What’s coming up this Saturday on the Deeper Waters Podcast? Let’s dive into the Deeper Waters and find out.
Politics. The very word makes us immediately want to hold our ground against our opponent. If you asked people what are the two most divisive forces in the world, chances are you’d hear politics along with religion. Whether or not that’s true, that would show how our society views both of those. If that’s the case, then what are we to think of the idea of church being political?
That is exactly what we have in this week’s guest. My guest is Jonathan Leeman who is the author of the book Political Church. It is a book that I have reviewed previously.
So who is he?
Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director for 9Marks. After doing undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, Jonathan began his career in journalism where he worked as an editor for an international economics magazine in Washington, D. C. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity and a Ph.D. in theology and worked as an interim pastor.
Today he edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of a number books:
- The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love (Crossway, 2010)
- Reverberation: How God’s Word Gives Light, Affection, Freedom and Action to His Church (Moody, 2011)
- Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus (Crossway, 2012)
- Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus (Crossway, 2012)
- Editor: The Underestimated Gospel (B&H, 2014)
- Co-editor (with Mark Dever): Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age (B&H, 2015)
- Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule (IVP Academic, 2016)
- Don’t Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism (B&H Academic, 2016)
- Understanding the Congregation’s Authority (B&H, 2016)
- Understanding Church Discipline (B&H, 2016)
- General Editor: Unashamed of the Gospel: The Conference Messages of T4G 2014(B&H, 2016)
Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC and serves as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He is also an occasional lecturer at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and teaches adjunctively for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Reformed Theological Seminary.
So we’ll be jumping into the hot seat. You might not get something such as who you should vote for this election cycle, but what you will get is how the church is to function and not just the church, but all of our societies. Politics is unavoidable just like religion is. As long as we are going to be doing politics then, we might as well be doing politics well.
As we prepare to go into the 2016 election season, politics is on everyone’s mind and so is religion still. Why not be prepared to talk about them? I hope you’ll be listening this Saturday as I interview Jonathan Leeman on this book. Please also go to ITunes and leave a positive review of the Deeper Waters Podcast.