After Class Podcast
By Ronald D. Peters, John C. Nugent, Samuel C. Long
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What happens when you lock an Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology professor in a room to discuss provocative topics related to bible and theology? Find out as you listen to the podcast of three professors from Great Lakes Christian College engage the sorts of questions students ask ... after class. Featuring (from left to right in the logo) Samuel C. Long, Ronald D. Peters, John C. Nugent
||CleanTelling the Story - Babel||In this episode the guys continue to work through the Primeval History of the Bible to demonstrate how far humanity has fallen and to set up the lengths to which God will go to restore them.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTelling the Story - The Flood||This episode might better be entitled, "Of demigods and the deluge or warlords and water?" The guys discuss the flood account, beginning with the much debated interpretation of "sons of God" and "daughters of men" in Genesis 6:1-4, in an effort to see..||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRocky Mountain Highlights||While at a conference in Denver, CO, the guys caught up with some GLCC alumni and found out what has been going on in their lives since they left the school. More importantly, we found out the great things God has been doing in their lives and how...||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTelling the Story - Raising Cain||As the guys continue telling the story of God's interaction with humanity, they turn to Genesis 4 and the story of Cain and Abel followed by the appropriation by Lamech.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTelling the Story: Creation's Collapse||In this episode the guys continue their discussion of God's story by examining Genesis 3, often referred to as "The Fall." The good creation of chapters 1 and 2 collapses, moving the story in a very dark direction, and bringing with it various curses...||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTelling the Story - Creation||If getting to some afterlife existence is not our goal (heaven centered view), and making this world a better place is not our goal (human centered or world centered view), then what is? In order to answer that question we first need to understand the..||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNot Heaven...but not quite right||In this episode the guys evaluate 2 other approaches to Christian living. If earning heaven is not the goal, then how should Christians live and approach this world?||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOoh Heaven is a place on earth||In this episode the guys bring their discussion of heaven to a close, locating "heaven" as a restoration of the created world, rather than an eternal existence somewhere else.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStone, Twain, and MLK--the past and future of the Restoration Movement||In this episode, the guys interview Jerry Harris--Lead Minister of The Crossing and Publisher of the Christian Standard and the Lookout. He regales us with tales from the Restoration Movement’s past and challenges us to seek unity, especially with...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRestoration Movement...Unplugged||In this episode, the guys invite Professor Kate Blakely on to talk about the Restoration Movement--its core values and impact on us as Christians. ***Due to technical difficulties, the sound quality is less than optimal (thus the "unplugged"). Be...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI'll fly away...when I die?||In this episode the guys discuss different views that Christians have of heaven and the afterlife, and then compare those views to those found in the New Testament. Are our views biblical or are then informed by something else?||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen we all get to...Sheol?||In this episode, the guys tackle the "heaven centered" view of the gospel by discussing the Old Testament's view of the afterlife. What did heaven mean to the ancient writers? How is it the same or different than our modern understanding?||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLosing My Religion||In this episode, the guys interact with John's book, Endangered Gospel and set the foundation for future discussions about what it means for the church and Christians to live out their kingdom mission, especially in a "Christian nation."||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatan Unveiled||In this final episode on the topic of Satan, the guys survey the rest of the New Testament and try to come to some conclusions and application from the rest of the study.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatan vs. Jesus||After surveying the data from the OT and Intertestamental literature in previous episodes, the guys finally make it to the New Testament. In this episode they examine how the gospels portray Satan and determine if his function has changed...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatan Sprouts Horns||In this episode the guys continue their study of Satanology, focusing on the intertestamental literature (the stuff written between the testaments). Finally we begin to get a glimpse of this figure that many associate with Satan.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Devil is in the details||If the Devil is in the details, then what does the Old Testament actually say about Satan? This podcast explores references to the often enigmatic hasatan especially in Job and Zechariah.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCould it be...Satan?||Picking up their discussion that began debunking Satan's presence in the Garden of Eden, the guys turn their sights to two Old Testament passages that are often used to describe Satan's origins. *This is part one of a multi-episode topic||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn god We Trust?||Tennessee Legislators passed a bill in March that will require government buildings, especially pubic schools, to display the phrase "In God We Trust." In this episode, the guys discuss whether this is a victory for the church and how far we should...