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The Two Cities is a podcast dedicated to Theology, Culture, and Discipleship. Originally beginning as a blog back in 2011 (thetwocities.com), we have extended our eclectic array of theological integration to the world of podcasting. Co-hosts and contributors include: Dr. Amber Bowen, Dr. Josh Carrol… read more

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Episode #140 - The History of Zionism and the Nakba with Yousef AlKhouri

September 28th, 2022

1:14:25

In this episode we’re beginning a short series on Palestinian Liberation Theology, starting with a discussion on Zionism and the Nakba with Yousef …

Episode #139 - How Art Shapes Empathy with Dr. Mary McCampbell

September 21st, 2022

50:30

In this episode we talk about the role of art and the imagination in shaping empathy with Dr. Mary McCampbell, Associate Professor of Humanities at …

Episode #138 - Women and The Gender of God with Rev. Dr. Amy Peeler

September 14th, 2022

52:45

In this episode we are joined by Rev. Dr. Amy Peeler, associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, to talk about her forthcoming book,

Episode #137 - Disaster Films & The Bible with Dr. Michelle Fletcher

September 7th, 2022

54:17

In this episode we turn to discuss the intertextual relationship of Disaster Films and the Bible as an epilogue to our series on Jesus films with Dr. Michelle Fletcher, who used film theory to analyze citations of the …

Episode #136 - Teaching Jesus with Film with the Revd Canon Dr. Robert Derrenbacker

August 31st, 2022

49:09

In this episode we close out our Jesus film series with a discussion on the pedagogical value of films generally in teaching the Gospels with the Rev. Canon Dr. Robert Derrenbacker, who is Frank Woods Associate …

Episode #135 - Jesus' Enemies in Jesus Films with Prof. Adele Reinhartz

August 24th, 2022

57:37

In this penultimate episode of our Jesus film series, we talk about the enemies of Jesus in Jesus films with Prof. Adele Reinhartz, who is Professor …

Episode #134 - Costuming in Jesus Films with Dr. Katie Turner

August 17th, 2022

57:42

In this episode of our Jesus Film series, we’re talking about costuming with Dr. Katie Turner. Dr. Turner is an independent scholar who completed her …

Episode #133 - Mary Magdalene in Jesus Films with Dr. Siobhán Jolley

August 10th, 2022

44:16

Continuing our series on Jesus films, we are joined in this episode by Dr. Siobhán Jolley to discuss the representation of Mary Magdalene. Dr. Jolley …

Episode #132 - Gospel Scholarship & Jesus Films with Dr. Mark Goodacre

August 3rd, 2022

56:59

In this episode we discuss the relationship of scholarship on the Gospels and the historical Jesus with Dr. Mark Goodacre, who is Frances Hill Fox …

Episode #131 - Depicting Jesus in Jesus Films with Dr. Richard Walsh

July 27th, 2022

52:37

In this episode of our Jesus film series, we turn to discuss the art and theology that informs depictions of Jesus with Dr. Richard Walsh, who is …

Episode #130 - 100 Bible Films with Matthew Page

July 20th, 2022

49:17

In this episode we're kicking off a Summer series on Jesus films! Today we're joined by Matthew Page to talk about his new book, 100 Bible Films (published by The British Film Institute with Bloomsbury). In our …

Episode #129 - Rabbinic Literature & Strack-Billerbeck with Jacob Cerone

July 13th, 2022

51:00

In this episode we discuss the legacy of the famous German resource of Rabbinic parallels to the New Testament, referred to often as Strack-Billerbeck. For this we’re joined by Jacob Cerone, who is a doctoral candidate …

Episode #128 - Ephesians & Empire with Dr. Justin Winzenburg

July 6th, 2022

52:00

In this episode we discuss the relevance of empire criticism for understanding Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with Dr. Justin Winzenburg, who is …

Episode #127 - Paul, Then And Now with Dr. Matthew Novenson

June 29th, 2022

44:25

In this episode we're joined by Dr. Matthew Novenson, who is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, to talk about his new …

Episode #126 - Identity & Religious Enmity with Dr. Sam Perry and Dr. Elizabeth Shively

June 22nd, 2022

1:00:45

In this episode we debrief a recent conference on socio-scientific approaches to religious enmity that Dr. Chris Porter organized at Trinity College, …

Episode #125 - Interpreting Philemon with Dr. Dennis Edwards

June 15th, 2022

50:54

In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Dennis Edwards to talk about the interpretation of Philemon. Dr. Edwards is Associate Professor of New Testament …

