Season 3: Ready for God's Now | Episode 5
The fourth of five muscles the church needs to strengthen in order to be fit, agile, and ready for God’s now is Distributing Power. Dr. Joerg Rieger is the Distinguished Professor of Theology and the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has spent the last two decades addressing the relation of theology and public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics.
In this conversation, you’ll hear:
Joerg reminds us that distributed power is at the heart of Jesus’ ministry and the ministry of John Wesley and the people called Methodists. He connects spiritual practices with distributing power, inviting us to do the work of theology so that we might grow in holy power not to hoard it but to channel it. This conversation with Joerg is full of that holy power, we can’t wait for you to listen!
Meet Our Guest
Dr. Joerg Rieger
Joerg Rieger is a Distinguished Professor of Theology and the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies. He is also the founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice.
Previously he was the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He received an M.Div. from the Theologische Hochschule Reutlingen, Germany, a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke University.
For more than two decades he has worked to bring together theology and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age. His work addresses the relation of theology and public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics. His main interest is in developments and movements that bring about change and in the positive contributions of religion and theology. His constructive work in theology draws on a wide range of historical and contemporary traditions, with a concern for manifestations of the divine in the pressures of everyday life.
Author and editor of 22 books and over 140 academic articles, his books include Jesus vs. Caesar: For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God (2018) and No Religion but Social Religion: Liberating Wesleyan Theology (2018). He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
Visit Joerg Rieger’s website to find out more about his books and other recent podcast interviews.
Joerg’s book “No Religion but Social Religion” reflects on the Wesley’s understanding of grace, God, and religion.
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