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As the largest college at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the College of Letters and Science is filled with faculty and staff who do extraordinary things inside and outside the classrooms. The COLS Special Reports aims to bring their stories to you through multiple platforms. Regardless of the format, these stories all share a common theme: a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.
 
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Aaron Smith & Patrick Benn

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The Aspire podcast is all about sharing the stories of those who have journeyed into vocational Christian ministry. The podcast features a diverse range of men and women, young and old, who have aspired, or who are aspiring towards, different types of ministry. It aims to encourage, excite and equip you in your own journey into considering vocational Christian ministry.
 
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What is the purpose of art in times of crisis and conflict? How can art bring healing amidst pain and suffering? What role does art play in a politically polarized culture? We discussed these questions and more with Dr. Dr. Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin who has written and spoken extensively on the intersection of art, theology, and crisis. We hope yo…
 
Why is music predominant in our worship services and what is it meant for? How might music even teach us about doctrinal statements such as the trinity? And why is lament an important aspect within music for the formation of the whole person. We talked with Dr. Chelle Stearns about these questions. Dr. Stearns has written and lectured on music, the…
 
What is Biblical wisdom literature? How does Proverbs fit into the wisdom literature and how does one apply it? What does the fear of the Lord mean and how can one cultivate a healthy fear of the Lord? We discussed these questions and more with Dr. Tremper Longman who has done extensive work in the Old Testament, specifically in wisdom literature. …
 
How are we to understand metaphors in the Bible? What is conceptual metaphor theory and how does this fit into Biblical metaphor? How can pastors and church leaders engage with the culture using Biblical metaphor's and contemporary metaphors? We had a conversation around these questions and more with Dr. Beth Stovell. We hope you enjoy our conversa…
 
What does the church and scripture have to say in regards to politics and governmental structures? What is Liberalism and how does it fit into the relationship between church and state? Should pastors and church leaders talk about politics, take political stances, indorse political leaders, or should they avoid politics all together? We discussed t…
 
For ancient Israel, land held significance as it was seen as a divine promise. But what exactly did this mean and how did Israel understand it? Were there actual borders promised, if so what were they? And who was considered to be Israel, or a part of God’s chosen people? Dr. Yahanna Katancho unpacks these questions and more, as they are a lived ex…
 
How do the Johannine epistles inform our modern understanding of love? Why is the power of the gospel most visible among those on the margins? We had a conversation with Dr. Dennis Edwards about how the power of the gospel is present and visible among those in the marginalized community. We also discussed how prophets, anger, and love fit into spea…
 
How is Christian hospitality connected to justice? What does it look like to emulate Christ's hospitality and justice? Are followers of Jesus supposed to have a balanced life? Did Christ have a balanced life? We had a conversation with Dr. Krish Kandiah around these questions and more. Krish is the founder and director of Home for Good, an organiza…
 
We had a conversation with Mike Baird who was the 44th Premier of New South Wales in Australia, a former investment banker, a Regent alum, and currently works in the palliative care sector. Mike shared with us his experience working in investment banking, politics, and now palliative care and how his faith intersects in all these. We hope you enjoy…
 
The relationship of friendship is often malleable, free, and unconstrained compared to familial or marriage relationships, but is this how it is supposed to be? We had a conversation with Dr. Wesley Hill who wrote a book on this topic called "Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian." Through Dr. Hill's insight w…
 
What is Latin Protestant Christology? What is Liberation Theology and why are some apprehensive towards it. Dr. Jules Martinez-Olivieri has written and taught extensively on these questions. He brings both historical and anthropological insight to them. Dr. Martinez-Olivieri also shares with us the historical and theological understanding for holis…
 
How does our imagination impact our ability to empathize? Storytelling, art, film, music, and books all have the ability to shape our imaginations and can move us into greater levels of empathy for others. Dr. Mary McCampbell recently wrote a book called "Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy". In this conversation we discuss…
 
How should leaders measure success? Why do leaders often suffer from burnout and how can they avoid it? And how does empowering and raising up female leaders help to combat slavery and oppression throughout the globe. We had a conversation around these questions and more with Melissa Russell, who is IJM's (International Justice Mission) Regional Pr…
 
Often we think of a leader having all the answers and the one setting vision for people. While it is true that leaders must answer questions and set vision they must also have an even greater ability to ask good questions. We had a conversation with Dr. Peter Shaw who has spent years writing books and coaching others on leadership and asking really…
 