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristian Urban Myths - Take 2||Our last episode debunking misunderstandings regarding the Bible was so popular that we decided to do another! This podcast includes the following segments: What is love? (Does John's use of different love words in John 21 matter?) That's hilarious...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe past, present, and future of Christian music||"Contemporary Christian Music" began in the 70s, grew in the 80s, and exploded in the 90s as Christians began to answer Larry Norman's question, "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" with, "He doesn't!" But where is the state of...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould Christians take a break from vacations?||Who doesn't like and need a good vacation every once in a while? Vacations were made for catching up on podcasts. But does the Bible have anything to say about vacations? You might be surprised what the guys discuss in this podcast.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI pledge allegiance to...?||In this episode the guys discuss the nature of biblical allegiance as Christians attempt to navigate the difficult path between Kingdom citizenship and nationalism.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould King James be dethroned?||In this episode the guys discuss the King James Version, it's legacy, and the need for new translations.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat does the Bible actually say about immigrants?||In this episode, the guys examine biblical texts about foreigners, aliens, and immigrants to get a clearer picture of the overall message AND responsibilities that faith communities might have. They end by trying to suggest some ways for the Church to..||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes Romans 13 condone family separation?||In part 2 of their discussion of the current immigration situation, the guys look at the role of the government, especially in light of Jeff Sessions referencing Romans 13. **SPOILER ALERT - we don't like how we end and so have recorded a third...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Jeff Sessions really a family wrecker?||As the debate over immigration and illegal immigration ramps up, the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, released an explanation regarding the current administration's actions. In this episode the guys discuss what is going on and try to navigate...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristian Urban Myths||Sometimes pastors and teachers unknowingly perpetuate incorrect information. From word fallacies to poor readings of texts, these urban myths are passed down. In this episode, the guys try to set a few of them right.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs It Time to Give the Sabbath a Break?||After spending considerable time and energy discussing how the OT laws should impact modern Christians, the guys tackle a very specific law - the Sabbath. Are Christians bound to keep the Sabbath or was it just a border law whose purpose has passed...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Not to Unhitch the OT from the Church||After discussing Andy Stanley's approach to the Old Testament in the last 2 episodes, the guys try to present a way forward in which Christians can view the Old Testament as more than an outdated section with little application.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Andy Stanley a heretic or should Christians ditch the Old Testament? Part 2||In this follow up episode to last week, the guys discuss Andy Stanley's treatment of the Acts 15 passage, attempting to correct some misunderstandings and poor interpretations that contributed to his conclusions regarding the Old Testament.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Andy Stanley a heretic or should Christians ditch the Old Testament? Part 1||After listening to a sermon by Andy Stanley based on Acts 15, the guys from After Class discuss whether Andy has a point or whether he should be excommunicated. You can listen to Andy's Sermon here: https://youtu.be/pShxFTNRCWI||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfter Class 1.1 - Is Allah God?||In this episode, the guys discuss a topic from the Stone-Campbell Journal conference - is Allah the same as Yahweh?||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A Great Dialogue
Drs. Peters, Nugent, and Long do an excellent job engaging academically with the Text and current scholarship while at the same time maintaining a level of approachability that academia can sometimes lack. They bring different perspectives together to offer a thorough and humble interpretation of Scripture as well as parsing current events, church culture, and world history. A worthwhile listen that pulls back the curtain on theology to let anyone see the nuts and bolts.
Give it a listen
I love this podcast so much. I find that my presumptions are challenged, causing me to dive deeper into the scriptures. If you take the time to give it a listen, you will be challenged, too.
Educated AND Smart
It has been said there are no smarter people, just more educated people. Drs. Sam Long, John Nugent and Ron Peters are intelligent and well educated. Too many podcasts - secular and sacred - are little more than echo chambers merely regurgitating the beliefs of those who tune in. They don't expand horizons; they deepen partisan entrenchments.
The After Class Podcast is different. The presenters are at home with nuanced conversation and are comfortable leaving a question unsettled or an issue unresolved. Emanating from a faith tradition that espouses "In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things love," they recognize that well-meaning people who've studied the issues can disagree without being disagreeable.
That isn't to say they're unwilling to take a stand. They are. But when they drive a stake in the ground it is embedded in the Gospel if not always in the expectations of so-called traditional evangelicals. When they draw a line - even one that is unpopular - it reflects the ethos of Jesus Christ and Him working through His people to expand the Kingdom of God.
I highly recommend you listen.