On Tuesday I shared the news that Mark Pattie and I have signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity, hopefully hitting stores sometime in mid-2017. Today I’m happy to share a related announcement:
Mark will be joining me for the second season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, as we dedicate all twelve episodes to thinking aloud through our book as we write it. The premiere is slated for Thursday, January 7th.
(I’m also pleased to say that we’ll be joined by my colleague and frequent collaborator Sam Mulberry, who will both serve as our producer and often participate in the conversation. You can find Sam’s own podcast, Autobiography, here.)
The idea behind this season of the podcast is that it gives Mark and me a chance to brainstorm about the book, and to solicit feedback even as we begin to write it. So if you were excited by Tuesday’s announcement, then I strongly encourage you to listen to the podcast and let us know what you think! You can get to the podcast and share your comments in several ways:
- Follow the podcast at its Facebook page. (Doing this will also help spread the word about the podcast and book via social media!)
- I’ll publish a post here at the original Pietist Schoolman blog whenever a new episode debuts.
- The podcast will again be part of the Christian Humanist Podcast network, and you can find episode recaps at the CHP website.
So what will we be talking about? The initial set of three January episodes will introduce the book (and Mark and Sam), discuss the definition of Pietism, and share some of our experiences of Pietism by way of institutions like the Evangelical Covenant Church and Bethel University. Then after a two-week break, we’ll be back in February-April to work one-by-one through the chapters of the book:
- Starting Points: What’s Wrong with Christianity in the 21st Century? (this might be a slightly longer episode than others…)
- Starting Points: Why Should We Be Hopeful?
- Proposals: A Greater Attentiveness to Scripture
- Proposals: The Common Priesthood for the Common Good
- Proposals: Christianity as Life
- Proposals: A Peaceful, Peacemaking Spirit
- Proposals: Education as Whole-Life Formation
- Proposals: Preaching (and Listening)
As you might have noticed, our outline follows that of the founding book of the Pietist tradition: Phillip Spener’s Pia Desideria.
Looking forward to thinking through our book with you all!