Episode #124 - Trauma Studies & The Gospel of John with Dr. Cory Marsh

June 8th, 2022

48:28

In this episode we’re talking about Trauma Studies and the Gospel of John with Dr. Cory Marsh, who is Professor of New Testament at Southern California Seminary and the Director of SCS Press. Dr. Marsh recently …

Episode #123 - Reading and Reflecting on the Classics with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior

June 1st, 2022

47:00

In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Karen Swallow Prior to discuss Reading and Reflecting on the Classics. Dr. Karen Swallow Prior is Research …

Episode #122 - Theology and Black Mirror: Part Two with Dr. Jeremiah Bailey, Elizabeth Culhane, Prof. James McGrath, and Dr. Nathaniel Warne

May 25th, 2022

1:06:21

In this episode we’re once more talking about the new book, Theology and Black Mirror (published by Lexington and Fortress Academic, imprints of …

Episode #121 - Theology and Black Mirror: Part One with Dr. Megan Fritts, Dr. Rebekah Lamb, Dr. Joanna Leidenhag, and Dr. King-Ho Leung

May 18th, 2022

1:02:23

In this episode we’re talking about the new book, Theology and Black Mirror (published by Lexington and Fortress Academic—imprints of Rowman & …

Episode #120 - The Invisibility of Asian American Women with Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

May 11th, 2022

35:51

In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim to talk about the Invisibility of Asian American Women. Dr. Kim is Professor of Theology at …

Episode #119 - Theology & Reproductive Loss with Dr. Karen O'Donnell

May 4th, 2022

52:43

(CW: Sensitive Themes). In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Karen O’Donnell to talk about Theology and Reproductive Loss. Dr. O'Donnell is Program …

Episode #118 - Great Guides To Sex with Sheila Wray Gregoire

April 27th, 2022

52:10

(CW: Sexual Content). In this episode we are joined again by Sheila Wray Gregoire, the author of The Great Sex Rescue, to talk about her two newest books, The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and The Good Guy’s Guide to …

Episode #117 - The Sexual Reformation with Aimee Byrd

April 20th, 2022

54:14

In this episode we’re joined by Aimee Byrd for the fourth time to discuss her newest book, The Sexual Reformation: Restoring the Dignity and Personhood of Man and Woman (published by Zondervan). Over the course of the …

Episode #116 - Jewish-Christian Dialogue with Larry Behrendt & Dr. Anthony Le Donne

April 13th, 2022

1:11:43

In the final episode of our Christian Anti-Judaism series (which began with our introductory episode [Episode #106] on 02/02/2022), we turn to discuss Jewish-Christian relations and interfaith dialogue with Larry …

Episode #115 - Post-Shoah Theology with Rev. Dr. Mark Lindsay

April 6th, 2022

50:00

In the penultimate episode of our Christian Anti-Judaism series, we turn to discuss Christian theology in the wake of the Holocaust and the Shoah …

Episode #114 - Hebrews & Supersessionism with Dr. Madison Pierce

March 30th, 2022

40:00

In this episode of our Christian Anti-Judaism series we have another discussion on supersessionism, following last week’s look at supersessionism in …

Episode #113 - Paul and Supersessionism with Dr. J. Brian Tucker

March 23rd, 2022

48:17

In this episode of our Christian Anti-Judaism series, we take a closer look at supersessionism. Specifically, we discuss whether Paul was a …

Episode #112 - The Meaning & Telos of Israel's Election with Dr. Joel Kaminsky and Dr. Mark Reasoner

March 16th, 2022

55:41

In this episode of our Anti-Judaism series we turn to discuss the nature and purpose of Israel’s election. Specifically, we discuss how this may have …

Episode #111 - Anti-Judaism and the Gospel of John with Prof. Adele Reinhartz

March 9th, 2022

1:07:43

Joining us for a conversation on Anti-Judaism and the Gospel of John, we are joined by Professor Adele Reinhartz, who is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is …

Episode #110 - The Beheading of John the Baptist with Dr. Nathan Shedd

March 2nd, 2022

38:52

Carrying on with our Christian Anti-Judaism series, we discuss the early reception of John the Baptist as a key figure for the “parting of the ways” between Christianity and Judaism. Joining us for this discussion is …

