About The Table Podcast
The Table is a weekly podcast from the Hendricks Center. These podcasts treat key topics related to God, religion, Christianity, faith, work, and Culture. They show the relevance of theology to all areas of life. They will be hosted primarily by Dr. Darrell Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at the Center. His guests brings significant experience to the topics they cover. We hope you find these podcasts a helpful resource.
The Name "The Table"
We call the podcasts “The Table” intentionally. The name the Table denotes gathering around a table for a conversation on complex topics. In our world, anyone can pull up a chair and have a voice. Views abound. Dialogue and engagement ensues, considering topics from an array of angles. We do not just talk to ourselves. Our view is not the only one at the table. In cultural engagement it is crucial to understand the array of talking voices and engage them. So our podcasts are conversations on life in our world, interacting with the many voices clamoring for attention. In the conversations, the goal of the DTS hosts is to help Christians think biblically and theologically about these issues and how to engage them in a gracious yet forthright manner.
Conversation at The Table
The podcasts will interview experts in the areas covered from within DTS, from the evangelical world in general, and from the wider culture. As such an array of views will be presented by those interviewed. Not all the views expressed will come from within a Christian or a DTS perspective. Still a substantive conversation has value. The goal is to inform users with an up to date look at the topic in question drawing on the knowledge and experience of those we interview. We hope to both inform and engage topics through the conversations we have.
Many issues we cover have a variety of credible ways Christians approach the topic. Our conversations will make the issues and options tied to the topics clearer, enabling us to think more carefully about the issue. We invite you to the Table to partake in conversations on issues that make a difference in how we live.
Some topics we cover may be for mature audiences only. Topics such as sexuality, or issues tied to violence or abuse, will venture into sensitive areas where discretion is advised.
In addition, our comments section is open for public responses. These responses should reflect the engagement our topics are designed to generate, but those responses do not always reflect the views of DTS. Comments are only removed if they are interpreted by the moderator as being inappropriate or crude in nature.
The conversations hosted by the Hendricks Center are meant to be an opportunity for our Seminary family and network to enter into public square discussions. Some of these dialogues are inherently complicated, with certain aspects debated even among believers.
As a graduate-level theological educational institution, it is our responsibility to accurately reflect those complexities and conversations, though we may not always be in agreement with some perspectives presented. However, an awareness of and an appreciation for the nature of these discussions and how they are currently framed is important to reflect on when making a decision about where an issue should land biblically. In some cases sincere Christians approach the complexities involved in a variety of ways and do so for reasons a healthy conversation can make apparent.
The dialogues we host are intended to reflect accurately the current discussion, be honest about its complexity, and challenge everyone sitting at the table to consider what is being said, how it is being said, and how it connects to what the Bible says in terms of both content and pastoral response. We pray that these conversations may cause us all to better understand the nature of the topic covered and lovingly interact with those around us with the goal of both teaching truth and loving well.
Supplemental Events, Downloads, and Ministry Support
Initially topics were broken up into 2 parts and could be downloaded one part at a time. Recently, due to additional radio distribution, a topic is covered in a single podcast. Some topics involved a special cultural engagement chapel, format that contains an interview followed by student questions. So some topics include postings of these supplemental events. All the podcasts can be downloaded without charge. The Seminary offers these podcasts as a ministry to the church and community and underwrites their cost. If you wish to donate to support this effort, please consider giving on our donation page. We thank you for your support.