Sam Adams (PhD, University of St Andrews) is Assistant Professor of Theology and Social Justice and the Director of Graduate Studies at Kilns College. He teaches courses on systematic theology, ethics, and social justice, and provides oversight to the MA degree programs at Kilns. Sam is also a pastor at Bend Mennonite Church and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N. T. Wright (IVP Academic, 2015).
What is liberation theology?
“The preferential option for the poor is that…this witness to the Gospel that we’re about has this deep preference for the poor, the outcast,” answers Samuel Adams, PhD, Mennonite Pastor, Assistant Professor of Theology & Social Justice and Director of Graduate Studies at Kilns College. “The preferential option really ought to say: What is God saying to the church, from the poor?”
Which form of Christianity is most correct?
“There’s something here within the church that drives us to constantly be checking our tradition, our teachings, our orthodoxy, against the witness of Scripture,” explains Samuel Adams, PhD, Mennonite Pastor, Assistant Professor of Theology & Social Justice and Director of Graduate Studies at Kilns College. In this, all traditions can be of value to each other as checks and balances to preserve authentic Christianity. “The important thing to ask is, ‘Are we engaged with the living God?’”
Is the Bible written for everybody or only Christians?
“Ultimately, it doesn’t make sense if you don’t understand that this is not just a good book,” says Samuel Adams, PhD, Mennonite Pastor, Assistant Professor of Theology & Social Justice and Director of Graduate Studies at Kilns College. “There’s a living God with whom we interact in its pages.” While there are many valuable truths and ideas in the Bible, its purpose is ultimately to point us to Jesus, which is only relevant to people that want to know more about Him.
More Samuel Adams Videos
How do you interpret the creation account within the whole story of scripture?
How do we interpret the language ‘eat my flesh and drink my blood’? (John 6:52-59)
How do we maintain both the preaching of the gospel and the works of justice?
How would you answer the claim that God is wishful thinking?
What is a good theology of leadership?
What is the mennonite church?
What is the trinity?
Why are miracles occurring in some parts of the world and not others?
Why is a theological education necessary for doing justice?
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