Leaders can become stars, celebrities, and potential saviours to many people they lead and even themselves. Often this can lead to burnout or fallout and a misconstrued view of what leadership is. We had a conversation with Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst on how one needs to lead in community where trusted friends and colleagues can speak truth into a lea…
 
We are continuing our series on Wise Leadership. This week we had a conversation with Linda Chonco who is enrolled in Regent's MALTS program and works for The Zanokhanyo Network in Cape Town, South Africa. Linda brought wonderful insight into leading amidst adversity, becoming leaders who see well those they lead, and leading people holistically in…
 
What is wise Biblical leadership and how does this play out practically? Servant leadership is common language today, but what does this really look like? And can poetry teach us anything about leading well? We discuss these questions and more with Dr. Uli Chi who is one of the instructions of the MALTS program here at Regent. This is the first epi…
 
How are we to understand the doctrine of providence? Can we discern God's divine purposes in the world? How does intercessory prayer work in the midst of God's providence? How should followers of Jesus respond to suffering in light of God's providence? How are we to respond to the prosperity Gospel? We sat down with Dr. David Robinson and had a won…
 
Often we talk about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but don't actually understand its meaning for humanity and all of creation. Even more we focus on the Atonement of Christ without realizing that the Resurrection is significantly connected to it. We sat down with Dr. Ross Hastings and had a conversation about his new book, "The Resurrection of J…
 
Oppression, pain, slavery, and trauma are all a part of Israel’s story. In the midst of this pain God responds. We sat down with Dr. Isabelle Hamley and discussed how we can learn from Israel’s story and the Old Testament scriptures in regards to mental health. She answered questions around what the “good life” is, how the biblical text speaks to p…
 
What does it mean to read the scripture confessionally? How do we interpret the difficult verses of scripture that seem to endorse genocide and other difficult texts? Can we learn how to read scripture from other faith backgrounds? Today we discuss these questions and more with Dr. Ellen F. Davis. We hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation as we…
 
Have you ever wondered what the difference between a Biblical Scholar and Systematic Theologian is? What is the role of tradition when it comes to interpreting scripture? Is it necessary to have a platonic framework to understand scripture? To continue our Biblical Hermeneutics series, we had a conversation with Dr. Hans Boersma around these questi…
 
Have you ever wondered what biblical scholars want theologians to know when interpreting scripture? Continuing in our Biblical Hermeneutics series, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Scott McKnight. He has recently written a book called “Five Things Biblical Scholars Wish Theologians Knew." We hope you enjoy our conversation. To…
 
How should we think about scripture in our post-modern contexts? What are we to do with historical and scientific discoveries that supposedly contradict scripture? Does inherency and infallibility still play a part in our modern Biblical understanding? We sat down and had a conversation with Dr. Iain Provan discussing these questions and more. We h…
 
Churches gather weekly, but for what purpose? We sat down, in person, and had a conversation with Dr. Jeff Greenman around this very question. In it we discussed Jeff's book, The Pedagogy of Praise, which delves into the formative practices that mold the people of God into who God has called them to be. We also discussed the importance of theologic…
 
Theological education is about the formation of people, communities, and the world. However, much of our theological and higher education has been designed and formed by rugged individualism and what is known as whiteness. Today we had a conversation with Dr. Willie J. Jennings about his new book, After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging. Listen …
 
Brokenness and addiction are prevalent in our communities, churches, and nations. Drug overdoses have gone up significantly in North America and our addictions to media, entertainment, and consumerism have only increased. Today we had a conversation with Aaron White about the descriptive and prescriptive beatitude community Jesus calls us into and …
 
Power has a God-given role in human relationships and institutions, but it can lead to abuse when used in unhealthy ways. The #MeToo and #ChurchToo conversations allow for light and truth to be shed on the abuse of power. Often organizations and churches want to prevent this abuse, but many lack an awareness of how power actually works. Dr. Diane L…
 
The housing crisis has effected many major cities including here in Vancouver, Canada. Providing affordable housing has also been a challenge for many cities. Rebecca Pousette works for an organization called Cohere which inspires and encourages faith-based organization to develop affordable housing. We hope this episode encourages and inspires you…
 
Calling often can be for vocation or career, but can one be called to friendship? Many of us have had childhood best friends, but is friendship merely a matter of preference? And what does friendship with God look like, is it a disembodied friendship, or something more? Join us in our conversation as we tackle these questions and more with Dr. Cind…
 
