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Abortion. Quality of life. Roe v Wade. You know these terms. They divide American politics and bring tension into conversations, even those among family members. There always seems to be a right side and a wrong side.
We want to break down the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding the pro-life debate today and explore how we act upon our morals and defend every life. Dr. Dennis Edwards joins us on Just Gospel to dissect what it means to truly be pro-life in your daily lives.
Dr. Edwards has long been inspired with a hunger to understand scripture. Growing up in NYC, Dr. Edwards attended a storefront church whose pastor was an earnest, faithful, and dedicated spiritual leader. This example continued to inspire Dr. Edwards throughout college and his time spent teaching high school math and chemistry. Even after attending seminary, his desire to better understand scripture continued. Dr. Edwards says, “I pursued my PhD largely in an effort to quench my thirst for enlightenment and understanding of God’s Word.”
Ordained through the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Edwards brings a deep understanding of spiritual leadership. He also shares his diverse experiences as a church planter and pastor in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. with his students.
Resource: Might from the Margins: The Gospel's Power to Turn the Tables on Injustice- by Dr. Dennis Edwards
Should Christians be tree huggers? How involved should the Church be when it comes to fighting to save the planet? Today on Just Gospel, we'll learn what it means to take charge of and care for the Earth God created and placed us on. Join Craig and Ernest as we learn why The Earth Is The Lord's.
Guns. Are they necessary? Are they a right? Should Christians support gun control?Today our guest leads us through a discussion to answer these questions and steers us through mire surrounding this debate using a Biblical lens. Join Craig and Ernest on today's episode of the Just Gospel Podcast.
Guest: Vince Bantu
Vince Bantu joined the Fuller faculty as assistant professor of church history and Black church studies in 2019. Dr. Bantu teaches primarily on Fuller’s Houston campus, where he also serves as a liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and networks with African American churches, pastors, and students.
Prior to coming to Fuller, Bantu taught in various capacities at a number of colleges and institutions, including Nyack College, New York Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, the Center for Early African Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary.
Additionally, he has years of pastoral experience in African American, Asian American, and Hispanic churches, as well as extensive involvement in multicultural urban communities.
Bantu earned his PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages from The Catholic University of America, and his dissertation married his interests in African Christianity and social identity. He also directs the Meachum School of Haymanot, which provides theological education for urban pastors and leaders.
He is the author of numerous articles on global Christianity, including studies of Syriac and Nubian Christianity, apologetics, justice, evangelism, and African American theology.
Resource: A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity's Global Identity - by Vince Bantu
As co-host of the Just Gospel Podcast, Dr. Craig Hendrickson brings a great deal of ministry, teaching, and research experience in the areas of multiethnic and cross-cultural ministry. Before joining the faculty at Moody four years ago, Dr. Hendrickson served for sixteen years as a pastor, urban missionary, and campus minister in various multiethnic and cross-cultural environments. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Missional Leadership at MBI, and holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary.
Ernest Gray Jr. is the pastor of Keystone Baptist Church located in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Pastoral Ministries, and a graduate of Wheaton College with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Exegesis. He is working to finish his PhD coursework at McMaster Divinity College and has taught in the undergraduate school of Moody in the areas of Hermeneutics, first-year Greek Grammar, General Epistles, the Gospel of John, and Senior Seminar. It is Rev. Gray’s hope to impact the African American church through scholarship. Teaching has been one way that God has blessed him to live this out.
Just Gospel explores challenging questions about racial reconciliation, justice, and multicultural ministry. Listeners join a conversation between Dr. Craig Hendrickson and Professor Ernest Gray, along with insights from regular guests and noted leaders. Each program helps churches live out the gospel, offering a thoughtful mix of biblical teaching, respectful dialog, and penetrating social analysis.