podcast artwork.

    • 35 min
    What Really Matters with Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth

    What Really Matters with Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth

    What Really Matters with Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth
    Ours is an age that values and valorizes productivity, speed, and scale, and emphasizes precise and perpetual measurement and management of those markers. A whole range of organizations, including nonprofits, and even churches, as well as individuals believe that what is valuable is empirical and measurable, and that those measurements show us what's real and what really matters. 

    Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth today offer a radically different way of seeing the world. They assert that it is not the empirical but love that is, in their words, the highest way of knowing and the trustworthy basis of the imaginative and creative good. They argue that the small aspects of life, whether it's cooking or gardening, music making, hospitality, or family matters–those things that often seem not to matter so much are actually what matters most. It's an invitation toward fruitfulness, and a new way of understanding and living:
    “Fruitfulness is what God talks so much about what Jesus talks so much about and it is really something that he is doing in us and with us as we turn towards him. We can't really measure it. We can't really see it. We don't tally it up for ourselves. It's more of a trust that if we walk in the faithful path that God has for us, we can trust that there is a fruitfulness and that it's God's to measure. And I think there's a real freedom in that.” - Andi AshworthWe hope this conversation sparks your creativity and encourages you to look differently at the small matters of life that matter a lot.

    This podcast is an edited version of an online conversation recorded in 2024. Watch the full video of the conversation here, and learn more about Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth here.

    Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring, by Andi Ashworth
    Wild Things in Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children, by Andi Ashworth
    Why Everything That Doesn't Matter Matters So Much, by Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth
    The Call, by Os Guinness
    Steven Garber
    Francis Schaeffer
    Frederick Buechner
    Eugene Peterson

    Related Trinity Forum Readings:
    Babette's Feast, by Isak Denison
    Hannah and Nathan, by Wendell Berry
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard
    Bright Evening Star, by Madeline L'engle
    Letters from Vincent Van Gogh
    Related Conversations:A New Year With The Word with Malcolm GuiteMusic, Creativity & Justice with Ruth Naomi FloydPursuing Humility with Richard Foster and Brenda QuinnReading as a Spiritual Practice with Jessica Hooten WilsonWalking as a Spiritual Practice with Mark BuchananMaking as a Spiritual Practice with Makoto FujimuraConnecting Spiritual Formation & Public Life with Michael WearThe Kingdom, the Power & The Glory with Tim AlbertaA Life Worth Living with Miroslav VolfTowards a Better Christian PoliticsChristian Pluralism: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference
    To listen to this or any of our episodes in full, visit ttf.org/podcast and to join the Trinity Forum Society and help make content like this possible, join the Trinity Forum Society
    Special thanks to Ned Bustard for our podcast artwork.

    • 39 min
    Christian Pluralism: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference

    Christian Pluralism: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference

    Christian Pluralism: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference

    The term ‘pluralism’ has been subject to misunderstanding – even misuse – over the past several years. Some read or hear the word and think simply of a multiplicity of opinions. Others think of a sort of moral relativism that affirms your truth and my truth, no matter how contradictory they may be. Others still may think of this as some sort of squishy interfaith unity that denies matters of ultimate importance. 

    In a conversation with John Inazu, Trillia Newbell, and Michael Wear we dive into the meaning of pluralism and how it is that Christians in particular can live faithfully amidst a world of difference. These careful writers and thinkers help us begin to grasp a more robust vision for Christian pluralism:

    “We are all actually called to be reconcilers. Any one of us who have professed faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to a ministry of reconciliation. That means a proclamation of the gospel. So sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to the world around me, to my neighbors, to my friends...I believe that the greatest love that we can extend to others is Jesus.” - Trillia Newbell

    We hope you’re inspired by this conversation about hope, justice, faithfulness, and love, even in the midst of change, challenge, and conflict.

    This podcast is an edited version of an evening conversation recorded in 2020. Watch the full video of the conversation here, and learn more about John Inazu, Trillia Newbell, and Michael Wear.

    Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
    Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, by John Inazu
    Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, by John Inazu
    Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference, by John Inazu
    Sacred Endurance, by Trilia Newbell
    If God Is For Us, by Trilia Newbell
    Fear and Faith, by Trilia Newbell
    God’s Very Good Idea, by Trilia Newbell
    Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, by Michael Wear
    Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders, by Michael Wear and Amy Black
    Tim Keller
    Russell Moore
    Toni Morrison

    Related Trinity Forum Readings:
    The Federalist Papers
    City of God, by Augustine of Hippo
    The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, by Reinhold Niebuhr
    Politics, Morality, and Civility, by Václav Havel
    Related Conversations:A New Year With The Word with Malcolm GuiteMusic, Creativity & Justice with Ruth Naomi FloydPursuing Humility with Richard Foster and Brenda QuinnReading as a Spiritual Practice with Jessica Hooten WilsonWalking as a Spiritual Practice with Mark BuchananMaking as a Spiritual Practice with Makoto FujimuraConnecting Spiritual Formation & Public Life with Michael WearThe Kingdom, the Power & The Glory with Tim AlbertaA Life Worth Living with Miroslav VolfTowards a Better Christian Politics
    To listen to this or any of our episodes in full, visit ttf.org/podcast and to join the Trinity Forum Society and help make content like this possible, join the Trinity Forum Society
    Special thanks to Ned Bustard for our podcast artwork.

    • 38 min
    Towards a Better Christian Politics

    Towards a Better Christian Politics

    The relentless pull and pressure of partisan antagonisms and tribalism have fractured friendships, families, communities — and churches. In a time of conflict over what is good and confusion over what is true, what can church leaders do to cultivate a more faithful form of civic engagement? How can we learn to discern the call to love and justice amidst the clamor of political wars?

    On our latest podcast, three wise men, as Cherie affectionately calls them, address these pressing questions. Curtis Chang, David French, and Russell Moore are each writers, scholars, and thinkers who have made courageous and insightful contributions towards a better Christian politics and we’re delighted to share their comments from an evening conversation in 2023 with you:

    “Be of great hope. Because the after party is coming…It's the wedding feast of the lamb when Jesus returns to cleanse his church, made spotless. And in that moment, the restoration not of the church, but of the world at war where the swords are beaten into plowshares, the spears into pruning hooks. That's the after party that's coming. So if you know how the story ends, how can we not have great hope? - Curtis Chang

    This podcast is an edited version of an evening conversation recorded in early 2023. Watch the full video of the conversation here, and learn more about Curtis Chang, David French, and Russell Moore.

    Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
    Divided We Fall, by David French
    The Courage to Stand, Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul, by Russell Moore
    Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, by Russell Moore
    The Storm Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home, by Russell Moore
    Losing our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical Christians, by Russell Moore
    The Anxiety Opportunity, by Curtis Chang
    Ernest Hemmingway
    The Big Sort, by Bill Bishop
    Cass Sunstein
    Constitution of Knowledge, by Jonathan Rauch
    The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy
    The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt
    High Conflict, by Amanda Ripley

    Related Trinity Forum Readings:
    The Federalist Papers
    City of God, by Augustine of Hippo

    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Life Worth Living with Miroslav Volf

    A Life Worth Living with Miroslav Volf

    A Life Worth Living
    What makes a good life? What habits of attention, reflection, and action orient us towards knowing, desiring, and doing what is good, true, and beautiful? Such “big questions” may seem unanswerable and intimidating — but their exploration is at the heart of the human quest for meaning.
    Drawing on his popular Yale course, theologian Miroslav Volf joined us to reflect on what makes for a flourishing life in our times:
    “You realize that there are things that are much more important. I mean this is the life of fullness. This is his life of weight. [It is the] arduous life that is, in fact, the truly happy life.Despite the real challenge of human suffering and pain, Volf argues that happiness is possible and that an examined life that grapples with the good in our emotions, circumstances, and actions is a life worth living.
    This podcast is an edited version of an online conversation recorded in early 2024. Watch the full video of the conversation here, and learn more about Miroslav Volf.
    Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:Exclusion and Embrace, by Miroslav VolfLife Worth Living: A Guide to What Matters Most, by Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, and Ryan McAnnally-LinzFriedrich Nietzsche
    Related Trinity Forum Readings:Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor FranklOn Happiness, by Thomas AquinasBrave New World, by Aldous HuxleyHow Much Land Does a Man Need, by Leo TolstoyWrestling with God, by Simone Weil
    Related Conversations:A New Year With The Word with Malcolm GuiteMusic, Creativity & Justice with Ruth Naomi FloydPursuing Humility with Richard Foster and Brenda QuinnReading as a Spiritual Practice with Jessica Hooten WilsonWalking as a Spiritual Practice with Mark BuchananMaking as a Spiritual Practice with Makoto FujimuraConnecting Spiritual Formation & Public Life with Michael WearThe Kingdom, the Power & The Glory with Tim Alberta
    To listen to this or any of our episodes in full, visit ttf.org/podcast and to join the Trinity Forum Society and help make content like this possible, join the Trinity Forum Society
    Special thanks to Ned Bustard for our podcast artwork.

    • 33 min

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