Episode #109 - Anti-Judaism & Anti-Blackness with Liz Loeb

February 23rd, 2022

43:16

As we close out Black History Month, we wanted to highlight how the topic of our present series on Anti-Judaism intersects with Anti-Blackness. Joining us for this conversation is Liz Loeb, who completed a PhD in Law …

Episode #108 - The Pharisees & Anti-Judaism with Prof. A. J. Levine

February 16th, 2022

54:36

In the second installment of our Christian Anti-Judaism series we discuss the Pharisees with Prof. Amy-Jill Levine, who is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies and Jewish Studies at …

Episode #107 - Jesus & Ritual Purity with Dr. Matthew Thiessen

February 9th, 2022

48:18

Kicking off our series on Christian Anti-Judaism, we are joined by Dr. Matthew Thiessen to discuss Jesus & Ritual Purity. Dr. Thiessen is Associate Professor of New Testament at McMaster University in Hamilton, …

Episode #106 - Introducing Christian Anti-Judaism

February 2nd, 2022

31:00

In this episode we kick off our brand-new series on Christian Anti-Judaism. Here we introduce the key topics of the conversation, and provide some context for why we regard this conversation as an ethical imperative for …

Episode #105 - Intersectionality & Conversion with Dr. Valérie Nicolet and Prof. Marianne Kartzow

January 26th, 2022

51:23

In this episode we’re talking about Intersectionality and Conversion with Dr. Valérie Nicolet and Prof. Marianne Kartzow. Dr. Nicolet is Associate …

Episode #104 - Gun Rights & Conspiracies with Dr. Mike Austin

January 19th, 2022

52:54

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Mike Austin to discuss Gun Rights & Conspiracies. Dr. Austin is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, and the author of God and Guns in …

Episode #103 - God & Guns with Prof. Carly Crouch and Prof. Christopher B. Hays

January 12th, 2022

53:16

In this episode we’re taking about American Gun Culture from a biblical perspective with Prof. Carly Crouch and Prof. Christopher B. Hays. Prof. …

Episode #102 - Asian-American Representation in Film with Abel Vang

January 5th, 2022

1:07:40

In this episode we discuss Asian-American Representation in Film with Abel Vang. Abel Vang is an awarded independent film producer, director, writer, …

Episode #101 - Women in the Academy Revisited with Dr. Beth Allison Barr and Dr. Lynneth Miller Renberg

December 29th, 2021

47:30

In this episode we revisit the subject of women in the academy with Dr. Beth Allison Barr and Dr. Lynneth Miller Renberg. Dr. Barr is Professor of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Baylor University and …

Episode #100 - Celebrating 100 Episodes

December 22nd, 2021

1:00:30

In this episode we celebrate 100 podcast episodes! In the spirit of celebration, we have an eclectic episode full of feedback from some of our …

Episode #99 - COP26 and Climate Justice with Pastor Ray Minniecon, Jarrod McKenna, and Dr. Byron Smith

December 15th, 2021

1:01:29

On today's episode we're discussing the topic of Climate Justice in the wake of the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31 through November 13 of 2021 (the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the …

Episode #98 - Reviewing The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill with Aimee Byrd and Dr. Michael Bird

December 8th, 2021

1:08:28

In this episode we debrief our experiences listening to Christianity Today's podcast series, The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill, which is all about …

Episode #97 - Society of Biblical Literature 2021 Review

December 1st, 2021

48:16

In this episode we reflect on our experiences participating in the annual biblical studies, theology, and religion conferences that take place every …

Episode #96 - Power Women, Motherhood, and the Academy with Dr. Stephanie Chan & Dr. Christina Lee Kim

November 24th, 2021

42:57

In this episode we talk about what it is like to be a mother, an academic, and a Christian all at the same time. Joining us for this conversation are Dr. Stephanie Chan and Dr. Christina Lee Kim, both of whom …

Episode #95 - Doubt & Deconstruction with Dr. A. J. Swoboda

November 17th, 2021

46:37

In this episode we discuss doubt and deconstructing faith with Dr. A. J. Swoboda, who is Assistant Professor of Bible, Theology, and World …

Episode #94 - Squid Game Review

November 10th, 2021

50:43

In this episode we discuss our appreciation of, and enduring fascination with, Netflix's breakout South Korean horror-drama, Squid Game. Over the course of our wide-ranging conversation we discuss the show's critique of …

Episode #93 - Dune Movie Review with Matthew William Brake

November 3rd, 2021

58:27

In this episode we review the new Dune film by Denis Villeneuve with Matthew William Brake, the series editor for the Theology and Pop Culture series …

