Two fault lines in American society are religion and politics, and in our increasingly polarized culture, some Christians are unsure how their faith ought to inform their political engagement, while others are more confident, siding with one political party and demonizing the other. This class aims to look at both Scripture and church history to see what we can learn about how Christians have viewed politics and waded into political life. What lessons can we glean from those who have gone before us, and what resources does God’s word have for Christians in this current political moment?
Dr. Tremper Longman III is an Old Testament scholar and editor for the revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Tremper has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books, and his most recent work is The Bible and the Ballot: Using Scripture in Political Decisions (Eerdmans, 2020). He and his wife reside in Northern Virginia.
Kaitlyn Schiess is a staff writer at Christ and Pop Culture. Her writing has also appeared at Christianity Today, Relevant, and Fathom Magazine. Kaitlyn is completing her ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of The Liturgy of Politics (IVP, 2020)
Dr. R. Michael Allen is professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is the author of numerous books on Reformed theology and he serves as general editor of the T & T Clark International Theological Commentary series and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic.
Rick Barry is the Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics. Rick helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.
Pete Wehner is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues, and he is the author of The City of Man and The Death of Politics.
The Gospel of Mark: First Impressions of Jesus
You may have been taught that in life you ought to make a memorable first impression, for it is in those early interactions that people conclude who you are and what you are about. When it comes to the person of Jesus Christ, it is the gospel of Mark that gives us that first impression. This class will walk through Mark’s gospel and explore the life and teachings of Christ, and what implications his life has for ours today.