Diversity is a good thing but it’s not always easy. How do we respect each other’s uniqueness while still maintaining unity? Together we will find the answers through our identity in Christ! Dr. John Koessler and Dr. Brian Tucker, gifted pastoral and New Testament scholars, join Chris to address your questions and help us learn to be the Church God designed us to be!
Dr. John Koessler serves as chair and professor of the division of applied theology and church ministry at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He has been a member of Moody's faculty since 1994. He is the author of several books including The Surprising Grace of Disappointment, A Stranger in the House of God and True Discipleship: The Art of Following Jesus. John has written numerous articles and is the author of several chapters in the Zondervan release, The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching, and served as general editor of the Moody Handbook of Preaching. He is a contributing author to the Moody Bible Commentary and also serves as a contributing editor for Moody Bible Institute's publication Today in the Word, where you can read his monthly "Theology Matters" column. He and his wife, Jane, have two sons, Drew and Jarred.
Dr. J. Brian Tucker serves as the program head for the Master of Divinity, as well as the Professor of New Testament at Moody Theological Seminary and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in the United Kingdom. He is co-editor of The T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament and the author of several books including Reading Paul in Context, Remain in Your Calling and You Belong to Christ. In his spare time he enjoys science fiction, soccer, and playing & listening to jazz.
Chris Brooks is the Teaching Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, and Sophia.