The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #1: Christ-Centered and Person-Centered

Chris Gehrz

Roger Olson, historical theologian extraordinaire and professor at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is our guest on the first full episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast. Join our conversation as it turns to the crisis of evangelicalism and why evangelicals need to reclaim a Pietist ethos, why a Christ-centered (or, better, “Jesus-centered”) model of education is also person-centered, and the importance of spiritual formation within seminary education.

Roger OlsonAs I say in the episode introduction, it’s hard to imagine a better person to start this series of episodes — expanding the conversation that started with our Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education book — than with Roger. Not only was he a key contributor to our book and the author of another recent work on Pietism, but two of his return visits to Bethel University (where he taught before relocating to Baylor) did much to move forward our project: a 2006 address to Bethel’s faculty retreat, in which he critiqued Wheaton president Duane Litfin’s understanding of “the Christ-centered college”; and the 2013 faculty workshop that directly led to our 2015 book.

Further reading:

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #160: A Little Exercise for Young Theologians

David Grubbs

David Grubbs leads a discussion with Nathan Gilmourfile000881450729 and Michial Farmer about Helmut Thielicke’s 1959 treatise A Little Exercise for Young Theologians.

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Christian Humanist Profiles 34: Richard Mouw

Todd Pedlar

Philosophers in study chpWhat exactly is a Christian scholar? Need one’s work in the academy be explicitly devoted to some distinctively “Christian” end if one is to be considered a Christian scholar? In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, Todd Pedlar interviews Dr. Richard J. Mouw, Professor and President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary on his recent book, Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars, and the two discuss issues surrounding evangelical Christians in the academy. In his book, and in this podcast, Mouw reminds those who have been called to academic work – both students and faculty alike – that their vocation is one accompanied by grace and freedom in Christ to pursue their work with vigor, and to freely explore the subject matter that they have been given the opportunity to study – and that to faithfully serve as a Christian in academia is not a question so much of what one studies as how one studies.

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #0: The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education

Chris Gehrz
Pietist Schoolman Podcast logo

Like the original Pietist Schoolman blog, our logo features Caravaggio’s painting of the supper at Emmaus (Luke 24:30-32). Click the image to read my explanation of that choice…

This week: a sneak preview of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, debuting April 16th!

Normally, these podcasts will be 35-45 minute conversations — starting next week with theologian Roger Olson — but Episode 0 is a brief monologue, a snippet of intellectual autobiography that explains why someone trained as a diplomatic historian started to study the relationship of Pietism to higher education and how that research turned into a blog called The Pietist Schoolman and a book called The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons.

In this first series of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, I’ll be expanding that book’s conversation — first with some of its contributors, then gradually bringing in other voices, people who can help us fill the holes in our “whole and holy” vision or view it from the perspective of other Christian traditions.

Looking forward to hearing what you think! You can comment here or at our Facebook page, or e-mail me directly.

(In addition to the acknowledgments at the end of the episode, let me add here a special thanks to my friend, colleague, and frequent collaborator Sam Mulberry — who is helping to engineer many of these episodes and also designed the podcast logo.)

Further reading:

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #158: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Michial Farmer

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Christian Humanist Profiles 33: Simply Good News by N.T. Wright

Nathan P. Gilmour

PROFILESWRIGHTThe good news of Jesus, Messiah, Son of God.  Thus begins the gospel according to Mark, and the notion of gospel, proclamation, announcement has been at the core of Christian confession for as long as there have been Christians.  Yet that central news has given way in this historical moment or that, whether to an attempt at a timeless philosophy or to a regime of self-help and good advice.  In his 2015 book Simply Good News, N.T. Wright calls Christians once again to tell the old, old story as news, to insist anew that our word to the world be that God has done something and is doing something and will do something again.

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode # 21: Susanna Wesley

Victoria Farmer
  • Introductions
  • A listener e-mail


  • Susanna’s and her father
  • Her marriage
  • Her educational and religious methods


  • Susanna the writer
  • Susanna the mother
  • Susanna the preacher

Passing On

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #157: Fools

Michial Farmer

keying-up-the-court-jesterMichial Farmer leads Nathan Gilmour and David Grubbs in a discussion of the fool in theology, literature, and culture.

Christian Humanist Profiles 32: Reformed Catholicity

David Grubbs

MichaelAllenProfiles_albumartThere are some things everyone knows about Protestants. They hate tradition. They’re suspicious of any doctrine or practice that can’t be anchored to a verse. They’re fractious and factious, each their own Luther unwilling to budge from their convictions unless convinced by scripture and sound reason. But sometimes what everyone knows isn’t so–or needn’t be so. In their book Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation, Michael Allen and Scott Swain argue that these stereotypes aren’t entirely accurate of Protestants in the past and they need not be true of Protestants in the present. Instead, Reformed Catholicity presents a vision both uniquely reformed and broadly catholic, embracing the worth of Spirit-authorized church teaching and dogmatic tradition in the Church’s mission of understanding and obeying their Lord through His Word.

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #156.1: Dream of the Rood

Nathan P. Gilmour

SONY DSCDavid Grubbs and Nathan Gilmour talk for a spell about the Old English poem “The Dream of the Rood,” digging into its particular extant texts and examining the strange and complex relationships the poem maintains both with pre-Christian English heroic ethics and with the gospel of John.