Episode #92 - Frankenstein with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior

October 27th, 2021

45:25

In this episode we talk about Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, who is Research Professor of English and Christianity …

Episode #91 - Why Christians Should Watch Horror Movies with Dr. Murray Stiller

October 20th, 2021

44:44

In this episode we discuss horror films with Dr. Murray Stiller, who is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Redeemer University (Hamilton, Ontario). Over the course of our conversation we talk about why …

Episode #90 - The Ministry of Women in the New Testament with Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee

October 13th, 2021

52:32

On this episode we discuss the ministry of women in the New Testament with Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, who is Stewart Research Professor of New …

Episode #89 - What Jesus Learned From Women with Dr. James F. McGrath

October 6th, 2021

50:30

In this episode we’re talking about What Jesus Learned From Women with Dr. James F. McGrath, who is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, the host of a podcast called …

Episode #88 - Apologetics Training & Education with Stephanie Kate Judd, Lauren Ruef, and Clare Williams

September 29th, 2021

1:11:06

As our final episode in our Apologetics series, we conclude by discussing apologetics pedagogy, education, and training with three recent graduates …

Episode #87 - Urban Apologetics & Whitewashing Christianity with Pastor Jerome Gay, Jr.

September 22nd, 2021

51:32

As the penultimate episode in our Apologetics series, we discuss the need for Urban Apologists in particular to address how Christianity has been …

Episode #86 - Apologetics & the Problem of Christian History with Dr. John Dickson

September 15th, 2021

52:25

On this episode we continue our apologetics conversation by specifically talking about the problems throughout Christian history with Dr. John …

Episode #85 - Humble Apologetics with Dr. John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

September 8th, 2021

1:00:37

Carrying on our conversation on Apologetics, we are joined by Dr. John G. Stackhouse, Jr., who is Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies …

Episode #84 - Black Apologetics with Lisa Fields

September 1st, 2021

51:37

In this episode of our Apologetics series, we’re joined by Lisa Fields, the founder of the Jude 3 Project, whose mission is “to help the Christian …

Episode #83 - Resurrection & Rationality with Dr. James T. Turner

August 25th, 2021

1:04:12

Carrying on our broader conversation on Apologetics, we are joined by an analytic theologian, Dr. James T. Turner, who is Assistant Professor of …

Episode #82 - Reimagining Apologetics with Dr. Justin Bailey

August 18th, 2021

45:35

Continuing our apologetics series, we are joined by Dr. Justin Bailey, who is Assistant Professor of Theology at Dordt University and the author of

Episode #81 - Evidence & Disagreement with Dr. Greta Turnbull

August 11th, 2021

43:20

On this episode in our apologetics series we address matters of evidence. What counts as “evidence,” and how do we interpret it? Moreover, what do we …

Episode #80 - Does Apologetics Help Us Read The New Testament? With Ian Mills

August 4th, 2021

46:44

In this installment of our apologetics series we ask the corresponding question to last week’s episode, Does Apologetics Help Us Read the New …

Episode #79 - Does Apologetics Help Us Read The Old Testament? With Dr. Brent Strawn

July 28th, 2021

57:44

Continuing our conversation on Apologetics we want to take the next two episodes to ask whether apologetics helps us read Scripture. This week we …

Episode #78 - The End of Apologetics with Dr. Myron Bradley Penner

July 21st, 2021

51:53

Kicking off our brand-new series on apologetics we begin with the end! Our first guest is Dr. Myron Bradley Penner, the author of The End of …

Episode #77 - Around the Table: Reflections on Cultural Identity

July 14th, 2021

36:06

On this episode we reflect back on our Cultural Identity series and the things that stood out to us the most. We use the analogy of the table to …

Episode #76 - After Whiteness with Dr. Willie James Jennings

July 7th, 2021

1:03:48

Concluding our series on Cultural Identity, we are joined by Dr. Willie James Jennings, who is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and …

Episode #75 - Religion, Race, & Whiteness in New Testament Scholarship with Professor David Horrell

June 30th, 2021

51:19

In this penultimate episode in our cultural identity series we discuss the role of whiteness in New Testament scholarship with Prof. David Horrell, …

Episode #74 - Multiple Masculinities with Dr. Robert Stegmann

June 23rd, 2021

54:49

In this episode we carry on our broader discussion on cultural identity with Dr. Robert Stegmann, who is Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University …