In this conversation we unpack the harmful and destructive effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. Sarah Augustine brings a much needed prophetic voice calling the church to rise up and take action against ways this Doctrine has and continues to devastate indigenous cultures. Sarah recently wrote a book on this subject, called "The Land is Not Empty:…
 
Often we think of food as simply our source of energy or something we share together at the dinner table, but have you ever thought of food in regards to discipleship and following Christ? Dana Robinson has recently written a book on this very subject, specifically how food was used to form and shape Early Christianity. We had a wonderful conversat…
 
Trauma can take on many different forms; one overlooked form is racial trauma. Sheila Wise Rowe has counselled, researched, and experienced racial trauma. She has given her life to bring healing to many. In this conversation we discuss Sheila's new book "Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience." We hope you find this conversation enlightening…
 
Loneliness has been a major topic of conversation in recent years. What is the antidote for loneliness? Dr. Eric Jacobsen wrote a book recently on this very topic, entitled "Three Pieces of Glass." We discuss what it looks like to cultivate belonging, not only on an individual level but also on a societal level. Eric is passionate about reframing a…
 
Many Christians in western society describe Christianity as becoming a global religion, but is this the right way to think about Christianity? Christianity has also been categorized at times as a white western religion. How can we overcome these false narratives? Dr. Vince Bantu recently wrote a book on these very questions and helps to shed light …
 
Modern health care in the West has provided healing and hope for many, but it also has had its challenges. Often the uninsured, the immigrant, and the refuge have difficulty in western medicine, as it can be confusing and costly. We had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Morgan Wills who is a Regent grad and the President and CEO of Siloam Health. S…
 
How are we to understand race and racism? Many would say they aren't racist, but often our impact bias and prejudice can go unnoticed and unchallenged. Joshua Koh is a Regent grad and pastor in Vancouver and he brings clarity and sheds light on these often hidden and unmentioned sins. We hope this sparks conversation and leaves you in a place of wo…
 
It is clear that we are living in and moving towards a post-Christian secular society, but is this actually a problem for the Church and society? Should we try to hold tightly to Christendom or might this secular age provide more opportunities than we think? We had a wonderful conversation with Gordon T. Smith on these questions and discussed his m…
 
Our culture often paints a narrative that certain vocations are more important than others. The Church also has influenced how we understand our vocation and calling, sometimes in incorrect ways. Dave Hataj is the president and owner of Edgerton Gears, Inc. and helps to shed light on how God's goodness can be seen in everyday work, including the ma…
 
Today we see many spiritual practices both inside and outside the church, but what is the goal of these spiritual practices? How much do our spiritual practices impact our worldview and doctrines? Dr. Susan Phillips has taught on spirituality and spiritual practices for years and helps answers these questions and more. Our culture, social setting, …
 
Have you ever tried to learn the biblical languages and found it difficult? Or have you wonder why it is even important to learn the Biblical Greek or Hebrew? Mary Beth Lascurain is a student at Regent and recently did an integrative project in a desire to answer these very questions. Mary Beth has a strong passion for the Biblical languages and wa…
 
How have pastors been seen throughout church history? What exactly is the role of a pastor? The Apostle Paul, Gregory the Great, Charles Spurgeon and many others have helped form and shape the role of a pastor. Historian Dr. Don Lewis shares with us the different perspectives and types of pastors throughout church history and how this can help shap…
 
Our bodies are uniquely designed to heal. When we fall down and scrap our knee our bodies instinctively know how to heal. If our bodies know how to heal physical injuries, can they teach us how to heal emotional and relational injuries? Dr. Jennie Mclaurin has co-authored a book recently on this very question called "Designed to Heal: What the Body…
 
How are we to use technology and social media in today's climate? Are their wise practices and ways of engaging our tech that allow us to be human? Is technology, more specifically social media, neutral? How should parents navigate trust and privacy with their children? Amy Crouch is the youngest guest so far on the Regent College podcast, and she …
 
Democracy or more specifically Liberal Democracy has been a significant part in Western society, but is it in trouble? Is Democracy even the best form of government? The rise in fake news and volatile discourse has seem to undermine the Democratic system. Dr. Craig Gay, who directs Regent's ThM, helps to bring clarity to these questions and more.…
 
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