My Conversation with Army Chaplain Jeff Struecker

(If you would like to listen on SoundCloud, you can here)

Pastor Jeff joined my colleague Daniel in studio for a Mobile Ed course training chaplains. While Jeff’s background is the military chaplaincy, he teaches the course for all kinds of chaplains.

I was grateful to be able to interview him for the podcast. His stories are incredible, having fought in the special forces alongside the soldiers in the Black Hawk Down battle in Somalia. He gained a lot of respect after that, and he was able to talk about his faith in new ways. This lead him into chaplaincy where he ministered to the needs of soldiers for many years. After leaving the military he became a pastor near a military base, and became an author attempting to reach guys like the ones he fought with on active duty.

I know I have friends I greatly respect serving as chaplains in various contexts. If you are a chaplain or know someone who is, I think this conversation will be helpful. Enjoy.

My Conversation with Dr. Keith Reeves and Dr. Dana Harris

(If you would like to listen on SoundCloud, you can here)

I was in studio with Dr. Keith Reeves last year, filming a course on a Biblical Theology of Wealth for Mobile Ed. He was a very kind man, a very capable New Testament scholar, and in no short supply of wisdom in matters of business. A rare and helpful mix. I enjoyed working with him, and learned much from him. Dana Harris was in the second of two video studios at Faithlife that we use for Mobile Ed purposes. My colleague, Daniel, worked with Dr. Harris and recorded a course on the Theology of the Book of Hebrews.

Because our lunches all together were warm and conversational, we decided to interview them both at the same time for the podcast. They both displayed a great care for their students in conversation, and I wanted to take the interview in a practical direction. I found their advice to students on financial issues and regarding the challenges of discerning one’s call to ministry very insightful and wise. If you have questions about those things, or know someone who does, this conversation will be helpful. Enjoy.

My Conversation with Dr. Paul Ferris

(If you would like to listen on SoundCloud, you can here)

Last year, Dr. Paul Ferris from Bethel Seminary taught a course for Mobile Ed. Again, I was not the one with him in studio making the course, but had the pleasure of interviewing him for our podcast.

He was here the same week as Dr. Jon Paulien. Two of my Instructional Designer colleagues were in studio and I was working on preproduction for future courses. They joined us for a week in Mobile Ed shortly after I started here in June of 2014.

Dr. Ferris is a magnificent grandfatherly sort of man. He had an incredible presence on camera. We usually, and understandably, spend a lot of time getting professors comfortable with a studio environment that is quite different from their classroom setting. Dr. Ferris took to it very easily, and was quite comfortable. Furthermore, he is a great Old Testament and Hebrew scholar, and delivered a great course for us on a Survey of the Major Prophets.

I was still getting used to our podcast context doing these first two interviews. I wanted to get personal if I could, and Dr. Ferris was willing to go there. He talked about church planting, and the hardships of ministry and his passion for teaching. I also started asking a question I ask all my speakers, sometimes on the record sometimes off, regarding trends they see in their students over the years. Ferris’ response has mirrored what I’ve learned from many others. Most profs I talk to see an increase in Biblical skepticism and a decrease in Biblical literacy, from their perspective. There have been a few interesting exceptions which I’ll discuss in posts to come.

For now though, I hope you enjoy the podcast.