Episode #73 - Asian American Biblical Interpretation with Dr. Janette Hur Ok

June 16th, 2021

55:31

On this episode in the Cultural Identity series we are joined by Dr. Janette Hur Ok, who is associate professor of New Testament at Fuller …

Episode #72 - Latin American Theology & Identity with Norlan Hernandez

June 9th, 2021

44:10

Continuing our series on Cultural Identity, we are joined by Norlan Hernandez, who is the Director of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic …

Episode #71 - Journeying Through Latin American Theology with Dr. Octavio Esqueda

June 2nd, 2021

46:32

Continuing our series on Cultural Identity we are joined by Dr. Octavio Esqueda for a discussion on Latin American Theology. Dr. Esqueda is Professor …

Episode #70 - George Floyd: Reflections on Race One Year Later with Dr. Walter Augustine

May 26th, 2021

43:19

In our third episode on Cultural Identity, we are joined by Dr. Walter Augustine, who is the Director of Intercultural Education and Research in the …

Episode #69 - Critical Race Theory & The Gospel with Dr. Nathan Cartagena, Dr. Jeff Liou, and Dr. Robert Chao Romero

May 19th, 2021

1:26:51

Continuing our series on Cultural Identity, we turn to discuss Critical Race Theory and its potential for intersection with the gospel. In previous …

Episode #68 - Asian North American Preaching with Dr. Matthew Kim and Dr. Daniel Wong

May 12th, 2021

41:05

Kicking of our series on Cultural Identity, we are joined by Dr. Matthew Kim and Dr. Daniel Wong, the authors of Finding our Voice: A Vision Asian …

Episode #67 - Leadership and Abuse in the Church with Aimee Byrd and Dr. Michael Bird

May 5th, 2021

1:13:01

In this episode we talk about the recent scandals committed by major leaders in the church, most notably Ravi Zacharias. For this conversation we are joined by Aimee Byrd, the author of Recovering from Biblical Manhood …

Episode #66 - Reframing Sexual Addiction with Dr. Samuel Perry

April 28th, 2021

56:26

(CW: Adult Themes). On this episode we discuss sexual addiction with Dr. Samuel Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma …

Episode #65 - Art & Film with Dr. Kutter Callaway

April 21st, 2021

1:10:48

Concluding our Art & Culture series with our fifth and final episode, we turn to discuss the artistic nature of film with Dr. Kutter Callaway, …

Episode #64 - Art & Cultural Engagement with Dr. Greg Thornbury

April 14th, 2021

1:05:47

For the penultimate episode in our Art & Culture series we are joined by Dr. Greg Thornbury to discuss Art & Cultural Engagement. Dr. …

Episode #63 - Art & Biblical Literature with Dr. Matthew Mullins

April 7th, 2021

1:00:32

In the third installment of our series on Art & Culture, we are joined by Dr. Matthew Mullins for a conversation on Art & Biblical …

Episode #62 - Art & Faith with Makoto Fujimura

March 31st, 2021

1:00:04

Continuing our series on Art and Culture, we are joined by Makoto Fujimura, who is the founder of the International Arts Movements and the Fujimura …

Episode #61 - Art & Knowing with Dr. Esther Meek

March 24th, 2021

1:06:13

To kick off our series on Art & Culture we are joined by Dr. Esther Meek, who is Professor of Philosophy at Geneva College, and the author of a …

Episode #60 - Anger Amidst Lament: Reactions to Atlanta

March 19th, 2021

55:26

In this episode we process the horrific events that took place in Atlanta earlier this week in which a twenty-one year old white male attacked three …

Episode #59 - Reflections on the Gender Series

March 17th, 2021

48:41

In this episode we recap and reflect on the gender series that we’ve been doing since mid-November 2020. The series spans eighteen episodes, …

Episode #58 - The Great Sex Rescue with Sheila Wray Gregoire

March 10th, 2021

45:06

(CW: Mature Content and Abuse) On today’s episode we talk about sex with Sheila Wray Gregoire, a well-known speaker, blogger, podcaster, and author of several books on sex, including the recently published The Great Sex …

Episode #57 - The Making of Biblical Womanhood with Dr. Beth Allison Barr

March 3rd, 2021

53:15

In this episode we discuss the concept of “Biblical Womanhood” from a historical perspective. To do so we are joined by Dr. Beth Allison Barr, who is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of History …

Episode #56 - Gender & The Trinity with Dr. Madison Pierce

February 24th, 2021

52:06

On this episode we discuss various topics related to gender and the Trinity, including: the gendered language about the family of God (i.e. “sons”) and the gendered language for the persons of the Trinity (i.e. Father …

