Category: Mere Fidelity

Mere Fidelity

What is an Institution?

Jake Meador, Editor-in-Chief at Mere Orthodoxy, joins Matt and Derek to discuss religious institutions. Listen in to hear discussions on what makes institutions different than websites, how to avoid institutional drift, what to do when charismatic figures effectively function as...

/ September 29, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Prophets at Large

The pitfalls surrounding our public speech and proclamations are many: Why is it that we avoid topics so as to appease certain constituencies, and why is it that we are more than happy to engage others and make a show...

/ September 22, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘Fashion Theology,’ with Dr. Robert Covolo

What hath Jerusalem to do with Paris, or Carthage with Milan? Dr. Robert Covolo—Director of the Center for Pastoral Residents at Christ Church Sierra Madre, former scholar at the Visual Faith Institute of Art and Architecture and faculty at the...

/ September 15, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘Jesus and the Forces of Death,’ with Dr. Matthew Thiessen

When considering his numerous encounters with the ritually impure, many today depict Jesus as a prophet who, in his ministry, was against Jewish laws and purity rituals. However, does this telling of the gospel accounts do justice to Jesus’s handling...

/ September 8, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Lamenting the Scandal of Jerry Falwell Jr.

Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss the recent scandal of Jerry Falwell Jr.— former President of Liberty University—and what biblical and theological resources Christians have to view scandals in the church more broadly. Listen in to hear about the corporate implications...

/ September 1, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘An Introduction to Theological Anthropology,’ with Dr. Joshua Farris

What does it mean to be human? Who am I? and Why do I exist? Dr. Joshua Farris—Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer for 2019-2020 at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and former assistant professor of theology at...

/ August 25, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Joy and the Task of Theology

What is the best polemical posture? Or are there ways to creatively rearticulate the truths of the faith that prevent the necessity of polemics in the first place? The full cast and crew of Matt, Derek, Alastair, and Andrew sit...

/ August 18, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Jesus, The Syrophoenician Woman, and Racism

Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss the passage in the gospels that depict Jesus’s encounter with the Syrophoenician woman. At first, and perhaps even at a second, glance, this complicated passage appears to incriminate Jesus of some sort of racial prejudice....

/ August 11, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘Christ and Calamity,’ with Dr. Harold Senkbeil

Dr. Harold Senkbeil—Adjunct Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary and Executive Director with DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel—joins Derek and Alastair to discuss his latest book, Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley. Listen...

/ August 4, 2020
Mere Fidelity

The Imago Dei

The Imago Dei is one of the most used theological categories to argue why all humans deserve dignity and sanctity. However, is this all that the imago dei should be used for? The entire cast and crew of Matt, Derek,...

/ July 28, 2020