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April 14, 2021The gap between Sunday and Monday often feels wider than it looks on a calendar. Many Christians struggle to connect their worship with their work. In their new book Work and Worship: Reconnecting our Labor and Liturgy (Baker Academic, 2020), Matthew Kaemingk and Cory Willson explore biblical and theological connections between work and worship. In this virtual presentation to the President's Legacy Society of Calvin Seminary, John Witvliet talks with the authors about strengthening these connections in the church.
March 10, 2021The events of recent months have laid bare the pervasive stain of racism in public life. Christina Edmondson talks with John Witvliet about developing a lifelong commitment to learning about what race and racism are, how to critically and theologically discern issues of social stratification and a caste system which feed the sin of racism, and how Christians can remain rooted in the good news of Jesus and actively respond in ways that dismantle racism, especially in congregations and worshiping communities. Christina Edmondson is a collaborating partner with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, where she teaches courses, leads cohort learning groups, and offers web resources focused on faithful anti-racism initiatives for use in congregations, schools, and Christian non-profit organizations. Her website is www.christinaedmondson.com. John Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship at Calvin Seminary.
May 28, 2020Mary Vanden Berg, professor of systematic theology at Calvin Seminary, speaks with Scott Hoezee about her research in 2018 at the Henry Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. Vanden Berg received a grant as part of the Henry Center’s Creation Project, which aims to “catalyze a field of study around the doctrine of creation that is faithful to Scripture and informed by contemporary scientific research.”
May 7, 2020President Medenblik interviews John Algera and David Beelen about what they’ve learned in lifelong callings to urban ministry. Algera and Beelen appeared last year with Emmett Harrison at Calvin Seminary for the inaugural Van Zanten Urban Ministry Lecture, which was established to honor the legacy of Tony and Donna Van Zanten and their commitment to serving the urban church.
January 24, 2020Over the centuries, women have read and interpreted the biblical story of Eve, scrutinizing the details of the text to discern God's word for them. Often their investigations led them to insights and interpretations that differed from dominant views that were shaped by men. In her book The Gospel According to Eve, Amanda Benckhuysen traces the history of women's interpretation of Genesis 1-3, readings of Scripture that affirmed women's full humanity and equal worth. Benckhuysen talks with pastor Laura de Jong about her book and its implications for the mission and ministry of men and women in the church today. Amanda W. Benckhuysen is professor of Old Testament at Calvin Seminary and a researcher in biblical interpretation and reception history. Laura de Jong is a pastor at Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan, and a graduate of Calvin Seminary.
March 28, 2019When she stood in a Michigan courtroom last year to make the last of 156 victim impact statements in the sentencing hearing for her abuser, Rachael Denhollander spoke with eloquent conviction and theological wisdom about forgiveness and justice—two terms she says are often misused and misunderstood, sometimes in ways that compound the trauma of the survivors of abuse.
February 28, 2019Nicholas Kristof has spent a career in journalism telling stories from places that few of his readers have ever been, and few would otherwise notice. The longtime New York Times columnist was among the first and most persistent voices to call the world’s attention to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan in the mid-2000s, and has been a prominent voice in highlighting the global plague of human trafficking. Kristof spoke at the January Series of Calvin College.
January 30, 2019Mary Andringa’s pioneering career in business has been built on a foundation of faith, family, and community. In this conversation she reflects on the legacy of her father Gary as she captures it in her recent book Remembering Dad, and shares lessons on women in leadership, faith and work, and gathering generational wisdom.