Episode #55 - Ecological Grief with Hannah Malcolm

February 17th, 2021

58:36

On today’s episode we begin the season of Lent with a discussion on ecological grief with our guest, Hannah Malcolm, who is PhD Candidate in Theology …

Episode #54 - Gender in 1 Timothy with Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall

February 10th, 2021

1:06:33

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall, Associate Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, Ontario) and …

Episode #53 - Gender in Romans with Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa

February 3rd, 2021

35:11

In this episode of The Two Cities podcast we are joined by Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, who is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Baylor University (Waco, TX), and the author of When in Romans: An Invitation to …

Episode #52 - Jesus and John Wayne with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

January 27th, 2021

1:02:44

In this episode of The Two Cities podcast we talk with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, professor of history at Calvin University, about her book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted A Faith and Fractured A …

Episode #51 - African American Readings of Paul with Dr. Lisa Bowens

January 20th, 2021

52:58

In this episode Dr. John Anthony Dunne, Grace Emmett, Grace Sangalang Ng, and Rev. Daniel Parham are joined by Dr. Lisa Bowens, associate professor …

Episode #50 - Critical Theory: Fact, Fiction or Fallacy? With Dr. Matthew Arbo and Dr. Scott Coley

January 13th, 2021

1:15:59

Back by popular demand, Dr. Matthew Arbo and Dr. Scott Coley join Amber Bowen and Dr. John Anthony Dunne for a joint discussion on Critical Theory. …

Episode #49 - Women in the Patristic Era with Dr. Lynn Cohick

January 6th, 2021

40:07

As part of our broader series on gender in biblical scholarship, Christian tradition, and the contemporary church, we turn to discuss Women in the …

Episode #48 - Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian with Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall

December 30th, 2020

37:59

Continuing our conversation on gender dynamics in Scripture and the Church, in this podcast episode we talk about the binary of Complementarianism and Egalitarianism regarding how to conceive of the relationship of men …

Episode #47 - Women in Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus with Dr. Jeannine Brown

December 23rd, 2020

37:56

In this episode we talk about the significance of the women mentioned in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus. For this conversation, Dr. John Anthony Dunne and Brandon Hurlbert are joined by Dr. Jeannine Brown, Professor of …

Episode #46 - Women in 1 Corinthians with Dr. Lucy Peppiatt

December 16th, 2020

45:27

Carrying on in our conversation on gender, we turn to discuss women in 1 Corinthians with particular attention given to the passage about head …

Episode #45 - Paul & Masculinity Revisited with Dr. Valérie Nicolet

December 9th, 2020

54:33

In this episode, Amber Bowen, Dr. John Anthony Dunne, and Grace Emmett are joined by Dr. Valérie Nicolet, Associate Professor of New Testament at the …

Episode #44 - Whiteness in Biblical Scholarship with Dr. Ekaputra Tupamahu

December 2nd, 2020

1:01:25

In this episode a group of team members from The Two Cities (Dr. John Anthony Dunne, Grace Emmett, Grace Sangalang Ng, Rev. Daniel Parham, Dr. Chris Porter, Dr. Logan Williams) are joined by Dr. Ekaputra Tupamahu, who …

Episode #43 - Recovering From Biblical Manhood & Womanhood with Aimee Byrd

November 25th, 2020

47:05

Carrying on with our series on gender and the Bible, Amber Bowen and Dr. John Anthony Dunne are joined by Aimee Byrd, who is the author of several books, including Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Episode #42 - Preaching & Gender

November 18th, 2020

43:34

Continuing our discussion on gender from last week with Grace Emmett ("Paul & Masculinity"), we turn to look at the relationship between …

Episode #41 - Paul & Masculinity with Grace Emmett

November 11th, 2020

47:54

Kicking off a discussion on gender in the Bible and how this syncs up the Western Church and broader culture, Amber Bowen, Dr. John Anthony Dunne, …

Episode #40 - Fake News & Misinformation with Rachel Wightman

November 4th, 2020

36:58

Concluding our series on the intersection of faith and politics we turn to address fake news and the spread of misinformation. In this episode Dr. …

Episode #39 - Abortion & Single Issue Voting with Jennie Riley

November 2nd, 2020

48:13

As another installment in our series on faith and politics, we discuss abortion and single issue voting in the United States. Joining Dr. John …

Episode #38 - Watchmen & 2020 Politics with Matthew William Brake

October 28th, 2020

47:51

In the run up to Election Day in the United States (Tuesday, November 3rd), here at The Two Cities we've been doing a series of political podcasts. …

Episode #37 - Social Identity & Political Discourse

October 21st, 2020

50:15

Continuing further our recent conversations on politics and political engagement from a Christian perspective (cf. the episodes entitled, "Faith and …

Episode #36 - War & Political Theology with Michael Spalione

October 14th, 2020

46:38

Continuing our conversation on the role of faith in our political discourse and political engagement, in the present episode Dr. John Anthony Dunne …

Episode #35 - Faith and Politics with Rev. Baroness Maeve Sherlock

October 7th, 2020

43:10

In this tumultuous election season in the States, in which partisan entrenchment often leads to a lack of kindness and respect across the aisle, we …

Episode #34 - The Gospel of Jesus's Wife with Dr. Christian Askeland

September 30th, 2020

58:00

In 2012 there was global interest in a small Coptic fragment the size of a business card that records Jesus saying the words "my wife." The fragment …

Episode #33 - The Enneagram, Childhood Wounds, and Attachment Theory with Dr. Eurice Lee-Seo

September 23rd, 2020

44:02

Continuing our conversation on the Enneagram, we wanted to dive deeper into some of the lesser known aspects of the popular personal formation tool. …

Episode #32 - The Enneagram & Stress in 2020

September 16th, 2020

52:18

In this episode we carry on our conversation on the Enneagram from last week ("The Enneagram—What Is It?") by diving more deeply into how we have all responded to the unique challenges of 2020. Engaging this topic is …

Episode #31 - The Enneagram—What Is It?

September 9th, 2020

47:34

The Enneagram is a well-known "personality test." For many, it is used as a simple means of compartmentalizing people. For others, it is a helpful …

Episode #30 - Disability, Autism, and the Church with Brittany Hurlbert

September 2nd, 2020

18:04

In this episode we discuss how churches can be more inclusive of people with disability and varying ability. John Anthony Dunne talks with Brittany Hurlbert, whose work is in educational and therapeutic settings, …

Episode #29 - Science & Faith with Seth Price

August 26th, 2020

52:43

Presently in our global situation, science is playing a crucial role in helping to squash the pandemic. Some, however, are skeptical of scientific …

Episode #28 - Women in the Academy with Dr. Jill Firth and Dr. Christa McKirland

August 19th, 2020

51:11

In this all-women episode, Amber Bowen discusses the unique experiences of women in the theological academy, including the challenges that women have …

Episode #27 - PhDs & the Preaching Life

August 12th, 2020

23:24

Following up on an earlier episode, “PhDs & The Devotional Life," from April 22nd, 2020, John Anthony Dunne and Brandon Hurlbert discuss the …

Episode #26 - Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution with Dr. Tony Merida

August 5th, 2020

37:15

To put it as understatedly as possible: conflicts have characterized much of 2020. From the conflicts that have emerged while being cooped up with family during quarantine, to the conflicts with extended family who …

Episode #25 - Law and Order with Dr. Aaron Griffith

July 29th, 2020

54:26

In this episode Amber Bowen and John Anthony Dunne are joined by Dr. Aaron Griffith (Th.D., M.Div., Duke Divinity), who is currently Assistant …

Episode #24 - Critical Race Theory & The Church

July 22nd, 2020

35:56

Continuing our conversation on Critical Theory and Critical Race Theory (CRT), we conclude our series with some ecclesial reflections as it pertains to pastoral concerns and the nature of Christian engagement with CRT. …

Episode #23 - Critical Theory & Ethics with Dr. Matthew Arbo

July 15th, 2020

57:29

Following up on our previous conversation on Critical Theory from last week ("Understanding Critical Theory with Dr. Scott Coley"), in this episode …

Episode #22 - Understanding Critical Theory with Dr. Scott Coley

July 8th, 2020

46:02

In this episode, Amber Bowen and John Anthony Dunne discuss Critical Theory with special guest Dr. Scott Coley, who is Lecturer in Philosophy and …

Episode #21 - Transcultural Identity

July 1st, 2020

30:41

There are many ongoing debates about “Black Lives Matter” v. “All Lives Matter,” though it does seem that, broadly-speaking, people have been coming …

Episode #20 - Immigration, DACA, and SCOTUS with Jon Garcia

June 24th, 2020

30:36

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled 5–4 against President Trump's attempt to repeal former President Obama's executive …

Episode #19 - Memes, Confirmation Bias, and Discernment

June 17th, 2020

40:50

Our newsfeeds are inundated with memes and videos promoting all sorts of ideological perspectives, and much of that is curated by the networks that …

Episode #18 - Systemic Racism with Dr. Walter Augustine

June 10th, 2020

24:31

Following upon our conversation on "Racial Justice" in the previous episode, John Anthony Dunne and Grace Sangalang Ng are joined by Dr. Walter …

Episode #17 - Racial Justice with Rev. Daniel Parham

June 3rd, 2020

24:38

In the wake of horrific events from last week in Minneapolis with the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day by a police officer and the subsequent …

Episode #16 - Philosophy and the Good Life with Dr. J. Aaron Simmons

May 27th, 2020

50:40

What value does Philosophy have in our lives? In a time of crisis like the present global pandemic in which we find ourselves, we might be …

Episode #15 - N.T. Wright Interview About His New Book, God and the Pandemic

May 20th, 2020

26:01

N.T. Wright joins The Two Cities podcast for a special interview episode about his upcoming new book, God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath (London: SPCK / Grand Rapids: …

Episode #14 - Kierkegaard & “The Leap of Faith"

May 13th, 2020

33:58

Building further upon our previous conversations on the podcast about the nature of the gospel and the nature of faith (“Talking About The Gospel" and "Believing in the Gospel"), in this episode Amber Bowen and John …

Episode #13 - Believing in the Gospel

May 6th, 2020

27:45

In this episode, we discuss what it means to believe the gospel, following up on our previous episode discussing recent debates on the blogosphere …

Episode #12 - Talking About The Gospel

April 29th, 2020

42:16

How should we define the gospel? Recently, there have been some heated discussions about the nature of the gospel. What should the central …

Episode #11 - PhDs & the Devotional Life

April 22nd, 2020

30:53

Getting a PhD is tough. What are the unique challenges that come with getting a PhD in theology? In particular, how can we maintain a vital …

Episode #10 - Are We Living In A Black Mirror Episode?

April 15th, 2020

32:00

With the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continuing to spread throughout the world, all around the world we are turning to technology like …

Episode #9 - Twin Peaks: The Theme of Dreams – Part Two

April 8th, 2020

59:45

Today (April 8, 2020) marks the 30th anniversary of when the classic TV show Twin Peaks first aired. In our previous episode ("Twin Peaks: Why We Love It – Part One"), John Anthony Dunne and Kris Song discussed the …

Episode #8 - Twin Peaks: Why We Love It – Part One

April 8th, 2020

38:16

Today (April 8, 2020) marks the 30th anniversary of when the hit TV show Twin Peaks first hit our television sets. Twin Peaks was a major cultural …

Episode #7 - Gathering Together Virtually: Communion Conversation Continued

April 6th, 2020

32:10

This is a follow up podcast on our earlier conversation called “Is Virtual Communion Valid?" (posted on March 25th, 2020). In that discussion we …

Episode #6 - Diet & the Coronavirus with Christina Fehrenbach

April 1st, 2020

14:54

During this Coronavirus pandemic many of us are practicing social distancing, self-quarantining, and sheltering in place. It's a stressful time …

Episode #5 - Sports & the Coronavirus with Jacob Dunne

April 1st, 2020

15:48

The sports world is in disarray during this global pandemic. For many, sports are a perennial source of conversation and entertainment. But when there's no sports to watch, but everyone's stuck at home, that makes for a …

Episode #4 - Is Virtual Communion Valid?

March 25th, 2020

41:50

In this episode we discuss the difficulty of doing church and being the church in the midst of the present Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). To what …

Episode #3 - Reading the Book of Judges as Scripture

March 18th, 2020

27:59

The Book of Judges from the Old Testament is quite puzzling from the vantage point of Jesus' teachings. It is full of characters who do not represent …

Episode #2 - Parasite (Movie Review)

March 18th, 2020

31:19

Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho) is a Korean black comedy about wealth disparity, and is the winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, which made history since it was the first international film in a foreign …

Episode #1 - What is Apocalyptic Theology?

March 18th, 2020

27:16

Apocalpytic is a term that evokes particular images today that are foreign to what ancient apocalypticism was concerned about. At present, certain …

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March 9th, 2020

2:13

The Two Cities, which began as a blog in 2011 (thetwocities.com) is launching a new podcast all about Theology, Culture, and Discipleship. You can …

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